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Creative Industries Week is an exciting opportunity for all students in the Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries. Offering a change of pace from the usual class timetable, Creative Industries Week gives you a chance to consider career options, network with staff and students from different courses, and get a wider view of the creative industries.

Each year there is a huge range of activities to get involved in, from employability sessions, to course-related workshops. We encourage you to attend as many activities as possible and try something new. Read on to find out more...

Creative Futures events

These events provide the chance to network and consider career opportunities, with a focus on particular aspects of the art, design, culture and media worlds.

In Spring 2022, we offered sessions including a guided walk of creative industries and studios in Sunderland, and a 'Movers and Shakers' networking event.

Guided walk of creative industries and studios in Sunderland

Students joined Laura Brewis, Producer for Artist Development and Creative Industries at Sunderland Culture, for a guided walk around cultural venues and studios in the Sunniside area of Sunderland, including Pop Recs Ltd, Theatre Space North East, Norfolk Street Arts and Breeze Creatives. It was a chance to see some of the exciting cultural developments happening in the city and meet some of the key people involved.

A group of visitors listening to a tour guide who is showing them around a spacious art studio

A group of four students standing in an artist's studio

Students attending guided walk of studios in Sunderland

Movers and Shakers networking event

This event was a unique chance for students across Journalism, PR, Social Media Management, Media Production, Film Production and related degrees to meet key players in the North East creative sectors. Students were encouraged to be bold and strike up conversation, establishing life-changing contacts with potential future employers, in a relaxed and informal setting.

A large crowd of people networking in a cafeteria

Students, staff and employers networking during Movers and Shakers event 2022

Creative Futures workshops and visiting speakers

The Creative Futures workshops are designed to give you the opportunity to explore the different aspects of our courses in the Faculty, and for you to have a go at developing new skills and ideas. For example, if you’re an artist or maker, you might fancy trying out a radio studio session! Journalism student? You could give photography a try!

In 2022, we offered the following sessions – plus much more!

  • Visual Storytelling
  • Guided walk of Newcastle / Gateshead’s Quayside Public Artworks
  • Photogram workshop
  • Create your own radio jingles!
  • Glass meets Clay
  • Investigative Journalism – Crime Reporting
  • National Youth Theatre
  • Gallery visit – Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art
  • Fashioning a Sustainable Future
  • Let's Draw Sunderland!

Let's Draw Sunderland!

Students joined Senior Lecturer Keith Nevens for a sketchcrawl around Sunderland, combining drawing with gentle exercise and fresh air. Using their preferred drawing materials, the group took in sights including Sunderland Minster and the Empire Theatre.A sketchbook showing a watercolour of Sunderland Minster

A sketchbook showing a black and white pencil drawing of Sunderland Minster

Fashioning a Sustainable Future

Naomi Austin, Senior lecturer and PhD student in sustainable design and consumer behaviour, delivered a two-part session around sustainable fashion and the fashion industry. After an introduction to the ways in which everyone can become more sustainable, students were able to get stuck into a design and make activity – using eco-friendly spray paint to create funky ‘street style’ clothing.

A white t shirt covered in brightly coloured, graffiti-style spray paint sits next to a stencil and three bottles of spray paint

A white t shirt and a pair of white jeans sits next to a stencil which reads 'Save the planet'


Watch staff and students talk about Creative Industries Week 2019:

Find out more

You'll be offered a wide range of opportunities as a student in the Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries. Check out our course pages to find out more, or join us at our next Open Day to see for yourself what the Faculty has to offer.

Published: 7 February 2022