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The Faculty of Arts - Working with Others

Enterprise and employability are part of the core business of York St John University. At the Faculty of Arts, we see it as part of our mission to provide clear progression routes for students not only into the world of work, but in many cases, into work that they have created. 

We forge a vast array of connections with local, national and international businesses which are keen to help talented and entrepreneurial students. Through those connections they can develop a base in York and do business internationally.

We are also pride ourselves on our ability to assist our students in building portfolio careers, collaborating with others to research and develop opportunities which make the most of their skills.

The Faculty of Arts can help students identify and develop the skills which will allow them to build a flexible career in the creative world. We have a team of creative practitioners who act as mentors and guides to the exciting possibilities of a future in the arts.


Jack Mapanje

Writers at York St John

York St John University also hosts a contemporary literature series with talks and taster sessions from a range of authors. Among the authors who have recently discussed their creative approach with YSJ students are Andrew Motion, Kate Atkinson,  Jackie Kay and Jack Mapanje (pictured).



The Tippett QuartetMusicians at York St John

One of Europe’s leading young string quartets, the Tippett Quartet performed selected works by legendary film score composer Bernard Herrmann as part of the Hermann Hitchcock conference in March 2011. They played an original composition of ‘Vertigo for string quartet’ by David Lancaster, Head of Programme for Music at York St John University and a new score by Ben Burrows, Head of Programme for the Foundation Degree in Film & TV Production and the Foundation Degree and BA in Music Production at York St John University. It was the Tippett Quartet’s first visit to York.


Creative Business MotifCreative Business

York is a hotbed of creative talent. Through constructive links, practical support and events, YSJ aims to nurture and help develop creative business in the region.

The Faculty organises regular conferences dedicated to creative businesses with guest speakers from the creative world. Among the top names who have spoken at YSJ conferences are Kay Mellor, the Yorkshire based scriptwriter and York St John Honorary Fellow, and Wayne Hemingway, co-founder of the acclaimed fashion-house Red or Dead.


Yorkshire Film ArchiveYorkshire Film Archive

Another recent event was ‘Archiving the Future’ which brought together archivists, producers, filmmakers, editors, researchers, production assistants and screenwriters. A set of lost films by legendary film makers Mitchell and Kenyon, were screened as part of a the event, which was held in partnership with the Yorkshire Film Archive, based on the York St John campus.



Hands and Voices choirHands and Voices

In 2010, music students had an unique opportunity to work with Hands and Voices, a choir for people with learning difficulties and disabilities.

The 50-strong choir uses sign language to support the meaning of its songs. And was “Community Ensemble in Residence” providing placements for undergraduates who led warm ups, taught songs, wrote material and joined  in performances with the choir.


Converge logoConverge

The Faculty last year was also very proud that Dr Nick Rowe and a graduate Theatre student, Gemma Aldred won the Higher Education Social Entrepreneurship Award for setting up a new theatre company called 'Out of Character', where YSJU students and external participants, who are  health service users, collaborate on the making of theatre productions. ln 2009 Out of Character were directed by the Associate artistic Director of the York Theatre Royal in a sell out show based on the works of Franz Kafka. Their new social enterprise project Converge aims to open up workshop classes in music, dance and creative writing giving York St John students a real opportunity to work with York based community groups where the arts act as a powerful motivating force.