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The Young Artist Summer Experience

Ages 15-18 London OR Live Online

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Overview

The Young Artist Summer Experience gives students aged 15-18 a 360-degree, fully immersive experience of working as an artist in London

Over the course of 15 days, students aged 15-18 will have some of the most prestigious experiences of the art industry that one can imagine: presenting a portfolio of your work to top artists at the Royal Academy of Art, the opportunity to create contemporary pieces alongside  artists and organising your own exhibition inside London’s Tate Modern.

Also available on the Summer Experience are visits to a leading independent video game design company, the opportunity to create an animated film with award winning animators and a visit to the University of Oxford.

Join us for a life-changing experience that will serve as an outstanding differentiator on your university application form and set you up for a future as a successful art professional.

Highlights


Immersive Art Experiences:

  • Present your portfolio to a panel of top artists at the Royal Academy of Art
  • Organise an exhibition inside London’s Tate Modern Museum
  • Illustrate and design your own video game alongside experts from a leading independent video game company
  • Create contemporary art within a real artist’s studio
  • Develop an animated short film with award winning animators

Senior Art Professions from a Variety of Specialities:

  • Be coached through the immersive experiences with art professionals specialising in fine art, graphic design, illustration, animation, curation and more
  • Private networking sessions with these professionals, who can become vital connections for your future career

Personalised Career Coaching:

  • Bespoke career coaching: receive training on how to land the most desirable jobs in the world of professional art and a dynamic, personalised development plan to reach the height of your career ambitions
  • Securing a place at a top-tier university: work alongside Admissions Officers from the UK’s leading educational institutions to map out your university and degree choices, extra-curricular activities, and work experience; and receive expert coaching on the art of designing eye-catching portfolios
  • Excelling at university: take part in a private tour of the University of Oxford; attend a thought-provoking lecture; discuss your insights with likeminded individuals; and network with leading academics
  • Master the recruitment process: crack the code to the perfect CV with industry recruitment experts and hear from senior hiring managers on what they are looking for in candidate applications, interviews and assessment centres

    Competitive Advantage In Your University Applications:

    • Attending the experience demonstrates that you’ve gained key skills such as attention-to-detail, public speaking and commercial awareness, which are highly-valued by top universities
    • Complete the online assessment after the programme and receive a personalised certificate to include in your UCAS/College applications.

    World-Class Universities And World-Class People:

    • Experience two of the best universities on the planet: University of Oxford and University College London (UCL).
    • Meet talented and ambitious students from around the world who fly in for the Summer Experience, creating an invaluable lifetime network.

    Design Your Own Summer Experience:

    • Choose to attend the 15-Day, 10-Day or 5-Day Summer Experience. You can also opt to attend this Summer Experience "Live Online" choosing between the 10-Day or 5-Day Summer Experience.
    • Accommodation, meals, guardianship and airport pick-up are available if required and can be added at checkout. London accommodation is provided at University of London’s halls of residence. Evening social activities will also be provided for students booking with accommodation. 

    Fees, Eligibility and Options

    This programme is for students aged 15-18. No prior knowledge or experience is required; our professionals will give you all the training you need. There is no application process, and you can secure your place simply by clicking “Register Now”. We operate on a first-come first-served basis so encourage you to register as soon as possible.

    The Summer Experience will begin on 22nd July 2022. You can choose either the 15-Day Experience, 10-Day Experience or 5-Day Experience.

    The Live Online Summer Experience will begin on 12th August 2022. You can choose either 10-Day or 5-Day Summer Experience.

    Listed on the table below is a breakdown of the pricing options and what is included. Places are highly limited. The only way to guarantee your place is to click 'Register Now' and enter your details.

    In select circumstances, we can offer payment by instalments, which requires a 50% deposit. To speak to a Student Experience Manager about your personal circumstances please click here OR email us at info@investin.org OR call us on +44 (0) 203 488 5089.

    *Locations only apply to the In-Person Summer Experience. For the Live Online Summer Experience, all sessions where locations are specified will take place virtually.

    Internship Name In-Person 5-Day Summer Experience In-Person 10-Day Summer Experience In-Person 15-Day Summer Experience 'Live Online' 5-Day Summer Experience 'Live Online' 10-Day Summer Experience
    Length Days 1-5 Days 1-10 Days 1-15 Days 1-5 Days 1-10
    Create contemporary art within a real artist’s studio
    Present your portfolio to a panel of top artists at the Royal Academy of Art
    An exclusive question and answer session with a NASA scientist
    Take apart a petrol engine under the supervision of a top mechanical engineer
    Experience how engineers tackle climate change through an investigative day at the Thames Barrier
    Private view with leading artists and critics at London’s Tate Modern. (virtual gallery view in the case of our Live Online experience)
    Coaching on mastering every aspect of the recruitment process for the best jobs in art
    Personalised career coaching: receive a dynamic, bespoke development plan to help you reach the height of your career ambitions
    Training on securing a place to study Fine Art at a top-tier university
    Summer Experience (without accommodation or meals)
    £1350

    £2600

    £3750

    £595

    £995
    Additional price for University of London accommodation (private single en-suite rooms) with all meals and guardianship included
    £600

    £1350

    £2100

    n/a

    n/a
    Additional price for London airport pick-up and drop-off (each way)
    £100

    £100

    £100

    n/a

    n/a

    DAY 1 – ENTER THE SUMMER EXPERIENCE

    DAY 2 –ENTER THE ARTIST’S STUDIO

    DAY 3 – THE COMMERCIAL SECTOR

    DAY 4 – THE CURATOR

    DAY 5 – THE LANGUAGE OF ART

    DAY 6 –DESIGN A VIRTUAL WORLD

    DAY 7 – MOVING ART: THE ANIMATION STUDIO

    DAY 8 – MASTER THE ART OF MARKETING

    DAY 9 –THE NEXT GENERATION OF ARTISTS

    DAY 10 –FROM PALETTE TO PRIVATE VIEW: THE SUMMER EXPERIENCE REVIEW

    DAY 11 –CAREERMAX

    DAY 12 – ENTER OXFORD UNIVERSITY

    DAY 13 – YOUR FUTURE CAREER IN ART

    DAY 14 – SCALING YOUR CAREER IN THE ARTS

    DAY 15 – PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN: YOUR NEXT STEPS

    DAY 1 – ENTER THE SUMMER EXPERIENCE

    2:00pmStart

    Over the next five days, you will gain first-hand experience of various factions within Art, with guidance from Industry Experts to take you through every step of your journey: (i) You will immerse yourself in a Fine Art studio where you can try your hand at various mediums and techniques (ii) Meet creatives within the freelance world of illustration and graphic design and get a glimpse of the curatorial process (iii) armour yourself with the linguistic tools needed to talk about art, then pitch your own growing portfolio to professionals and receive their personalised feedback. The next five days will equip you with the essential tools you need to become a successful Artist and prepare you for a flourishing career ahead.

    AfternoonThe Summer Experience Begins

    - Your journey starts here: step into the shoes of a top Artist
    - Keynote speech by the Programme Director: discover what the Summer Experience has in store and how to make the most of this unique experience
    - Immersive group activities: develop crucial skills for the Summer Experience ahead, including creativity, teamwork, public speaking and attention to detail
    - Interactive networking session: meet fellow students – talented and ambitious individuals from around the world who can act as powerful contacts for your future career

    6:00pmClose

    *exact programme subject to change without notice

    DAY 2 –ENTER THE ARTIST’S STUDIO

    10:00amStart

    Your first day as a Young Artist in a professional Studio setting

    MorningThe World of Art

    - The Art World Today: Discover the key players in contemporary art and current movements in 2022
    - How has the use of materials evolved over the past 100 years? What mediums, styles, periods and concepts have stood the test of time, and what have artists abandoned in search of innovation?
    - Your role as a Young Artist and what it means to live as an artist today
    - ‘Meet your Studio:’ join the experienced artists, ambitious students and enthusiastic teammates who will make up your art studio for the duration of the Summer Experience

    AfternoonFine Art with Finesse

    - ‘Creativity in Many Forms:’ Meet experienced artists from a range of backgrounds to give you a glimpse into the inner-workings of an artist’s mind
    Visit a shared studio to uncover the endless possibilities that a career in art can offer and experiment with the many tools that can bring your ideas to life
    - Unearth where artists find their inspiration and how to steer away from the notorious ‘creative block
    - Still Life Five Ways: experiment reproducing the same still life in five different mediums, including sketching, painting, printmaking, sculpture and collage
    - Your Journey as an Artist: Kick off your journey on the Summer Experience by writing your own artist statement to share with your peers

    5:00pmClose

    DAY 3 – THE COMMERCIAL SECTOR

    MorningThe Illustrator

    - Meet a variety of different illustrators and discover the range of mediums they have at their disposal to interpret and embellish text
    - Uncover the complex world of freelancing and how illustrators are finding unique ways to promote their work to procure commissions
    - Enter the illustrator’s studio and complete a redesign of a book cover of your choosing, playing with various mediums and fonts to delineate your creative vision
    - Pitch your redesigns to both illustrators and publishers to receive live feedback

    AfternoonGraphic Design & Art in Digital

    - The Untraditional: In an increasingly digital world, how do artists express themselves in pixel and what creative roles lie in the commercial sector?
    - Witness the daily life of a graphic designer and try your hand at the leading software currently used today
    - Design your own artist web homepage using your personal vision and present your project to professionals for live feedback
    - Attend a panel Q&A with professionals who hold creative roles in corporate business such as advertising and web-development, alongside graphic designers and illustrators

    5:00pmClose

    DAY 4 – THE CURATOR

    10:00amStart

    MorningCuration



    So you’ve made some Art, now what? Today you will see how Curators make key decisions on artwork and their place on gallery walls
    - Visit one of London’s top public galleries and unearth the magic that happens behind the scenes of globally-recognised exhibitions
    - Discover new ways artists and institutions are reaching international audiences and allowing people to tour exhibitions from their homes via state-of-the-art technology
    - Quick-fire Curation: edit, arrange and curate artworks as part of a mock online exhibition using cutting-edge virtual software
    - Invite professional curators to your virtual exhibition and receive live feedback on your creative process. Learn how you can secure a career in curation from professionals who have made success of the business

    AfternoonArchive & Auction

    - Experience the tense and fast-paced atmosphere of an auction house to observe the art world from the buyer’s perspective
    - Which Price is Right? Discover how artwork is priced based on the current market and how professionals in the field differentiate costs based on size, medium and status
    - Get a glimpse of how expensive and precious artworks are framed and handled before public display
    - What is Archiving? Take a sneak-peak at some of the archives housing the most renowned artists and their work. Network with experts and learn about how you can take your love of art into a career in archiving

    5:00pmClose

    DAY 5 – THE LANGUAGE OF ART

    10:00amStart

    Congratulations! You’ve taken a whistle-stop tour through various creative factions of Art. Today you will showcase your work and reflect on your burgeoning career as an Artist so far

    MorningThe Crit Room

    - ‘Talking About Art:’ Master the method of analysing and interpreting artwork with proficiency
    - Practice your public speaking through a crit-room simulation with professional lecturers, examining a piece of artwork and revealing your personal interpretation
    - Gain an understanding of the layout of a crit and learn the key phrases, tips and tricks to guide a viewer through your sketchbook and beyond
    - Reflect on your artist statement from day two and modify it as appropriate based on your Summer Experience so far
    - From Critic to Critiqued: pull together a portfolio of your projects from the last four days to go alongside your statement. Swap perspectives and have your own work evaluated by a panel of artists and art critics inside the Royal Academy of Art

    AfternoonCareer Coaching: How to Launch a Successful Career in Art

    - Your path to success: understanding the key decisions ahead and how to maximise your chances of success
    - Building a successful, standout portfolio for university applications and beyond
    - Subject choices at A-level/IB/university and more
    - Securing work experience, designing impactful CVs/resumes and powerful interview techniques
    - Coaching from experienced Artists on what you can do now to stand out in the future

    5:00pmClose

    DAY 6 –DESIGN A VIRTUAL WORLD

    10:00amStart

    You’ve just taken a deep-dive into the contemporary Art World and have tried your hand at various creative disciplines. Over the next five days, you will experience Art from a new perspective: (i) you will enter the virtual realm and exercise your artistic vision by designing the artwork for a video game (ii) interact with the masters of the ‘moving figure’ and produce your own animation (iii) discover the creative side of marketing and predict the future of Art. Finally, you will curate an exhibition of your projects from the previous 10 days to showcase to professionals.

    Today you will meet an indie game company and employ their expertise to design a video game world

    MorningMeet Your Design Team

    - Discover the ins and outs of an indie game company employing freelance artists
    - Receive your brief from indie game developers, writers and graphic designers
    - Collaborate with your peers to come up with a winning game concept and design for a start-up company
    - You will spend the rest of the day exercising your artistic vision to conceive the world and characters in which the game is set, making key aesthetic decisions on the colour palette as well as sketching your designs

    AfternoonMeet The Dragons

    - Develop your sketches into a finalized product
    - Prepare your pitch for the Dragon’s Den
    - Network with other teams and size up your competition
    - The winning team will receive a professional mock-up of their video game

    5:00pmClose

    DAY 7 – MOVING ART: THE ANIMATION STUDIO

    10:00amStart

    Yesterday you explored the virtual realm of video game design. Today, you will learn how animation studios bring their characters to life.

    MorningDa Vinci’s Disciples: Depicting Human Figures in the Modern Day

    - With step-by-step guidance, learn the Old Master’s technique to delineate human figures on paper with a real-life sitter
    - Gain an insight into the portrait artist’s place in the modern day artworld and how commissions take place
    - How has the portrayal of human figures evolved? Uncover the history of the cartoon and how many talented artists have channelled their abilities through animation
    - Create Your Character: begin your sketch of a human figure which will serve to underpin your animation storyboard in the afternoon, taking into account proportion and scale

    AfternoonAnimated Art

    - Collaborate with your peers to create a 3-shot storyboard for your animated short
    - Bring your story to life: draw each of the scenes, maintain continuity and design your visual blueprint
    - From sketch to screen: employ the use of state-of-the-art technology to translate your artistic vision into a cohesive sequence
    - Showcase your animations and gain step-by-step advice from industry experts

    5:00pmClose

    DAY 8 – MASTER THE ART OF MARKETING

    10:00amStart

    It’s nearing the end of the Summer Experience and you are planning a group exhibition on the final day. Part of this planning involves submersing yourself into the field of Marketing. Today you will identify how the artistically-minded have found successful careers in advertising and create your own visionary campaign ahead of your exhibition

    MorningThe Creative World of Marketing

    - Marketing is one of the most powerful forces in business: Uncover the key frameworks and techniques used to win the hearts and minds of consumers and uncover the most creative aspects of the role
    - The psychology of marketing: product, place, price, promotion, people, positioning and packaging
    - An ever-changing landscape: discover the rise of digital marketing and where creativity meets analytics
    - Hear from expert marketeers with experience in a variety of industries on what they have found to be the most successful pathway to scalability

    AfternoonThe Artist’s Launch

    - Race against time: work with marketing consultants to develop your strategy within a given budget to generate publicity for the opening night of your exhibition
    - Know your Audience: how your inclusive marketing strategy can make an impact on the diversity of consumers
    - Create eye-catching visuals, storyboard your advertising campaign, and collaborate to produce a cohesive vision for your project and
    - Who will attend your Exhibition? Pitch your bespoke campaign to a team of marketing professionals and receive live feedback

    5:00pmClose

    DAY 9 –THE NEXT GENERATION OF ARTISTS

    10:00amStart

    You’ve unearthed the traditional creative routes and gained some historical background in Art. Today you will turn your minds to the future and identify the key artistic movements currently making waves in the field. As Young Artists, you will then begin the curatorial process of organising your own group exhibition towards the end of the day

    MorningThe Future of Art

    - Take a tour of London’s street-art locations and uncover how creatives use the city as their canvas
    - ‘Activist Artwork:’ Identify how trends in the art world have shifted towards championing societal change by examining some of the latest artworks that serve to expose injustice
    - Uncover the tantalizing technology behind new, immersive exhibitions and discuss how virtual and augmented reality has changed our experience of art and taken artistic interpretation to the next level
    - A Non-Fungible Future? Understand the role of NFTs in shaping a new generation of saleable artwork and use your knowledge of Art History to predict the next 20 years of Contemporary Art

    AfternoonThe Gallery Manager

    - Assume the role of a Gallery manager and work collaboratively with your peers to organise a group exhibition for the final day
    - Using the artwork you created across the previous nine days, put your curatorial knowledge to the test to create an exhibition narrative which encapsulates your Summer Experience journey
    - Gain expert guidance on your editing process and document your curatorial decisions on a floorplan ahead of hanging the exhibition
    - The Exhibition Catalogue: once you decided on chronology, recall your skills in marketing to produce an online catalogue of your exhibition as well as a press release which you can share to friends and family

    5:00pmClose

    DAY 10 –FROM PALETTE TO PRIVATE VIEW: THE SUMMER EXPERIENCE REVIEW

    10:00amStart

    Congratulations! You’ve come to the end of your journey through the Art World where you have gained invaluable skills and completed several professional projects. Now it’s time to exhibit all the hard work you’ve put in over the Summer Experience!

    MorningThe Exhibition Begins

    - Develop on your comprehensive plans from the previous day to physically hang your group exhibition
    - ‘Maximum Impact:’ consider the way lighting, proportion and placement impacts the viewer’s experience of your individual artworks
    - Ensure all your final touches are completed, label your artwork and prepare the gallery ahead of your first visitors.
    - Enter the Critics: escort the experts around the exhibition and earn invaluable feedback on your work, with top prizes for the most exceptional pieces

    AfternoonThe Private View

    - Put your newfound knowledge to the test
    - Invite top Artists, Designers, Agents, Curators, Art Directors and Journalists to your Private View inside the Tate Modern
    - Have your burning questions answered by those in the know
    - Receive valuable advice from experts in the field

    5:00pmClose

    DAY 11 –CAREERMAX

    10:30amStart

    Over the next five days, you will receive personalised coaching on how to succeed in each of the major milestones on the road to landing your dream job in the creative industry: i) securing a place at a top-tier university ii) excelling in your studies iii) mastering the art of maintaining a successful career in the Creative Sector post-university. In addition, you will receive inspirational coaching on key employability skills from high-profile figures including politicians and Olympic athletes.

    MorningEnter CareerMax

    Your future starts now: discover the essential skills needed to thrive in the Art World, whether your ambition is to be an Artist yourself or exercise your artistic vision through the various creative roles available to you

    - Personal development plan: work with a careers expert in small focus groups to plan the next steps in your journey
    - ‘Big results require big ambitions’: hear from a world-class Olympic athlete on the importance of being a self-starting, ambitious individual in today’s increasingly competitive climate
    - ‘The art of communication is the language of leadership’: hear from a high-ranking politician on how best to improve your communication skills and captivate a large audience

    AfternoonUniversity Applications

    You’re in your final year of school and it is time to start thinking about what comes next…

    -Inside the Art Foundation Year: an interactive session with UCAS staff, with guidance on how to ace your applications and earn a place on an Art Foundation Course
    - University and degree choices: making the right decisions to maximise your career potential
    - Eye-catching extracurriculars: using extracurricular activities to boost your application
    - Portfolio workshop: expert coaching on the art of portfolio curation
    - Interview training: a masterclass with senior admissions tutors from top UK universities and colleges
    - You become the admissions officer: step into the shoes of a university admissions tutor; review a collection of portfolios and interview prospective students for a place at a world-renowned creative institution

    5:00Close

    DAY 12 – ENTER OXFORD UNIVERSITY

    10:30amStart

    MorningWelcome to University!

    Congratulations! You have been accepted into your first-choice university – it’s time to start preparing…
    - University tour: private tour of Oxford University led by current students, who will guide you through the abundant opportunities available to you there
    - Academic lecture: meet academics from the Department of Fine Art and experience a real-life lecture
    - Meet the university team: attend an exclusive networking lunch with students, academics and lecturers from the Department of Fine Art

    AfternoonStep into the Shoes of a Student

    - The academic seminar: discuss the contents of the morning lecture in a seminar group led by an academic, reflect on the topics raised with likeminded individuals and begin to generate your initial hypotheses
    - The research project: work effectively as part of a team to research and plan for a knock-out group presentation
    - The group presentation: present your team’s finding to your peers and academics from the Department of Fine Art
    - The feedback: receive feedback on your presentation and reflect on your team’s performance

    5:00pmClose

    DAY 13 – YOUR FUTURE CAREER IN ART

    10:30amClose

    MorningChoosing your Creative Pathway

    You’re in your final year of study and it is time to start thinking about life after university…

    - Standout work experience: learn the benefits of securing relevant freelance work, postgraduate schemes and Artist’s residencies and the impetus it can add to your portfolio as well as your status in the art world
    - Killer Portfolios: crack the code to the perfect professional portfolio and hear from experienced Artists, gallery managers and art critics on what they are looking for in candidate portfolios
    - You become the art agent: step into the shoes of an art agent working for a top public gallery as you screen a set of potential portfolios and select which candidates you would like to interview for representation

    AfternoonPreparing your Brand

    The art agent was impressed by your knockout portfolio and you have now been invited to interview for a major commission…

    - Interview workshop: receive bespoke public speaking training on how best to articulate yourself during high-pressure, professional situations such as interviews, exhibition openings and presentations
    - Mobilising your network: using connections made at university to supercharge your future
    - You become the art agent: interview candidates for a role in an agency and put them through their paces with a series of challenging scenario-based questions, quizzing them on their knowledge and ability to analyse art
    - Reflection: return to your focus groups and review the goals you set for InvestIN’s CareerMax week. What have you achieved so far? What would you like to work on over the final two days? What questions do you need answering?

    5:00pmClose

    DAY 14 – SCALING YOUR CAREER IN THE ARTS

    10:30amStart

    Congratulations! You have nailed the initial client meeting for a commission, now let’s get you established as an Artist

    MorningEstablishing yourself as a Freelance Artist

    - Hear from professionals on how they have built their reputation, secured commissions and merchandised their artwork and what advice you can gain to begin your own career
    - How to properly value yourself as a creative: financial good-practice, union representation and freelance work
    - Skills tests: experience a series of skills tests that will gauge your artistic and creative abilities and receive feedback on your performance
    - In tray exercise: tackle a series of challenging in tray exercises and impress others with your calm and organised approach to work

    AfternoonBuilding your Brand

    - Create a bespoke fundraising and marketing pitch for one of your pieces to help set yourself apart from the competition
    - Harness both online and offline marketing tools to get your name out there
    - Key skills: manage your time effectively and wow prospective investors with your outstanding approach to problem solving
    - Receive feedback from artists and investors who have gone through the same process

    5:00pmClose

    DAY 15 – PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN: YOUR NEXT STEPS

    10:30amStart

    MorningPersonal Development Plan

    - Personalised feedback: receive a bespoke summary of your performance during the day 14 assessment centre, including your strengths and areas for development
    - Group reflection: return to your focus groups and reflect on what you have achieved throughout InvestIN’s CareerMax week
    - Personal development plan: work with a recruitment expert to establish your next steps and create your very own personal development plan
    - Farewell speech: a review of what you have gained from the Summer Experience, with closing remarks from the Programme Director

    1:00pmClose

    DAY 1 –ENTER THE ARTIST’S STUDIO

    DAY 2 – THE COMMERCIAL SECTOR

    DAY 3 – THE CURATOR

    DAY 4 – SPECIALITIES WITHIN ART

    DAY 5 – THE LANGUAGE OF ART

    DAY 6 –CAREERMAX

    DAY 7 – ENTER UNIVERSITY

    DAY 8 – YOUR FUTURE CAREER IN ART

    DAY 9 – SCALING YOUR CAREER IN THE ARTS

    DAY 10 – PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN: YOUR NEXT STEPS

    DAY 1 –ENTER THE ARTIST’S STUDIO

    11:00amStart

    Your first day as a Young Artist in a professional Studio setting

    MorningThe World of Art

    - The Art World Today: Discover the key players in contemporary art and current movements in 2022
    - How has the use of materials evolved over the past 100 years? What mediums, styles, periods and concepts have stood the test of time, and what have artists abandoned in search of innovation?
    - Your role as a Young Artist and what it means to live as an artist today
    - ‘Meet your Studio:’ join the experienced artists, ambitious students and enthusiastic teammates who will make up your art studio for the duration of the Summer Experience

    AfternoonFine Art with Finesse

    - ‘Creativity in Many Forms:’ Meet experienced artists from a range of backgrounds to give you a glimpse into the inner-workings of an artist’s mind
    - Experience an immersive virtual shared studio to uncover the endless possibilities that a career in art can offer and experiment with the many tools that can bring your ideas to life
    - Unearth where artists find their inspiration and how to steer away from the notorious ‘creative block’
    - Still Life Five Ways: experiment reproducing the same still life in five different mediums, including sketching, painting, printmaking, sculpture and collage
    - Your Journey as an Artist: Kick off your journey on the Summer Experience by writing your own artist statement to share with your peers

    4:30pmClose

    *exact programme subject to change without notice

    DAY 2 – THE COMMERCIAL SECTOR

    MorningThe Illustrator

    - Meet a variety of different illustrators and discover the range of mediums they have at their disposal to interpret and embellish text
    - Uncover the complex world of freelancing and how illustrators are finding unique ways to promote their work to procure commissions
    - Enter the illustrator’s studio and complete a redesign of a book cover of your choosing, playing with various mediums and fonts to delineate your creative vision
    - Pitch your redesigns to both illustrators and publishers to receive live feedback

    AfternoonGraphic Design & Art in Digital

    - The Untraditional: In an increasingly digital world, how do artists express themselves in pixel and what creative roles lie in the commercial sector?
    - Witness the daily life of a graphic designer and try your hand at the leading software currently used today
    - Design your own artist web homepage using your personal vision and present your project to professionals for live feedback
    - Attend a panel Q&A with professionals who hold creative roles in corporate business such as advertising and web-development, alongside graphic designers and illustrators

    4:30pmClose

    11:00am|Start|Yesterday you delved into the world of Fine Art. Today, you will gain experience in Illustration and Graphic Design

    DAY 3 – THE CURATOR

    11:00amStart

    MorningCuration

    So you’ve made some Art, now what? Today you will see how Curators make key decisions on artwork and their place on gallery walls

    - Speak with leading curators and exhibitors and unearth the magic that happens behind the scenes of globally-recognised exhibitions
    - Discover new ways artists and institutions are reaching international audiences and allowing people to tour exhibitions from their homes via state-of-the-art technology
    - Quick-fire Curation: edit, arrange and curate artworks as part of a mock online exhibition using cutting-edge virtual software
    - Invite professional curators to your virtual exhibition and receive live feedback on your creative process. Learn how you can secure a career in curation from professionals who have made success of the business

    AfternoonArchive & Auction

    - Experience the tense and fast-paced atmosphere of an auction house to observe the art world from the buyer’s perspective
    - Which Price is Right? Discover how artwork is priced based on the current market and how professionals in the field differentiate costs based on size, medium and status
    - Get a glimpse of how expensive and precious artworks are framed and handled before public display
    - What is Archiving? Take a sneak-peak at some of the archives housing the most renowned artists and their work. Network with experts and learn about how you can take your love of art into a career in archiving

    4:30pmClose

    DAY 4 – SPECIALITIES WITHIN ART

    11:00amStart

    The world of art is varied and exciting, come face to face with animators and pioneering artists bringing the future of art today

    MorningAnimated Art

    - Collaborate with your peers to create a 3-shot storyboard for your animated short
    - Bring your story to life: draw each of the scenes, maintain continuity and design your visual blueprint
    - From sketch to screen: employ the use of state-of-the-art technology to translate your artistic vision into a cohesive sequence
    - Showcase your animations and gain step-by-step advice from industry experts

    AfternoonThe Future of Art

    - Understand experiential art and uncover how creatives use urban locations as their canvas
    - ‘Activist Artwork:’ Identify how trends in the art world have shifted towards championing societal change by examining some of the latest artworks that serve to expose injustice
    - Uncover the tantalizing technology behind new, immersive exhibitions and discuss how virtual and augmented reality has changed our experience of art and taken artistic interpretation to the next level
    - A Non-Fungible Future? Understand the role of NFTs in shaping a new generation of saleable artwork and use your knowledge of Art History to predict the next 20 years of Contemporary Art

    4:30pmClose

    DAY 5 – THE LANGUAGE OF ART

    11:00amStart

    Congratulations! You’ve taken a whistle-stop tour through various creative factions of Art. Today you will showcase your work and reflect on your burgeoning career as an Artist so far

    MorningThe Crit Room



    - ‘Talking About Art:’ Master the method of analysing and interpreting artwork with proficiency
    - Practice your public speaking through a crit-room simulation with professional lecturers, examining a piece of artwork and revealing your personal interpretation
    - Gain an understanding of the layout of a crit and learn the key phrases, tips and tricks to guide a viewer through your sketchbook and beyond
    - Reflect on your artist statement from day one and modify it as appropriate based on your Summer Experience so far
    - From Critic to Critiqued: pull together a portfolio of your projects from the last four days to go alongside your statement. Swap perspectives and have your own work evaluated by a panel of artists and art critics

    AfternoonCareer Coaching and Private Networking Session



    - Your path to success: understanding the key decisions ahead and how to maximise your chances of success
    - Building a successful, standout portfolio for university applications and beyond
    - Subject choices at A-level/IB/university and more
    - Securing work experience, designing impactful CVs/resumes and powerful interview techniques
    - Coaching from experienced Artists on what you can do now to stand out in the future
    - Exclusive private networking session with leading artists and professionals

    4:30pmClose

    DAY 6 –CAREERMAX

    11:00amStart

    Over the next five days, you will receive personalised coaching on how to succeed in each of the major milestones on the road to landing your dream job in the creative industry: i) securing a place at a top-tier university ii) excelling in your studies iii) mastering the art of maintaining a successful career in the Creative Sector post-university. In addition, you will receive inspirational coaching on key employability skills from high-profile figures including politicians and Olympic athletes.

    MorningEnter CareerMax

    Your future starts now: discover the essential skills needed to thrive in the Art World, whether your ambition is to be an Artist yourself or exercise your artistic vision through the various creative roles available to you

    - Personal development plan: work with a careers expert in small focus groups to plan the next steps in your journey
    - ‘Big results require big ambitions’: hear from a world-class Olympic athlete on the importance of being a self-starting, ambitious individual in today’s increasingly competitive climate
    - ‘The art of communication is the language of leadership’: hear from a high-ranking politician on how best to improve your communication skills and captivate a large audience

    AfternoonUniversity Applications

    You’re in your final year of school and it is time to start thinking about what comes next

    - Inside the Art Foundation Year: an interactive session with university admissions staff, with guidance on how to ace your applications and earn a place on an Art Foundation Course
    - University and degree choices: making the right decisions to maximise your career potential
    - Eye-catching extracurriculars: using extracurricular activities to boost your application
    - Portfolio workshop: expert coaching on the art of portfolio curation
    - Interview training: a masterclass with senior admissions tutors from top UK universities and colleges
    - You become the admissions officer: step into the shoes of a university admissions tutor; review a collection of portfolios and interview prospective students for a place at a world-renowned creative institution

    4:30pmClose

    DAY 7 – ENTER UNIVERSITY

    11:00amStart

    Morning Congratulations, you’ve been accepted into your first choice university – it’s time to start preparing!

    - University life: experience a day in the life of a university student and be guided through the array of opportunities available to you at university
    - University forum: attend an exclusive networking session with students from a range of top-tier universities and have all your burning questions answered
    - Academic lecture: meet academics from various departments and experience a university-style lecture

    AfternoonStep into the Shoes of a Student

    - The academic seminar: discuss the contents of the morning lecture in a seminar group led by an academic, reflect on the topics raised with likeminded individuals and begin to generate your initial hypotheses
    - The research project: work effectively as part of a team to research and plan for a knock-out group presentation
    - The group presentation: present your team’s finding to your peers and academics
    - The feedback: receive feedback on your presentation and reflect on your team’s performance

    4:30pmClose

    DAY 8 – YOUR FUTURE CAREER IN ART

    11:00amStart

    MorningChoosing your Creative Pathway

    You’re in your final year of study and it is time to start thinking about life after university

    - Standout work experience: learn the benefits of securing relevant freelance work, postgraduate schemes and Artist’s residencies and the impetus it can add to your portfolio as well as your status in the art world
    - Killer Portfolios: crack the code to the perfect professional portfolio and hear from experienced Artists, gallery managers and art critics on what they are looking for in candidate portfolios
    - You become the art agent: step into the shoes of an art agent working for a top public gallery as you screen a set of potential portfolios and select which candidates you would like to interview for representation

    AfternoonPreparing your Brand

    The art agent was impressed by your knockout portfolio and you have now been invited to interview for a major commission

    - Interview workshop: receive bespoke public speaking training on how best to articulate yourself during high-pressure, professional situations such as interviews, exhibition openings and presentations
    - Mobilising your network: using connections made at university to supercharge your future
    - You become the art agent: interview candidates for a role in an agency and put them through their paces with a series of challenging scenario-based questions, quizzing them on their knowledge and ability to analyse art
    - Reflection: return to your focus groups and review the goals you set for InvestIN’s CareerMax week. What have you achieved so far? What would you like to work on over the final two days? What questions do you need answering?

    4:30pmClose

    DAY 9 – SCALING YOUR CAREER IN THE ARTS

    11:00amStart

    Congratulations! You have nailed the initial client meeting for a commission, now let’s get you established as an Artist

    MorningEstablishing yourself as a Freelance Artist

    - Hear from professionals on how they have built their reputation, secured commissions and merchandised their artwork and what advice you can gain to begin your own career
    - How to properly value yourself as a creative: financial good-practice, union representation and freelance work
    - Skills tests: experience a series of skills tests that will gauge your artistic and creative abilities and receive feedback on your performance
    - In tray exercise: tackle a series of challenging in tray exercises and impress others with your calm and organised approach to work

    AfternoonBuilding your Brand

    - Create a bespoke fundraising and marketing pitch for one of your pieces to help set yourself apart from the competition
    - Harness both online and offline marketing tools to get your name out there
    - Key skills: manage your time effectively and wow prospective investors with your outstanding approach to problem solving
    - Receive feedback from artists and investors who have gone through the same process

    4:30pmClose

    DAY 10 – PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN: YOUR NEXT STEPS

    11:00amStart

    MorningPersonal Development Plan

    It’s time to reflect on the Experience and plan your next steps
    - Personalised feedback: receive a bespoke summary of your performance during the day 9 assessment centre, including your strengths and areas for development
    - Group reflection: return to your focus groups and reflect on what you have achieved throughout InvestIN’s CareerMax week
    - Personal development plan: work with a recruitment expert to establish your next steps and create your very own personal development plan

    AfternoonProject Launchpad

    - Take off into your future: choose between five bespoke challenges designed to develop core skills in Art, building on your time with InvestIN and taking crucial steps on your path to becoming a top accountant
    - The project launchpad competition: take on your peers in order to win an exclusive prize, attend an awards ceremony in central London and embellish your CV with a standout extra-curricular experience
    - Farewell speech: a review of what you have gained from the Summer Experience, with closing remarks from the programme director

    4:30pmClose

    Venues, Dates & Locations

    London, UK

    In-Person

    22nd July – 5th August 2022

    UCL, University of Oxford, and other locations

    Accommodation Location

    Garden Halls (University of London)
    London, WC1H 9EN

    OR 

    College Hall (University of London)
    London, WC1E 7HZ

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    In-Person

    12th August - 21st August 2022

    11am - 4:00pm (UK time)

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    In-Person

    22nd July – 5th August 2022

    UCL, University of Oxford, and other locations

    Accommodation Location

    Garden Halls (University of London)
    London, WC1H 9EN

    OR 

    College Hall (University of London)
    London, WC1E 7HZ

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    Online

    12th August - 21st August 2022

    11am - 4:00pm (UK time)

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    AmbitionX

    As part of your booking, you will receive 12 months’ access to our state-of-the-art tech platform, AmbitionX. Here you will find all of your programme materials and complete post-programme assessments to gain coveted ‘experience points’ to demonstrate your levels of professional development. You will also be able to access any of InvestIN’s Live Online weekend and evening programmes through AmbitionX at no extra cost.

    COVID-19 Group

    We do not anticipate any Covid-related issues preventing us from delivering the in-person programme. Any government guidance on Covid-related safeguarding (such as the wearing of masks and social distancing) will of course be adhered to. We have managed to successfully deliver in-person programmes during the Covid-19 pandemic (including during the summers of 2020 and 2021), with excellent feedback. We are therefore highly experienced in giving students a fantastic experience even with social distancing rules in place.

    In the unlikely event that the in-person programme is cancelled because of Covid-19 then students will have two options: i) move to the next in-person date; ii) move to the ‘Live Online’ version of the programme you selected and be refunded the difference in price. (If you pay via credit because you postponed a previous booking then the credit note will be reissued to you in full). 

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