The Northern School of Art has been established for over 150 years. We are the only specialist provider of art and design programmes in the North East. We offer a distinct teaching and learning experience for students wishing to pursue an exciting career in the booming creative industries. Our further education (FE) provision for 16+ year olds is delivered from our Middlesbrough Campus and our higher education (HE) for 18+ year olds is housed within the University-level campus in Hartlepool. Additionally, the school runs a successful “Saturday Club” at its Middlesbrough campus for people ages 6 to 16 years.

Why Outreach?

Our outreach activities aim to support schools and colleges in inspiring their pupils – raising their aspiration and providing them with the information they need to make clear choices about their future. As a specialist institution, we have an added challenge of promoting the arts and creativity in a sector heavily geared towards STEM subjects. It is important for us to ensure young people can make well-informed decisions about their future careers, this involves being immersed in experiences which open minds to alternative possibilities. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport released figures in November 2018 stating the UK’s roaring creative industries made a record contribution to the economy. Our school is a place where creative talent is celebrated and nurtured. We are very excited about the future of the creative industries and the futures of young people within it. We look forward to working with you!

The Northern School Of Art for Schools and Colleges

As a teacher you may want help and support in gaining new skills/techniques or even developing existing ones. We can contribute to your students’ portfolio development by offering something specific to the curriculum. Additionally, we can offer progression activities either on campus or in your own organisation. We can usually fit around your working day and lesson times and most sessions can be fully customised to meet your students’ needs.

Support for Teachers and Careers Advisers

The Northern Creative Network (TNCN)

The Northern Creative Network is run by The Northern School of Art as part of its mission to promote teaching and participation in the creative subjects so that there is a secure talent pipeline to meet the needs of a growing and diverse industry. Our network engages with over 1.000 art and design educators and IAG providers in schools and colleges across the north of England (and over 2,500 nationally). The community offers support for the teaching of creative subjects and the understanding of the employment opportunities available to young people in this fast growing and changing sector. We provide: · CPD sessions and short courses (both online and in-person) · Industry insight events which includes a weekly programme of industry speaker webinars · The Art Teacher Workshop Society – an annual conference · IAG information · Networking platform for both education and creative culture sectors · Masterclasses in techniques and other bespoke services TNCN forms part of the School’s wider suite of outreach work. We provide a range of activities and interventions to help school’s enable young people to develop their creative and cultural capital. Many sessions are linked to the Regional Progression Framework and cover the Gatsby Benchmarks Our activities encompass both light-touch and intense levels of engagement.

Partner Organisations

The School engages and collaborates with a number of organisations to bolster its outreach provision, some of which include:

· North East Uni Connect Programme (NEUCP) – Focussed on increasing the progression of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to higher education · National Society for Education in Art and Design (NSEAD) · North East Art Teacher/Educator Network (NEATEN) · United Kingdom Arts and Design Institutions Association (UKADIA) · Tees Valley Combined Authority (TVCA) and the Tees Valley Cultural Education Partnership (TVCEP) · Schools North East

A Guide for Teachers & Career Advisors

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Teacher & Career Advisor Sessions

The Northern School Of Art are providing several workshops for teachers and advisors in art & design.

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Creative Choices event

This event is aimed at year 8 and 9 pupils to raise awareness of the creative routes available within the industry. The event is timed to take place before pupils select their GCSE options.

Creative Placements

The College offers work experience for year 10 and 11 pupils on Campus. Participating pupils are given expert advice and guidance on their current school projects, whilst having the benefit of being immersed in a specialist creative environment.

FREE Exciting Workshops

Workshops for Schools & College students. All our workshops are free to attend and materials are included. All workshops are delivered at either the FE or HE Campuses, with the option of some being delivered in your own school or college.

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External Skills and Careers events

The College attends events such as North East Skills, Tees Valley Skills, Big Bang Event, which are generally targeted to Primary and Secondary Schools. These are usually interactive allowing pupils to learn about the creative courses available and participate in workshops.

College Collaboration Fund

The Northern School of Art works with the CCF providing videos covering a wide range of skills across Art & Design, stock imagery representing Art & Design and Alternative Software Lists including free software and mobile alternatives.

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Inspirational Talks for School and Colleges

This list is by no means exhaustive, but to give you an idea of what we can provide, there is something for any aspiring creative studying at any level up to post-16. Topics cover: Portfolio Building University application advice and interview preparation Writing a winning personal statement Learn about the creative sector and ‘Art as a Business’ Creative career routes Student life at a specialist art school Showcasing current student portfolios to raise aspirations for creative careers

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Bespoke Tours of our Campuses

Whether you are looking for the leading provider of further education for art & design in the Tees Valley which will maximise your chances of getting into the university of your choice or you are looking for the degree which is going to get you the creative career that you desire - we are the place to be! We offer bespoke tours, so if you'd prefer to visit away from an open day - no problem! Just let us know by emailing us with when you'd like to visit and we'll gladly show you what we have to offer.