Graduate Advocate for Art & Design

 MEET NAOMI – YOUR GRADUATE ADVOCATE FOR ART & DESIGN

This is me, Naomi Gibbard, and I graduated with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art last year.

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My role as the Outreach and Widening Participation Graduate Advocate for Art & Design is to inspire and engage with students, to help them realise their potential, and encourage them to think about applying to do an art and design course at university.

In order to share the knowledge and experience which I have gained during my time within the School of Art & Design, I have developed a variety of workshops and presentations that will help your students gain an understanding of what life is like as an art and design university student.

   PRESENTATIONS

WHY STUDY ART & DESIGN AT UNIVERSITY?

Suitable for those students who wish to know more about studying an art and design subject at degree level: What is it like to be an art and design student? What are the benefits of studying on a creative course? These questions, and many more, will be answered as part of this presentation.

ART & DESIGN: WHICH COURSE SHOULD YOU CHOOSE?

If your students are unsure of which art and design pathway to take, this session offers advice and guidance, highlighting key information about each subject area and helping students to make the right decision for them.

PORFOLIO PREPARATION AND INTERVIEW SKILLS: THE KEY TO SUCCESS!

With university interview days on the horizon, this informative and visual session will provide your students with the advice and guidance they need in order to produce successful portfolios, and ace those interviews!

  WORKSHOPS

ANIMATE-IT

Working with our experienced animation department we have created an interactive practical session where your students will create short pieces to take away with them.

We will get them to try out some of their own stop-motion animation sequences. This workshop is a fantastic opportunity to get to learn about the power of animation. We understand that not many of you will have had the chance to animate before so why not contact us to come and deliver a session to your class?

BRINGING CHARACTERS TO LIFE

Using children’s book classics, such as Tracey Beaker, The BFG and Mrs Tiggy-Winkle as inspiration.

Your students will learn the process an Illustration student goes through in order to bring a story to life. They will learn and experiment with a printing technique, to give them a taste of life as an illustrator.

PORTFOLIO PREPARATION: THE KEY TO SUCCESS!

This informative workshop will advise and guide students through the process of preparing a portfolio for interview, offering top tips to ensure their own portfolios are produced to the highest standards. Students will work together, applying the information they have learnt throughout the workshop, to create a successful portfolio for interview.

EXPLORING THE LANGUAGE OF DRAWING

Challenge your students to think creatively and openly about the process of drawing, in order to prepare and develop their practice for university. Students will look at contemporary drawers and produce a number of their own drawings through a variety of activities.

PITCH PERFECT

Do your students know how their work impacts the world they live in? Are they able to pitch ideas, and talk about their work to a variety of people?

This ‘The Apprentice’ style workshop will give your students the opportunity to practice these skills, and learn that Art & Design isn’t just about ‘making’ something, but that the ideas behind a project are just as important. Working together as an ‘advertising team’, students will take on various roles which help bring an idea to life.

All workshops and presentations are approximately 45 minutes long, but can be adapted to suit your needs.
Each session is available to be delivered to your students at your school or college, at a time which is best for you. Or alternatively, you are welcome to experience these sessions at the university.
If you like the look of any of these sessions or think we can help any other way, please contact me at
ngibbard@glos.ac.uk or call 01242 714487