Review of Graduate associate membership

Just to let everyone know that we’re currently reviewing our graduate associate membership scheme.

In response to your feedback, we are piloting further access to IT facilities as part of Graduate Associate Membership. This includes times you can use library computers and specialist printing access through individual arrangement with IT. You will need to prepare a file stating size and paper type.  IT will print the file and arrange collection directly with students. Email for full details. Email directly to arrange printing.

As Graduate Associate Members, charges will be the same as current student prices but prints will need to be paid for prior to collection.

Please let me know if you’re a recent graduate and have any comments or feedback about the scheme as this will help us review. Sarah

Invitation to ‘Forging Sustainable Futures’ event at HCA

Forging Sustainable Futures: Interrogating energy efficient blacksmithing.

Forging sustainable futures symposium provides a forum for exploring alternative approaches to sustainable forging. Speakers from industry and craft present alternative models to manipulating metal that seek to reduce the traditionally large carbon footprint of traditional approaches. The day seeks to present and share new methods of working and provide a forum for the blacksmithing community to come together to discuss how a shift to more sustainable ways of working could be made.

Date: Saturday 16th Feb

For more details, and to book tickets, please click on the Eventbrite link below:

Funded PhD opportunities

The University of West London has just released their funded PhD opportunities. 

These include art and design projects around:

  • The intermediality of art cinema
  • Modern European cinema, landscape and environmental awareness
  • Overcoming the barriers of conventional recruitment and hiring methods in the creative industries
  • Smart brands: a design challenge for smart learning ecosystems

If you are interested in the above and could live/work in London then worth investigating!

Exploring the portfolio career

I was sent a link to this really interesting article by Heinz Bulos which explains the portfolio career. As many of you will be embarking on just such a career – balancing multiple jobs and exploring fluid projects with different people I thought worth sharing.

In other news, I’m working with IT here to set up a forum space so we can discuss and share ideas regardless of where we’re based post-graduation.





Opportunities for grant funding!!!

Here’s a heads-up on a couple of funding opportunities from Herefordshire’s a Great Place project that may be of interest, particularly if you are involved with local community projects or working as a freelancer. Full details in the link below.

Go + See Bursaries
Funding research trips to inspirational and pioneering arts and heritage sites across the UK

My Places
Grants of up to £2,000 for new artwork or arts activity that celebrates Herefordshire places

Calling all involved in the re-fabricate project

Hello all,

I hope you’re all well and have had lovely Summer breaks. I’m just letting you know that our shared initiative, re-fabricate was invited to present at the RAISE 18 conference last Thursday at the University of Sheffield.

Breaking with academic convention, although Victoria & I took the role of lead researchers in the project, I requested that we were formally credited in the abstract as a collaborative community.

In real terms this means that everyone who discussed re-fab and took part in re-fab can claim this as their academic credit.

To place the initiative on your CV, you need to cite it as follows:

Crowson, S. Powell, V. and the HCA re-fabricate community of practice (2018). Re_fabricate: collaborative teaching and learning events co-designed by staff, students and the external community. Workshop. Researching, Advancing and Inspiring Student Engagement Conference, Sheffield Hallam University, UK.

Hello and Welcome

Hello all – good to virtually meet you here. I’m hoping that you’ve visited this site as a member of the creative community of Hereford College of Arts – a community that stretches outside the walls of the building and includes recent graduates or soon-to-be graduates.

You can see how this website came to be by looking at the ideas we shared at the soft launch of the Graduate Launchpad on the 7th June. These are on an online pinboard.

Please also share any ideas you might have as to ideas for non-discipline specific workshop that might help your creative journey.

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Launching from the Launchpad…

Huge thanks to all who attended the Graduate Launchpad event on Thursday 7th June at HCA. You can read the full list of suggestions on the online pinboard here.

This website – which as you’ll see is a work in progress – has been created as a direct response to the Launchpad event and to staff feedback that it would be useful to have a digital space to capture scholarship at HCA. So we’re going to try to do just that, and join up some dots in our creative community.