TheatreCraft 2017

Are you 16-25 and looking for a career in theatre? From direction to stage management, producing to marketing, lighting to designing, TheatreCraft is the only place to be for a unique glimpse into careers ‘behind the scenes’ in theatre.

TheatreCraft is free and open to anyone aged 16-25 and offers you the chance to:

  • Take part in Workshops led by theatre professionals
  • Explore the vibrant Marketplace packed with leading theatres and education providers
  • Get one-to-one careers advice in our Stage Your Career zone
  • Meet high profile, influential people in the industry

Register for your free place: http://www.theatrecraft.org/

Channel 4 Work Experience – Applications now open!

Channel 4 are now recruiting for their cohort of Work Experience!

The Work Experience will take place from the 23rd– 27th October, and will be available in teams such as Film4, Corporate Relations, Online and more!

Please note this opportunity is only for those who are 18+ and applications close on the 25th September and cannot be accepted after this date.

For more information: http://4talent.channel4.com/get-involved/work-experience

 

Meet one of our Alumni: Natasha Brown (MA Drama 2015)

  Natasha graduated in 2015 with a MA in Creative Producing. Since then she has worked at the Gate Theatre in Notting Hill and the Southbank Centre as a Marketing Officer, where her main goal has been to drive new audiences to the arts. Alongside marketing, she works as a freelance producer and theatremaker.   

 

What do you value most about your time doing Drama at Kent?

 This is a hard question because I enjoyed doing so many things that it’s hard to pin point the most valuable. I guess that would be my answer… I enjoyed the variety that the degree offered. In any one term you could be learning about Shakespeare, Greek Tragedy, Naturalism or Physical Theatre. There were always really interesting subjects to study and I found that really freeing as I’m someone who likes to have multiple ideas occupying my brain.

What advice would you give to first-year student starting a BA in Drama at Kent?

Get involved in other things! It’s good to get stuck into your degree as soon as you begin your university education, however, your first year is one of the only times to truly explore the university experience before you have to get more focused. I signed up to a bunch of extracurricular activities during my first year as a way to learn more about topics that weren’t related to my degree, such as politics, sport and volunteering.

In terms of the degree, make sure you give yourself enough time to do the work properly. I’ve been guilty of one or two (or three or four!) all-nighters and not only are they unsustainable, but you do yourself an injustice because you could achieve much more with a bit more time. 

Why did you choose Kent?

As soon as I arrived on campus, I had a positive vibe about the place. It is so open and green. Canterbury is such a beautiful city that felt safe and not too far away from London which is where I’m from. My course was particularly exciting as I got to go abroad for a year and complete a Masters specialising in Creative Producing – something other universities weren’t offering.

In what ways did your degree prepare you for what you’re doing now?

 I’m fortunate in that I got a job in a theatre as soon as I graduated so I was using actual knowledge I gained from my degree straight away, such as knowing about contemporary writers, actors and directors, understanding how a theatre is run and funded, and being aware of what’s involved in staging a show.

 There are also some really basic transferable skills that my degree prepared me for such as time management, research, lateral thinking, communication and team work. It cannot be stressed enough how important these skills are in most workplaces! Fortunately, doing a degree in Drama prepares you for so much – it’s no wonder I always bump into Kent graduates in the industry.

 

 

Fantastic runner opportunity working with Director Jessica Hines

If you are available and interested in gaining film location experience, there are 2 runner opportunities on set in Folkestone. The job is 1 or 2 weeks of shooting in Folkestone working on a film directed by Jessica Hines.

If you are available it is short notice – starting Saturday 22 July.

Please contact Stephanie Paeplow  s.paeplow@Hotmail.co.uk   07840 189697

This is for experience and unpaid, please ask about expenses.

 

Performance Poetry Winner from School of Arts

Henry Maddicoot performing He flicked his cigarette at Wise Words Festival 2017

Henry Maddicott (Final year Drama student) has been celebrating his success at the 2017 Wise Words Festival Emerging Talent Final which was presented in partnership with Apples and Snakes, England’s leading organisation for performance poetry and spoken word.

Earlier in the year poets from around the country had the opportunity to apply for the opportunity to compete against each other at Canterbury’s Wise Words Festival. Out of the many that applied only six were shortlisted.  These included Henry as well as fellow Kent Drama student Jemma-Louise Burgess. The prize includes support from Wise Words and Apples and Snakes to produce an hour long show for next year’s festival. He will also receive three mentoring sessions with a high profile poet of his choice along with promotional material and the first pick of any upcoming writing workshops that they may be hosting.

You can find out more about Henry Maddicot’s poetry by clicking here.

Arts Success in Employability Points Scheme

Students from the School of Arts were winners at the University’s annual Employability Points Rewards night on Tuesday 6th June.  The scheme, pioneered at the University of Kent, allows students to claim points and rewards for their extra-curricular activities and is registering a higher number of students actively logging points and applying for rewards than ever before. These rewards include paid internships, project placements, work experience, training, vouchers and much more, offered by businesses and organisations, including many exciting opportunities in the arts.

One of the winning students was first-year Drama student Aleksander Angelov, who won the prize for the Highest Scoring Student Studying a Creative Degree. Aleksander has earned a remarkable 1,695 points in his first year.

He has immersed himself in University life, attending an impressive amount of Employability Festival Events with the Careers and Employability Service, as well as in-sessional English seminars with Kent’s Centre for English and World Languages, for which he became Course Rep. He has continued to improve his employability and skills through completing the Careers and Employability Award on Moodle and the Hub’s Enterprise Skills Award Module. He is the co-founder and President of the Bulgarian Society, as well as a member of the Homeless Outreach Society and T24 Drama Society. His award was presented by Dalia Halpern-Matthews, Chief Executive of Nucleus Arts.

Second-year student Jose Miguel Santos (Drama & English and American Literature) was the Highest Scoring Student from the Faculty of Humanities and received his award from Colin Carmichael, Chief Executive of Canterbury City Council. Miguel has managed to obtain an outstanding 2,310 points whilst at the University of Kent. He has worked as a School of Arts mentor, regularly attended Careers and Employability service skills workshops, completed a range of Study Plus courses, acted as a Kent Student Certificate of Volunteering Champion, a Kent Buddy and a Student Trainer, delivering training sessions to student volunteers. His commitment to volunteering has led to being nominated the Kent Union Volunteer of the Month multiple times, as a result of undertaking various projects, including the Community Clean Up, a Canterbury Food Bank collection, a Shoebox Appeal, Age UK Christmas Tree project, to name a few. Notably, he was also involved with successfully writing a funding bid for the construction of an all-weather sports pitch for adults with learning difficulties. Miguel has successfully claimed four three-week professional placements across the summer as a result of his participation in the scheme.

To find out more about the University of Kent’s Employability Points scheme click here.

Spotlight on: Anthony Lowery (BA Film 2012)

Anthony Lowery is a professional writer across several artistic mediums. His works have attracted the attention of various media outlets such as the BBC, as well as prestigious literary festivals, while earning him the admiration of established industry peers. With five years’ experience of entertainment journalism craft – two at senior editorial level – Anthony has grown into a reputable film critic, contributing at Empire Magazine while holding resident positions at several regional print publications. He talks below about his time at Kent.

 

What do you value most about your time doing Film at Kent?

There’s so much to be grateful for. Kent is my home from home, and I value the relationships I forged with fellow students and faculty members. Making friends (and even colleagues) was never a reason for me to go to university, but in making the most of the inter-personal aspect of being in that environment, I’ve been able to meet people whom I wouldn’t want to live without.

Surprisingly, my time studying Film at Kent bolstered my passion for the subject even more, and from that I knew I was pursuing the right path. I also value the knowledge and life skills I learned throughout the three very short years.

Why did you choose Kent?

It might sound ridiculous, but it’s almost as if Kent chose me. I think, when they visit universities during open days, a lot of students just know what is right for them. I fell in love with everything UKC had to offer, as well as the city that houses it. I could already see myself there, as a student, before I had even acquired the entry grades.

For me, there was so much to like about the place: its friendly and wooded environment, the fact it’s so large yet so self-contained that I never needed to leave campus, the on-campus cinema and theatre was appealing – especially given the nature of my course, its reputation for being one of the country’s longest running Film Studies universities… I could go on.

Sure, that’s all great stuff, but what made me consider Kent in the first place? On the wall of my A-Level classroom, my film tutor posted a list of the top fifty courses across all subjects and universities rated by its students. At number 8 was Film Studies at the University of Kent.

In what ways did your degree prepare you for what you’re doing now?

During my time at Kent, I acquired detailed insight into the workings of an industry that turned out to be tougher than I had imagined. Nonetheless, my degree (or more accurately expert lecturers) equipped me with the knowledge and technical skills to see that I at least had a fighting chance of making a success of it.

What advice would you give to first-year students starting a BA in Film at Kent?

Do what you can to have zero regrets and also try to have some idea of what it is you really want to do – then shape your choices accordingly. It’s easy, and maybe even ideal, to believe that it’s OK not know what it is you want from life post-university, but the sooner you figure that out, the more you stand to gain from your experience at Kent.

The only other piece of advice I would give is to do the work! It might sound obvious, but actually it isn’t. I’ve known students to get so distracted by the lifestyle that they neglect the very reason they’re there, and before they know it, they’re in their third year scrambling to make a 2:2.

Spend your time wisely. Don’t wish it away. And enjoy every minute.

 

Student Success Event #myblackarts

#myblackarts

Friday 9th June 2017, 2-5pm

Lumley and Aphra Theatres, Grimond Building, University of Kent

An afternoon of talks, workshops and discussions

Organised by Alisha Artry and TD.Moyo in collaboration with the School of Arts

Further info: #myblackarts seeks to explore racial diversity within academia and creative spaces, offering students the opportunity to have their voices heard.

The event will also engage in practical assistance and conversation regarding how students, especially non-White students, can excel in the School of Arts and beyond.

Full programme tbc.

All staff and students are welcome to attend

Tea, coffee and cake will be provided – please RSVP to help with catering numbers Email: L.Brydon@kent.ac.uk

 

 

Lilford Gallery offers 2 work experience placements

Lilford Gallery work experience https://www.kent.ac.uk/employabilitypoints/sponsors/sponsor-profiles/Lilford-gallery.html

The Lilford Gallery are providing two work experience placements (1 day per week, 12 weeks) where the candidate will be involved in art curating, research on artists, sales training, stock and database management and curating for events. There is also the chance that the placements will include trips to artist’s studios.

Please note, this will only be available for students with a strong interest in the arts. Applicants must have reached the prerequisite employability points to apply for these posts. Please go via Employability Points.

The placement will be in either the Canterbury or Folkestone gallery.

£2000 Bursaries for Beijing Internship

This year the Careers and Employability Service, in conjunction with the Dean for Internationalisation, has offered 3 bursaries of £2000 to students wishing to undertake a 1 month summer internship experience in Beijing with CRCC Asia, starting 20 July 2017. In addition to the internship, pre-departure language and culture training opportunities have been provided through the Centre for English and World Languages.

For more details click here: https://www.kent.ac.uk/ces/kewchina.html

Deadline 3rd April.