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Arts and Creative Industries talks and workshops

Explore all there is to know about the talks and workshops we provide for those pupils interested in subjects that sit within the Arts and Creative industries. Get in touch with us at student.recruitment@sunderland.ac.uk to find out more.

Sculpt, Shoot, Share - Year 12

Duration: 2 hours

Capacity: 20 people

Learn all about how to create claymation with just a ball of clay and some animation software downloaded onto your mobile device. You can then share your results on our Instagram channel.

Mini Beast Mini Brief - Year 12

Duration: 2 hours

Capacity: 20 people

Explore some of our digital modelling software and learn how to create your very own fantastical digital beast. The most creative work will receive a 3D digital print of their creation.

Teamwork makes the Dream Work - Year 13

Duration: 3 hours

Capacity: 20 people

Work as a team to come up with a concept, then design and plan a functional device that will later be built under the supervision of your teacher, to perform a specific task. Create your vision in a small team with a range of provided materials.

Loco Roko - Year 13

Duration: 3 hours

Capacity: 10 people

Explore full body and facial capture techniques using the latest in cutting edge mocap technology. Work in small teams to capture a library of animations designed to be used within games and other forms of animated production. Go through the production phase of gathering mocap data and retarget this data onto a 3D digital character.

What Kind of Writer are You? - Year 12

Join this interactive workshop and explore creative and professional approaches in a series of exercises, designed to develop your voice and identity as a writer.

Writing Climate Fiction and Poetry - Year 13

Explore some of the elements of cli-fi, speculative fiction, HopePunk and old fashioned storytelling to help you articulate your stories about the world we live in today and our potential futures. Write alongside others in this interactive workshop, led by environmental author and activist, Dr Alex Lockwood.

Dye in Style - Year 12

Duration: 2 hours

Capacity: 15 people

Join our drive to make the fashion industry more sustainable by upcycling any plain old white t-shirt or clothing. Create your own coloured clothing using the eco-friendly dyes provided, made from everyday fruit and vegetables.

An Introduction to Designing in 3D using State of the Art CLO3D - Year 12

Duration: 2 hours

Capacity: 11 people

Get an introduction to the latest fashion design software, CLO3D, allowing users to design patterns and try out the clothes on 3D models using the latest cloth simulation.

Street Style Clothing - Year 13

Duration: 2 hours

Capacity: 15 people

Create your own street style garment with spray paint, a piece of white clothing and your imagination. Gain an insight into the creativity of the fashion industry whilst having fun and saving the planet by recycling your old clothes.

Forecast your own Fashion Trend

Learn how to forecast your own autumn/winter or spring/summer fashion trend, then create a mood board and receive feedback from our Fashion Journalism Programme Leader.

Fashion Journalism Experience

Observe a fashion editorial conference, work on content for the Fashion North website and see your stories published. Meet current Fashion Journalism students and observe their work and find out about a career in styling and fashion journalism.

Thank You for the Music: Disarray in the Digital Music Industry

Learn all about the upheaval that has marked the music industry's transition to digital consumption, from digital piracy to the streaming platform wars. Explore the murky world of illegal music consumption and legal alternatives, and have a go at making your own "memefied" content.

Zine Workshop - Year 12

Duration: 1.5 hours

Capacity: 12 people

Explore Fine Art zine-making and take away something for your portfolio.

Screen-Printing Workshop - Year 13

Duration: 2.5 hours

Capacity: 6

Engage in this screen-printing workshop where your creative ideas will be used to explore the screen-printing process, from experimenting with colour and shape to producing a finished print.

Maker Days - When Paper Meets Glass - Year 12

Duration: 3 hours

Capacity: 6 people

Explore the art of pyrography and paper weight making.

Maker Days - When Clay Meets Glass - Year 13

Duration: 3 hours

Capacity: 6 people

Create four textured tiles or submit four drawings which will be used to create the sides of a mould in the form of a box. Hot glass will then be blown into the box to form your object.

Paper Cuts - Year 12

Duration: 1.5-2 hours

Capacity: 20 people

Draw out a meaningful phrase that can be hand-cut and used in various ways, then select or make a background and photograph it.

Bonkers Branding - Year 12

Duration: 1.5-2 hours

Capacity: 20 people

Take your first steps in identity design by using typography, messaging and letterforms to create dynamic designs that explore the creative process, bringing your message to life. Explore the design process from conception to creation using various printing techniques to create bold and playful graphics.

Take me to your Larder - Year 13

Duration: 1.5-2 hours

Capacity: 20 people

Make a friendly robot or creative creature to drive a visual narrative for everyday objects.

Sketch it Out - Year 12

Duration: 1.5 hours

Capacity: 10 people

Create your own personal sketchbook to explore ideas and experiment with materials, using a variety of papers and our in-house binding equipment. Fill your sketchbook with cartoons, flip book animations, fashion designs, or whatever inspires you.

Life Drawing Taster Session - Year 13

Duration: 1.5 hours

Capacity: 15 people

Have a go at some quickfire gestural drawing, capturing movement and exploring different mediums when drawing longer poses. Get some top tips to improve your drawing skills, learning how to understand your subject and train yourself to draw what you see to tell a visual story.

Fashion Journalism

Forecast your own Fashion Trend

Learn how to forecast your own autumn/winter or spring/summer fashion trend, then create a mood board and receive feedback from our Fashion Journalism Programme Leader.

Fashion Journalism Experience

Observe a fashion editorial conference, work on content for the Fashion North website and see your stories published. Meet current Fashion Journalism students and observe their work, and find out about a career in styling and fashion journalism.

Journalism

Investigative Journalism

Learn how to investigate crimes in a variety of locations and settings and discover more about why crime stories have fascinated audiences for centuries.

Sports Journalism

Reporting on Professional Football: A Behind-the-Scenes Peek

Discover how professional football is reported by newspapers, TV, radio and websites, and find out how a football club's media team operates on a behind-the-scenes tour of Sunderland AFC's Stadium of Light.

TV Studio Taster and Steadicam Workshop - Years 12 and 13

Gain access to our state-of-the-art studios where you can explore the process of content creation, consider the different roles that contribute to the final product and gain hands on experience with industry standard equipment.

Develop Skills to Audition - Years 12 and 13

Duration: 1-2 hours

Capacity: 6-15 people

Explore opportunities for creating an audition piece for the performance industries. Learn how to present yourself to an audition panel and how to select material for an audition. Develop confidence in presenting your work and shaping pieces that will excite an audience.

Screen Performance

An Introduction to the TV Studio - Years 12 and 13

Duration: 3 hours

Capacity: 10-15 people

Get to know the workings of a TV studio, from camera to actor and everything in between. Explore how to operate a live TV studio using cameras and editing software and perform scripts for TV on a live set.

Performing Arts

Once upon a time... then what? - Year 12

Duration: 70 minutes

Capacity: 25 people

Work in groups to rearrange the narrative, change the characters and modernise a traditional fairytale, collaborating to create an original and innovative performance.

Musical Medley - Year 13

Duration: 70 minutes

Capacity: 25 people

Work in a multi-disciplinary way and draw upon the varied skillset of your group to work on a medley from a selected musical. Boost your confidence in performing.

Studio Lighting - Year 12

Create professional portraits or stylised selfies in the photographic studio. Use professional studio flash lighting, colour gels and camera equipment, and explore different lighting set-ups to create unique portraits you can add to your portfolio.

Darkroom Printmaking - Year 13

Experiment with photography in our photographic darkroom where we'll help you to create experimental 'photogram' images with objects and light sensitive paper. Explore the relationship between objects, light and shadow, and create black and white photographic prints for your portfolio.

Boost your Content with GIFs - Year 12

Duration: 2 hours

Capacity: 12 people

Learn how to turn your graphics, stills and videos into animated GIFs that people will want to share on social media.

TikTok and Reels: Mastering Transitions - Year 13

Duration: 2 hours

Capacity: 12 people

Learn the simple tricks required to make stunning transitions within videos that will take your TikToks and reels to the next level.

Studio Experience - Year 12

Duration: 1.5 hours

Capacity: 25 people

Gain experience of working in radio, using the equipment and presenting a radio show.

On-campus Takeover - Year 13

Duration: 1.5 hours

Capacity: 20 people

Plan and record a short programme for broadcast and gain experience of planning, selecting music, operating equipment and radio presenting.

Off-campus Broadcast - Year 13

Duration: 1.5 hours

Capacity: 20 people

Produce a live radio show from your own school or college. Select the music and work with the SPARK team to script and present the show live.