British Council

Thursday 30 July 2020 -
17:30 to 18:30

The British Council alongside a selection of UK universities welcomes you to the second session of Study UK East Asia Webinar Connect on Thursday 30 July 2020. This event is an opportunity for students to understand what university study options and potential career paths exist within Fashion, Graphic Art, Performing Arts, and Visual Communications.

The session will be covered by academic speakers from Birmingham City University, Coventry University, and Gloucestershire University. 

Do you dream of working in the creative arts and design industry?

  • No matter what Creative Arts disciplines you are interested in; Graphic Design, Product Design, Jewellery Design, Fashion Design, Automotive Design etc. our range of university experts have you covered, the experts are there to give you advice.
  • Application advice: portfolio preparation, application tips, interview performance etc.
  • Find out about potential career paths, internship opportunities and preparation for final year projects.


Creative Arts and Design degrees: Discover how to enhance your future employability in the creative arts industry while you study

Date: Thursday 30 July 2020

Time: 17.30–18.30 Vietnam time

Platform: on Microsoft Teams. Webinar link will be sent to you a day before the event 

Presented language: English

Registration: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FKZGG6J

Attendance to the webinar is free of charge. 


17.30 Beginning of webinar
17.33–17.35 Welcome by the British Council
17.35–17.50 Presentation 1
17.50–18.05 Presentation 2
18.05–18.20 Presentation 3
18.20–18.30 Q&A Session


Andrew Kulman - Principal Lecturer in Visual Communication, School of Visual Communication, Birmingham City University

Andrew Kulman is a lecturer at Birmingham City University where he has worked for over 20 years and has devoted his time developing new courses which address contemporary areas of practice. His main area of practice is Graphic Art and Visual Communication. He has exhibited widely and produced award-winning picture books. Andrew is particularly interested in the internationalisation of the curriculum and works on a multi-disciplinary postgraduate course which is made up of students from across the world. Andrew is a strong believer of ‘learning by doing’ and has run workshops in India and Hong Kong which have helped develop student skill bases.

The Faculty of Arts, Design and Media at BCU is the perfect place for Andrew to work as it supports multi-disciplinary teaching and recently, he was presented with the award of Personal Tutor of the Year.

Rhiannon Bigham - Internships Manager (UK), Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Coventry University

Rhiannon Bigham is currently Internships Manager (UK), working to help link employers with our students in the Faculty of Arts & Humanities at Coventry University. Coventry University proactively encourages students to gain industry experience, and support is provided through the Talent Team, our careers service. Rhiannon studied BA (Hons) Journalism and Editorial Design and is an active artist and musician alongside her internships role. Rhiannon has an industry background in marketing, development, design and 6 years working in internship support for students.  A creative and positive employability specialist, she believes everyone should be given the opportunity, awareness and guidance to be happy and successful in their chosen career.

David Last - Academic Course Leader for Performing Arts Performing Arts and Play, University of Gloucestershire

David Last is Academic Course Leader for Performing Arts at Gloucestershire, as well as a musical director, accompanist, orchestrator and arranger.  In the theatre, he has musically directed shows in England, Wales, Scotland, and Switzerland and composed the music for seven full-scale musicals.  On the concert platform, he has performed in South Africa, Spain, New Zealand, Hong Kong, 28 states of the USA (including playing both piano and organ in Carnegie Hall, New York), Argentina, Chile, Australia (including playing both piano and organ in both Sydney Opera House and Sydney Town Hall), Cyprus, Poland, Gibraltar, Jersey, the Czech Republic, Austria, Bratislava, Italy, Switzerland and Germany. At the 2008 Festival Interceltique Lorient, he conducted the finale of the nuits magique, featuring over 300 musicians from six countries performing in a football stadium before audiences of up to 20,000.


Birmingham City University is the fifth largest provider of Art, Design and Media courses in the UK. The university is ranked 7th in the UK for employability and has impressive links with industry including household names such as BBC, Burberry, Goldsmiths, Harvey Nichols, Marks and Spencer and Saatchi and Saatchi. The university is located in the heart of the UK’s second-largest city. State of the art facilities includes print, wood, metal, ceramics and glass workshops. Find out more information about scholarships here.    

Coventry University features in the UK’s top 15 universities for 5 years running according to Guardian University Guide 2020. The university was recognised as University of the Year for Student Experience in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.  97% of graduates are employed within six months.  The university’s dedicated Careers and Employability service helps students to secure work placements and summer internships to stand out from other graduates and prepare them for a successful career. Coventry University received a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), a government ranking of how well students are taught across UK universities. The city of Coventry has been selected as the UK City of Culture 2021. Students will be studying in a city that was also named the 2019 European City of Sport. Find out more information about scholarships here.

The University of Gloucestershire is home to nearly 10,000 students, spread across three campuses in Gloucester and Cheltenham. Gloucestershire has renowned courses in Creative Art and Design including Landscape Architecture, ranked second in the UK according to the Guardian University Guide 2020. The university is also in the top 20 in the UK in the same ranking for Film Production, Photography & Animation. The university has developed fantastic industry links helping students to gain real-world experience through live briefs, guest lectures and work experience. Each year 4,000 students from Gloucestershire go on placement at industry-leading companies such as the BBC and Superdry. Students can save £3,000 with the university’s International Bursary or a 50% discount on tuition fees with the Postgraduate Merit Scholarship. Find out more information about scholarships here.