Professional and Creative Attributes Week for School of Art, Design and Architecture students
  • Learn more about yourself and what you have to offer
  • Learn to cope effectively with the pressures of work and manage stress
  • Meet and work with students from other programmes and disciplines
  • Learn how to make a positive impact in the world and the people around you
  • Turn your creative ambitions into a reality
  • Bring joy, happiness and wellbeing into your life
  • Try something new
See the listings below from earlier this year to get a taster of what to expect in 2023.

Switch on your potential
Raise your aspirations
Make a difference in the world


Throughout annual this event, you will have the opportunity to expand your future planning, enhance your employability skills and develop your knowledge from visiting lecturers, industry professionals, alumni and experts from across the University.
This year our Professional and Creative Attributes Week includes 3 days of activities focused on freelancing (Freelance Festival), supporting students with securing funding, marketing and branding your own creative practice.
Monday 20 February 2023
Collaboration in illustration and visual arts
14:00–18:00, RLB Lecture Theatre 
Tuesday 21 February 2023: The Freelance Festival
Design Luminaries live stream talk by The Design Museum
18:00–20:00, Jill Cragie Cinema
Wednesday 22 February 2023: The Freelance Festival
Thursday 23 February 2023: The Freelance Festival
Friday 24 February 2023
Specialisation pathways: do you need a masters degree?
10:00–12:00, location TBC
Overview of the new ADA postgraduate taught portfolio
12:00–13:00, location TBC
Illustration: NoBrow/Flying Eye Books
Time TBC, PSQ Stonehouse
 
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The world is changing and new skills are needed for the future of work and for organisations to grow and develop.

With companies, organisations and freelancers all facing disruption from COVID-19 and other global challenges, creativity is needed more than ever.

Traditional skills, such as management are therefore being replaced with the need for innovation skills in order to find and develop creative solutions to the complex world we live in. These include competencies such as:

  • Analytical thinking and innovation
  • Creativity, originality and initiative
  • Leadership and social influence
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Ideation and risk-taking

Skills in self-management (such as active learning, resilience, stress tolerance and flexibility) have recently emerged as being very important.

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Top 10 skills required in 2025*

  • ; Analytical thinking and innovation
  • A Active learning and learning strategies
  • ; Complex problem-solving
  • ; Critical thinking and analysis
  • ; Creativity, originality and initiative
  • < Leadership and social influence
  • É Technology use, monitoring and control
  • É Technology design and programming
  • A Reilience, stress tolerance and flexibility
  • É Reasoning, problem-solving and ideation

There are many designers, makers, artists, illustrators and entrepreneurs who have made a measurable impact in the world.

These are everyday people who have found their niche and been able to rise up against the challenges they face to transform their own lives and people around them. The way they behave and approach the their life and work is essential:

  • they commit to continually bettering themselves
  • they form genuine and authentic relationships with others
  • they are able to communicate their ideas and spread them openly
  • and they are curious, focusing on future possibilities (not the 'here and now').

These are all behaviours that are explored and developed in the Professional and Creative Attributes week.

Connectivity, curiosity and enterprise are essential if you want to find full-time employment, focus on your practice, work freelance or set up your own business.

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