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Bespoke Masterclasses

Are you a teacher or tutor at a sixth form or college?

Would you like a session delivering bespoke for your students?

Are you thinking of visiting one of our campuses and would like to include an academic-led practical session?

Our below Masterclass titles are available to be delivered bespoke for your students, in an exclusive opportunity for them to learn from the experts and discover more about the topics which our courses explore.

As an additional bonus for your students' attendance at one of our in-person masterclasses, all attendees will become eligible to receive a reduction of up to 16 UCAS points on future offers from ourselves for related courses (Terms and Conditions apply, see here for more details).

If you would like to enquire about the delivery of one of our Masterclasses, get in touch with us at outreach@cumbria.ac.uk.



Discover our Masterclasses

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Institute of Arts

Art & Design

Session TitleSynopsisRelated UoC Courses
Observational Sketching
Working in a small A5 sketchbook and with a range of pencils, this workshop introduces prospective students of Art & Design to the effective use of a sketchbook to support the creation of paintings, sculptures, designs or animations and as a means to test new materials and techniques.
 
With a focus on the effective use of the pencil within the discipline of observational drawing, this practical workshop will explore how artists and designers use a pencil to recreate contour-line and surface texture, whilst working directly from the subject. The session will also include examples from the sketchbooks of professional artists and will conclude with a short Q & A session.
BA (Hons) Fine Art
 
BA (Hons) Illustration
 
BA (Hons) Photography
 
BA (Hons) Graphic Design
Photography: Back to the Future
A masterclass in large format and live-tether photographic capture technique. This practical studio session will cover historic darkroom processing with cutting-edge digital cameras to explore key exposure principles at the heart of good photgraphic practice.
 
Utilising and analysing instant print making and studio lighting techniques this workshop invites you to enjoy and learn two distinctly different techniques old and new.
 
This masterclass will include demonstrations, theory and practical taks to take part in.
 
Max participants 10 - participants have the opportunity to bring an object of their own to be photographed (portable and smaller than a football)
What’s your Type?
Type is at the heart of most graphic design work. Through a variety of examples of professional and amateur typography, you’ll be introduced to the fundamental principles of working with type and how to spot the bad typography that surrounds us.
 
You’ll never look at type in the same way again!

 

Media Arts

Session TitleSynopsisRelated UoC Courses
TV Documentary Filmmaking: Inside Nature's Giant
Documentary Filmmaking in our times is a diverse and exciting profession. Documentary Filmmaking can be found working for charities and various campaigns as well as on a broad range of TV and Cinema productions. The documentary genre relates to concepts of truth, realism, objectivity, history and knowledge. In this session we will provide a brief overview of the skills documentary makers should have and how current practitioners explore and challenge the boundaries of documentaries.
 
There will be discussion around a BAFTA Award Winning TV Natural History documentary series and an outline of how key elements of documentary fit into creating the different kinds of formats.
BA (Hons) Film & TV
 
BA (Hons) Wildlife Media
How to pitch a Television Programme from Idea to Broadcast
Understand the mechanics of TV formats, how to pitch and present your idea and find an audience.
 
Public speaking is identified as the number one fear for all people and as creatives we always have great ideas but at times struggle to communicate these to others. Using techniques delivered from the film & television industry learn how to present ideas with clarity and confidence.
Multi Camera in Film, Television and Live Events
Within this session we will explore the role of multi-camera filming in the capture of Television, Live events and Feature films. Here we explore
 
Various techniques as well as key theories, and processes involved in the successful production of effective Multi-Camera productions. We’ll also take a peek behind the scenes and witness some very ‘enthusiastic’ studio directors at work. Here in this session we will also look at some specific TV Studio / multi camera industry roles and explore the some of the core skills set required to gain employment within this vibrant and exhilarating sector.
An Introduction to Wildlife Photography
Wildlife Photography has become incredibly popular in recent years, in a world of social media and instant sharing, how can you stand out from the crowd? This introductory workshop will look at some of the basic skills, and discuss some of the local opportunities there is for creating stand out, purposeful imagery.

 



Institute of Business, Industry and Leadership

School of Business 

Session TitleSynopsisRelated UoC Courses
Superhero Leadership: The power to change me and then the world
Leadership is about change. Where there is change there is life and hope and joy. Finding the desire and will inside you to bring change is exciting but challenging. Especially in a messy world. In this Masterclass we invite ourselves to become 'good leaders' who use our heads, hearts and values to bring hope for today and tomorrow. Even in the face of pain and suffering. To over-come our struggles through leading well.
 
Some leaders try simple and crude approaches to deal with a messy world, and make it worse. But in this session we return to issues of our values. Can love, respect, courage, sacrifice, and serving others be taught? No. These qualities come from a wider understanding of leadership. This suggests leading well isn't just about knowledge alone. It's about being as well as knowing.
 
This session invites us to go on a journey to winning the authority and respect to lead others to a better place. Is this being a superhero, being that person who makes THE difference in your own life, home, community and then business? Maybe, but let us start the BIG conversation together about leadership. Please join with an open mind and heart.
BA (Hons) Business Management (with Sandwich year option)
 
BA (Hons) Business Management with Human Resources Management (with Sandwich year option)
 
BA (Hons) Business Management with Marketing (with Sandwich year option)
 
BA (Hons) Business, Accounting and Finance (with Sandwich year option)
 
BA (Hons) International Business Management (with Sandwich year option)
 
BSc (Hons) Project Management

 

School of Justice

Session TitleSynopsisRelated UoC Courses
An Expert Witness - Police Officer witness statements
This masterclass will introduce students to the processes and procedures by which Police Officers gather and provide primary evidence in written statement form.
 
Whilst this begins with what they see and hear when dealing with an incident, it is the ability to identify criminal activity and offence 'points to prove', recall and record the actions and speech of themselves and others, and bring a heightened level of attention to detail to their reports, which will enable them to produce high quality written 'expert witness' statements.
 
Accurate and detailed Police Officer witness statements are a crucial factor in securing convictions in a court of law; this session is designed to introduce and inform attendees of the complexity of this process.
BSc (Hons) Criminology
 
BSc (Hons) Criminology with Applied Psychology
 
BSc (Hons) Criminology with Forensic Investigation
 
BSc (Hons) Professional Policing
 
BSc (Hons) Security, Intelligence and Investigative Practice
Combatting Terrorism
Recognising the threat terrorism presents is an important aspect of addressing the global threat.
 
This sessions will explore the origins of terrorism to understand the threat and the counter terrorism measures we all experience. This masterclass draws from counter terrorism investigations to provide 'real world' examples of best practice.
Criminology, Policing, Activism and Protest
Peaceful protest is a vital part of a democratic society. It is a very powerful campaigning tool and a driver of change to eliminate discrimination and create change for the good in our communities.
 
We have a right to peacefully protest under the Human Rights Act 1998 however, it is not an absolute right and recent years have seen more political discussions and expanding legislation to clamp down on it, not least the new Police Powers and Protection Bill, which potentially could curtail protest in any form!
 
Join us to explore and discuss how Criminology helps us understand these issues and look at the role of the Police and Courts in dealing with protest.
Criminal Investigation
This masterclass will look at the role barristers play in the criminal courts. Barristers are responsible for representing their clients in Court. One of the ways they do this is by questioning the witnesses who are involved in the trial. We will be looking at how barristers question different witnesses in order to elicit information which will help their clients.
LLB (Hons) Law


Institute of Health

Health and Social Care 

Session TitleSynopsisRelated UoC Courses
Tackling inequalities in health and well-being in our communities
Students will explore information relating to health and well- being inequalities, for example, increased effect of the pandemic on Black and Brown communities; increased incidents of mental health challenges for LGBTQ+ young people; lower life expectancy in areas of high depravation. We will look at ways in which individuals and services can make a difference and change lives, and consider the links between policy and practice.
 
What ‘tackling inequalities’ during the masterclass might involve in practice: Working in a creative team to design and pitch a new service aimed at supporting a community you believe would benefit; Researching the health inequality that causes you concern and develop an action plan full of practical ways that individuals, communities, and services can make a difference; Engaging with the online debate around the health inequality you find most concerning and develop responses to arguments that are both for and against taking action.
 
This masterclass will be beneficial for students as it provides an insight into developing university level critical thinking skills; gives the opportunity to think in-depth about their role in tackling inequalities in society; and allow them to develop an understanding of the wider causes and impacts of health and social factors.
BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care
 
BSc (Hons) Children and Young Peoples' Health and Wellbeing

 

Psychology

Session TitleSynopsisRelated UoC Courses
Gangs and Violence: From the Peaky Blinders to The Krays and Beyond
This session aims to explore the development of gangs across the UK, considering their rise, growth and impact upon society.
 
We will also consider violent personas, themes of violence and the effect the media can have upon ideas of gangs and gang violence today.
BSc (Hons) Criminology
 
BSc (Hons) Criminology with Applied Psychology
 
BSc (Hons) Criminology with Forensic Investigation
 
BSc (Hons) Psychology
 
BSc (Hons) Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy
In Cold Blood? An Exploration of the Psychology of Violent Behaviour
In this masterclass session, you will explore the psychology of violent behaviour using case studies of serial murder, violence crime, and domestic abuse.
 
You will discuss and consider how psychological theory and research can help us understand why people commit violent crime, how it impacts on victims of crime, and how we can use research to try and tackle this serious social issue.

   

Sports and Rehabilitation

Session TitleSynopsisRelated UoC Courses
Practical Injury Screening and Prevention Techniques: Learn what it takes to become a Sport Rehabilitator
“OUCH, I’ve just twisted my ankle!!”. “Ahhh, I’ve just pulled a muscle!!”.
 
Have you ever heard or felt this before, and wondered how to recover from injury, or even how to stop it happening in the first place? If so, then join us for this practical and interactive session about techniques that you could use to screen for injury risk and subsequently how to prevent them occurring. In doing so, learn about what a Sport Rehabilitator is and how you could become one!
 
This is an interactive and active session, during which students will be putting into practice what they learn with our academics on each others' joints. Students should wear sports or gym kit to ensure range of movement.
BSc (Hons) Sports Rehabilitation
 
BA (Hons) Sports Coaching and Physical Education
 
BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy
 
BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy


Institute of Science and Environment

Unfortunately we don't have any bespoke Masterclasses available currently for our Institute of Science and Environment.

However, if you would like to enquire about a campus visit or more information on our amazing Outdoors, Conservation and STEM programmes, please don't hesitate to contact us at outreach@cumbria.ac.uk