Progression

Progression

We want all learners to succeed to the best of their potential. In the Progression section, you will find art and design specific support and information on how to maximise the chances of achieving career goals.

Whether a learner is at the start of their art and design education, or about to take the step into University, the Progression section has tips and ideas to help with planning at any point in that process. There are articles including; ideas for preparation, presentation, interview techniques, applications and writing personal statements, everything needed to access the next education or career stage.

Developing a portfolio is one of the best ways to help your career intentions.

The ideas in this section will help students in any specialism think about how to present their ideas, development and outcomes in the best way possible. It covers all aspects of portfolios, from traditional to online.
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Presenting Time Based Work in Portfolios

Presenting Time Based Work in Portfolios

Time-based work includes things like movies, installations or performances. These can be really difficult to present in a portfolio, but that should put you off making them. This resource looks at some things you should consider when presenting this kind of work in a portfolio.

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How to Present Portfolios

How to Present Portfolios

Portfolios can often be neglected right up until the last minute. This resource provides some creative ideas and valuable tips to ensuring the most is made of the work students have done on their courses.

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Design Boards for Portfolios

Design Boards for Portfolios

Most art and design students will have an A1 or A2 portfolio which frequently contains a mixture of experimental work and final outcomes presented on design boards. This resource looks at methods for effective presentation of your projects using design boards.

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Activities to maximise the chances of progressing.

There are many activities that you can do on your own, with a group or in a class that can help you progress into a job or on to a higher level course. Some of them mean that you have to take a deep breath and step out of your comfort zone, others will help focus your efforts and learn in different ways, but all are designed to help you progress.
Recent articles
Interview Preparation

Interview Preparation

The “mock” interview is a really interesting opportunity for learning. This resource is an exploration of a method used by a colleague that worked on many different levels as a learning experience. It also compares this to other useful mock interview formats.

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What Can Employers do for the Course?

What Can Employers do for the Course?

What can employers do for the course? How can they support the learning and become involved with the programme? This resource explores some key ways to bring employers and learning together.

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Personal Promotion Techniques

Personal Promotion Techniques

Promotion is something professionals have to do all the time. In industry, whatever the product, a large part of the budget and time will be allocated to promotion. This article looks at creative ways students can promote themselves at an exhibition stage.

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Personal Development is all about you. It’s about the kinds of personal skills you can develop to get ahead in life.

Progressing into a good University or Job needs more than just a good portfolio, you will also need personal skills. Some people also call these professional skills and they include things like communication, teamwork, presentation, networking, confidence, listening, application, addressing, business, promotion and other useful skills. These are really valued by employers, higher level courses and Universities and, combined with your portfolio, will help you create the best chances.
Recent articles
Personal Development Planning

Personal Development Planning

This article covers how students can develop key transferable work based skills through relevant projects in art, design and media. It also looks at the role Personal Development Planning can play in supporting the development of professional skills.

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Developing Transferable Industry Skills

Developing Transferable Industry Skills

This article covers how students can develop key transferable work based skills through relevant projects in art, design and media. It also looks at the role Personal Development Planning can play in supporting the development of professional skills.

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Creating a Visual CV

Creating a Visual CV

A CV for a creative person should be more than a printed list of information that looks just like all the rest. This resource looks at how to create something visually different to help them stand out from the crowd when making those all important applications.

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