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

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