Art and Design

These activities in Art and Design will open your students' eyes to how they can 'Make it Real' - from taster sessions in first-class facilities, to working on projects applying their knowledge to real-world challenges.
Top 20in Film and Photography **Guardian University Guide 2022
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Making it Real events

Bringing your students on-campus is the perfect opportunity to open their eyes to higher education, and inspire them to pursue their future career. Our visit days are filled with practical activities and talks from current students and staff experts, so your students can get a feel for studying at university, and how Derby can help them make their dreams real. 

You can mix and match a variety of sessions on your visit day, including:

  • Academic-led masterclasses and taster sessions
  • Student Ambassador-led campus tours
  • Student Ambassador Q&A panel
  • Alumni talks, to hear from graduates on how they made their dreams real
  • Information, advice and guidance sessions

We can work with you to develop your visit day based on the timings and content that works best for you. Therefore please get in touch to discuss your requirements. 

Below you can also see an example of a Art and Design Making it Real event, to give a flavour of what we can offer. 

This example is based on a 4-hour visit 

  • Welcome talk, including information about how to apply to art and design courses  
  • One Academic Masterclass such as Photography, Mask Making (Graphic Design and Illustration) or Story Based Image Making (Therapeutic Arts) 
  • Extended tour of our facilities, including our Fashion, Music and Art studios  
  • Careers in Art and Design talk 
  • Student Q&A panel with current undergraduate students, to hear their experiences of studying at university 

Talks from our academics

We have a range of talks and masterclasses on offer, delivered by our academic experts, to showcase exciting topics and careers available within the art and design sector. These sessions can be delivered virtually, or in your school or college, and link to Gatsby Benchmarks 4 and 7.

Our academics are experts in their field, and many are artists and designers. With experience in everything from designing to writing, performance to education and curating to publishing.  

Our experts can deliver masterclasses for your students, to excite them about the subject and support the curriculum they are learning in their Level 3 studies. 

Our masterclasses include: 

  • Create Your Own TV Magazine Show (Film and High-End Television Production)
  • Mark Making (Graphic Design and Illustration)
  • Modular Synthesis (Music Production)
  • Music Video (Film and Music Production)
  • Pattern Cutting As Drawing (Fashion)
  • Photography Through The Ages (Photography) 
  • Story Based Image Making (Therapeutic Arts) 
  • The Magic Behind Cinema and Broadcast Drama Production (Film and High-End Television Production)
  • 3D Drawing Introduction (Interior Design)

 Book an Academic Masterclass

We know it's important for students to be able to visualise what their future career could look like. Our academics have had varied careers in art and design, so can share their experiences and the breadth of careers on offer within the sector.  

We can offer Careers talks in the following subjects: 

  • Animation  
  • Fine Art
  • Fashion
  • Film and High-End Television Production  
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration 
  • Interior Design 
  • Music Production 
  • Product Design     
  • Theatre  
  • Therapeutic Arts 

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