The UK entertainment and media sector is predicted to grow by 3.2% per year over the next five years and will be worth £66.6 billion by 2019. Fashion is worth over £26 billion and the UK has some of the most recognised clothing brands in the world. As the UK looks to boost productivity and rebalance the economy, there is a major role for supporting the increased use of design across the country and across certain sectors.
Thousands of people are employed across the sector and a variety of exciting careers are available in either performing arts and production, or the worlds of dance, music, media and clothing design and production.
Our creative arts students are based at our Hitchin and Letchworth Campuses.
Our creative arts courses include lots of opportunities for you to get hands on experience in the world of work, including:
Work experience with businesses like Clothes Show live and the Royal Opera House
Designing and making cardboard shelters and pavilions for a large installation in the atrium (Art & Design students)
Design and showing outfits at the Clothes Show Live (Fashion students)
Opportunities to work on collaborative projects with Hair and Beauty, Dance, Performing Arts.
All courses are led by engaging tutors with years of experience in the creative industries and include opportunities for work experience and live performances.
You’ll be encouraged to undertake work experience to support your learning in a hands on, practical way. Opportunities from national and regional performing arts bodies, creative agencies and sector organisations will be advertised to students. You’ll also have the opportunity to take part in trips and workshops to enhance your professional understanding of the sector.
Art and design: you’ll explore and develop your creativity while learning essential art, design and media skills. You’ll gain both practical and theoretical skills in the key areas of two and three dimensional design, such as fashion, textiles, graphic design, sculpture and product design. Alongside this, your ability and experience of painting, drawing, research and reflection will be continually developed throughout the course.
Dance: you’ll sharpen your technique in a variety of choreography, from classical ballet and jazz to contemporary and urban styles. You’ll build your confidence in live performances and learn more about healthy living as well as the historical context of performance. You’ll undertake projects and work alongside students from other specialist areas, such as performing and production arts and supported studies in order to produce live performances and events.
Fashion: you’ll acquire skills that prepare you for the fashion industry, from both the design perspective (textiles and fabric manipulation, garment construction, fashion illustration, pattern cutting, print-making, knit and stitching) as well as the business perspective (sampling and buying). You’ll learn to generate your own ideas, which you’ll carry through every stage of the process to a final catwalk show – creating practical outcomes that meet industry standards and that will be added to your own portfolio of work.
Film and sound: you’ll study the aspects of film making and industry best practice. With a dedicated studio, you’ll have access to professional equipment and industry standard software. The course will cover a range of skills, including motion graphics, lighting techniques, sound design, post productions and photography.
Graphic design: you’ll have access to industry standard equipment and software to explore specialisms such as illustration, print and publishing, motion graphics and typography. You’ll gain real life experiences and generate a professional portfolio to support your future destinations.
Music: you’ll learn about all elements of music performance, from developing instrumental skills to understanding the music industry. We create real music industry courses with an eye on how you can earn money in the future. We teach you to have a portfolio-style career based around areas such as performance, teaching and event management.
Performing arts: you’ll develop knowledge and ability in acting, directing, script writing, musical theatre and backstage management. In terms of production, you’ll develop an understanding of lighting, sound, set construction and stage management. You’ll also look at performing arts in historical contexts, performing arts businesses, theatre for children and site specific performances.
Production arts: during your time on this course, your lessons and workshops will take place in our purpose built lighting studio and 300 seat theatre, which are equipped to current industry standards. The course will cover a range of skills including scenic construction for stage, live sound and stage management.