The Creative & Cultural Industries Team, Barking & Dagenham College

 8 January 2019

The Creative & Cultural Industries Team at Barking & Dagenham College won the 2018 Creative & Cultural Skills Training Provider of the Year Award. We spoke to Games, Art & Animation Course Leader and Creative Skills Project Co-ordinator, Katie Morgan, about their work and success.

Barking & Dagenham College are an active member of the National Skills Academy (NSA). The Creative & Cultural Industries Team seize every opportunity their membership offers them to enhance the Creative & Cultural provision for their students.

The department has a wide variety of courses which range from L2 to L6: Games Art & Animation, Creative Media, Performing Arts, Art & Design, Photography, 3D Design and Fashion.

Real industry experience

Katie says “Being part of the NSA provides activities linked to industry that we can encourage students to participate in to enrich their learning.”

The team place huge emphasis on working in partnership and collaborating with various cultural organisations. They take part in NSA industry days and they were the first further education college to be offered a partnership with the Design Museum.

We are a very creative team who are motivated to provide the best learning and training environment for our students

Photography students collaborated with the Alzheimer’s Society to create a postcard competition for all Creative & Cultural Industries students and tutors to participate in. Animation students have been given the opportunity to work with the award-winning film maker Martin Stocks on his latest creation.

Inside the college the 3D Design students have been given the opportunity to re-design the refectory.

“We are a very creative team who are motivated to provide the best learning and training environment for our students” says Katie.

Creativity and team work

We asked Katie what she enjoys most about working with the team.

“I enjoy the way we collaborate across areas and bounce ideas around to develop future assignments that are relevant and interesting.

The thing I enjoy the most is working with the students

“We take students on fantastic trips to galleries, industry talks, animation festivals, exhibitions and studios in London and Europe. And we produce an epic end of year show.

“The thing I enjoy the most is working with the students; Seeing them progress and grow culturally, creatively, academically and ultimately seeing them develop industry related skills.”

Future plans

Katie told us that the Creative & Cultural students have been busy working on new projects throughout the year. A group of creative students have been away to Barcelona to participate in valuable work experience through ERASMUS.

Graphics students have been creating a new combined logo for a Morgan Sindall and Volker Fitzpatrick joint venture.

And the team are piloting an online introduction to Adobe Photoshop course. They hope to produce a wider range of these short online courses if the pilot is received well by students.

Award winners

The Creative & Cultural Industries team were named Training Provider of the Year 2018 because their commitment to apprenticeships and work with industry have strengthened their students’ opportunities for employment.

We asked Katie how it felt to receive the award.

Winning the Training Provider of the Year award made us step back and see that we are doing great things across the whole team

“It felt amazing! We strive to run courses that are a blend of creativity, digital skills and industry related learning.

“We offer live briefs from industry, relevant work experience, industry masterclasses and speakers as well as overseas trips that incorporate culture and visits to industry. We do this in order to make it a worthy experience for the students and we sometimes forget to look up and reflect on what we do.

“So winning the Training Provider of the Year award made us step back and see that we are doing great things across the whole team and we are providing a positive and motivating environment for the students.

“For Creative & Cultural Skills to provide us with this recognition meant so much to us.”


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