Top 5 Reasons to Study Art and Design

The School of Art and Design at Edinburgh College is one of the largest of its kind in the UK with over 700 students. It also has a strong reputation for progressing students into both degree-level study and employment in the creative industries. Need more convincing? Here are our top five reasons why students study art and design courses at the college.

Students work on art projects with industry leaders

Edinburgh College’s HND Textile students recently joined forces with Edinburgh-based bespoke tailor Stewart Christie & Co to give some of Scotland’s greatest cultural icons of the past 700 years a fashion makeover. The students showcased their work at an event to celebrate the strength and depth of the country’s creative and textile sector.

Edinburgh College curriculum manager for Art and Design Neil Manning said: “Our students thrive when they’re given the opportunity to create and test their skills in the real world, and this is so crucial in preparing them to become the next generation of professionals.” Read more about this collaborative project.

Past students have won awards

Five art and design students recently drew their way onto the shortlist for city publisher Floris Books’ fifth annual Kelpies Illustration Prize. The students are among 10 finalists for the children’s book illustration award and hope to follow fellow Edinburgh College Illustration student Aimee Ferrier, who won last year. Read about the Kelpies prize here.

Furthermore, a Graphic Design student was recently recognised as one of the breakthrough marketing stars of the year in a national industry competition. HND Visual Communication: Graphic Design student Lena Sakura was presented with the silver Breakthrough Award at the Direct Marketing Association’s annual award ceremony. The award showcases the best creative talent from undergraduate advertising, design and marketing students in the UK. Read more about Lena here.

Students get top tips from employers during their studies

The Creative Industries Employability Day is once a year and welcomes some of the country’s top professionals. Students have an opportunity to get career advice from guest speakers from across the creative sector including experts in film and television, music, photography, fashion, computing, performing arts and more. Read about the past employability day to find out more.

There are exciting events throughout the year

One of many events going on for our creative students is Glow, a two-month creative festival taking place at venues across Edinburgh. Glow showcases the final year projects of all of the college’s creative students. Exhibitions and performances run over May and June, and demonstrate student work in music, theatre, dance, photography, sculpture, illustration, and many other areas within the creative industries. If you want to see what Glow has in store for us this year, check out the Glow webpage.

Opportunities to exhibit your artwork

Our students have many opportunities to exhibit their work throughout the year to develop their professional practice. These have included the creation of the new EPOCH8 Gallery by our Artist in Residence Rachael Simpson and HND Contemporary Art students. HND Visual Communications students are also holding an industry night within the Whitespace Design Agency.

Hopefully that’s given you enough reasons to see that the School of Art and Design provides you with opportunities to get the experience you need to succeed in the industry. The only thing that’s left to do now is apply…

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Edited 25/04/18