SHIFT from higher education into your career

SHIFT from higher education into your career

Published: 16/05/2019

Three of Scotland’s leading arts institutions have come together to help students and recent graduates SHIFT from higher education to their professional careers. The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Queen Margaret University, and Glasgow School of Art are delighted to announce a new partnership, SHIFT.

We are particularly pleased to announce this collaboration as part of CAN DO Scotland. The vision of CAN DO is for Scotland to become a world-leading entrepreneurial and innovative nation, leading to wider benefits for all. The Creative Industries will be a key factor in achieving sustainable economic growth to allow Scotland to flourish. SHIFT recognizes higher education’simportant role in creating a supportive creative environment for entrepreneurship and innovation, especially amongst our students and graduates.

Recognizing the importance of collaborating across institutions and disciplines, the new partnership, will result in specialist events and resources for budding creative entrepreneurs, freelancers, artists, designers, producers and performers. The landmark programme of the partnership will be SHIFT Summer School.

The SHIFT summer school will be delivered with industry partners including the BBC and Cultural Enterprise Office. Open to 60 students and recent graduates from all three institutions, it will be an intensive, week-long series of interactive workshops, small break out conversations, creative activities and one-to-one clinics. Working with peer groups from across a range of disciplines and with different skills, these activities are designed to equip students and graduates with the collaborative, practical, creative and entrepreneurial skills that will support them in making the transitional shift from being a student to becoming an independent professional practitioner in the cultural and creative industries.

Taking place from Monday 9 September until Friday 13 September, just before term-time begins, participating students and recent graduates will leave SHIFT with new ideas, and an action plan for the next steps in their professional lives. SHIFT is supported by the Universities Innovation Fund and the Scottish Funding Council.

If you are a current student or recent graduate (from the last 12 months) of RCS and are interested in applying, please visit the SHIFT website.


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