2024 Festival Dates: 6 & 7 July

Creative & Cultural Skills – Live Brief

11th January 2021

The National Festival of Making and Creative & Cultural Skills have released an industry-led student challenge.

We have partnered with Creative & Cultural Skills to release this live brief designed to support students’ skills development across the combination of creative and business skills needed to thrive as a professional, whether freelance or employed.

Students are invited to consider what they would like to contribute to The National Festival of Making programme by proposing an imaginative piece of work that will engage the Festival’s multi-generational and diverse audiences.

Prizes include mentoring from the festival team to see the winning idea realised at The National Festival of Making, as well as online masterclasses delivered by the Festival Directors and Team.

Live Briefs that enable students to experience the commissioning and development process of someone working in the creative sector are an essential part of how students can expand their knowledge, skills and supports talent development in the creative industries.”

          – Wayne Hemingway MBE, Co-Founder of the National Festival of Making

Who is eligible to apply?

Registered students in post 16 education from any creative or non-creative course and who are currently studying at level 3 or level 4 (level 6 or 7 in Scotland).

When is the entry deadline?

Monday 16th March 2021

Register your interest

Register by Sun 31st January 2021 to participate in the Online Briefing for Tutors. Contact sandra.dartnell@ccskills.org.uk

Further Information for Tutors

Download a copy of this essential information to share with colleagues and students.

Download additional information on how this industry-led brief supports students’ skills development across a combination of creative and business skills.

Download the full live brief.

Problem solving skills, communication skills, and finance skills were commonly reported as skills gaps by employers… Courses were believed to focus on the creative aspect rather than how to survive as a sole trader or contribute to the running of a business.”

          – CCSkills Report – Building a Creative Nation: Current and Future Skills                          Needs

Image 1: Screenprinting with Studio Supermarche

Image 2: Screenprinting with Girls Girls Girls



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The National Festival Of Making Delivery Team

National Festival of Making is supported by the Arts Council England, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, Brian Mercer Trust and Foundations and Partners. This project is part-funded by the UK government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

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