You’ll be taught by practicing artists and designers with high levels of industry and educational experience.
We have close links with the London College of Fashion and students get the opportunity of working with visiting artists and designers, as well as creating work for our excellent annual art exhibition which is open to the public. We have the facilities for you to learn and develop skills across a wide range of techniques and processes including drawing and painting, printmaking, textiles, sculpture and 3D design and digital media.
Our Media Sector is renowned for producing some of the world’s best journalists for more than 50 years, including BBC journalist John Pienaar, Emmy award-winning Mark Austin who presents ITV News at Ten and TV presenter & best-selling author Simon Reeve. More recent NCTJ graduates are working at The News, the Chichester Observer, BBC South and ITV Meridian.
You’ll benefit from a professional-quality media suite, including four digital newsrooms, radio studio complex and high definition TV production facilities. Our journalism staff are all practicing professionals, many of whom have held senior positions during their careers. That’s Solent broadcast television programmes from here, as well as our own JAMM Radio, and we work closely with Portsmouth newspaper The News and local radio Express FM.
There are many career options for anyone with an art-related qualification. You could find work as a graphic designer, photographer, fashion designer, interior designer, exhibition designer, ceramicist, jewellery maker, illustrator or fine artist. Or you could move on to related job areas such as animation, television, visual merchandising or web design. With additional training you could teach art, work on community art projects or become an art therapist.
There are many opportunities for people with good design skills and a strong interest in fashion. You could work as a fashion or textile designer or use your technical skills in design and product development as well as work in visual merchandising or photography. There is the potential to earn £60,000 and more, senior designers can pick up £30,000 - £40,000, with starting salaries of around £16,000 to £20,000.
As a florist, with experience and the right combination of design and buying skills you could start your own business. You could also take further training at Level 4/5, and move into areas such as freelance floral decoration, floral design, exhibition work, teaching or international demonstration work. Experienced florists can earn £16,000 to £25,000 a year – and managers even more. Earnings for new entrants can be around the National Minimum Wage.
The media industry is fast paced and exciting with endless opportunities for talented people with the right qualifications and experience. You could go on to work in television, advertising, radio, newspapers, public relations or web journalism. You could also move into marketing and specialise in digital communications. Salaries for radio broadcast assistants and graphic designers start at around £16,000. With experience a web editor can earn around £30,000 a year. Top salaries for an advertising account executive can reach £90,000 a year.
In music, options include studio engineering, production, live sound and theatre work, music promotion and recording for TV and advertising. Associated careers include music and sound for corporate videos, websites and computer games or other interactive media. With experience you might also become a studio manager. An experienced music producer can earn up to £50,000 a year. Experienced sound engineers can earn between £20,000 and £40,000. Starting salaries for a studio sound engineer are around £13,000 a year.
Performing Arts opportunities are wide-ranging. As well as acting in theatre, film, TV and radio, you can also find work in education, voice overs, commercials and interactive role playing for museums or corporate events. You could also combine a career in acting or dance with teaching, arts administration, stage management or drama therapy. Experienced drama therapists can earn £30,000-£40,000, arts administrators could earn £20,000-£30,000, and performing arts teachers £22,000-£32,000, while most actors and dancers pick up £15,000-£32,000 depending on the amount of work they’re offered.