Live briefs and competitions

Opportunities to work on live briefs and competitions are regularly circulated via our member newsletters and promoted on our website. We offer both UK-wide and local competitions, all developed uniquely with industry partners in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

The following major initiatives are highlighted as our key programmes in 2017/18:

BBC Introducing: Unplugged 

As part of our growing relationship with the BBC, our current programme gives music and media students the opportunity and experience of working on a live BBC brief to produce a music video in partnership with their local BBC Introducing programme.

Students are required to work effectively with the band and across their curriculum areas to produce the video. The final video is expected to meet the standards set by the BBC, and if approved shown on the BBC Introducing website.

National Theatre: Design Challenge 

The National Theatre works with designers who demonstrate innovation, as well as in-depth knowledge and understanding of the play, in realising a director’s vision on the stage.

However, a successful creative team for a production depends on their collective vision and ability to find collaborative solutions.

Using the touring production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, the Skills Academy have been providing unique opportunities to link with local theatres to create a bespoke programme of support such as industry talks and tours to help students create their own design for the production. Future opportunities include linking with productions such as War Horse and Jane Eyre.

British Council: Scene Change 

Scene Change is a cultural skills exchange project that aims to foster creative learning between cultural institutions in the UK and Brazil via digital technology and international study visits.

Initiated in August 2014, Scene Change is a collaboration between the British Council, the Royal Opera House, High House Production Park and Creative & Cultural Skills in the UK and Brazilian partners Theatro Municipal, Spectaculu and FUNARTE.

Facilitated by People’s Palace Projects and part of Transform Brazil programme, the project aims to connect students and teachers in Rio (Brazil) with the work and practices of our Skills Academy partners to develop dialogue around technical skills practice and engender long term connections.

Working with the British Council’s Cultural Skills unit, their vision is to create a stronger, more prosperous cultural sector with high quality technical, transversal and English language cultural skills provision, increasing the UK’s reputation for excellence and building trust between people and institutions worldwide.

The work to date will be celebrated at an event in April 2017 and plans will be produced for future collaborations building upon our growing links in countries such as China and France.

Design Museum: Student Design Competition

In 2016 the Design Museum opened the doors to its new home in Kensington, London with a whole range of new opportunities for students to connect with contemporary processes and professional ways of designing.

The Design Museum aims to be a key resource and hub for Skills Academy students to use to develop and evolve into tomorrow’s professionals. Toward this goal, the museum has been inviting students to develop a design brief and concept that sets the agenda for their own future.

National Skills Academy education partners can also access a free CPD day, extending educators’ professional networks and stimulating new ideas, and access support through our members’ speakers programme. A Competition Celebration event for the current programme will be held at the Design Museum in April 2017.

Welsh National Opera: Touring Set Challenge  

We’re giving students the opportunity to work on a large-scale set design brief with Welsh National Opera.

The Set Design Challenge will be launched in April 2017, ready for a design period from September.

Skills Academy members have access to information about stage plans, the Director’s vision and other useful information to assist students with their entry prior to submission.