The digital rise of the CSVPA creative student network

As we make our keen way through the fast-paced digital age, the world is learning to adjust to new technologies and the tech-savvy demands of social media. With just a click of your smartphone, you gain access to a cybersphere of cross-cultural communication and imagery.

Alongside the rise of machines, the freedom to create and express your work in front of a worldwide audience has increased. These days, you can publish your style, products and distinct creations on an online social media board within seconds, internet users around the world can view your creative talent and develop it into an overnight success.

The World Wide Web is the ultimate platform to present your portfolio to the world and get noticed by potential employers. It has even triggered an influx of fresh creative roles that were never around before. As Sir Peter Bazalgette states in his recent Independent Review of the Creative Industries, “creative jobs will become a significantly higher percentage of the overall employment landscape by 2030, given their resistance to automation. It is imperative that education and skills frameworks support sectors where the jobs of the future are going to be found.”

By acknowledging the switch from traditional positions to contemporary creative roles, the Cambridge School of Visual & Performing Arts (CSVPA) provides the current job market with high-calibre contenders. As highlighted by the Tech Nation 2017 report, the digital sector is creating jobs twice as fast as the non-digital sector with more than 1.64 million digital tech jobs now in the UK. That’s why aspiring students are rushing towards CSVPA courses. Here, each syllabus involves tools and techniques related to the digitally creative industry, so learners get the chance to contribute their valuable experience towards their future profession. Plus, with the youthquake upon us, companies are desperate to obtain a new talent pipeline that bursts with fresh ideas.

As Karin Askham, Head of Cambridge School of Visual & Performing Arts explains, “to create students that have the core traditional and digital skills together with a resilience to an ever-changing skills landscape, a college needs to have experienced and well-connected teaching and industry staff that can teach all aspects of the new and old industries.” At CSVPA, lecturers are selected from relevant sectors and are there to support students in curating their careers from day one. They also encourage students to make the most of meeting well-regarded professionals in creative industries and set them up with work placements through the use of exclusive connections.

So, why would you want to be a part of the CSVPA creative student network? Since class sizes are small, you’ll experience an intimate and personalised learning style. Compared to other universities in the UK, this school offers direct support in the studios five days a week. Rather than having to wait for guidance or arranging your time around lecturer schedules, you’ll receive individualised interaction and invaluable instant feedback.

An ongoing relationship with Hearst publishing group means you’ll be well connected with a globally-recognised corporation. Linked with many brands such as Harper’s Bazaar, Cosmopolitan and ELLE, Hearst offers internship opportunities and scholarships within the school’s MA Art & Design programme. Employers love to see evidence of work experience from potential hires, so they’ll undoubtedly be fascinated by your link to Hearst. In fact, this may even be the deciding factor that means you win over an eager pool of competitors.

One of CSVPA’s top creatives is the recently-appointed Head of Fashion, Holly Fulton. As a leading UK fashion designer, with high-level connections in the fashion industry and a lifelong interest in education, she brings a wealth of experience. Her appointment brought attention from many well-known fashion magazines such as Vogue and trade titles such as Drapers.  Harper’s Bazaar also headlined the London Fashion Week designer’s appointment at the “…prestigious British university”. As Fulton told WWD, “I have had some great mentors in my career and now I am in the right place to share what I’ve learned with students while helping them to develop their own style and practice. I intend to give them an experience they would not be able to get at any other university.”

The global success of Fulton, is one of the main reasons she is perfect for this role, says CSVPA’s Karin Askham, “Holly brings both a global understanding of the industry, with the success of her brand in Asia and the US, as well as an incredibly strong UK reputation through her significant position in Graduate Fashion Week.”

With artistic innovators such as Holly Fulton and Karin Askham to guide you, there’s no better time to become a CSVPA creative. As it stands, the secret to success after graduation is to choose a course with incredibly motivated staff. Equipped with their ‘black book’ of industry contacts, your mentors are ready to promote your talent and help you build a personal brand. So, if this study style appeals to you then simply register your interest to discover the incredible opportunities at the Cambridge School of Visual & Performing Arts.

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