Westminster launches Creative Enterprise Centre to increase students’ employability

Art and Design 13 April 2017

Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design has launched a new Creative Enterprise Centre (CEC) which will focus on matching students’ and alumni skills to external employers’ projects to provide work experience opportunities and increase employability.

The CEC Launch Party took place Thursday 6 April in the Forum at Harrow campus where Kait Borsay Multimedia Journalism MA alumna interviewed top industry professionals inlcuding Netflix series Sense8 producer Alex Boden, Evening Standard 2017 Young Progress Maker Beanie Major, the Creative Director of Studio Blup, Dines, and Lu Mansell from Factory Settings.

Workplace Art Consultancy, Busk in London, KizCode (teaching coding to young Turkish and Kurdish women) and 21 Seconds (news team) took to the stage to discuss the importance of creative enterprise and to share their experiences.

Director of Academic Enterprise Dr Paul Dwyer said: “Today, the creative industries need graduates who are experienced at working in multidisciplinary teams for demanding clients. The Creative Enterprise Centre will give the industry access to the next generation of innovative, creative talent.”

Saira Thwaites, Fashion Merchandise Management BA student said: “The Creative Enterprise Centre is a great example of the University staff working with the creative industries and students to develop enterprise and employability. Our student society, the creative network, will carry on working with the Centre to help students kick-start their creative careers.”

The CEC was partly funded by the Quintin Hogg Trust to bridge the gap between university and the creative industry by bringing paid freelance commissions and live projects to Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design students and alumni. 

If you would like to register your creative skills to CEC please complete the form here.

For more information please email Paul Dwyer at [email protected]

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