We know that there is so much uncertainty in the world at the minute. But if there is anything we are certain about, it’s the fact it’s pretty much business as usual for us when it comes to our degrees. Yes, we know you’re wondering, how is that possible? Allow us to explain.
We pride ourselves on our hands-on and practical approach. The best way to learn is to do it yourself, not read from a textbook. With that being said, in order for our students to get the best experience, we keep our cohorts small. We’re specialist, we’re bespoke and we want to make sure that you get plenty of one-on-one mentoring from our tutors who have plenty of industry experience.
Our seminar rooms and audio suites are also large and well-ventilated meaning we are in a position to deliver more on site sessions than many other places. With the exception of our meeting and tutorial areas (which lets be honest, you’ll want to spend minimal time in anyway when there are suites and studios to be in!), our teaching spaces will remain virtually exclusive for you. It’s important to mention that we are monitoring government statements and will adjust as necessary based on government guidelines.
You will still have access to our studio spaces, but to ensure social distancing, class sizes will be smaller. However, we are lucky to increase studio access so you don’t miss out on the practical aspects of the course, it’s probably why you’re here after all! There will be a small amount of online tuition which will cover the theoretical and technical concepts.
We have been providing online sessions since March, and although we don’t want to blow our own trumpet, we have smashed it, meaning the staff have the experience and confidence to deliver sessions in this format. Although we are aiming to provide the majority of the course on site, we are able to offer increased online tuition as an alternative if you would prefer.
Our degree students also have access to studio and rehearsal space out of hours and this will remain largely unaffected. With social distancing in mind, we have developed a booking system so you will be able to book the space in advance and will be required to sign in and out, offering good levels of access outside of timetabled sessions.
We are partnered with professional studios, Plug Studios and they have established a similar set of rules, enabling groups and tutors to access rehearsal spaces. We will continue to have exclusive use of Plug Studios’ facilities for two days of the week.
Speaking of partnerships, we also work with colleges, universities and awarding bodies to offer a quality learning experience and additional options for you after completing the foundation degree. These partnerships include specialist creative colleges such as Confetti, alongside Nottingham Trent University, who validate our foundation degree programmes and provide third year progression routes. We are also currently developing connections with Tileyard London, who are Europe’s largest community of independent artists and businesses in order to provide further options and opportunities.
Additionally, we also work with national and local festivals, including Latitude and Sundown. Access Creative College has curated and managed the stage in the Inbetweeners Area at Latitude for the last eight years. The stage hosts around thirty college acts across all three days. The stage is managed and engineered by students. Previous performers have included Ed Sheeran, Lets Eat Grandma and Mullally. The college was also proud to host the Platform Stage at Sundown festival in partnership with Music Glue. This stage showcased new talent and was managed and engineered by students. Imagine, next year it could be you!
Both courses will maintain their two year duration, offering flexibility with the option to defer between years. After completing the first two years of the foundation degree, there is the option to top up to a full degree, completing the third year at Nottingham Trent University. We currently have students from both courses going on to do their third year top up in Nottingham this year.
The health and wellbeing of all students and staff is our highest priority, and we are continuing to follow all government guidelines regarding the Coronavirus pandemic. At the time of writing, East Anglia has the third lowest ‘R’ rate in the country, giving reason to believe that Norwich is among the safest cities to continue your studies. As well as that, it’s a pretty cool city and is a hive for young creatives! From record shops to cocktail bars and comedy clubs, Norwich has it all. Also, we can’t forget about Epic Studios which is where we are based!
Along with a thorough on site risk assessment being carried out to minimise all Covid related risks, we have coordinated a well organised strategy for observing social distancing via a clockwise one-way system around the building to minimise contact. Furthermore, the campus is operating a strict system with smaller class groups, encouraging students and staff to only remain on site to teach and attend their sessions while observing social distancing rules for all spaces. For the time being, communal spaces will not be in use.
Additional cleaning and sanitation of equipment between sessions will take place across campus as a precautionary measure, and extra hand sanitising stations have been installed throughout the campus. Moreover, we have increased cleaning staff to maintain the overall cleanliness of our facilities.
By September, all staff at Access Creative College will have taken part in a two stage training process to ensure they are capable of managing appropriate social distancing and cleaning measures.
You’re in safe hands. Take the opportunity to go out on a limb and try something new. Think outside the box and create something you’ve never done before, dare to make mistakes by being innovative and unique. So, what are you waiting for?