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UPDATED - In Conversation With... School of Art and Design

Video and Transcript attached - Highlights from the 'In Conversation With...' event for the School of Art and Design.

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Welcome to a brief review of the 'In Conversation With...' event for the School of Art and Design. 

The panel consisted of:

  • Karen Bull – Associate Head of School - Student Experience 
  • Nick Gorse - Head of School 

Questions were posed to the panel by our school reps:

  • Faculty Officer – Jessica Isaacs
  • Vice President Activities – Gabriela Sulikowska

The event was hosted by Maryam Ali, CUSU Student Experience Coordinator. Below, we aim to give you a small summary of some of the conversation points from the event.

Does the school have any initiatives that they would like to make students aware of?

A couple of things, one of which we have been running for a couple of years now, which we call the sketchbook project. This is where we get students to put together a sketchbook. It's been part of Add+vantage but any student can do that and we encourage them to do so. We also have a school wide drawing festival which anyone is invited to. We will be running some additional January extras in the gap between the beginning of semester 1 and semester 2, which will include a range of activities. We are also in the process of organising the artist and residency program, which is in relation to the new building, where we'll be inviting artists from outside the university. We have one which is designated for a student within the university too, which is a paid scheme for anyone who is with us now or has previously graduated. We want to get input from students and would love workshops led by students. 

Students normally get an assessment brief as part of their module, and that’s normally structured a certain way. We now have governance from the faculty to go to the students to redesign that, so the students design the template of the assessment form, making it co-authored, which we will doing in the early part of next year. Please email the tutors if you wish to find out more, although information will go onto Aula. We use Aula to post and share events, so we encourage people to keep an eye on that space.  

What services do recent graduates have to support them when they complete their studies and move into employment?

We have several and some are related to the Talent Team. In art and design, the tradition is that students have a degree show or showcase. The last two years this has been online, which has been more successful. Students have been getting significant career opportunities out of that. The Talent Team have worked with us to get a whole series of talks and getting the industry in to do talks as well. They also support placements whilst you are a student which is a really beneficial thing to do. We work very closely with the Talent Team to make sure that they can develop any possibilities. We would like to work more with alumni - getting them in to come back and teach or talk about their experiences. We really want alumni to keep in touch with us, finding out how they are doing. This is also a way to develop networks for alumni. During the January extras, the Talent Team often put on events as well which is a good way to get your name out there. Employment and employability is one of our key strands of what we want people to do. In the creative industries, our graduates would go into multiple jobs so managing that skill set is really important. We try and bring industries in as much as possible, to look at student work which is really important for us.

What school initiatives are in place to ensure a more sustainable approach to courses and resources used?

Each course has been looking at the sustainable agenda. Every time we change or evaluate the course, we look at this, how it is built into the curriculum and how that is built into how we run things. As part of the building project, we have been looking at how we run things, so we have looked at plant and power and all of those sort of things. The University is looking at the overall footprint and we are very conscious about the footprint we leave behind. We are very conscious about some of our study trips and what that might leave. We are also seeing more students asking those questions. I know naturally product design and architecture have this built into what they produce.

For more information on the ‘In Conversation With…’ events, there is a full schedule available here. If you missed this event, a full transcript can be found here. If you would like to watch the event back, please see video below.


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