The East Manchester Academy
"I thought today's trip to The Sharp Project was educational and exciting. I learned a lot from the four lessons we were taught."
William Hulme Grammar School
"The pupils gained guidance on careers options, ideas for computing beyond the curriculum, and starting points for coding. The workshops and tours were very good."
Burnage Media Arts College
"I enjoyed the whole day today and I learned to create a game and a video which was really fun. I hope to see myself here in a few years because this place is really nice."
Manchester Enterprise Academy
"The whole day was fantastic. Every session was engaging and inspirational. Our students thought all the sessions were really good."
The creative digital sector is one of the fastest growing industries in the UK, as well as being a place of huge opportunity and potential for bright, ambitious youngsters.
But with so many career paths and skillsets to choose from among a swathe of developing disciplines, it’s not obvious or easy for those emerging from the education system to know how and where to focus their abilities.
SharpFutures Discover offers a variety of packages from young school experience days to large-scale events. With access to a range of pioneering creative digital businesses based at The Sharp Project and Space Studios Manchester, along with a first class network of industry experts across the UK, SharpFutures Discover offers tasters and career insights into this growth sector. The aim of SharpFutures Discover is to broaden horizons and unlock potential for the creative digital workforce of tomorrow.
A creative digital experience with SharpFutures Discover opens the doors to the fast growing world of work where new entrants and educators explore new careers, are inspired by industry professionals and discover diverse pathways into this exciting sector.
Tours of The Sharp Project and Space Studios Manchester
During a tour of The Sharp Project, groups of up to 35 are immersed into the vibrant creative digital tech hub, as well as given an insight into the vast array of emerging careers behind the 60 plus businesses based there. Students are also presented with opportunities to gain work experience, apprenticeships and paid work with SharpFutures. Suitable for ages 10+
The Space Project is a fast growing TV and Film production hub in Gorton; home to ‘Dragon’s Den’ plus several BBC and ITV dramas. A tour of Space Studios Manchester gives groups an insight into behind the scenes in television plus the chance to discover the vast array of careers behind each production filmed here. From carpenters to camera ops, actors to electricians; guests eyes are opened to the range of both traditional, creative and digital roles needed to work in the broadcast industry. Suitable for ages 8+
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Creative Digital Workshops
For new entrants to the creative digital sector. Please see full list of workshops on offer below.
Current creative digital workshops on offer
Green screen journalism
A hands on experience of filming a live debate in a TV studio at the Sharp Project ran by a professional production company.
Blow up a car (on screen!) in this fun editing workshop using the software used in feature films.
Digital Freelance Photography
Work with a highly experienced, professional photographer to discover techniques in taking the perfect shot plus inspiration and tips on how to make it as a freelancer.
Coding & Raspberry Pi
Work with SharpFutures apprentices in a variety of hands on coding activities from creating your own rock band to programming a banana to play as a keyboard.
The Digital Courtroom
Explore new technologies used in the criminal justice system including big data visualisation / bespoke software development for visual apps.
Takes the importance of online safety whilst exploring digital forensics as an industry including cell site analysis of mobile phone data.
Branding and logo Design
Covers the basic principles of graphic design including colour theory and psychology, the creative process and consistency, exploration and analysis of commercial designs, tips and inspiration for your students.
All workshops last around 45 minutes. please get in touch if you have any bespoke requests around the subject on offer.
Space Studios Manchester Open Evening – Tuesday 9th May, 4-7pm
An opportunity for those interested in behind the scenes craft and technical careers in TV, to meet industry professionals to give advice of how to get a foot in the door of the sector. Whether an existing trades person or newly qualified, the open evening will host a vast array of representatives from the sector including; set designers, makeup artists, caterers, electricians, carpenters, painters and decorators.
To find out more or to sign up for a place at the open evening please text your name, age, address and area of interest to 07391 246 317 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to secure your place.
Computing, Curriculum and Careers
The CCC event was hosted by The Sharp Project and was aimed at secondary school leaders, computer science teachers and careers advisors to inspire, inform and create new approaches to the computing curriculum and promote creative digital careers. The event was sponsored by Manchester City Council (MCC) and delivered by The CCC Working Group.
The event invited employers to share knowledge and skills with secondary schools in Manchester through a variety of different activities, in order to future proof their students for successful careers in creative digital sectors.
Digital Teapot 2013-2015
A life changing event of workshops, discussions and networking at The Sharp Project that inspired women into Creative Digital and gave them confidence to use digital technology. With workshops on offer in; e-commerce, coding, social media and content creation/blogging, it also supported women to find new, flexible ways of working.
EYC Logo and Branding Design
Manchester In The Know Event
Is a brand new, STEM specific event which aims to get our future workforce ‘In the Know’ about the up and coming career opportunities in Manchester. It will inspire and motivate young people to consider careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths, some of Manchester’s largest expected growth sectors in the coming years.
SharpFutures will be carrying out some hands on coding activities including Raspberry-pi’s with Scratch, Sonic-pi and Mankey Mankey activities. We will also be talking about the career options available in the Creative Digital Sector and give the attendees an insight as to what we do at SharpFutures.
Women Change Manchester
Took place at the The Sharp Project, with the focus on giving a platform to inspiring Mancunian women’s voices from a diverse section of society from the past and the present with local female students who were invited to come along and pledge what a difference they will make to Manchester in the future. The event began with the screening of our two Women Change Manchester films.
Free tour for Manchester Secondary Schools
Manchester secondary schools are entitled to one free tour of The Sharp Project or Space Studios Manchester for up to 35 students. During these visits, students and teachers will find out about the exciting CEIAG opportunities in the creative digital sector, as well as an insight into these vibrant creative digital production hubs. To book your schools’ place, please see the contact information below.