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Working in Community Arts

This course is designed for students who want to gain essential knowledge and experience of working in the Community Arts sector. This course has a strong visual arts focus and will cover how to develop and deliver projects within the community including: project and event management as well as working to briefs. The course will include 2 live project briefs to deliver workshops at events in the Community.

To apply for the course, please fill in this application and attend a short informal interview.
Interviews are booked for Tuesday 3rd December.
This course can be paid in instalments.

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Who is this course for

This course is designed for students who want to start working in the Community Arts sector, particularly the visual arts. It is also suitable for students with a teaching, visual arts or art administration background, established artists/makers and those who have recently graduated with some experience of art and design.
Entry to the course is dependent on a short informal interview in which students will be expected to present a portfolio of work.
Students will also be expected to be able to develop projects and coursework and to have sufficient literacy skills to research and deliver coursework to a high level, although additional learning support can be provided.

What does this course cover

The aim of the course is to give participants a good understanding of working in the Community Arts sector. This is a practical and hands on course focusing on arts administration and developing students own visual arts practice. It includes designing and managing Community Arts projects from conception to resolution, practical workshops to develop creative practice and hand-on experience of designing and delivering projects at a community event. Classes will be delivered by a range of creative practitioners with experience of working in Community Arts.
The course runs over two terms from January to Mid July. Students will need good attendance and be able to commit to being part of a Community Arts Project For Queens Square Fair on the first Saturday of July.
The course will give students a strong overview of Community Arts administration in conjunction with working on live briefs from project partners, and an opportunity to develop creative practice in greater depth.
By the end of the course students should be able to understand and have experience of how to design and deliver community arts projects within a community setting and have developed their visual arts practice to a high standard and critical understanding.

What will it be like

Most sessions will feature structured teaching and students will work on set projects and briefs in a range of areas. A variety of teaching and learning methods are used, including practical workshops, seminars, individual and group tutorials. Classroom learning will be supported by research time, homework and coursework, to develop student's creative and administrative skills.
Students will be supported and guided throughout the course. This includes: one-to-one tutorials with their tutor each term to support their progress, regular assessments and feedback sessions and opportunity for having additional learning support if needed.

What else do you need to buy or do

The course has a number of projects to complete, so students are required to dedicate at least 6 hours a week on independent study in addition to class time.
This is to enable students to work on: research, reflective logs, writing up notes, developing project briefs, developing creative work, working in sketchbooks, visiting museums and galleries, working on groups projects and art administration.
The course will provide materials for the creative workshops and for the main Community Arts events.
Students will need to buy: 2 x A4 Ring bound course work folders, A1 portfolio/folder and a selection of A5, A4 or A3 sketchbooks to present their work.
Basic creative arts materials including: Drawing pencils and pens, paints, brushes, colour pencils, soft pastels, charcoal.
Once students start to develop their own creative practice during the course, they will be encouraged to source and supply their own materials for some of their projects.

Given the nature of the commitment to the course, students are not encouraged to stretch themselves too thin and be able to keep to important deadlines.
The course will include gaining practical experience delivering Community Arts projects, but we also encourage students to find opportunities in the wider community.

What this course could lead to

This course aims to give students a good grounding in learning about a creative career in Community Arts. Students with some previous experience may move on to employment within the Community Arts sector, others to more volunteering and work shadowing opportunities to build up their professional experience.
The course could also lead to further study to develop their chosen practice to gain more creative and professional experience. This could include:
Learning different creative techniques through attending short courses at The Mary Ward Centre - including textiles, ceramics, jewellery printmaking, sculpture, painting and project management.
Attending other related accredited courses at The Mary Ward Centre - including Pre Foundation, Foundation, Advanced Professional Practice course and Project Management APM Introductory Certificate.
Attending other courses at different venues in the community
Degree and further education in Community Arts related subjects.

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This course is accredited


This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria

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