Unit 9 – 28-03-17

List at least 5 jobs in the creative industries you would be interested in doing as a career:

  • Arts teacher
  • Advertising designer
  • Print designer
  • Typographer
  • Architect

Employment Information:

Your task is to some important information about three current job advertisements within the creative industries.

  • Job 1 – Title: Integrated Designer
  • Skills Required: 
    • Degree in art/advertising/communication
    • Experience working with layouts
    • Experience with filming and lighting setups
    • Good written and verbal skills
    • Organisational skills
  • Salary per Annum: £30,000 – £40,000
  • Responsibilities:
    • Creating infographics, illustrations and videos to maintain brand identities
    • Help with pitching proposals and presentations
  • Closing Date for Applications: 27 April 2017
  • I couldn’t really see myself doing this sort of job, as there seems to be quite a heavy emphasis on the video/4D media side of things, which is something I am neither proficient in or interested in


  • Job 2 – Title: Arts Teacher (Leicestershire)
  • Skills Required: 
    • QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) with a PGCE or equivalent
    • Excellent knowledge of KS3, 4 and 5
    • Strong management abilities, both people and administrative
    • Ability to adapt under pressure
  • Salary per Annum: £22,465 – £33,487


University Information Task

Select three universities, then choose two courses from each. Your task is to find out important information and make informed comparisons about each course.

University #1 – Winchester School of Art (Southampton Solent University)

  • Which courses and why?
    • Course 1 – BA (Hons) Graphic Arts. I would be interested in studying this because graphic design is a major passion of mine
  • What might I need to do to be accepted?
    • I would need a distinction level grade from my second year to be considered for entry.
    • Portfolio interviews are also held for potential candidates
  • Positives about the University?
    • Undergraduate programmes rated 8th in the UK
    • One of the UK’s leading art and design institutions
    • I could gain my PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education) for Art and Design
  • Negatives about the University?
    • Location – I don’t really want to move away from Plymouth, and if I did I’d want to be close to home. Winchester is at least a three hour journey and I don’t really fancy that
  • Extracurricular Information?
    • I couldn’t find any information regarding student accommodation at Winchester, however I am aware that the University of Southampton itself has student housing, and a train from Southampton to Winchester takes roughly 20 minutes

University #2 – Southampton Solent University

  • Which courses and why?
    • Course 1 – Graphic Design BA (Hons). Again, graphic design is my biggest passion, besides the want to progress on to teaching after gaining a degree
    • Course 2 – Graphic Design for Web and Mobile Devices BA (Hons). This is a more innovative course that holds an increasing relevance in the modern world. Out of the two courses I’d probably prefer the first.
  • What might I need to do to be accepted?
    • Gain at least 112 UCAS points, which is the equivalent of a Merit on my current ED course.
    • Attend a portfolio interview
  • Positives about the University?
    • I already know a lot about Southampton as a city, having worked there for a while when I lived in Portsmouth.
    • Heavy investment into making the experience of University life as fun as possible.
  • Negatives about the University?
    • Low tariff points for entry suggests quality of courses might be lower than other universities
    • From what I’ve heard, Solent doesn’t have the greatest reputation as a university
  • Extracurricular Information?
    • Lots of financial help available
    • Housing available as close as fifteen minutes away

University #3 – Plymouth University

  • Which course and why?
    • Course 1 – Graphic Communication with Typography, BA (Hons). I feel like out of all the courses I’ve looked at, this one is the most suited to me, with the ability to use type as a tool being one of my strongest assets.
  • What might I need to do to be accepted?
    • Gain at least 112 UCAS tariff points, again, equivalent to a Merit on my ED course.
    • Attend a portfolio interview
  • Positives about the University?
    • I have lived in Plymouth for the majority of my life, so I wouldn’t have to worry about settling in
    • Plymouth Uni is in the top 2% of universities in the world
  • Negatives about the University?
    • Would mean being stuck in Plymouth even longer, which isn’t ideal, as I feel I wouldn’t be getting the full university experience
  • Extracurricular Information?
    • I wouldn’t really have to look far for information regarding Plymouth University, as I have numerous friends who are students, and as such I am regularly updated with information regarding housing and other important issues

FMP – A Day In The Life

This is a brief list of the things that happened during a day in my life

  • Wake up – contemplate meaning of life (as ever) – go toilet
  • Check phone -Facebook/Instagram/Twitter/Snapchat – said good morning to Sophie
  • Have breakfast – toast w/ butter – coffee (milky, 3 sugars)
  • Let my dog out for a pee – say hi to mother
  • Check Sky Sports News – updates about F1, cricket and football
  • Check notifications on phone again
    • Notification from Netflix, about a new(ish) series called Abstract: The Art of Design – Check notification out of curiosity – noticed some of the artists seem to be influenced by the Bauhaus school.

My Strengths, Weaknesses and Targets

  • 1 skill I’m great at:
    • I feel like I’m very adept with the use of typography in design – for example using a very select list of typefaces and knowing where and when to use them.
  • 1 skill I’d like to learn to develop:
    •  I would really like to expand my ability to illustrate, as I feel it would really benefit my work.
  • 3 things that inspire me:
    • The Swiss design movement – more specifically Josef Muller-Brockmann.
    • Russian revolutionary art – especially Kazimir Malevic, Alexander Rodchenko and El Lissitzky.
    • The Bauhaus school – artists including Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Josef Albers and Walter Gropius.
  • 3 things I do to switch off:
    • play computer games.
    • listen to music.
    • watch tv.
  • 1 piece of work I would have loved to have made:
    • This would definitely be the map for the London Underground system, which is widely considered as the best piece of graphic design ever made.
  • My Strengths
    • Branding and re-branding
    • Use of typography in design
    • Good communicative skills
    • Good people skills
  • My Weaknesses
    • I get distracted far too quickly and far too easily
    • I am too critical of my own work
  • Opportunities
    • I see this course as an opportunity to further myself as a creative and as a person
    • I also see the chance to progress onto a career in teaching
  • Threats
    • The main threat to my learning at this moment in time is my maturity level. I need to start taking the course and my work more seriously
    • I see the current lack of funding towards the arts within the school system in the country as a credible threat to my planned career

My progression target is to progress on to a design degree, then on to a teaching degree, and finally to teach secondary education. My character target is to take more responsibility for my own learning at college

Carbon Footprint Inforgraphic

For this task we had to calculate our carbon footprint, and represent the data as an infographic.

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Firstly, I did the test to calculate my annual carbon footprint, as according to wwf.org. Screen Shot 2017-03-03 at 11.15.02.png

Here is a breakdown of my total carbon emissions, giving me simple data from which I could produce my infographic.

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The image above is my basic infographic, representing the components of my yearly carbon emissions footprint.

South Devon Coastal Renewable Energy Network

The South Devon Coastal Renewable Energy Network (SDCREN) is a non-profit organisation based in Kingsbridge, Devon. They work to support people with renewable energy technologies in the South Devon coastal area, and actively encourage the establishment of new projects. The Network aims to support community groups, businesses and householders in the South Devon Coastal Local Action Group area to set up renewable energy projects and support those with existing installations.

I chose this company to rebrand because I felt it was the company most in need of change. The website is poor, in my opinion, and there is no real obvious branding. This allows me greater freedom within my designs, but also gives me  good challenge to produce something completely from scratch.

Webpage Design – Case Studies

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The website above is the homepage for pafc.co.uk, the official site for Plymouth Argyle FC.

This layout is one adopted by the English Football League, for simpler navigation around the websites for its 72 member clubs. Some have their own independently designed sites, but most follow this format – one that gives easy access to anything regarding the respective clubs. uThe use of imagery on this page is simple, with one image beside each article, giving a helping hand to suggest what the article is about. The image of the club crest in the top left of the screen also acts as a button to redirect visitors to the homepage when they are on other pages. The use of