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I’m delighted to give recent graduates and current L6 students notice of two forthcoming Enterprise events. These are:
Social media for Creative Marketing – May 10th
Creating the jobs of the future – May 31st
to If you’re a recent graduate of Hereford College of Arts these are free to attend. Please email me to reserve a place.
There will be one further Enterprise event in May, plus our regular Thursday lunchtime drop-ins. And, as always, if you’d like any particular support please let me know and I’ll do my best to arrange a workshop here in college.
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 email@example.com for full details. Email ITsupport@hca.ac.uk 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
Huge thanks to Nick Brown for sharing his expertise with the Enterprise group yesterday – and also to our amazing SU President, Aimee Leggett, for her shark drop-in!
Nick visited us to talk about the use of video. He shared how different platforms all need different types of video – for instagram, a quick video snapshot is great, but if you want to keep your video, then uploading to Youtube is a better solution.
However, if you’re wanting to blog/journal using video, you’ll need to think more about the kind of content you produce. A video blog might still be filmed on your phone but time and thought will be put into editing and forward-facing your content.
Nick’s top tips for filming useful and usable content are:
Buy a proper audio mike for your phone – poor audio content will let you down
Once you’ve recorded your video, download it to your PC or Mac and use a software package to edit
Buy a tripod. A smartphone tripod costs little and will make a huge difference
Think about lighting – try to put lights above and behind you if you can
If you really want to look professional use more than one camera
I can also proudly report that we now have a shared hashtag on twitter and facebook – #LaunchgradHCA
Huge thanks to the group for coming up with such a great name.
As always, if you’re a recent graduate of HCA and want to get involved or contribute to these discussions please email Sarah.
Because it’s reading week, there will be no
Enterprise discussion group next week, but we will meet on the 14th
between 12.30-1.30 in QBSR to discuss ‘small objects: creative alternatives to
the business card’
Futures: Interrogating energy efficient blacksmithing.
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
Date: Saturday 16th
For more details, and to book tickets, please click on the Eventbrite link below:
Huge thanks to those students who collaborated with me yesterday in HCA. Our discussion revolved around bid-writing and embraced some of the complexities and ethical issues in this area as well as providing nuts-and-bolts advice.
I’ve presented our discussion as a ‘things to think about’ image below.
We discussed the following specific resources – we’re adding to these on a live document so we can pool our collective resources. If any graduate reading this has anything useful they could add or would like access to the shared document, please email me.
Of course, with any type of fundraising you need to be aware of ethics and data privacy. I’ve found a useful (free) short course that could be helpful.
We’ll be meeting between 12.30-1.30 next Thursday (24th January) in College Road Campus (QBSR), where we’ll be discussing how to use social media (twitter and instagram). All students and recent graduates welcome. If you’re a graduate wanting to attend, please email me if you’d like to join in the discussion. If you aren’t a Graduate Associate I can sign you ‘in’ at reception.
I was delighted to be invited to Hereford’s Buttermarket last Wednesday by Market Art Collective (MAC).
MAC are a group of eight graduates and current MA and BA students) who met at Hereford College of Arts. Despite being students and alumni of the same college their work is highly diverse, exploring a wide range of ideas through a variety of media; from folded fabric to found objects. However, all form a critical re-storying in some way – prompting us to question, and to view the familiar as unknown.
Hereford already has a rich history of creativity, but adding to conversations around arts in the city is hugely relevant to HCA and its graduates. This project is particularly exciting as it creates space for recent graduates to work and exhibit whilst continuing a dialogue with HCA which has the potential to benefit current students.
The space is exciting too, a hidden area in the centre of Hereford about to be transformed. The studios are part of a modernisation project which includes the market and the stalls; for the record, the baklava looks beautiful.
The collective will live above the market proper, in what was (I was told) the Judge’s lodging in 1860. It’s a fascinating space; unique, something hidden that is starting to be repurposed and revealed. This is the start of a conversation and a journey for MAC, too. As the studio work progresses and as the graduates/postgraduate students involved start inhabit the space I hope we’ll continue the conversation, and I will keep posting updates on their progress.
I’m excited to tell you that we have a new post-graduation survey (Graduate Outcomes). You’ll have the chance to participate in the survey around 15 months after graduating and we really hope that you’ll participate in the survey.
It’s a great chance for college to find out what you’re doing after graduation and also to find out ways we can best support you and carry on the conversation with you after you’ve started your post-degree creative journey.
here or by watching the video below:
If you have any questions about the survey or would like further information please contact Sarah directly.