Summer School 2021

Summer School 2021

Wednesday 28 July – Thursday 2 September 2021

Our 2021 Summer School online workshop series has now finished! 

These online sessions were led by NUA alumni, staff and practising artists. Recordings for previous events, alongside worksheets from the workshops, are available via the links below;

The Summer School covered a wide range of practices from architecture to visual storytelling.

These workshops were arranged and delivered by NUA and TakeYourPlace –

Certificate of Attendance

Attending the Summer School series is the perfect experience to discuss on personal statements and a great way to demonstrate your new skills in a creative portfolio.

As part of the series, we will be providing an official certificate of attendance that you can add to your portfolio.

To receive your official NUA Summer School 2021 certificate, you will need to;

  • Attend a minimum of 6 workshops from the series
  • Submit work you have completed from 3 workshops

Previous Workshops

Recordings for previous events are available via the links below;

Expressive Painting with artist Emily Powell

Wednesday 28 July | 3.00 – 4.30pm (BST)

Join BA (Hons) Fine Art Graduate and award-winning Artist Emily Powell for a dynamic painting experience.

The workshop will feature a series of small, fun tasks with water-based paints and accessible materials to help participants loosen up into the creative process, embrace happy accidents and imagine new potential in their own work.

This workshop is open to all abilities.

What do I need? 

For this workshop you can use either dry or wet materials.

Necessary materials;

  • 3x sheets of blank paper (A4 size is ideal)

One or a mixture of the following media;

  • Colouring pencils
  • Felt tips
  • Oil pastels
  • Crayons

Optional materials;

  • Selection of water based paints
  • Paint brushes (one thick and one fine)
  • A pot of water and paper towel (for your brushes)
  • Large paper or canvas (A3 to A1 size)

Workshop skills.

The skills in this workshop cross over with subjects including Fine Art and Illustration.

Developing an Actor’s Perception

Thursday 29 July | 10.30am – 12.00pm (BST)

Actor and teacher Michael Norton leads this workshop, which focuses on developing the actor’s core ability to observe, listen and play in your everyday life.

Building on tools and tasks you can practice anywhere, we’ll look at status, tactics, objectives and building a character from observation.

What do I need? 

  • Pen or pencil
  • Paper

Workshop skills.

You will learn skills that can be used within subjects such as Acting and Film and Moving Image Production

Accessing Architecture

Wednesday 4 August | 3.00 – 4.30pm (BST)

Join NUA BA (Hons) Architecture graduate and Architectural Designer, Precious Domingo, for a workshop exploring new architectural designs based on household objects and natural forms.

Learn how to take 2D concepts into 3D visualisations with a digital design tutorial alongside an insight into the creative process within industry.

What do I need? 

  • A range of household objects you find interesting
  • Pen or pencil
  • Paper to sketch out ideas
  • Ruler or a similar object with a straight edge
  • Access to the free software SketchUp –

Workshop skills.

You will learn skills that can be used across ArchitectureInterior DesignAnimationVisual EffectsGames Art and Design.

Commercial Storytelling with Photography

Thursday 5 August | 10.30am – 12.00pm (BST)

Join NUA BA (Hons) Photography graduate and Lifestyle Photographer based in Iceland, Cat Gundry-Beck for a workshop that will help you to develop your photography skills.

Cat will demonstrate how lifestyle advertising is all about creating images that tell a story in order to sell a product or service. You will look at digital techniques and tricks of the trade including composition, colour, improvisation and light manipulation.

What do I need? 

  • A camera phone
  • Still life objects – for example; plants, packaging, accessories of your choosing
  • A bed sheet / roll of paper
  • A space / work surface to curate a photoshoot
  • 1-3 images you have shot previously to discuss (optional)

Workshop skills.

You will learn skills that can be used across PhotographyGraphicsFashion Marketing,  IllustrationFilmAnimationVisual effects.

Character Design

Wednesday 11 August | 3.00 – 4.30pm (BST)

Join NUA BA (Hons) Animation graduate Dan Kelby for a workshop focused on exploring innovative character designs.Dan will guide you through the process of character design, sharing technical tips and insights gained from his experience working for Disney, Cartoon Network and Netflix.

What do I need? 

Workshop skills.

You will learn skills that can be used across AnimationGames Design and Illustration.

Thinking like a UX Designer

Wednesday 18 August | 3.00 – 4.30pm (BST)

 Join BA (Hons) Film and Moving Image Production graduate Clara Pougeard, who currently works for Compulsion Games in Canada, for a workshop that will introduce you to the world of UX Design through the lens of arguably the world’s most popular game: Fortnite.Clara will talk you through the theoretical knowledge such as usability, wire frames and accessibility, before then learning how to apply these elements practically in a collaborative feature. 

By the end of the session you will have the skills and tools to play games through the eyes of a UX Designer.

What do I need? 

Workshop skills.

You will learn skills that can be used across Games DesignGames Development and Graphics.

Visual Storytelling: Sharing Your World in a “Zine”

Thursday 19 August | 10.30am – 12.00pm (BST)

Join multidisciplinary artist and designer, and NUA MA Communication Design graduate, Kazz Morohashi for a workshop focused on exploring your world through image, text and zine making.

Using graphic communication techniques, such as experimenting with size, scale, colour and context through image and text, we’ll look at how to develop your story to be shared across a five-page Zine.

What do I need?

  • Pens, pencils, colouring pencils
  • Eraser
  • Paper
  • Scissors

What preparation do I need?

Think about a topic or two that are close to your heart. These can be personal concerns, such as the environment, identity or mental health, or social observations, such as different fashion styles, personalities, or even pets.

Workshop skills.

You will learn skills that can be used across GraphicsIllustrationAnimationFilm and Fine Art.

Creative First Aid Kit

Thursday 26 August | 10.30am – 12.00pm (BST)

Join BA (Hons) Fine Art Lecturer Desmond Brett, for a workshop centred on your wellbeing.

Des will talk you through a series of drawing and sculptural activities that will highlight the curiosity that artists show for themselves and the world around them, before creating distinctive and mindful work.

By the end of the session you will be able to reflect on your own identity, coping strategies and new ways of thinking and making.

What do I need? 

  • Paper
  • Pencil or pen
  • Camera Phone
  • House should and personal objects of personal significance 

Workshop skills.

You will learn skills that can be used across Fine Art and Illustration.

Embroidery for Clothing

Thursday 26 August | 3.00 – 4.30pm (BST)

Join NUA BA (Hons) Textile Design graduate MiaSylvia, for an exploration into caring for and repairing your clothing. You will look at the ways in which we can ensure we get the most out of each item of clothing, but also the delving into the mindful process of stitching. You will learn skills and techniques in embroidery to upcycle, decorate and repair clothing using a wide range if techniques including applique, patchwork and boro stitching.

What do I need? 

  • A needle
  • Coloured thread
  • A piece of material or clothing

Workshop skills.

You will learn skills that can be used across Textile DesignFashion and Fine Art.

Directing: Frame to Frame

Wednesday 1 September | 3.00 – 4.30pm (BST)

Join BA (Hons) Film and Moving Image Production graduate Georgia Hardcastle – Film and Theatre Maker – for a workshop centred on communication and collaboration through film production. Georgia will get you to analyse a scene from a film and discuss it as a group.

From there, you will create a story as a whole group before individually shooting the film using only a webcam. By the end of the session you will have the theoretical and practical skills to begin making your own zero-budget films.

What do I need?

  • Pencils
  • A4 paper
  • Laptop / mobile device with a camera
  • Access to free OBS software –

Workshop skills

You will learn skills that can be used across Film and Media.

Learning the Art of Asking Questions

Thursday 2 September | 10.30am – 12.00pm (BST)

Join NUA BA (Hons) Graphic Communication graduate (and Principal UX Consultant) Amy Shore for a workshop focused on understanding your audience and exploring techniques for gathering input into your work.

Thinking differently about your work and being able to see it from a range of perspectives will have real impact on how it’s shaped and delivered. Using guerrilla research techniques, Amy will be working with participants as a focus group to gather input and challenge assumptions about how to present your work.

By asking the right questions, we will be able to shape and tailor the portfolio experience and you’ll gather some practical tips and techniques along the way. This is useful for all creative subject areas, those interested in design and psychology, and those looking to put together a portfolio application for university applications.

What do I need? 

  • 5-10 examples of your work and a short title around each
  • Access to the free online tool Miro –

Workshop skills.

You will learn essential communication skills that can be used across all creative disciplines!

Drag Artistry 101 – Finding a Voice

Friday 3 September | 1.00pm – 2.30pm (BST)

Join BA (Hons) Fine Art graduate Oliver (Liv) Saunders for a workshop focused on exploring Drag culture; image, identity and promotion.

This workshop will highlight the many skills that a drag artist has to consider. You will have the opportunity to engage with drawing skills, photography styling shoots and performance warm-up techniques as you explore your drag persona.

NUA is proud to be a community of creatives from a range of cultures and backgrounds, this is a strength of the University experience. Oliver’s workshop will provide a safe space and a chance to find out more about the Drag community while learning some transferable creative skills that cross over many disciplines.

What do I need? 

  • Paper
  • Pens / pencils
  • Camera phone
  • Collection of 3 objects that you feel have character eg. fruit, feathers, dice, rubber glove, a lamp

Workshop skills.

You will learn skills that can be used across Fine ArtFashion PromotionGraphics and Photography.


How do I join the workshop? 

Once you have booked your place on the workshop(s) you wish to join, a confirmation email will be sent out with links and information on how to join the event.

Will I receive a recording of the workshop if I am unable to attend? 

We will be recording all workshops and making them available to those who book to attend. We would therefore suggest you book your place on the events you are interested in attending even if you can no longer join closer to the day. 

What outcomes do I need to send and how can I share these? 

Your outcomes from the workshops can be sent to us via email – – and these should ideally be photographs of the work you produced either during the event or afterwards. 

Your work won’t be assessed or judged as part of the process to receive a certificate and is just to demonstrate your involvement with the session. 

By submitting your work, you give consent for NUA to use your work as promotional material for the workshop series across the NUA website and social media channels. If you wish to be excluded from this, please email

How will I receive my certificate? 

We will be posting your physical certificate out to you after the final event has finished, so please ensure that you provide an up-to-date address when signing up for an event. 

What work do I need to send in to get my certificate and how can I share these? 

Your work from the workshops can be sent to us via email – – and these should ideally be photographs of the work you produced either during the event or afterwards. 

Is there a risk assessment and safeguarding in place for this series? 

We are happy to share our risk assessment and safeguarding information with you should you require this. Please email us at for more information. 

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