Linking London NNCO Spotlight on Art and Design
After an introduction and welcome from Emily Harber NNCO Project Officer, Rebecca Barton, Fashion and Textiles tutor at Ravensbourne, gave a presentation on the facilities available for Design & Media classes at her college, including an introduction to the open-plan layout, outreach activities on offer, and advice for future applicants.
The importance of sketchbooks and portfolios was highlighted, as was the high level of employability attained by graduates (97.2%). Questions followed the presentation on the structure of Arts programmes and the current provision for disabled students. Rebecca explained that collaboration is encouraged between subjects and that the student services team help a large proportion of disabled students to feel happy and comfortable in their facilities, adapting their work environment according to their needs.
Delegates then heard from Sue Withers, an Arts Lecturer at Havering College, on the facilities within their Centre for Creative Arts, and their provision for both HE and FE students. The importance of creative community was highlighted, and cost friendly courses for London students were mentioned (designed to increase local social mobility).
After a break for refreshments, Caroline Townsend, a Principal Lecturer and Course Leader for the BA (Hons) Theatre Practice at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, provided an overview of the many work strands available within Central’s Arts Degree, with particular reference to the benefits of collaboration with industry professionals, and interview preparation – it was stressed that all applicants are interviewed, and again the importance of portfolios and practise were highlighted.
A panel session with the presenters followed, which provided attendees with the chance to discuss student progression into artistic related higher level study in greater detail; routes were suggested for those new to the subject, and the student ambassadors from Central School of Speech and Drama mentioned the importance of placements, communication, and proactivity.
Rebecca Barton, Ravensbourne