In a week that over a 150,000 students start or return to university to study art and design courses in the UK, It’s Nice That founder and director Will Hudson is launching Lecture in Progress – an educational resource that exists to help the next generation of creatives make better career decisions. Lecture in Progress will do this by inspiring and informing members of the breadth of opportunities that exist in the creative industry.
Aiming to bridge the gap between education and work, Lecture in Progress looks to demystify the practical day-to-day workings of the creative world. By delivering valuable and relevant insight and advice that can’t be found elsewhere, it aims to empower the next generation to find great jobs in the industry they love.
Having spent the start of this year talking to current students, recent graduates, tutors and people working in the industry there was one recurring theme that emerged – there is currently a lack of understanding and awareness of the practical day to day workings of the creative industry. Creative graduates simply don’t get enough advice on what jobs they could get after graduating.
To solve this problem, Lecture in Progress will demystify the creative world we work in. It will explain everything from the huge range of jobs that exist, to how people got into the industry and how much they are paid, right through to how a project comes together and taking a look into the studios and workplaces in which they happen.
Aimed at current university students and recent graduates, Lecture in Progress will first provide content aimed at helping graphic design, illustration, photography, animation, film and advertising students. The ambition is to broaden this remit as the initiative grows.
To best demonstrate what Lecture in Progress will deliver the first version of the website can be viewed at lectureinprogress.com. There you can get a sense of what kind of content that will be covered – from original long-form articles and podcasts to curated videos and helpful links. The website is launched alongside a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the first year’s activities. From 1 January 2017 the site will be regularly updated with new content that will only be available to members.
We’ve tried to make it as simple as possible to get behind this project and hope you’ll like the rewards we’ve made, many of which are only available on Kickstarter.
Lecture in Progress has commissioned a series of limited edition Kickstarter only enamel pin badges from some fantastic creatives including Michael Place, Kate Moross, Karl Grandin, Jean Jullien, Marylou Faure, Colophon Foundry, Mirko Borche, Kate Prior, Noma Bar and Margaret Calvert. The 25mm durable hard enamel pin badge is rose gold plated and the choice of one of the pins is available throughout the rewards.
Check out all the rewards on Kickstarter, they are centred around membership and include a set of advice postcards, a Lecture in Progress tote bag, the opportunity to come in and meet the team and listen to an episode of the podcast being recorded right through to becoming a lifetime patron!
Membership is split into two groups; Student and Graduates aimed at young creatives currently studying or who have graduated within the last three years and Professional, aimed at people working in the creative industry that want to make a difference by supporting the next generation. Members receive:
Full Access to the Website and Archive: Members receive full access to the website and archive, including the Journal, Advice, Feed and Watch sections. The content currently available on the site will remain free for everyone, but from January 1st it will be regularly updated with new content that will only be available to members.
Become Part of the Network: Every member will have their own log-in and section on the site to build their own profile, and connect with likeminded people to extend the support and advice on offer.
Offers and Promotions Members of Lecture in Progress will receive relevant offers and promotions throughout the course of the year – these will be anything from products and services to events and exhibitions.
Invitations to Events: Lecture in Progress aims to start programming events early in 2017, and these will only be available to members.
Project Funding: Lecture in Progress will offer Student and Graduate members the opportunity to apply for funding for their projects. Four times a year Lecture in Progress will receive submissions for funding and award projects a total of £5,000 across the year. Full details of how to apply will be released early in 2017.
Studio Visits: Each year Lecture in Progress will offer Student and Graduate members exclusive access into studios across the UK. The studio visits will give members the chance to see the behind the scenes of a breadth of studios and workplaces as well as the opportunity to meet the people who work there.
Awards Programme: In the spring of 2017 Lecture In Progress will launch their annual briefs for Student and Graduate members. Set by established practitioners each brief will be judged by a panel of creatives invited by the creatives that set the briefs. This panel will then judge the work against a set criteria and award a series of awards for the most outstanding and notable work.
Help Shape Our Future: From 1 January 2017 Lecture In Progress will be testing editorial formats and iterating with our members to make lectureinprogress.com an essential tool for all creative students and graduates. All members will be invited to shape the future of the resource by suggesting topics, people and projects they would be interested in seeing and hearing from.
Lecture in Progress aim to have a positive impact on the lives of thousands of young people and with your help it can help the next generation thrive. Please support the project and back us on Kickstarter.