The design courses blog for BA (Hons)
and HND Vis Comm at Edinburgh College

Sector-leading Accolade for our Mentoring Programme

27 June 2014

Edinburgh College announced today that it achieved the highest rating possible in its Education Scotland inspection report published today.  Education Scotland is the national body in Scotland responsible for supporting quality and improvement in learning and teaching in schools and colleges.

The report concluded that the college has in place 'effective arrangements to maintain and enhance the quality of its provision and outcomes for students and other stakeholders'. This is the highest rating a college can achieve in the review process. The report also highlighted our Graphic Design Mentoring Programme as sector-leading, exemplary best practice.

You can read the college announcement at edinburghcollege.ac.uk
and the full Education Scotland report (pdf file) at educationscotland.gov.uk

Students Talk Innovation @ 20:20 Vision

16 June 2014

Edinburgh College hosts its first post-merger Staff Conference today at its Sighthill Campus.  The event, 20:20 Vision : Innovation for the Future, features a full programme of workshops, seminars and talks across all the disciplines and departments within the college.  The aim is to explore new ideas in innovation and development that will support educators, administrators and management to keep the institution at the forefront of modern education in Scotland. The conference is organised around six key themes:

1) Technology Innovation
2) Teaching Innovation
3) Student Innovation
4) Sustainability
5) Workplace of the Future
6) Outward Innovation

Our HND Graphic Design students will actually be delivering a session at the conference, under the Teaching Innovation theme -  'Innovative teaching: a student’s perspective'.

The students will be presenting their experiences of our SQA award-winning employer engagement strategy, which saw our HNC and HND groups working on two ground-breaking 'One Week' agency projects, with high profile clients SAMH and Cutty Sark, and a variety of experienced industry professionals from some of Edinburgh's top design agencies.

Star Creative Again

13 June 2014

We are celebrating another piece of awards success, as HND student Andrew Palfreyman won the Star Creative Student at the annual Marketing Society Star Awards in Edinburgh last night.

This is the third consecutive win by our students in this particular award category. We had two shortlisted students, Andrew and fellow classmate Calum Mackinnon, who were competing against  students from Edinburgh College of Art, Duncan of Jordanstone and Napier University. This year the client was John Lewis, and Andrew can now look forward to an internship, working in-house with the John Lewis creative team.

Andrew (centre) receiving his award.

Celebrating its tenth anniversary, and presented by Edith Bowman, the Star Awards this year brought together the largest gathering of the marketing and advertising community outside of London - some 500 practitioners, clients and creatives. The full list of winners can be found here.


12 June 2014

One of the most experimental projects from our HND this year came from a team effort by Ryan Allan, Mark Phillips and Jordan Pollock, whose 'Lockdown' solution to the Royal Albert Hall brief for YCN cleverly integrated branding, digital and advertising into a dynamic and unusual event campaign. The general premise was a guerilla-style takeover of high-profile music performances and - well, see for yourself and decide -

Say : { 2014

6 June 2014

Here's a short video from our recent Industry Night & Show at Creative Exchange. Big thanks to the film team of Adam Cosgrove, David McLachlan and Richard McCallister, and also to photographer Derek Anderson, whose stills will soon be available to view on flickr.

Design Thinking

3 June 2014

At our hugely successful Industry Night & Show on May 29th, the top floor of the Creative Exchange was given over to sketchbooks and portfolios, and proved to be just as busy as the exhibiting two floors below. Sketchbooks are the key evidence we use for assessing design thinking, and thanks to our colleagues in the Film & TV Dept, this short film shows our HND students talking through their project sketchbooks, a fascinating addition to the finished work.

Show 2014 Sampler

2 June 2014

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