Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries
Working on real projects with real clients is a fantastic way to develop technical and professional skills. Delivering to a client brief requires the application of a huge number of the skills and abilities that employers are looking for in graduates, which is why participating in these kinds of projects looks so good on a CV. Amongst others, the skills applied include creative problem solving, written and oral communication, research, teamworking, taking initiative, leadership, decision making, presentation and negotiation.
Here are just a few examples of some of the client projects being undertaken by CCI students:
The Project Office
Situated in the Portsmouth School of Architecture, The Project Office is an architectural consultancy that engages real clients with projects that are undertaken by existing students in conjunction with members of the academic team. Projects include design of a new hub building for a local charity supporting vulnerable and at-risk young people, providing design inspiration for a private-build, sustainable home in the South Downs National Park, design for a new cafe/social space in the University’s Eldon building and to produce creative and beautiful design ideas to refurbish the existing Mead End Public House into a building that can be used by the local community of Denmead.
Computer Games Development
Each year our final year games students design, build and deliver some amazing solutions for projects provided by external (and internal) clients. The range of clients we have worked with include MOD/Royal Navy, Winchester Cathedral, BBC/Portsmouth City Council, Locomatrix, Chichester District Council, Institute of Marine science, Spinnaker Tower Co, NSC (www.nsc.co.uk - Defence contractor), Fort Nelson Museum and the Wildlife Aid Foundation. Students have built entertainment games, simulations, learning games and mobile apps.
Graphic Design and Illustration
Working to client briefs is likely to be an essential part of most graphic designer/illustrators practice, which is why students on these courses are expected to work with real clients as part of their learning experience.
Photography and artwork by Andy Lethbridge, BA (Hons) Graphic and Design 2014 graduate
Television and Broadcasting
Through a unit called TV Client–Led Video, our second year BSc (Hons) Television and Broadcasting students work in teams to produce videos for a selection of clients. This unit, which provides students with real work experience, is one of the reasons the course was recently awarded Creative Skillset Accreditation, which is only awarded to courses that most effectively provide students with the skills and knowledge required by employers in the Creative Industries. Some recent clients and examples of work produced include:
A not-for-profit organisation based in the South Coast of England, challenging stigma and promoting recovery from mental health problems through Music.
Aspex Art Gallery
Portsmouth's eminent art gallery aspex supports emerging artists and engages audiences through programme of exhibitions, off-site projects and participatory opportunities.