Graphic Communication students at Huddersfield New College (HNC) have been taking part in a series of careers focussed workshops, supporting them in planning their next steps beyond HNC. It is an exciting time to be pursuing a creative career; the creative industries are worth a huge £115.9 billion a year in the UK alone, and jobs in the sector continue to grow, with 300,000 new jobs expected within the sector by 2025.


Students have recently enjoyed guest visits from Sarah Tompkins and Sophie Bennett from Falmouth University and UAL (University of the Arts London) respectively, who shared with our future creatives valuable information about the university application process, the wide range of careers possible within the creative industries and discussed the routes students would need to pursue for specific career goals.


The guest speakers highlighted how much of an impact the creative industries have on our daily lives, and how this creativity is human led and unable to be replicated or replaced by technology, unusual in today’s technological world. It was also noted that students studying for their A Levels today would likely be working within roles and specialist areas that hadn’t yet been conceived, given how quickly the sector moves on each year. This sparked a lively and enlightening debate in class as students made educated guesses as to what the future may look like for creative job roles.


Susan Dobson, Course Leader for Graphic Communication, commented “ensuring that students are given the tools they need to shape their future and helping them to understand the possibilities open to them beyond College is an important part of our offer here at HNC. With an industry so large, it’s imperative that students are supported in exploring the vast range of careers and routes available to them within the creative industries, even if those roles don’t yet exist! Hearing from two creative Universities about the possibilities open to our Graphic Design students has inspired them to pursue some fascinating careers and inspired them to think outside of the box when it comes to their A Level work here at HNC. I’d like to extend my thanks to our guest speakers for giving up their time to speak with our students”.


You can explore our students’ work and speak to our specialist Art and Design teachers in our upcoming open event on Thursday 1st December. Find out more here.

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