Art & Design Employability

Further Information


GSA Staff

Dr Charles Neame, Undergraduate Coordinator
Mairi McKenzie, Lecturer in Work Related Learning
Marianne Greated, Lecturer in Painting & Printmaking
Libby Anson, Student Employability and Enterprise Manager
Mark Charters, Academic Development Coordinator

GSA Graduates

Helen Shaddock, Project Researcher
Morwenna Kearsley, photography and video production, with Erin Busswood

GSA Students

MA Fine Art: Tim Sandys, Sarah Maloney
MLitt Printmaking: Theresa Malaney
BA (Hons) Fine Art: Lili Eichinger, Adam Benmakhlouf, Emily Penn, Erin Colquhoun, Lauren Hunter, Emma Zetterstrom, Arne Wern, Elizabeth Murphy

Bucks Staff

Professor Alison Shreeve, Head of School, School of Art & Design
Mark Hudson, Course Leader, BA Graphic Arts
Alan Franklin, Senior Lecturer, BA Fine Art
Dr Ray Batchelor, Visual and Material Culture leader


BA Fine Art: Deborah Mills, Antony Didlick, Dan Scarlett, Georgina Toweler, Sue Abel, Dale McGinness, Shannon White, Samantha Williams
BA Graphic Arts: Dan Barcza, Katy Needham, Roisin McGinley, Kathryn Webb, Sarah McCallum
Student Union: Jack Badu

References and Further Reading

Peter Day, ‘The Art Group Crit. How do you make a Firing Squad Less Scary?’, Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education Issue 5 (March, 2013).

James Elkins, ‘The concept of visual literacy, and its limitations’, in James Elkins (ed.), Visual Literacy (New York: Routledge, 2010). pp. 217.

Michael Evamy, World Without Words (London: Laurence King, 2003). International Visual Literacy Association (IVLA)(International non-profit association of researchers, educators, designers, media specialists and artists dedicated to the principles of visual literacy.)

Pauline Kneale, ‘Teaching and Learning for Employability’, in Fry, Ketteridge and Marshall (eds.), A Handbook for Teaching and Learning (London and New York: Routledge, 2009), pp. 99–112.

Peter Knight and Mantz Yorke, Learning, Curriculum and Employability in Higher Education (London: Routledge Falmer, 2004).

Johanna Riddle, Engaging the Eye Generation: Visual Literacy Strategies for the K-5 Classroom (Portland: Stenhouse, 2009).

Alison Shreeve and Catherine Smith, ‘Multi-directional Creative Transfer between Practice-based Arts Education and Work’, British Education Research Journal 38:4 (2012), pp. 539–556.

Mantz Yorke, Employability and Good Learning, Keynote address to the 9th Pacific Rim Conference, 2006. Available from last accessed 10th July 2014.

Useful Links

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

The British Council

Creative Scotland

Craft Council

Sector Skills Council for the Creative and Cultural Sector (Creative and Cultural Skills)

Design Council

The Independent Theatre Council

Wales Council for Voluntary Action


The Alliance of Artists Communities is an international association of artists’ residencies — a diverse field of more than 1,500 programmes worldwide that support artists of any discipline in the development of new creative work.

Res Artis is a worldwide network of artist residencies.

Skowhegan is an intensive nine-week summer residency programme for emerging visual artists.

Postgraduate study and funding for postgraduate study

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

British Federation of Women Graduates

BFWG Charitable Foundation

Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland

The Golden Jubilee Fellowship (women only) Tel: 0161 480 7686

Historians of British Art (Travel award)

Learn Direct

The Leverhulme Trust

Paul Mellon Centre

Sir Richard Stapley Educational Trust

Romney Society Bursary

The Sidney Perry Foundation

The Society for Promoting the Training of Women

Wingate Foundation

Women’s Career Foundation Tel: 01892 740602

Short course providers

Cultural Industries Development Agencyprovides a range of professional development workshops for those working in arts or cultural organisations.

Directory of Social Change provides a comprehensive range of training courses covering a wide variety of Third and Public Sector management issues. Most are held in London at the Charity Centre, with the more popular also run regionally (by the Liverpool office).

Management Centre provides a wide range of management and fundraising training, in-house courses and consultancy for the not-for-profit sector.

National Open College Network gives quality standards and local OCN contacts who may offer qualifications in community development, volunteering training and management.

Northern Ireland CVA support and represent voluntary and community organisations across Northern Ireland.

Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations provides a good selection of short courses, plus other training services.

Arts and Culture Organisations

Arts Development UK is a professional association for those working in the creative industries sector in England and Wales.

Arthub orchestrates collaborations between Asian and overseas artists and institutions through the production of artworks, exhibitions, publications and educational activities.

Arts and Heritage initiate and develop projects and work with a range of museum, heritage and non arts organisations, developing contemporary art projects and commissions that resonate with context and history.

a-n The Artists Information Company stimulates and supports contemporary visual arts practice with specialist areas for artists, arts organisers, students and advisers and expert resources including guidance for commissioners and employers on good practice, fees, payments and contracts and an online jobs and opportunities service to reach artists.

ArtRabbit is a platform for the promotion, discovery and appreciation of contemporary art throughout the world.

The Audience Agency works with cultural organisations to build audiences.

The Arts Marketing Association is for arts professionals passionate about bringing arts and audiences together and works with them throughout their careers to support their aspirations, give them the skills to achieve their goals, grow their confidence and strengthen their organisations.

Artists U is a grassroots planning and professional development programme run by and for artists.

Arts Professional is the UK’s arts management journal for industry professionals, covering theatre, visual art, dance and classical music.

Artquest encourages critical engagement and provides practical support to visual artists throughout their careers.

Axis Arts features profiles of professional artists and curators, interviews, discussions, art news, debates and showcases the artists to watch.

BECTU is the independent trade union for those working in broadcasting, film, theatre, entertainment, leisure, interactive media and allied areas.

The British Film Institute promotes greater understanding and appreciation of, and access to, film and moving image culture in the UK.

CIRCA Projects produces contemporary art exhibitions and events for audiences in the north east of England.

Cell Project Space presents an ongoing programme of exhibitions, projects, talks, screenings and events.

Creative Industries Development Agency (CidaCo) collaborates with clients to develop creative and innovative solutions to achieve sustainable growth.

DACS campaign for the rights of visual artists and pay them royalties that help sustain their practice and livelihood. is the market leader in UK student and graduate art sales, hand picking and promoting the most promising artistic talent.

Make Works aims to make it easier for creative professionals to work with industry and produce high quality work using local production.

Mark Devereux Projects supports visual artists through mentoring, critical dialogue and curatorial production. Each practitioner’s artistic and career development is paramount, as the organisation provides bespoke guidance, information and opportunities.

The Media Directory is a media industry and performing arts directory and job board with news, interviews, reviews, advice and competitions. It covers art, design, film/TV/stage, music, photography, dance, comedy, journalism, radio, PR and marketing.

Metal is an artistic laboratory championing the need for investment in artistic innovation in the UK, and providing practical support to practising artists.

The Museums Association is a membership organisation for anybody working in museums, galleries and heritage.

Northern Architecture supports people to become active, informed and valued in the process of creating places to live.

Open Studios Communications reflects an outward approach for the promotion of events.

Rise Art sells and rents thousands of works by some of the most exciting up-and-coming and established contemporary artists practising today.

Scottish Artists Union lobbies on behalf of visual artists working in Scotland, defending their rights, expanding their benefits and fighting to make their professional practice a means to support a better quality of life.

The Signature Art Prize aims to promote the work of artists in the very early stages of their careers.

Skillshare is a resource to teach people about everything from calligraphy to coding.

Own Art is the loan scheme for buying and collecting art.

Youth/community Art

Artswork is the national, independent youth arts development agency, committed to making a difference to the lives of young people at risk aged 12 – 25.

Arts Award Voice is an online magazine created by young people, for young people interested in the arts.

Arts and Business act as a crucible where businesses and arts organisations come together to create partnerships to benefit themselves and the community at large.

Breakthrough Art is a community interest company that promotes positive mental health through the creative arts.

The English National Youth Arts Network (ENYAN) is a network for those using the arts in their work with children and young people – the Youth Arts sector.

MAiLOUT is a national magazine featuring and celebrating all aspects of participatory and community arts.

Neon Arts is an artist-led social enterprise established to showcase contemporary experimental art in a variety of venues in the North East of England. Collaboration and community engagement are key objectives.

Voluntary arts works with policy makers, funders and politicians to improve the environment for everyone participating in the arts, and provides information and training to those who participate in the voluntary arts sector.


Independent Street Arts Network is an independent group of presenters and promoters of street arts throughout the UK working to develop the art form through networking, information, collaboration, lobbying, training and advocacy.

ixia provides guidance on the role of art in the public realm.

NVA creates participative, site-specific environmental art works, in urban and rural settings.

Public arts online offers guidance and examples of public art practice from across the UK and internationally.


Applied Arts Scotland

Craft Scotland creates opportunities for Scottish makers to exhibit, sell and promote their work, and for the public to see, purchase and learn about craft.

Cultural Enterprise Office supports creative businesses throughout Scotland by providing specialist information and advice, as well as events, workshops, training and networking opportunities.

SCAN Scottish Contemporary Art Network

Society of Scottish Artists SSA

Visual Arts Scotland


ACID (Anti Copying In Design) is a membership organisation committed to raising awareness and encouraging respect for IP within individual and corporate responsibility.

Artsthread is the world’s leading network for new creatives – bridging the gap between education and industry.

Association for Contemporary Jewellery

Benchpeg supports the British jewellery industry; jobs, news, internships, work, tools for sale, exhibitions, events and professional development.

The Craft Potters Association of Great Britain (CPA)

Flickr’s Creative Commons is also a great place to explore inspirational imagery for everything from layouts to Photoshop textures.

The Design Trust

Digital Arts is a UK-based magazine with print and online channels. It also has an excellent tutorial section that gives designers lessons on many topics like 3D printing, Illustrator, Photoshop and After Effects, as well as many other kinds of software and useful techniques.

Dribble lets you upload your work for others to see and is excellent for creating colour palettes. Dribble allows you to use the colour selector to pick a colour and see all other projects on the site that use the same one.

FontShop offers a content tester, which allows you to see what your work is going to look like with a particular font, and the related fonts tab that shows you other typefaces you might be interested in.

Fonts in Use takes images and identifies the typefaces used.

The Graphic Artists Guild primary purpose is to help our members build successful careers by equipping them with the skills and support needed to compete more effectively in an ever-changing field.

Information Aesthetics Weblog collects projects that represent data or information in original or intriguing ways.

Lynda can teach you anything you need to know about design, including, but not limited to, InDesign, Flash, coding, layout design, typography, printing techniques, project management and business solutions.

The Noun Project is a resource for iconography.

TutorialZine offers a wide range of tutorials and resources for developers and designers.


Agent Query is a searchable online database of agents.

The Association of Illustrators (AOI) is a not-for-profit trade organisation promoting contemporary illustration and maintaining industry standards.

The Purple Crayon provides information about writing, illustrating and publishing children’s books.

Free sites to showcase an illustration portfolio

All Freelance


Art Wanted

Art Bistro

Artist Sites

Artist Portfolio







Creative Binge

Creative Europe

Deviant Art



Illustrator Sink

Jacket Flap

Pub Match


Voodoo Chilli


Artists Collecting Society (ACS)

The Association of Art and Antique Dealers (LAPADA)

European Council of Artists (ECA)

European Visual Artists (EVA)

The European Grouping of Societies of Authors and Composers (GESAC)

Confédération Internationale des Négociants en Oeuvres d’Art (CINOA)

Confederation Internationale des Societes d’Auteurs et Compositeurs (CISAC)

The Danish Association of Visual Artists

The Federation of European Art Galleries Association (FEAGA)

International Artist Resale Rights

International Association of Art (IAA) Europe

International Property Office (IPO)

Societe des Auteurs dans les Arts Graphiques et Plastiques (ADAGP)

Association of Finnish Artists

Federation of Icelandic Artists (BIL)

Lithuanian Artists Association

Norwegian Visual Artists Association

The Swedish Artists National Organisation

Visual Artists Ireland

Related Organisations

The Arts Club is a meeting place for men and women involved in the creative arts either professionally or as patrons.

The Association of Art Historians (AAH) promotes the professional practice and public understanding of art history.

The British Society of Aesthetics (BSA) is a philosophical organisation founded in 1960 to promote the study of aesthetics.

The Chartered Society of Designers (CSD) is the professional body for designers in all design disciplines including Interior Design, Product Design, Graphic Design, Fashion and Textile Design.

Lawrence King Publishers

The Royal Academy of Arts exists to promote the creation, enjoyment and appreciation of the visual arts through exhibitions, education and debate.

The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) believe that all human beings have creative capacities that, when understood and supported, can be mobilised to deliver a 21st century enlightenment.

The Society for Animation Studies is an international learned society dedicated to the study of animation history and theory.