The Creative Academy combines art, design, floristry, fashion, digital media and journalism to ensure students benefit from and thrive in a creative atmosphere. You'll also have the opportunity to go on cross department exhibition visits and work on joint projects to replicate the creative workplace.
The Highbury College Creative Showcase is our annual extravaganza of all things creative. Happening all on one amazing evening, the event showcases the fantastic work that our art, design, fashion, floristry and digital media students create as part of their qualification. During the evening students past, present and future are invited to join friends, family and the local creative community to enjoy art exhibitions, fashion shows, radio showcases, cinema showreels and floristry displays.
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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.