The Creative Professional Practice Course is for passionate students in art and design related programmes and young artists and designers who wish to further develop their personal and professional practice. Led by Professor Gary Clough, the Head of Programmes for the Graduate Diploma in Art & Design at the Royal College of Art (RCA), this course aims to help students foster key transferable skills through project led research while building on their portfolios.

The course curriculum is based on the teaching model of the Royal College of Art and other top art institutions in the world at the postgraduate level. The focus is on project based learning, engaging with emerging research topics through lecturers, tutorials, interactive workshops, case studies, and interdisciplinary group projects.

The course has an overarching theme regarding the nature of Global and Local communities and their identity, nature and evolution. This is as relevant for fine artists as it is for designers. It is vital you to position your practice as part of the communities you inhabit and navigate and not merely as an observer and recorder.

The course covers multidisciplinary practices making it suitable for participants from a range of art and design disciplines (fine art, fashion, textiles, product, architecture, graphics, product, service design, etc). The course takes place online over 7 weeks and a total of 30 contact hours. 


The creative professional practice course has been specifically designed to give students a unique insight into the methods and practices embedded in UK creative industries focused Higher education. Uk creative education focuses on student centred experiential learning, research and practice. 

At the core of our teaching and learning, is the focus on the student voice and the support of individual research and the development of a personal visual language. The course aims to support and foster an interdisciplinary approach to your own particular specialist focus, helping you position your practice in the broader global creative art and design contemporary culture. 
Integral to your learning journey is to develop critical and discursive skills which are essential transferable skills. In order to engage with this successfully we will help you develop a range of approaches to group and individual learning focused on the notion of the contemporary “Glocal” communities we inhabit, in dialogue and collaboration with professional artists, designers and your peers. 

Gary Clough


“The Small Revolution The Glocal Community”
“Political commentators, designers, and thinkers are heralding a future in which globalisation is reversed, shifting the focus from global to local; and power of the few to the power of the people. From the increasing number of people choosing to set up their own small business rather than work for a giant corporation, to the burgeoning numbers of households committing to a more self-sufficient way of living, this is the uprising of small against big.

Digital communication and distributed manufacturing are strengthening localised peer-to-peer networks that are based on trust and mutual benefit. Distributed manufacturing with its smaller-scale, more focused approach not only allows makers more control over what they produce, but also gives consumers more stake, more input and more autonomy when they choose what to purchase. On a domestic scale, designers are enabling individuals to create a home factory, ultimately leading to more self-sufficient lives. On a macro scale, new models for self-sufficient cities that are locally productive but globally connected are emerging.”



The outcomes will be both individual and collaborative. Working in groups you are set the task to develop a small, local, people centred solution to a design problem. It should use digital technologies, local materials and distributed manufacturing. This can be completely hypothetical or very specific to a site/product/manufacturing process.

The outcome of the project will be a collaborative group project bringing together individual outcomes and digital research evidence in the form of a Digital research publication and live presentation.  


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Work with world-class tutelage and experience the teaching & learning methods at the top art universities in the world at the MA level.
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Developmentally appropriate course design and one-on-one time to enable students to develop key skills and achieve their professional goals.
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Synchronous teaching mode of an interactive online classroom and create an immersive learning experience that enables real-time interactions.
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Create a professional digital research publication project to include in the portfolio.
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Gain proficiency in presenting work and communicating ideas.
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Gain a deeper understanding of sustainable design and art practices at the forefront of academia and industry.
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Develop critical and creative thinking - stated as the most important transferable professional skill by World Economic Forum 2020.


Gary Clough is a highly respected practicing artist and educator with over 30 years’ experience developing and teaching art & design courses. Gary has held senior academic roles at a range of UK universities, including UAL and UCA, and is currently Head of Programme for the Graduate Diploma in Art and Design at the Royal College of Art (RCA).
Gary holds MA and MPhil degrees in Sculpture and Animation, both from his alma mater the Royal College of Art. Throughout his career, Gary has specialised in the development of programmes that enable students to access and expand on their own personal creativity. In doing so, he has helped generations of students position their practice in relation to their aspirations and specialist disciplines.
Gary’s research interests focus on the use of drawing as a catalyst for constructing visual narrative archives. The sketchbook is a key element and aspect of his practice and process and is linked to a series of international pedagogic research projects, working with partners across the globe.
Gary Clough
Hannah Hansell is lecturer and design researcher, interested in the socio-cultural impacts of consumer-focused biotechnology in the fashion and textile industry. Her research explores how to engage a range of ‘publics’ and introduce socio-cultural perspectives into an emerging ‘bioeconomy’ currently determined by a small number of industry professionals. Research Interests include biomaterials, biofacturing, living systems, sustainability, future fabrication, future scoping, collaboration and design futures.
Currently the Pathway Subject Leader at University for the Creative Arts on the International Pathway Courses, Hannah lectures on both the Graduate Diploma in Art, Design and Media and International Foundation in Art, Design and Media. Hannah has worked with international students for over 7 years now, teaching and developing projects both in the UK, China, Japan and South Korea. She has been a visiting lecturer at the Royal College of Art and University of Brighton and also has a range of education experience, developing projects for and teaching at primary, secondary, further education, degree and pre-masters’ level. Other education settings include working with young offenders, in pupil referral units and at specialist schools through the arts council, small design studios, arts award and craftspeople.

Hannah graduated with a BA (Hons) Contemporary Textile Practices from Norwich School of Art and Design (now NUA) in 2005, an MFA Fine Art at Goldsmiths (2007) and MA Sustainable Design at Brighton University (2017). After graduating from Goldsmiths, she went on to exhibit nationally and internationally through group and solo shows. She also worked with a range of small to medium size businesses, design companies, artists, crafts organisations and arts consultants.
Hannah Hansell
Xue Ying is an interdisciplinary artist with a rich educational and professional background. After completing her BA in Fashion & Textile Design at the University of Leeds, Ying went onto to complete an MA in Contemporary Art Practice: Public Sphere & Performance at the world’s highest ranked arts university, the Royal College of Art. Ying is currently based in Shanghai where she balances her role as an educator with her artistic practice with a focus on performance.
Xue Ying