More than half of the graduates of the Muthesius are sooner or later active as freelancers. Having an artistic or design career requires a high degree of professionalism and places high demands on a personality. Individual work- and lifestyle and different career paths and diversions are important components of continuing professional and artistic development. The rather unclear employment market requires from artist and designers a clear profile and a recognisable position.
Dear students, dear graduates! If you want to become a freelancer in the region and are in need of supoort and advice, we are your contact. You can e.g. access our network, make contact via the MU with other insitutions, together we can explore funding possibilites. Please get in contact with us under firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to seeing you and your plans. Best wishes.
Dipl. Des. Claudia Haßfurther & Dipl. Des. Hartmut Klotz
The project “Strengthening the Potential of the Regional Creativity Economy” is supported by funding for the cultural-economic development of cultural resources: “Networks beteeen Culture and Economics” within the framework of the Future Programme for Economics. Within the framework of the project the study planning and the artistic and design career development is to be supported and if necessary improved and professionalised. The strategically important decisions regarding career entry and start-ups are to be demystified and made easier. Current business models and valuation strategies for a successful artistic and design company foundation are to be anaysed, demonstrated and made applicable. Beyond this, new perspectives and future-oriented fields of activity should be defined. By imparting business abilities, on the one hand the specific market oreintation and assessment should be improved, and on the other the management qualitites of the indivdual should be better trained. In this way, the students and graduates should be in a better starting position and can advance their individual artistic development and control it successfully. The better the initial support – the better the connection to the region. It concerns targeted interdisciplinary network activites, well-founded advice on compatible further and higher education training, the organisation and implementation of branch-relevant events, support in obtaining funding, knowledge transfer and the production of the corresponding publicatons. With these measures, it will be possible to above all achieve better competitiveness of the creative people in order to promote the success of the fundementals of creativity. Our offer contains three areas:
– individual orientation and advice process – biography development and accompaniment – development of individual economic models – thinking through of suitable valuation strategies – tailored mediation of experts and partners – reflection of professional profile, evaluation of business idea, clarification of position and support in the processes of modification, realisation and implementation
– branch-specific information events – seminars, workshops – mediation of external branch-relevant information, seminare and workshops – mediation of transdisciplinary wrk environements and partners – support in interdisciplinary cooperation – team formation – funding possibilities, stipends, grants, competitions
– incentivise connections and competence networks between graduates – gain alumni as mentors and integrate them into advice and accompaniment – integrate regional institutes as transdisciplinary qualification clusters into the network – make businesses from the region sensitive to good design and gain them as partner for new formats for the promotion of young talent – make possibilites of economic support for creative people more transparent and available – make regional networks and their insfrastructure more accessible for creative people
Our core offer within the Muthesius is the advice and backing of artistic, professional biographies. We offer a low-threshold range and are open to all questions. The trust of the students and graduates is very important for our work. We develop professional and business perspectives and together consider what conditions are present or how these can be created for a successful implementation. We provide concrete help and give tips on the realisation of chosen paths. We build up long-term contact with the students and graduates. This benefits the quality of the advice and we can continue to expand our powerful promoter and competence network. Due to great demand we regularly carry out orientation consultations. The potential founders are accepted into our network, advised on the sector-specifics and if necessary transfered to special expert consultants. As a pre-condition for successful fundamental consultation and monitoring, the range of the local start-up funding landscape was first tested for the specifics of the creative economy and adapted as far as possible. In the orientation consultations, custom individual solutions are created which are then further monitored. In addition to the economic modification of the business concepts focus is given particularly to the personal artistic development which palys a central role in the creative sector. Additionally, the Academy offers the founders temporary use of the workshops since when starting up a business infrastructure (a workshop) is often needed for the implementation and e.g. construction of prototypes. In many cases, the alumni can be found as mentors. A creative meeting was introduced by two alumni, which has proved as a format for different network events. Since creative minds are often loners, they look for opportunities for reflection and exchange. Successful networking is of great significance.