Collage Arts

Young People

Working with Young People

young poeople working in studio

Collage Arts are committed to providing better futures for young people aged 16 to 24 in their chosen careers as well as working with people who wish to access the creative industries. With over 25 years of experience as a training provider and over 15 years of leading youth programmes across the capital, our young people programmes are designed by industry professionals for young adults with creative, inquisitive and entrepreneurial minds.  We provide bespoke opportunities  in different aspects of the industry from film production to graphic design. We also build transferable skills in work-related soft skills using creative arts and media projects.

In 1990, in response to local needs, Collage Arts developed the first Music Business Course to provide musicians and entrepreneurs a grounding in music industry practices, including copyright, contracts, events/artist management.  This area grew to cover Sound Recording and the Music Industry, Commercial Music and Media, and further developed a preparatory programme in Digital Arts and Media known as Factory 21.  For the last 15 years, Collage Arts have also been leading and delivering London-wide tailored training programmes for young people who are both in and out of education, to help provide them with a sustainable pathway into training, employment and enterprise opportunities.

brighter‘South London comes to North London’ – Chocolate Factory 2 installation – part of the project led by Karen Whiteread with a group of school-children from South London who participated in and created the installation for ‘Inside-out’ global initiative.

Collage Arts currently offer the following programmes:

Making Creativity Work – A creative sector skills programme which aims to support people into the creative careers they aspire towards. Focusing on people aged 19+ in London providing courses in: film, radio, live music, immersive events, urban regeneration, social media and marketing. Designed to lead to positive productive careers.

Creative Apprenticeships – The Creative and Digital Media programme leading to accredited qualifications at Level 3.  Young adults gain a good standard of industry skills and knowledge while working for creative businesses, developing digital media skills in film, photography, audio production, radio, broadcast and journalistic skills, production management, work skills and develop professional networks.

If you are interested in one of our programmes or need more information, please contact our Learning Team on 020 8829 8900 or email

Jessica Joyce, former Assistant Headteacher at Cranford Community College in Hounslow, said:

Collage Arts has been working in collaboration with Cranford Community College  since June 2011 delivering an exciting and varied programme of learning for our Pathway 3 students.  The students have been identified as potential NEET students who are currently studying some core GCSE subjects alongside bespoke  courses in line with their learning needs. Collage Arts contribution to their learning and development  has made a significant difference.

There is a  marked and visible change in the group dynamic and their ability to interact and support each other.  Every student has grown in maturity showing  developing skills in communication, problem solving interpersonal skills and self-confidence. The relationship between the students and  group leaders has been built on trust and respect nurtured through the activities they have undertaken, often in a non-traditional format but always with a focus on learning. These activities have included; visual and performing arts, film and music projects and various individual self-awareness projects.

There is no doubt that the students enjoy being in this environment, the opportunities they have been given and the different challenges they have had to undertake, all of which have helped to prepare them for their lives now and for the future.