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Study and Career Options in Creative Industries

Study and Career Options in Creative Industries

Study and Career Options in Creative Industries – Architecture, Arts & Design and Visual & Performing Arts

Date: Thursday 23 June 2016
Time: 17.30 - 20.30
Venue: 3/F British Council, 3 Supreme Court Road, Admiralty

Currently studying at secondary school and enjoy creative fields?

British Council, along with a selection of UK higher education institutions, industry bodies and employers, welcomes you to our Study & Careers in Creative Industries event on Thursday 23 June. This event is an opportunity for students to understand what university study options and resulting career paths exist within Architecture, Arts & Design and Visual & Performing Arts.

Talks by academics, industry professionals and employers, as well as the opportunity to ask questions and discuss your future opportunities will enable you to form a clear idea of what future options await you.


Each topic will run three times at 17.30, 18.35 and 19.40.

Please refer to the programme below for details.

Please register here and select up to three topics you wish to attend. We will confirm the times and topics you are signed up for soon.

Enquiries: call 2913 5100 or email enquiries@britishcouncil.org.hk

Light refreshments will be provided.

By reservation only. To be conducted in English.

Participating institutions:





Topic 1: Why study in the UK to pursue a career in the creative industries?

- This talk will introduce you to the range and quality of the creative industries in the UK, and to the kind of creative education you can expect to receive if you come to the UK for a degree course in a practical Art, Design or Media subject.


   Panel speakers

[Session 1] 17.30 – 18.15

  • Chris Owen
    Head of Cambridge School of Art
    Anglia Ruskin University
  • Catherine Liu
    Project Director, Hong Kong Fringe Club
    MA Arts Administration and Cultural Policy at Goldsmiths

[Session 2] 18.35 – 19.20

[Session 3] 19.40 – 20.25

Topic 2: How to enhance your future employability in the creative arts industry while you study

- This session will cover how to establish your career portfolio and enhance your employability during your studies. CSVPA alumnus Reo Ma (the director of the REO MA label, Hong Kong) will also share his personal experience of how he devoted himself to advancing his skills in professional development while studying at school.


  Panel speakers

[Session 1] 17.30 – 18.15

  • Nancy Bakopoulou
    Interior & Architecture Lecturer
    Cambridge School of Visual & Performing Arts (CSVPA)
  • Reo Ma
    Director of REO MA fashion label

[Session 2] 18.35 – 19.20

[Session 3] 19.40 – 20.25

Topic 3: Building your career as an artist

- This seminar will introduce you to the fine art industry in Hong Kong and the steps of preparing yourself to enter the field.


   Panel speakers

[Session 1] 17.30 – 18.15

  • Aries Chan
    External Relation Manager
    University of the Arts London (UAL)
  • Johnny Lau
    Asia Pacific Head of Design for Lacoste

[Session 2] 18.35 – 19.20

[Session 3] 19.40 – 20.25

Topic 4: Architecture, Creativity and Process

- This seminar will cover the impact of creativity in architectural design and process.


   Panel speakers

[Session 1] 17.30 – 18.15

  • Simon Kay-Jones
    Course Leader of BSc Architecture
    Grenfell Baines Institute for Architecture at UCLan
  • Ian Wong
    Lecturer at Vocational Training Council (VTC)

[Session 2] 18.35 – 19.20

[Session 3] 19.40 – 20.25


Academic speaker profiles

Chris Owen, Anglia Ruskin University

Chris Owen studied History of Art at the University of Cambridge, and supervised undergraduate students in the History of Art department at Cambridge, before embarking on a career teaching in further and higher education. He taught for 11 years at Swindon College in Wiltshire, before joining Leeds College of Art & Design, where he first led the Historical and Critical Studies Department before becoming Assistant Principal in 1999. He moved to the University of Derby as Assistant Dean and Head of the School of Art & Design in 2007, and joined Anglia Ruskin as Head of Cambridge School of Art in 2011. Chris possesses a Master’s degree in Education (MEd). He is a member of the Council for Higher Education in Art & Design (CHEAD), and is currently Secretary of the Group for Learning in Art & Design (GLAD). 

Nancy Bakopoulou, Cambridge School of Visual & Performing Arts

Nancy worked for 10 years as an Interior Architectural Designer and Creative Director in an architectural and construction firm, before moving into teaching at Edinburgh’s Napier University, the National Design Academy and currently at the CSVPA teaching interior design and architecture. She has a BA (Hons) Degree in Industrial Design, a Masters Degree in Interior Architectural Design, a Post Graduate Certificate in Higher & Professional Education (PGCHPE), and is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

Nancy is the Director of 4 Design Studio, working with international architects and lighting designers, and has designed and produced a variety of projects from warehouses, hotels and educational buildings, to offices, showrooms, shopping centres, residences and house complexes.

Nancy's research interests are directed towards the interaction between users and space, determining how we perceive space by means of using our senses. 

Aries Chan, University of the Arts London (UAL)

 Aries Chan is external relation manager at University of the Arts London (UAL). Born in Hong Kong, Chan graduated from Western University, Canada with a Bachelor’s Degree (Honor) in Visual Arts and Psychology. Chan also received a Master of Business Administration in the State in 2011.

In 2004, Chan embarked on her career in art. She has held senior position in museums, galleries and art consultancy company and is well-versed in both curating of exhibition and arts administration. Chan is frequently invited to be keynote speaker of art-related subjects to deliver talks to student and art educator. In her early years, Chan worked for Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) as museum curator and to contribute to the West Kowloon Cultural District Project (M+ project).

University of the Arts London is one of the leading universities in the world for art and design. It is the largest university in Europe to specialise in art, design, fashion and the performing arts. It is a collegiate university with six constituent colleges: Camberwell College of Arts, Central Saint Martins, Chelsea College of Art and Design, the London College of Communication, the London College of Fashion and Wimbledon College of Art. UAL offers an extensive range of courses in art, design, fashion, communication and performing art. Over half of all Turner Prize winners and nominees in the 30 years since its inception are UAL alumni.

Simon Kay-Jones, Grenfell Baines Institute for Architecture at University of Central Lancashire (UCLan)

Simon Kay-Jones is Course Leader of BSc Architecture at the Grenfell-Baines Institute of Architecture in University of Central Lancashire's School of Art Design and Fashion. Simon is also a senior lecturer in Architecture, a practising UK RIBA Chartered Architect and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

‘From the Earth to the Sun’ is the motto of the University of Central Lancashire. UCLan helps people from all walks of life to make the most of their potential.

Today UCLan is one of the UK’s largest universities. With a student and staff community approaching 38,000 it is the fifth-largest employer in the northwest of England. The university has an increasingly-thriving campus in Cyprus delivering UCLan programmes and original research within a UCLan environment and culture.


Guest speaker profiles

Catherine Liu, Hong Kong Fringe Club 

Catherine is working as the Project Director of the Cultural Heritage Leadership Project of Fringe Club. She understands the importance of communication and she believes in the power of collective thinking and cross-cultural, cross-sector collaboration. She identifies art administrators as powerful in accelerating creative art projects between art organisations and business. Her training in creative and entrepreneurial leadership, and her experience in both private and non-profit-making sectors, have strengthened this belief.

Catherine has a Master of Arts in Arts Administration and Cultural Policy from Goldsmiths of the University of London and a Bachelor of Social Sciences from the University of Hong Kong.

Reo Ma, Director of Reo Ma fashion label

Reo started his own label in 2013, when he was a stylist at I.T. Beijing Market, and is the founder of the Hong Kong brand “impression”. After graduating from his undergraduate course in Fashion Design at CSVPA, Reo sold his final year collection in the UK, Italy and Hong Kong. He has now launched his own label, “Reo Ma”, in Hong Kong and is going to attend the 2016 Paris Fashion Week in late June.

[Brand Story – Reo Ma]

The brand is based in Hong Kong and Paris. The traditional tailoring skills that Ma has explain the label’s focus on the aesthetic trait of the garments and the use of luxurious fabrics. By combining avant-garde design with quality apparel, Reo Ma strives to create contemporary clothing that does not allow one to fade into the mainstream. “Each and every piece of the garment represents something about me, like my upbringing and obstacles that I have encountered and so on. My garments represent the way that I was brought up, my childhood and myself.”

Johnny Lau, Asia Pacific Head of Design for Lacoste

Johnny Lau graduated from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in 2001, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Fashion (Fashion Design Womenswear). He then went on to postgraduate study at the Royal College of Art and gained his Master’s Degree in Fashion Design in 2003. Johnny has worked as a designer at internationally-renowned fashion houses such as Alberta Ferretti and Maxstudio. He was later appointed as the Asia Pacific Head of Design for Lacoste, overseeing design and development for the whole of the Asia Pacific region.

Ian Wong, Lecturer at Vocational Training Council (VTC)

Graduated in the UK, Ian worked as a senior architect (UK) with over 16 years of experience within architectural practices in London (Devearux Architects Ltd. Lewis & Hickey Ltd.), Shanghai, Hangzhou and Hong Kong (Wong & Ouyang HK Ltd.), including residential, commercial buildings, shopping malls, retail banking, hotels, health care and interior design projects, contract sum ranging from £500,000 to 16 million. After returning to Hong Kong, Ian pursued his career as a lecturer at VTC.

Ian will share with you the route of becoming a registered architect and career prospects in Hong Kong.


Success stories

Shu-Ti Liao

Shu-Ti Liao is a freelance Illustrator based in Taiwan. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Digital Content and Technology at National Taichung University of Education and worked as a graphic designer for four years in Taiwan before pursuing a Master of Arts in Children's Book Illustration at Cambridge School of Art Anglia Ruskin University, UK, from 2013 to 2015.  Her stories and inspiration are based on her personal life experience. She is the winner of the Macmillan Prize for Illustration 2015, and was also shortlisted by the Taipei International Book Exhibition for the Illustrator's Wall in 2015.

Book Title: Adventure At Night
Text and Illustrations by Shu-Ti Liao  

Kristen Kong

It is always interesting and fascinating to learn the stories behind the big names but it seems most people have missed the most glamorous part of these stories – the metamorphosis, how education transforms them into professional designers.

Five years ago, Kristen was an ordinary 17 year-old girl in Hong Kong. She was driven by her strong passion for fashion design so she decided to pursue her dream and started her first full-time preparation course in art and design. She was then offered a place to study for a Bachelor’s degree in textile design at the Chelsea College of Arts.

Kristen is 21 years old now and she went onto her postgraduate study at the Royal College of Art straight after graduating from the University of the Arts London (UAL). Recently, she has started an internship at Ralph & Russo, a famous fashion house in the UK.

 “UAL provides abundant resources and all-round support for its students, from real-life collaborative work with industry practitioners to overseas exhibition opportunities.” Kristen believes that what she learnt from UAL not only developed her into a designer but also an artist. She established her own brand, Kristenflora Textile, in 2013, during her Year 1 study at UAL.

“I was fortunate to have the opportunity to study in the cradle of creativity and I had a really good time at Chelsea. For me, UAL is a place full of challenges and inspiration, and most importantly, where I learnt to put theories into practice.”

“I am proud to be one of the UAL’s alumni.” said Kristen.