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Creative Graduates: Innovations in Practice

Join us for a series of presentations on innovative methods of curriculum delivery aligned to Future Skills, employability and professional practice.

This event provides CHEAD members with an opportunity to share innovative practices, current pedagogical approaches and future aspirations, supported by students and/or recent graduates.

Each 30-minute presentation will outline the key feature of the project, the role of industry partners and the outcomes.

Session One: KICKSTART!: Knowledge Exchange Collaboration

Ravensbourne KICKSTART! is a unique new education platform designed to plug skills gaps within industries related to creative technology, content marketing and digital communication and jump start careers within these industries.  Learning is delivered for free and on demand through a bespoke online platform. Course content is delivered through a mixture of video interviews, tips, tricks, tutorials and industry case studies alongside additional online resources that are designed to empower young people who have been educationally disadvantaged or are from groups underrepresented within the digital industries.

Presenter: Derek Yates, Ravensbourne University

Session Two: Project Based Learning for Net Zero Carbon Design

This presentation will outline an innovative approach to teaching sustainability and climate literacy via a hands-on, project based learning approach. At Kingston School of Art, the Department of Architecture and Landscape held its first international summer programme ‘Net Zero Carbon: Architecture and Landscape in Climate Emergency’ in July 2022.

Presenter: Heba Elsharkawy, Kingston School of Art

Session Three: Funding Futures

Funding Futures is a unique funding arm created by Bournemouth Film School to tie together its graduates, current students, and industry into a meaningful and mutually beneficial practice-based ecosystem. Now in its third year, the scheme has led to multiple festival screenings, significant industry and international press recognition.

Presenter: Dr Jonathan Carr, Arts University Bournemouth

Session Four: Students as partners in curriculum design and content creation

Digital Media Producers are students employed by the University of Derby’s Digital Learning team to co-create engaging media-rich course materials with academic colleagues and industry partners. The resulting high quality video materials enhance curriculum delivery within our applied active learning model, giving learners real world examples of practice, supporting classroom activities and live briefs.

Presenter: Jon Walmsley, University of Derby

Session Five: Who's business is the Business of Art?

In order to improve graduate employability outcomes for its students, Birmingham School of Art seized the opportunity to innovate, writing and launching a new BA Art Business (L6 top-up), developed with a logistical, market-driven, and ethical rationale. The team will present the vision, philosophy and context for this new programme.

Presenter: Jane Watts, Birmingham City University

Session Six: Inclusive Design for Curriculum Content: Enabling access for all stakeholders through diversity of technical approaches

This session will showcase a live academic presentation to illustrate practical opportunities afforded by PowerPoint Slide Master templates when creating page layouts, and benefits to authors/users. These templates are supported by style guides that introduce inclusive design and accessibility decisions with in-built ED&I functionality and testing for accessibility compliance using Anthology Ally.

Presenters: Catherine Glover and Patrick Viney, Northumbria University


21 Nov 2023


9:20 am - 1:30 pm

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