2 – 6 September 2024


Equipping you with the collaborative, practical and professional skills to shift into a career in the Arts and Creative Industries.

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Equipping you with the collaborative, practical and professional skills to shift into a career in the Arts and Creative industries

About Shift

Why should I take part?

Participants will leave with new ideas, new networks and an action plan for the next steps in their professional lives.

SHIFT is a progressive week of interactive workshops, activities and break-out conversations and reflections facilitated by leaders in design innovation,  performing and production arts, screen, curation and creative project management – among others.

Working with your peer group from several institutionsacross a range of disciplines and different skills, SHIFT is designed to equip you with the collaborative, practical, creative and business skills that will support you to make the shift from being a student to becoming an independent professional practitioner in the cultural and creative industries.



How Will It Work?

Online and Interactive

SHIFT is fully online and interactive, using leading-edge learning and teaching techniques and networking and collaboration tools. We are committed to optimising engagement with students, graduates and postgraduates from a variety of disciplines across the creative industries.

Being able to articulate, present, promote and manage your own creative career is more crucial than ever. You need to feel confident about your creativity and your purpose and to be armed with practical skills and knowledge that will enable you to forge your own path and carve your living from your creativity.

The world needs proactive creatives like never before. You could make a difference in the world. SHIFT aims to give you the tools to learn how.

You decide the shape of your learning

Enjoy short lively teaching sessions with regular break-out sessions, giving you access to professional practitioners more closely associated with your own specialism/s or stage of development. This means you that you’ll be effectively co-curating your SHIFT programme enabling you to gain advice and perspective from those working in fields of most interest to you. 

Talks and presentations from professionals in your field

You can choose from key presentations offered by a variety of speakers 

Learning by doing

You will be engaged in activities with your cohort so that you will be doing, discussing, creating and contributing rather than just listening.  

“SHIFT gave me a sense of control over my career and a solid plan to not only manage my career but also my mental wellbeing.”

SHIFT is a partnership between the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, The Glasgow School of Art and Queen Margaret University. Students and graduates from other partcipating universities can apply. 

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