Thrive: Creative Careers

Thrive Conference: 13 February 2019

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What is Thrive?

Thrive is a knowledge hub and a creative careers concept. The UK has one of the most diverse and vibrant creative landscapes with a wide range of career opportunities and pathways – but there are a number of misconceptions about a ‘creative career’.

Through our Thrive initiative, we have created an informative community for teachers, career advisors and students can explore their potential.

The Thrive Hub contains information about creative careers, pathway options, events, courses and qualifications. Amongst our resources are inspirational stories, advice for careers advisors, course pathways for students and the latest sector information.

Upcoming Events

Thrive: Creative Careers Conference 13 February 2019

Designed to empower careers advisors by providing clear information about creative pathways, our Thrive conferences bring together industry and academic speakers to discuss the current landscape of creative industries and creative education.

Confirmed speakers

Grant Orchard works as a Designer and Director at StudioAKA. A world renowned independent animation studio & production company based in London. 

Grant has a truly idiosyncratic approach. Alongside a myriad of striking TV spots he has won two D&AD Awards for Interactive Design and major awards for his short films. Including the 2012 Bafta for Short Film Animation, the animation award at Sundance and an Oscar nomination for his last film - A Morning Stroll. 

Grant is currently working on making a third series of his International Emmy and multi–Bafta winning children’s show – Hey Duggee​.

Lyndsay Duthie is an award-winning educator and television executive producer with over 20 years’ experience in the media industry. Lyndsay’s career has seen her produce documentaries and factual entertainment programmes for BBC, ITV, C4, C5, SKY and Discovery, with her television formats selling internationally. She was in charge of multimillion pound productions by the age of 23, becoming one of the country’s youngest showrunners and part of the ‘ones to watch’ talent programme.

Lyndsay is also widely published as a media commentator with regular appearances on SKY News, BBC Radio and articles for The Independent, BBC News, Huffington Post, The Conversation and i newspaper. Her research on how to create hit television and gender in the media has taken her all over the world to present in USA, Australia, China and throughout Europe. She is also the co-author of The TV Studio Production Handbook.

Lyndsay has served on the board for Women in Film and Television (WFTV) and has judged for the International Emmys & RTS awards. Lyndsay is currently on the executive committee for the Royal Television Society TVC.

She is also UCA's Head of School for Film, Media and Performing Arts.

million jobs in the Creative Economy
billion contributed to the UK economy every year
1 in 11
jobs in the UK Creative Economy
of the creative workforce hold a degree

Download a Thrive Poster Pack

Our creative careers poster starter pack can be used in schools and colleges to inform students about the creative industries and progression routes into careers in Creative Arts, Business and Technology.

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Advice for students

Our Outreach Team provide a range of activities to support students develop their creative interests.

Advice for Parents and Carers

We have put together some essential resources for parents about studying at UCA to help support your child as they explore their creative passion.

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