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Jumpstart your creative career with our free course for 18-30 year olds in Nottingham & Nottinghamshire.


Do you have creative skills that you’d like to turn into a job? Would you like to expand your knowledge of working in the arts and creative industries? ELEVATE is a free course to help young creatives jumpstart their careers.

From writing a business plan to building your brand online, you’ll learn essential skills for starting a creative career. Find out how to apply for funding, meet successful local artists and connect with local creative businesses.

The course will introduce you to people working in a wide range of creative careers, including digital arts, Illustration and games development. You’ll get a masterclass from renowned artist Rebecca Smith. Take part in workshops, join insightful talks, visit thriving creative businesses, and receive mentoring.

Rebecca Smith
Featured masterclass teacher Rebecca Smith
Emily Catherine
Featured speaker Emily Catherine

This opportunity is brought to you by City Arts working in collaboration with Near Now (Broadway’s studio for arts, design and innovation), The Prince’s Trust and Big House. It is funded by Real Creative Futures.

Who can apply?

The course is for people aged 18-30, living in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. Anyone in that age group and location can apply. However, we will prioritise people who have taken non-traditional routes into the arts. This might include:

  • People who haven’t had a formal education in the arts
  • People who’d like to reignite their passion for creativity after a break
  • People who have faced barriers to entering the arts or creative industries because of their ethnicity, disability, social class or sexuality

Course Content

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Key Benefits

  • Explore the possibilities of a creative career
  • Meet and receive mentoring from successful creatives
  • Build connections with other creatives from your age group
  • Learn how to access and apply for different types of funding as an artist
  • Learn key skills such as social media, event planning, community engagement, networking and more
  • Help recruit and receive mentoring from a professional digital artist as part of Near Now’s Fellowship programme, and work with them to create a new artwork.
  • Sign up with Real Creative Futures – a programme that nurtures entrepreneurs with 12 hours of free tailored support
  • Connect with The Prince’s Trust which works with 18 to 30 year-olds to turn big ideas into a reality

On completion of the course, you’ll receive a certificate of attendance. You can include the course on your CV. If you need it, we will provide you with a reference for jobs or funding applications.

Your Commitment

The course is a total is of 43.5 hours. You need to be able to commit to attending all the sessions. Please read to prospectus for detailed dates and times.

How to apply

Please use the form below to submit your application.

If you’d prefer you can send us a video application using Whatsapp. Make sure to answer all the same questions and provide the same information. Please keep your answers to no more than one minute per question.

We are committed to making this application process as open and accessible as possible. If you have any question are need any help with you application, please contact us.

Thank you to Collaborative Future’s recruitment support for helping us make this application process welcoming for individuals of all backgrounds and experiences.

The deadline for applications is 23 January 2022.