Step towards £Billion arts industry jobs

Friday 28 March 2014

More than 200 attended an event at Bedford College to learn about careers in the £36 Billion arts industry.

From textiles to technology, theatre or fashion, there are 100s of possible paths – all starting with a single step at Bedford College.

The South Bank Arts Centre houses staff who have important links with the best businesses in 3D Design, animation, fashion & textiles, film production, fine art, graphic design, music performance and technology, photography, theatre performance, production and make-up.

Sue Blackman, Director of the Arts, said: “It was a fantastic event with young people from schools all over the county attending to learn how they could take an important step towards their dream career.”

“At Bedford College we’re passionate about the arts and know how fulfilling a career in the creative industries can be. There are 1.5 Million employed in industry across the UK and every minute that industry generates £70,000 for the economy. This is a good career path to take.”

The event was supported by the Skills Show and the National Careers Service.

Industry experts praised Bedford College and its talented students as part of the event:

Richard Jobson, Film Director, writer and musician said: “Working with them on my film Wayland’s Song was an inspiration. Their 3D Design work on the props was a highlight for me – it elevated a micro budget project to a much higher production level.”

Aaron Wood, Slurpy Studios: “As an animation company we look for a good eye for visual design, solid animation and technical skills – all attributes I found in students encouraged by Bedford College.”

Bryony Doughty, The Race House Bedford (Bodyflight): “We have been so impressed with the professionalism and hard work of all the students.”

Fashion & Textiles company TigerLily’s Paul Simblett said: “The students impress us with enthusiasm and hard work.”

For Fine Art Bedford Borough Council commissioned work from Bedford College students: “They rose to the challenge delivering designs of a very high standard.”

Praise for the Graphic Design work came from top agencies who talked about talent, execution and “on trend” work. Said one: “A lot of bigger colleges could learn from the Bedford College way of doing things.”

Photography is an important area of talent and technology. Said Mark Densum who gave students national work experience: “I would not hesitate in using them again. Fantastic!”

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