Monthly Archives: August 2009

Insight Out needs creative graduates with good ideas

If you graduated between 2007 and 2009 from any course at Birmingham Institute of Art and Design or a Performance, Media & English degree then the Insight Out course could be the springboard for managing and launching your career in the creative industries.

Times are tough for graduates at the moment, but if you have an amazing creative idea that you want to explore there should be nothing to stop you applying for this 5 week Insight Out: Managing a Portfolio Career programme, designed with fresh new entrepreneurs in mind.

The trend for graduates from creative degrees is to enter into ‘a job contract, self-employment and portfolio working, the choices for art and design graduates.’ (Source:, Art & Design graduates: what to expect after graduation) Portfolio working is essentially juggling a series of part time or freelance roles with full or part time paid work, that leaves little time to use your talents and skills to their maximum potential.

With some planning and the right knowledge of the available support when you first start out in your career, a balance between what you love and what you need to do to financially support yourself can be achieved. This course explores the benefits that can be achieved through tools such as mentoring, investigative thinking, the development of entrepreneurial skills and attributes such as confidence, developing a collaborative approach, creative problem solving, taking initiative, and the all important networking!

Successful applicants can receive up to £850 for attending and completing the course.

Further details can be found on the website or you can call 0121 204 9887 to chat to the team.

Parents’ Guide | Part 5: The Final Checklist

Have you forgotten anything? Here are a few things you should act upon now if you’ve not already completed them:

  • Student finance forms completed?
  • Accommodation application completed?
  • Place confirmed?
  • Course commencement details received?
  • Exam certificates/ results received?
  • Accommodation confirmed?
  • Student bank account?
  • Insurance arranged?
  • TV licence acquired?
  • Basic living items purchased? (If living away from home)
  • Area map?
  • Student travel pass?
  • Money to tide your son or daughter over in case of delays in receiving their financial support?

Continue reading Parents’ Guide | Part 5: The Final Checklist