The Northern School of Art opens its doors to showcase impressive range of creative qualifications
The Northern School of Art, the only specialist art and design school in the north east, is throwing open its doors on Saturday 23 March to showcase the wide array of skills-based creative courses it offers.
Visitors to the event at the School’s university-level campus in Hartlepool will be able to discover more about studying on courses that span a number of creative disciplines including art and design, photography, film, television and theatre and fashion and textiles.
The event will provide an insight for potential future students of all ages into the creative, specialist, collaborative community offered by the School and the high quality facilities on offer.
Representatives from all of the School’s programmes will be on hand to highlight the fact that courses are taught by industry professionals and cover a variety of skills linked to future work and careers in the creative industries.
Staff from the Visual Effects & Model Making course will be highlighting recent high profile visits from industry professionals that students have benefitted from such as Simon Cox, writer/director of UK sci-fi feature film Kaleidoscope Man, who also hosted a private screening at the School.
Added to this was a visit by Doug McCarthy, the 25-year veteran of film special effects whose extensive filmography includes work on School alumnus Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, Avengers Age of Ultron, Game of Thrones, Wonder Woman and Sherlock Holmes, whose talk packed out the lecture theatre and Bentley Advanced Materials who delivered a practical workshop on cutting edge silicone and plastic moulding and casting techniques.
The Acting for Stage and Screen degree programme will be sharing details of the well-received recent public performance by students of a series of devised pieces at independent arts venue Arc in Stockton as well as information about a visit by Will Steel from Moving Parts Newcastle Puppetry Festival who worked with students on puppet prototypes to help them prepare ahead of performing at the Festival in April. The recent visit by playwright Ishy Din, pictured during his visit above, will also provide a talking point.
A full-size replica of a period train carriage created by Level 5 (second year) BA (Hons) Production Design for Stage & Screen students will also be on display in the School’s film and TV studios. It was recently unveiled to great acclaim in a private viewing for an invited audience of family, friends and members of the local civic and arts community and will soon depart from the School to feature as part of a theatre production.
The Northern School of Art’s Vice Principal, Pat Chapman, said that event will highlight an impressive range of qualifications that provide the skills, experience and access to industry needed to kick start a career in the booming creative industries.
“The sector contributes £101 billion to the UK’s wider economy and is crying out for new talent,” he added. “Our programmes are full of ‘real-world’ experiences, responding to client briefs and live projects, all of which helps our graduates to stand out when they apply for jobs.
“Our North East location is a strong part of our appeal. Not only is it an amazing and unique part of the country which inspires creativity in filmmakers and artists alike, it’s also a very affordable place to live.”
The Open Day at The Northern School of Art’s Hartlepool campus is on Saturday 23 March from 10:00 to 14:00.
For more information on opportunities and all courses at The Northern School of Art contact (01642) 288888 or visit https://northernart.ac.uk/