Get Creative

Get Creative!

Welcome to Get Creative - UCA's page for outreach opportunities, activities and resources for young people!

We've got you covered with information on how to get creative, support your wellbeing and find out more about creative education and pathways.

See below for:

  • Creative resources to take part in at home or in your school/college/youth group
  • Upcoming free virtual and online creative activities and opportunities
  • Information on creative careers and industries
  • Tips on how creativity can support your mental health and wellbeing

If you're a teacher or community leader from a KaMCOP Partner School, College or Community group, please see our main KaMCOP webpage for activities available to book for your students and young people.

For Students and Young People

Are you 13-18 years old and interested in creative arts, business or technology?

Do you want to:

  • Develop new creative skills
  • Try out different subjects
  • Enhance your portfolio
  • Work towards your Arts Award
  • Find out more about creative careers
  • Experience university life?

See below to explore UCA's creative resources you can try at home, and details of upcoming free virtual creative opportunities.

Live Virtual Wellbeing Workshops

Feeling anxious or stressed out? Why not take part in our relaxing virtual wellbeing lunchtime sessions? 

These live virtual workshops are accessible to all young people aged 13 - 18 regardless of creative abilities and interests, and use creative activities to promote positive wellbeing and resilience. 

The workshops encourage you to switch off from your everyday pressures, by participating in a calm and relaxing workshop.

In each of the live virtual sessions you will: 

  • Find out more about the importance of taking care of your mental health and wellbeing
  • Reflect on creative activities you already do and be introduced to new ones you might like to try
  • Partake in a short mindfulness activity that you can use in their own time.

We have three upcoming live workshops for you to choose from – these are taking place during Friday lunchtimes and only a pen and paper is required to take part! You can come along to any individual workshop or all three.

YouCreate: Culture Competition

Applications are now open for young designers and creatives from Kent and Medway to enter our new 2021 YouCreate Competition!

This year’s theme is ‘CULTURE’. Your challenge is to think creatively when exploring what culture means to you.

Artwork can be submitted in any medium, from film and photography, to sculpture or painting. 

The YouCreate Competition is open to students who are aged 13-18 years, living in Kent and Medway. 

This year, we're awarding more prizes than ever before, including a MacBook laptop and your chance to be exhibited at UCA, the UK’s number one specialist university for the creative industries. 

Find out more here

Creative resources for students and young people

Creative Briefs

We've got a range of short projects set by practicing artists and designers, covering a variety of creative subjects such as Photography, Acting, Illustration and Architecture.

Our Creative Briefs are a great way to try something new and create work for your portfolio. You can have fun completing these in your own time or at school/college. Click on the button below to find out more.


Find our briefs here

Share your work with us!

If you've made any artwork using our videos or resources, we'd love to see what you've created!

Please use the link below to share images of your artworks with us - we'll publish selected works on this webpage in a special showreel, coming soon.

Upload your work

Virtual Masterclasses

Our online one-day Masterclasses are free to attend and are open to all students in Years 9-13 living in Kent and Medway. Priority places will be given to students from Kent and Medway Collaborative Outreach Programme (KaMCOP) partner schools or target wards. 

These online Masterclasses provide a great opportunity to explore a new creative discipline, find out more about creative careers and pathways, and add to your portfolio of work. All materials needed to take part are provided free of charge.

Find out more here


Virtual Campus Tours

Ever wondered what it's like to study at a specialist creative University? Get a glimpse into what a University campus is like and find out more about the specialist facilities used by creative students in our immersive 360 virtual tours.


Other opportunities for you

There are lots of other arts and culture opportunities open to you in your local area - below are some other opportunities you may be interested in.

If you are an arts organisation with an opportunity open to young people, and would like to be featured on this page, please get in touch:

  • Creative Mindfulness - Turner ContemporaryDo you ever notice that when you’re drawing or making something, the time flies by? Sometimes, it is just the process of doing something creative that is enjoyable, rather than the finished result. This is what creative mindfulness is all about. Turner Contemporary's Creative Mindfulness resources can help you relax and refocus.

Useful Information

  • Eligibility Information

    Our activities are suitable for young people aged 13-18 who have an interest in creative subjects and would like to develop their skills, knowledge and portfolio. 

    The aim of these activities is to provide an opportunity for young people to access free creative opportunities from a higher education institution to support them to find out more about creative subjects, pathways, and careers.

    Some of our activities have specific eligibility criteria - this will be made clear for each individual opportunity, and we encourage you to make yourself familiar with this before applying. If you have any questions about the eligibility criteria for individual activities, please get in touch using the contact details at the bottom of this page. 

  • Data Protection

    UCA processes data in accordance with the General Data Protection Rules (GDPR). 
    The university's data protection policies and privacy notices can be viewed here

    The policies which apply to the activities promoted on this page are:
    Outreach & Widening Participation Privacy Notice 
    UCA KaMCOP Privacy Notice

  • Disclaimer

    UCA reserves the right to amend or cancel part, or all, of the activities displayed on this page.
    In the event of any changes, applicants/participants will be notified accordingly.
    All details are correct at the time of publication. 

  • Working in Partnership

    UCA is committed to raising aspirations of further and higher education through partnerships and collaboration.
    Some of the activities promoted on this page are offered as part of UCA's collaborative outreach partnerships:

    • Kent and Medway Collaborative Outreach Programme (KaMCOP) - KaMCOP consists of a group of universities and colleges who have come together to deliver targeted outreach across Kent and Medway. Nationally, this work falls under the banner of the Uni Connect Programme, a project aimed at promoting social mobility by improving access to Higher Education for young people from under-represented backgrounds. Find out more about KaMCOP.
    • Higher Education Outreach Network (HEON) - HEON is a consortia of universities working together to deliver activity focussed on progression to Higher Education within Surrey and North East Hampshire. As part of HEON, UCA delivers collaborative outreach to students in Years 9 to 13 who reside in specific wards. Find out more about HEON.
    • Kent and Medway Progression Federation (KMPF) - UCA is a partner within KMPF, which is made up of 40 schools in the Kent and Medway area, 3 universities and 2 local authorities working together to enable young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to access higher education. Visit the KMPF website.
    • AccessHE - AccessHE is the access to higher education network for London. Founded in 2011 and a key division of London Higher, the AccessHE Creative Network aims to develop coordinated strategies to support under-represented young people in London. Find out more about AccessHE Creative. 

Any questions?

If you have any questions, please get in touch to find out more.