Writing CVs, Statements And Proposals – Online

This informative and practical course will give you the knowledge and skills to develop a professional creative CV, write proposals for various opportunities, and create a personal statement that articulately describes your practice.
It can also help you develop content for an artist's website. You will learn about how and where to look for creative opportunities that suit your practice. E.g. exhibitions, publications and residencies.
Classes will involve some self study and information being sent to you via email or Moodle. The course will be run via Zoom, please make sure you have installed in in advance of your first class.

Who is this course for

This course is for artists, designers and creatives who would like to develop written content for CVs, artist statements, proposals in order to further their creative career.

What does this course cover

By the end of the course, students should be able to:

1. Develop and layout an artist CV, and know how to tailor it to specific opportunities.
2. Write proposals for a range of opportunities, including exhibitions, funding, residencies and further education.
3. Write an artist's statement - which gives the reader a good understanding of where your practice and interests come from, and enhances and supports images of your work.
4. Understand how to integrate their CV and written statement into their websites and online platforms.

Students will be provided with multiple examples of each of the above - and shown how best to achieve good end results by emphasising their skills, achievements and talents.

What will it be like

Teaching methods (through Zoom): Visual demonstration and verbal explanation. Powerpoints. Written handouts of example CV's, proposals and statements, an open environment of group discussions, one-to-one teaching.
Learning methods: Discussion, Hands-on practical activities, Reading handouts and following instructions.
How students are assessed: Questions and answers during group discussions and one-to-one teaching.
Record of students' progress and achievement on an assessment sheet as they achieve the course objectives. Practical work produced is evidence of learning.

What else do you need to buy or do

The course will be run on Zoom, please make sure you have installed it in advance of your first class on your computer or mobile device. You can sign up for free here:


You will need a microphone (it's fine to use whatever is built into your device) and camera, so we can see you via video. You may also want to use headphones during the session.

You can participate in class sessions through the use of a computer, laptop, tablet or other similar internet enabled device. Please note that if you only have access to a smartphone, you will be able to attend the class sessions and participate in them but you will find it more difficult to benefit from the full range of materials and activities involved in the course if this is your only means of connection.

Make sure you have a small space to work in during the session and that as far as possible that you can keep this space quite and clear of interruption so that you can concentrate on what is happening in the class.

By signing up to the course you are consenting to being on camera. The content of the lesson may occasionally be recorded by the tutor for internal education and training purposes but any such recordings will not be made available to anyone outside of the Mary Ward Centre organisation without us asking you again for further permission to do so.

- Your current artist CV, artist statement, and any previous proposals (if available)
- Links to any pre-existing social media accounts or websites

What this course could lead to

Social Media Marketing, Photographing your artwork, Writing creative CVs, Statements and proposals, how to build an artist website, and staging an independent exhibition.

Further Study with Mary Ward Centre.
There is detailed information in Reception about all our courses at the Mary Ward Centre. Information about other learning opportunities can be obtained from Learn Direct: www.learndirect.co.uk and from the following websites: www.floodlight.co.uk; www.hotcourses.com; www.citylit.ac.uk; www.wmcollege.ac.uk; www.morleycollege.ac.uk

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Got a Question about this Course?

Contact The Departmental Administrator.

Why choose Mary Ward?

Mary Ward Centre is the adult education centre with a difference. We provide a wide range of subjects for people at all levels and run courses during the day, evening and weekends to suit your timetable. You can learn face to face at one of our centres (Bloomsbury or Waterloo) or take an online course

Get inspired and enjoy excellent teaching in an environment where each individual’s learning experience is valued. That’s what makes Mary Ward Centre ‘the friendly place to learn.’