Video library and searchable index

This resource of eight videos is available to students and graduates of our host institutions. Covering self-employment and creative employability topics, all six hours of content are available to stream via Vimeo and are subtitled. They have also been broken down into a searchable index, allowing students and graduates to navigate to the correct video and timestamp for the piece of information they need.

"What empowering videos. They're clear, slowly paced and explain basic terms such as sole trader and freelance. I think many of my students have real anxieties around the idea of graduating and not having a steady income. Graduates often don’t quite understand how to make it happen for themselves. These videos will really help with that."

Previous creative, now a lecturer

Watch a 7 min overview

Self-employment videos

These three 45 minute videos, based on the optional two-hour in-person presentation, cover important information for students and graduates seeking to go self-employed.

Portfolio Careers, self-employment and benefits
  • Definitions of self-employment, other legal structures
  • Managing self-employment and employment
  • Benefits available to the self-employed
Support organisations and premises
  • Insurance, copyright, rates of pay
  • Web presences, networking, business support schemes
  • Premises, Business rates and working from home
Registration, tax, NI and keeping records
  • Registering as self-employed and the legal requirements
  • Tax, Personal allowances, NI and pensions
  • Keeping records, dealing with HMRC and paying tax

Employability themed videos

Each of these five videos cover key skills and knowledge for building a creative career. They feature AA2A artists and designer-makers talking about their post-graduation experiences, with signposts to supporting information.

Managing a portfolio career

Our three self-employed creatives, Pamela Schilderman, Laura Plant and Tod Jones, talk about balancing part-time work with developing their own practice, setting up as self-employed and managing their finances. They also reflect on the need for resilience.

Social media and web presence

Anisha Parmar talks about her brand, the value of promotion through social media and websites as well as selling online. She also reflects on the importance of her heritage as an influence in her work.

Galleries and agents

Dean Melbourne talks about approaching galleries, using contracts, promoting your work and how to avoid some of the pitfalls of exhibiting.

Projects and funding

Lizzy Jordan talks about her socially engaged practise, her first projects and applications for funding and how she built her confidence to run bigger projects and set up a social enterprise company.

Copyright and licensing

Celia Smith, Trina Dalziel and Mike Chavez-Dawson talk about negotiating contracts, how to make money by licensing the reproduction of your work, professional membership organisations and Collecting Societies, as well as where to get help and more information.