Alongside the six modules, there will be a parallel programme of 1-2-1 tutorials, support in securing a mentor and/or placement in the field/country of your planned work, and networking through events “on the ground” and “in the cloud”. All these are designed to help you find the peer group and connections that can enable you to build you career in the artform, community, and business level that is most appropriate for you.
- Tutorials will be scheduled weekly, outside the 2 days teaching, alternating individual 1-2-1 and small group sessions. They will focus on individual challenges and aspirations around two questions “what do you need?”, right now and “what can you offer?”, to the group the industry and the world as a whole.
- Mentors are supportive individuals a few years further along the creative journey, or may be in positions within organisations that you aspire to work with/in. Ideally they will be people you can meet on the ground, in your homeland. Sessions may be in the cloud, but the aim is that mentors become useful guides for you in the country and artform of your choice. The team at CGO will work with you to identify the right people and help to make the introductions. Experience suggests some will offer 2-3 sessions during the course, and others may turn into long-term mentors and even associates.
- Placements are designed to give you one of three experiences: (i) to take you into a new world, unlike anything you have experienced before – a new artform, a new scale, maybe a new culture. To challenge you to think about producing differently. (ii) To give you an experience of working in and on a specific project which will be useful to your longer term learning. (iii) To put you in a larger organisation or in an observational role where you can understand how a part of your creative world works. You may not be put to work, but you can watch and learn. You can read around the organisation, meet staff and see work.
- Networks are formal and informal peer groups and specialist gatherings into which you can be drawn and where you can learn. Once again it is hoped you will find networks (or invent them) in your community and for your artform area so that these are on the ground meetings rather than in the cloud facebook groups. You will become part of Producers’ Pool, the network of freelance producers developed by CGO 5 years ago in London and now spreading in the cloud and with satellite organisations. Our team will work with you to identify the right groups and help you make connections.
The content enrichment is fundementally self-generated, outwith the 2 days of classes . We can help but you will take the lead on getting the most from these opportunities. Any producer joining the fist cohort should start thinking about this the moment they have signed up. It is time for research into your community, organisations you respect, and individuals you would like to meet and learn from. Many students wait until half way through their course to wake up to the opportunities a Diploma like this offers – don’t be one of them.
A Masterclass programme will include guests chosen for their practical insights and real-life experience. They will be people from around the world who believe they can share wisdom that will resonate with new producers (including failure and challenge). The Seminar programme will be grown from the guest sessions to draw out specific themes most relevant to the ambitions of the individuals in the 2020 cohort on the Diploma in Creative Producing.
- Some masterclasses may be made available to a wider audience, such as the 500 members of the Producers’ Pool, or the networks of peers that students identify in their homes. Technology will enable us to meet someone who is underway with a fascinating area of work somewhere in the world, matching the need for understanding from our students – and a wider audience can benefit.
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