Do you need to attend university to have a creative career? The answer is not a simple “yes” or “no”. Whilst creativity can’t be learnt, there is a lot of other skills required for a successful start as a creative professional.
In this post, I am going to explore how studying at Arts University Bournemouth (AUB) has prepared me for starting my creative career.
NETWORKING & INDUSTRY LINKS
One of the best parts of studying at AUB was having creative industry experts around and having the opportunity to get their advice first-hand. Throughout the course I had numerous opportunities to get advice on my portfolio of work and learn from practicing professionals.
Thanks to AUB’s industry links I was able to illustrate a children’s book for a real publisher in my second year of studying, and to secure a 2-week internship in London at the end of my third year.
As a student, I always had several projects on the go – with an added pressure of part-time work and social life to maintain. Juggling those for several years would be impossible without managing my time and setting realistic goals. Both of these skills are essential for any creative professional, and I am glad I have developed those early on.
PRACTICAL WORKSHOPS & TAUGHT SESSIONS
AUB puts emphasis on a practical approach towards creative subjects, which is why I chose it in the first place. During the regular workshops and taught sessions on my course I got not only practical skills, but also learnt how to negotiate contracts, price my work and deal with client commissions.
All this knowledge that our course tutors and amazingly helpful technicians shared with us helped me to avoid a lot of mistakes along the way and prepared for the challenging aspects of pursuing a career in creative industries.
AUB facilities and resources have allowed me to gain all the theoretical knowledge needed and the possibility to put that knowledge into practice. My practice would not be as informed if it wasn’t for the library with its constantly renewing collection of books and magazines devoted to the creative subjects. The facilities at AUB also allowed me to experiment with different techniques and methods of working, pushing my boundaries and broadening my practical skillset enormously.
Free careers services at AUB have also provided me with practical tailored advice about job hunting, CV writing and interview skills through one-to-one appointments, which helped me to get employed after graduation.
AUB is solely dedicated to creative subjects, so a unique creative atmosphere is reigning on the campus. Underestimating the importance of it would be a grave mistake, as it provides the chance not only to get to know like-minded people, but also to collaborate with creatives in and outside of your course – and in some cases carry that collaboration into the outside world.
All in all, studying at AUB has been a rich and unforgettable experience. It left me packed full of knowledge and skills, which I wouldn’t otherwise acquire in such a short period of time.
You don’t need to attend university to be creative, but it helps if you want to turn your creativity into a career.
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Written by Anastasia Izlesou, BA (Hons) Illustration graduate.
Find her online portfolio at www.izlesou.co.uk
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