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AAS Newsflash: New Free Course Launches to Support Craft Practitioners

Applications Open for "Sustaining Craft Business Practice"
Deadline: 10 January 2022

A new and free course to support craft practitioners affected by the pandemic has been developed by Lews Castle College, UHI in collaboration with Applied Arts Scotland and Skills Development Scotland (SDS) 

This flexible course “Sustaining Craft Business Practice” has been designed to provide craft practitioners from any craft discipline with the skills required to establish a professional business or re–structure an existing business. 

With an understanding of how the Covid pandemic has impacted the creative industries there is a focus on:
-    Design & Innovation
-    Sustainability
-    Project Management
-    International Trade
-    Business Planning & Marketing

It will provide essential skills for makers who may want to:

-    progress and develop their new creative ideas from during the pandemic 
-    review their practice to implement changes which support moving in a new direction 
-    support new makers and graduates to develop their businesses and creativity

The course starts on 31 January 2022 and is open to makers aged 25 years or over living in Scotland, with applications from rural practitioners particularly welcome.  It is part time for 10 weeks (approx 9 hours per week) and is fully online and self-directed with live networking and industry led discussions.  

Study time is flexible, with digital access to course materials and recordings of ‘live’ networking sessions. Students can learn at their own pace with the support of tutors and leading industry experts all of whom run their own craft business on a national and international basis. Financial support for Childcare may also be available; dependent upon eligibility.

The course is accredited for SQA Professional Development Award SQCF Level 7.
It is funded as part of the SDS Creative Industries Freelance Workforce Recovery Programme supported by the Scottish Government National Transitions Training Fund.

Find out more about the course.  

The deadline for applications is Monday 10 January 2022.