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Working in the Arts
Mon 6 Jan 2003
BBC Learning Zone, BBC TWO's overnight record and play education service will be shortly screening a series of programmes all about Working in the Arts.
Employment in the arts can take on many forms. Whether you have an interest in painting, music, acting or a more behind the scenes role such as stage management or film making then it is vital to get a real understanding of the industry in question and how you might turn a passion into a career.

Working in the Arts includes information on finding the correct career path and qualifications. There are programmes to brief you on health and safety issues and communication skills. The series includes interviews with those already working in the arts world and up to date guides on how to use new technology in this creative, competitive industry. The series ends with a rare perspective on what the future holds for the arts, including interviews with LAMDA, Social Circle Records and the Chief Executive Officer of Metier

Working in the Arts is part of the BBC's People and Work series which helps develop skills for work. Future programmes in the strand will take a look at how to communicate effectively, how to deal with anger and confrontation and how to cope with discrimination in the workplace.

Working in the Arts will be shown from Monday 13th January until Friday February 7th. All programmes transmit from 5 to 6 am on BBC TWO.
Visit for information about the series schedule, and links to other BBC and public sites that can offer you more help.


Working in the Arts: The Guide

The Guide
Everything you've always wanted to know about working in the Arts, with a look at the range of work and career opportunities, and the skills you need to get in and get ahead, whether you're interested in drama, dance, music, poetry or fine art.

05.00 - 06.00 Mon 13 Jan
05.00 - 06.00 Mon 27 Jan

Working in the Arts: Careers and Health & Safety

Careers Advice
Matt Allwright takes two students to the Lyric Theatre in Hammersmith where they talk to artists and staff about the realities of working in the theatre, and find out how they got where they are.

Followed by

Career Paths
Useful information, tips and techniques from an artist and designer, a computer systems developer who designs for the stage, and the general manager of an arts festival about landing the right job.

Followed by

Health and Safety
Matt Allwright provides an engaging and practical guide to the key priorities of working in the Arts. New employees are put through their paces and powerful drama reconstructions demonstrate all you need to know about keeping safe and healthy at work.

05.00 - 06.00 Tues 14 Jan
05.0 - 06.00 Tues 28 Jan

Working in the Arts: Communication and Time Management

Communication Skills
Practical tips and advice for arts practitioners and administrators on a whole range of skills, including building good relationships, presentation and negotiating skills, and exchanging information and ideas.

Followed by

Manage Yourself
Find out how to become an effective planner, prioritise tasks and manage time, and help to keep your career on track.

05.00 - 06.00 Thurs 16 Jan
05.00 - 06.00 Thurs 30 Jan

Working in the Arts: Computers

Computer Skills
Find out how IT is now being used across the whole of the arts sector, and get practical advice from those who have already taken the plunge.

Followed by

Culture Fix: Digital Art Peter Curran takes us on a whirlwind tour of computer art, meeting up with some of the exponents of art created by machines.

05.00 - 06.00 Mon 20 Jan
05.00 - 06.00 Mon 3 Feb

Working in the Arts: Film

Producer Masterclass
Film students get the low-down on production techniques and the role of the feature film from The Crying Game producer from Nik Powell.

Followed by

The Film: Joy Ride
One small film company's ambitious attempt to produce a short thriller, from pre-production to filming and post-production, focusing on the organisational difficulties they encountered along the way.

Followed by

Cyberart: TechnoSphere
The story behind the creation of a web-based virtual world inhabited by virtual creatures.

05.00 - 06.00 Tue 21 Jan
05.00 - 06.00 Tue 4 Feb

Working in the Arts: Performance Training and Auditions

Adam Wide's Fame Factory
Entertainment agent Adam Wide auditions for a new show, using his unique blend of charm, eloquence and wit to coax and cajole the best performances out of his budding stars.

Followed by

Real Lives: Circus School
Students at Zippo's Academy of Circus Arts attempt to master the performance skills of a big-top entertainer.

05.00 - 06.00 Weds 22 Jan
05.00 - 06.00 Weds 5 Feb

Working in the Arts: Team Leadership and Business Skills

Leading a Team
Expert advice and real-life examples help develop team-leadership skills in the arts. Subjects covered include leadership styles, working with creatives, planning and prioritising, feedback, monitoring progress, and finding team solutions

Followed by

The Business
Follow a record producer, an actress and a theatre group manager as they get expert advice and mentoring on developing their own businesses.

05.00 - 06.00 Thurs 23 Jan
05.00 - 06.00 Thurs 6 Feb

Working in the Arts: The Future

The Future
What does the future hold for the Arts and Entertainment sector, and for those who work in it? The programme features items on community art, new technology, new copyright legislation, future sources of arts funding and much more.

05.00 - 06.00 Fri 24 Jan
05.00 - 06.00 Fri 7 Feb

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