“It is in Apple’s DNA that technology alone is not enough—it’s technology married with liberal arts…that yields us the results that make our heart sing.”
–Steve Jobs, introducing the iPad 2 in 2011
The words soft skills are currently trending in big industries, business and education initiatives. To be frank, I dislike this terminology as it could be associated with ‘soft option’ thereby providing a completely wrong impression of the Arts as a rigorous academic subject. In my opinion, they should be re-labeled essential skills. However I digress, the fact is that the skills students learn in the Arts such as communication skills, decision-making, self-motivation, time management, leadership skills, teamwork, creativity and problem solving etc. are seen as absolutely indispensable in the workplace. If a student can master these skills they make a very desirable employee in any profession. Where do we simultaneously and naturally learn this wealth of skills if not in the Arts?
It can be very surprising how many times you discover that someone in a top job has a musical background. This was experienced by ex-SIS student and Cambridge graduate Poppy Jones when applying to train as an accountant with Price Waterhouse. After 6 rounds of gruelling interviews, and many people being eliminated along the way, the final few successful candidates realised that the majority only really had one obvious thing in common – a very high standard of playing a musical instrument. This is probably because their musical training had developed lots of essential skills for the workplace, such as logical thinking, attention to detail, creativity, emotional understanding, communication skills, and least but certainly not last, a strong sense of commitment to a task in hand.
For all those economists & statisticians out there it should be noted that the Arts industry itself is the fastest growing sector. This can be from gaming design, directing the next big blockbuster movie to starring in a West end hit. Taking the UK as an example The Arts gross 80 billion GBP a year. That is 8 million pounds per hour. That equates to about 3 million jobs (8.8% of the UK workforce) that need creative and confident applicants such as SIS is gifted at producing. That figure is increasing each year. In the USA 702,771 businesses are involved in the creation or distribution of the arts.
We know that those with passion never truly leave the world of the Arts behind them upon leaving Sotogrande. However we are particularly proud of our students who have found jobs in the Arts. Here are a handful that are thriving in the field…be inspired…we are!
Louise Burns – SIS Graduating class of 2006.
PA for Andrew Lloyd Webber´s Really Useful Theatre Company. Just launched School of Rock in London.
Sam Reynard – SIS Graduating class of 2007
Director of Reynard Productions & Madhatter’s film camp
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Lily Moore – SIS Graduating class of 2006
Production assistant at Ridley Scott´s Production Company
Carl Mbao aka Chanda Mbao – Graduating class of 2007
Recording Artist – Miami & Zambia
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Sophie Ward – Graduating class of 2004
Junior Production Manager. Knickerbocker TV
Lizzy Moore – Graduating class of 2008
Art Director at Agency Advertising Creative at Lucky Generals
Ben Worsely – SIS Graduating class of 2009
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Geneva Lane – SIS Graduating class of 2009
Training to be a music teacher
Training to be a music teacher
Songwriter, musician and vocalist
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Kyle Rolph – Graduating class of 2014
Musician and vocalist
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Rowan Charleson – Graduating class of 2012
Freelance cinematographer and producer.
Our very own Jamie Templeton – Graduating class of 2007
Acting coach at SIS and part of the directorial team for the Secondary Production of Bugsy Malone
“Of course you take away knowledge of the subject, like any other subject, but no other subject truly makes you overcome so many fears and boundaries as in the arts. The Arts are where the real deep and personal learning takes place. I can’t think of many academic studies or professions that can resonate with the human soul like the arts.“ Jamie Templeton (2017)
As with all subjects, the fact that a student studies Art does not funnel them solely into an Arts related career. SIS both recognises and celebrates the fact that the skills set our students have learnt through their study of the Arts will help them open doors in whichever direction they wish to go.
“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.”–Albert Einstein
Leader of Learning SIS Arts
DP Theatre & MYP Drama
This is the last of our Arts blogs. Thanks for supporting!
Eeshta Suresh, SIS student made a fantastic video review of our drama productions for her M5 Design project – https://youtu.be/0cLas4hz-Rc
If you would like to look back at our thoughts as a department please see:
Blog 4 – How are the Arts of academic value? https://sis.ac/how-are-the-arts-of-academic-value/
Blog 3- How do the Arts help us understand the world in which we live? https://sis.ac/arts-help-us-understand-world-live/
Blog 2 – How do the Arts develop transferable skills? https://sis.ac/arts-develop-transferable-skills/
Blog 1 – How will the Arts help our students grow? https://sis.ac/will-arts-help-students-grow/