Unit 9: University and Employment Tasks

6 Jobs I would be Interested in doing in the Creative Industry

  1. Car Concept Designer
  2. Car Artist
  3. Magazine Designer
  4. Poster Designer (Advertising)
  5. Website Designer
  6. Photographer

Employment Task

Job 1 Title – Web Designer

Skills Required

  • Knowledge of layouts, graphic fundamentals, and typography
  • Creativity and enthusiasm
  • Attention to detail
  • A strong digital portfolio
  • Experience of designing and implementing websites and emails
  • Good communication skills and a team player
  • Extensive experience in responsive design, cross-browser, and cross-device production
  • Two to three years’ experience as a web/digital designer

Salary (Per annum) – £30,000 – £35,000

Responsibilities

  • Creating email HTML templates, including bespoke email campaigns and newsletters
  • Providing ongoing support of the company websites
  • Acting as the brand’s guardian to ensure quality of design and UX across all of our digital platforms
  • Implementing designs for new websites and redesigns for existing websites
  • Designing web adverts, email templates, and websites
  • Keeping up to date with the latest trends, styles, and techniques
  • Working closely with web developers and reporting to the digital design manager

Closing Date for Applications – 9th April 2017

Could you see yourself doing this job as a career, explain

I could see myself doing this job as a career because I am interested in web design and find it fun to do. I have designed websites in the past and I have found the experience enjoyable and if I enjoyed it I feel as though I could pursue this as a career.


Job 2 Title – Graphic Designer

Skills Required

  • Substantial experience designing for corporate sector clients (financial services, law, commercial property or insurance services)
  •  Extensive PowerPoint knowledge is essential
  •  Ability to work on PC is essential
  •  Excellent CS skills, as well as solid MS Office experience
  •  Experience designing and executing concepts for competitive pitches, marketing collateral and other deliverables
  •  Ability to adapt to various visual identity systems and work with multiple client brands
  •  Ability to think creatively, be detail oriented, consistently deliver high-quality designs and exceed client expectations
  •  Ability to work well under pressure and to tight deadlines, whilst maintaining accuracy
  •  Flexible, enthusiastic and client-focused
  •  An excellent understanding of the print process and techniques, able to liaise directly with printers
  •  Ideally digital design experience
  •  Ideally, vector icon illustration experience

Salary (Per annum) – £26,000 – £38,000

Responsibilities

  • Design and create presentations, proposals, reports and branded marketing collateral for  corporate sector clients
  •  Develop creative and engaging concepts and design primarily print-based documents according to brand guidelines
  •  Take complex briefs from clients and Creative Director, and manage the production process from start to finish
  •  Build solid relationships with clients based on excellent client service
  •  Develop skills and build on existing experience, especially with regards to digital design

Closing Date for Applications – 8th April 2017

Could you see yourself doing this job as a career, explain

I could see myself doing this job as a career as I enjoy graphic design work and ould be happy and willing to have a full-time job in that field. As a graphic designer, you can be creative and the responsibilities for the job are very similar to the ones for college (for graphic design).


Job 3 Title – McLaren: MSO – Senior Design Engineer – Outer body

Skills Required

  • Highly skilled in modelling and surfacing using CATIA V5
  • Mechanical and Automotive Engineering Degree preferred
  • Relevant Automotive experience of high-end or niche vehicles preferred.
  • Ability to support design decisions with appropriate hand calculations
  • Ability to create full detailed design drawings in accordance with BS 8888, including geometrical tolerancing
  • Great attention to detail and proven track record of producing ‘right-first-time’ quality work
  • Good understanding of mechanical design requirements for typical automotive applications e.g. fastening systems, sealing solutions, manufacturing techniques.
  • Good understanding of DFMEA and risk assessment techniques in automotive environment
  • Excellent systems design and development knowledge
  • Desirable to have experience of VPM and DMU tools

Salary (Per annum) – N/A

Responsibilities

  • Reporting to the MSO Outer Body Function Group Manager, working on all aspects of MSO project delivery on our current and future vehicle programmes
  • Complete packaging and concept studies including styling feasibility
  • Responsibility for a diverse selection of components such as BIW, body exterior and body panels and closures
  • Working within a cross-functional team to collectively deliver MSO projects to specification targets from discrete panel changes up to complete bespoke vehicles
  • Packaging and detailing from prototype to production, including test car applications
  • Work within a cross-party team of Designers, Engineers and other support roles to present feasible project schemes to MSO management and sales team
  • Reconcile manufacturing and assembly feasibility with aerodynamics, styling and component or system specifications
  • Stand-alone mechanical system design projects to fulfil specific MSO engineering or commercial requirements
  • Identify opportunities to reduce complexity, cost and weight
  • Represent the project in design reviews and during test and development activities
  • Check the content of designs for release against the specification, the data integrity of CAD geometry and resolution of digital build concerns prior to sign-off
  • Liaise with other engineers, designers, suppliers and workshop technicians
  • Communicate progress and critical issues to the MSO Outer Body Function Group Manager

Closing Date for Applications – N/A

Could you see yourself doing this job as a career, explain

I could see myself doing this job because it is my ambition, what I’ve wanted to do when I was younger. It is a job with a lot of responsibilities and requirements, but aside that, it is a career I would be very happy to pursue and could see myself doing.


University Task

University 1 – Staffordshire University

Course 1, why does it interest you and what might you need to do to get accepted? 

Transport Design BA (Hons), I am a fan of cars and shows like ‘TopGear’ and this inspired me to want to go in the car industry. In addition to this, I really enjoy drawing cars but I want to learn how to design them. I might need to do a Foundation Diploma Art and Design Pass with Merit if Taken. Typical UCAS Offer: 112 points.

Course 2, why does it interest you and what might you need to do to get accepted? 

Graphic Design BA (Hons), this course interests me because it will expand my creativity with graphic design. I enjoy graphic design and this course will help with me my knowledge and skills on the subject. I might need to do a Foundation Diploma Art and Design Pass with Merit if Taken. Typical UCAS Offer: 112 points.

What are some positive about this University? 

Some successful candidates are now working at high-class companies (e.g. Maserati). The university has close links and contacts with current designers and clay & CAD modellers working for large car manufacturers which improve the atmosphere.

What might be the downside to using this Unversity?

The university is located in Stoke-On-Trent which is very far away and the cost to live up there might be high. The fee for the university is expensive but about the same for the other universities (£9,250).

What extracurricular information can you find about studying at this university? 

This university does have student accommodation/housing. Staffordshire University does have a full page of information on funding and financial support which is very beneficial.


University 2 – Plymouth University

Course 1, why does it interest you and what might you need to do to get accepted? 

BSc (Hons) Mechanical Design and Manufacture, I am a fan of cars and shows like ‘TopGear’ and this inspired me to want to go in the car industry. In addition to this, I really enjoy drawing cars but I want to learn how to design them. The entry requirements include – BTEC National Diploma/QCF Extended Diploma: MMM in a relevant science or technology subject must include mathematics units. Typical UCAS Offer: 80 – 96 points.

Course 2, why does it interest you and what might you need to do to get accepted? 

BA (Hons) Graphic Communication with Typography, this course interests me because it will expand my creativity with graphic design. I enjoy graphic design and this course will help with me my knowledge and skills on the subject. The entry requirements include – 18 Unit BTEC National Diploma/QCF Extended Diploma: DMM. Typical UCAS Offer: 112 points.

What are some positive about this University? 

The university is very close since I live in Plymouth, the transport choices to get the university is broad for be because I can catch a bus or walk in.

What might be the downside to using this Unversity?

The fee is the same for Staffordshire University at £9,250 which is a lot.

What extracurricular information can you find about studying at this university? 

Plymouth University does offer student accommodation near the university, in addition to this, they do also offer funding/financial support.


University 3 – Coventry University

Course 1, why does it interest you and what might you need to do to get accepted? 

Design and Transport MSc, I am a fan of cars and shows like ‘TopGear’ and this inspired me to want to go in the car industry. In addition to this, I really enjoy drawing cars but I want to learn how to design them. The entry requirements include – Applicants should normally have a first degree in an engineering or design discipline and an interest in a specific area of transportation design. Applicants with other backgrounds will also be given sympathetic consideration for admission.

Course 2, why does it interest you and what might you need to do to get accepted? 

Graphic Design BA (Hons), this course interests me because it will expand my creativity with graphic design. I enjoy graphic design and this course will help with me my knowledge and skills on the subject. The entry requirements include –  5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English. Typical Offers: A-Levels: BBC to include at least one Art or Design subject. BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: DMM in an Art or Design subject.

What are some positive about this University? 

They teach to high standards and their canditates all progress on to work for good companies to continue their career in their specific field.

What might be the downside to using this Unversity?

The university is located in Coventry which is very far away and the cost to live up there might be high. The fee for the university is expensive but about the same for the other universities (£9,250).

What extracurricular information can you find about studying at this university? 

Coventry University does offer student accommodation near the university, in addition to this, they do also offer funding/financial support.


Unit 9 Task review

What are the plus and negative points of progressing on to university? 

The positives on progressing onto university are that you are expanding your knowledge on a specialised subject/field which you wish to work in. You’ll learn new skills and develop the ones you already have, and you might be able to do things you didn’t think you could. The negative points are that it is a massive step up in terms of possibly having to move and live somewhere else, the workload will be higher and the cost might be a struggle.

What are the plus and negative points of progressing on to employment? 

The positives on progressing onto employment are that you can have a job you enjoy working at, and you can develop your skills and earn money for your outcomes. The negatives on progressing onto employment include you won’t be learning much anymore abut new techniques and style of working, but you won’t really need to.

What progression route do you think will prepare you best for your future? Explain 

I feel as though the best progression route that will prepare me the best for my future is to go to university and do a transport/automobile design course or mechanical design course. Then after that try to find employment in that particular field (car design to find work in the car industry). My reasoning for this is because you can’t learn about transport design in college and they are only in universities, the knowledge that is required is high and I will need to learn a lot more before I go into employment in that field.

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