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UCA inspires the next generation of creatives at annual Summer Schools

This summer, we offered the next generation of creatives the opportunity to try their hand at living like a university student during our annual Summer Schools.

From Animation to Illustration and Textiles to Graphics, we hosted three day residential programmes to inspire students to be courageous in their designs, to offer them a platform to display their work, the chance to create a portfolio and to encourage them to express their ideas through creative methods. 

During the three days, 150 students from the ages of 16 to 18 explored print work using different materials, created drawings and images using a range of tools and medias, and learned how to market themselves as industry professionals. Participating in different workshops, including designing book covers by drawing real life owls, students got to experience first-hand what learning a creative discipline at university is like and where it could take them.

“In a world where the arts are receiving less and less funding, we are proud to be able to offer the opportunity to students, from all walks of life, to explore the arts and their chosen subject area,” says Becci Denmark, UCA Outreach Officer and Summer School Project Lead.

“We were blown away by the amount and the quality of work that the students produced and can wholeheartedly say that the Summer Schools were a great success, with many of the students going on to apply for undergraduate courses at UCA.”

Students were treated to workshops with a number of highly regarded creatives, including award winning children’s illustrator, Sophie Allsopp, who ran a workshop where she taught students how to create and develop book illustrations. Students also spent an afternoon with BAFTA and British Animation Award winning Director, Jim Le Fevre, who focussed on the Phonotrope technique and Stop Motion animation.

Alongside the existing schools, we held two non-residential Summer Schools in collaboration with KaMCOP (Kent and Medway Collaborative Outreach Programme) throughout July. During these Summer Schools, KaMCOP offer a Bronze and Silver Arts Award which is an accredited qualification, marked by an external examiner, offering students an alternative method of gaining qualifications. 

You can find out more about our Summer Schools by visiting