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CCAD Student Set for Oxford University!

CCAD Student Set for Oxford University!

Art Foundation student, Helena Greening, has bagged a place at the very prestigious, Oxford University, to study BA (Hons) Fine Art at the Ruskin School of Art!

After acing her GCSE’s and A-levels at Stokesley School and Sixth Form College, Helena from Osmotherly, North Yorkshire, decided she wanted to specialise in art; “Ever since I’ve been small I’ve loved art but I didn’t think it was possible for it to be my career”, she told me, “then Sue came into my sixth form and told us all about the Foundation course at CCAD, and I knew straight away, I wasn’t ready for University, the course at CCAD was just perfect for me”.

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A Day in the Life of: Textiles and Surface Design Student

A Day in the Life of: Textiles and Surface Design Student

For the next instalment of our series ‘A Day in the life of a CCAD student’ we have Textiles and Surface Design Student, Adele Catchpole taking you through her day at CCAD.

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Hello, I am Adele Catchpole and I am currently in the midst of my final year of study on the BA (Hons) Textiles & Surface Design course here at CCAD. This course offers its students the chance to explore diverse areas of specialism within the textiles industry, covering different aspects of the subject. Here, the possibilities with textiles are not limited and students are encouraged to experiment and combine subject areas and techniques, resulting in innovative creative design processes and students who are well prepared for industry standard professionalism.

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Staff Spotlight: Alyson Agar

Staff Spotlight: Alyson Agar

We have some amazing staff teaching at here at CCAD, so naturally we want to show them off! We grabbed a chat with artist and History of Art teacher Alyson Agar, all about success, achievements and art.

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Exhibition Round Up 2017

Exhibition Round Up 2017

 This year is jam packed with cool exhibitions and openings and as we all know, the North East is always buzzing with creativity! So we have rounded up some of the most exciting shows on in the coming months which aren’t to be missed!

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A Day in the Life of: Fashion Student

For the next instalment of our series ‘A Day in the Life of a CCAD Student’ we have Fashion student, Becky Foster, taking you through her day at CCAD.

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Hi, my name is Becky Foster and I am a student and Cleveland College of Art and Design at Hartlepool. I am currently in my second year (Level 5) and I am studying Fashion BA (HONS). This is a really interesting subject and there are parts to it that are difficult, but if you are up for a challenge and have an interest in fashion, this is the course for you. I thought I would talk you through the modules we are working on now on this course.

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A Day in the Life of: Production Design for Stage and Screen Student

A Day in the Life of: Production Design for Stage and Screen Student

For the second installment of our series ‘A Day in the Life of a CCAD Student ’ we have University level student, Helena Cooling studying Production Design for Stage and Screen, taking you through her day at CCAD Hartlepool.

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Hello, my name is Helena Cooling and I am a level 6 (3rd year) BA (Hons) Production Design for Stage and Screen student. Any student on this course will tell you that no two days in our studio are ever the same. Whether you’re designing in the studio, building in our fantastic workshop or extending your digital skills, there is always something going on in the Production Design studios.

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STUDENTS AND STAFF ‘JUMP’ AT THE CHANCE TO WEAR FESTIVE KNITS FOR CHARITY

STUDENTS AND STAFF ‘JUMP’ AT THE CHANCE TO WEAR FESTIVE KNITS FOR CHARITY

Staff and students at a north east arts college are feeling festive and showing off their best jolly jumpers, all in the name of charity.

The further education students at Cleveland College of Art and Design in Middlesbrough joined staff in dressing in their most seasonal sweaters for the Save the Children Santa Christmas Jumper Day, each paying £2 to raise as much as possible for the much-loved charity.Read more

A Day in the Life of: Creative Film and Moving Image Design Student

A Day in the Life of: Creative Film and Moving Image Design Student

This is the first of our new series ‘A Day in the Life of a CCAD Student’! Throughout the next few weeks, students from different University Level courses will take you through their day at CCAD. Kicking off, we have Sarah Maher studying Creative Film and Moving Image Design

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Hi! My name is Sarah Maher and I am a Level 5 (second year) Creative Film and Moving Image Design student. Very long title, I know, but it does sound impressive, got to admit. We are split into two different pathways which involve different modules and projects; on my pathway (Digital Production), we had to organise and stream a live show, in a ‘multicam’ set up. I will be taking you through our final day of production on this blog post and how our live show went!

This is me! Working hard!

My role for the show was main producer (to organise everything!) and directing the second half of the show (telling people when to cut and cue). It was very challenging but rewarding. I really enjoyed producing as you have total control over the show, and directing was fun!

A shot of my notes from directing!

Our live stream is very ambitious that had a few very firsts for this course, such as using the smoke machine during a live show, having a live vote so viewers could choose the endings they want to see, and postponing the stream (stay tuned for more details!)

We were planned to go live at 3pm, so we got the actors and crew in at 1pm and did a few read throughs. However, not long before we went live, our main actor dropped out! My advice is to always have a backup! Luckily, we managed to postpone the stream for an hour (we went like at 4pm instead) so our new actor to read through the script and get used to blocking (where each actor will be stood and when).

Having different endings meant that the actors and crew had to learn what they were doing for each ending, just in case. The actors also needed to be fine with improvising if we went under time (we had to hit 15 minutes exactly!) Despite a few hiccups, our live stream went well! The link to our live stream can be found here; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQ8RdiejDQY

The full final cast!

Overall, this was a very fun and challenging module. Luckily, we had a great final cast and crew which made it flow easily, with very small technical issues, when we went live. We were very professional when issues did happen, and we all enjoyed ourselves. It was a huge learning experience! I recommend this module to any willing film student.

More about the course (BA Hons Creative Film) here http://hartlepool.ccad.ac.uk/creative-film-moving-image-production/

Alumni: Illustrator Bethany Wood

We caught up with Illustration for Commercial Application Alumni Beth Wood. Born in 1993 and based in Newcastle, Beth is currently freelance illustrator and comic artist. Have a read of our conversation below on what Beth’s been up to since graduation and what’s next in the pipeline for her!

Beth, it’s looks like you’ve been busy since you graduated! Can you tell us what you have been up to?

Since I’ve graduated I’ve been extremely busy! I’ve been working with Comic Book Slumber Party (a collective that works towards promoting women artists in the comic industry) and Avery Hill Publishing for CBSP’s third book of their British Comic Award nominated series – Deep Space Canine. It’s a sci-fi themed anthology with contributions of fantastic women artists (predominantly UK based) where I’ve had the honour of being the lead artist (which basically means I connect all the contributing comics together to make one overall connected arc). It will be released on sale in early 2017 and is debuting at Angoulême International Comics Festival in France, which I believe in the 3rd biggest comic festival in the world. I actually would have never had this opportunity if it wasn’t thanks to my tutors at CCAD – as it was during my time down in London for our graduation show I met CBSP’s editor, Hannah K Chapman. The staff at CCAD are fantastic with supporting students develop the skills and confidence to be professionals in their chosen industry/industries.

That sounds amazing, go you! What’s been your greatest achievement to date?

Professionally, it would have to be Deep Space Canine, as it is my professional debut in the comic book industry. Personally, it would have been how much I’ve progressed as an artist and storyteller in the last 4 years at CCAD. I studied 2 years of Creative Film and Moving Image Production fda before transferring onto a 2 year top-up studying illustration for commercial application. Both courses helped me get to where I am today.

Amazing work, what’s next for you and your flying career?!

I have another anthology contribution lined up for 2017 with another publisher which is going to be a lot of fun. As for other things I’m just going to have to wait and see, but I am very excited for next year.

And how did you find your time and studies at Cleveland College of Art and Design?

Oh CCAD was a blast, and I loved my time at the institution, in particular CCAD’s atmosphere, as it’s a smaller institution compared to other universities it’s a close-knit community of students and staff. I was supported through tough times by CCAD staff as they really care about their students well-being.

Can you tell us one piece of advice you’d give to someone wanting to follow your footsteps?

Make the most of the opportunities you receive at CCAD and be confident, don’t compare yourself to other student’s abilities – as creatives we’re all in this together. Work hard, be creative, but most importantly enjoy yourself.

Thank you so much to Beth Wood for our interview! You can find Beth at @squimoo on Instagram and at @MissWoodComics on Twitter.

All illustrations by Bethany Wood

Saturday Club Visit London Art and Design Hot Spots

Saturday Club Visit London Art and Design Hot Spots

On 19th November, Saturday Club traveled to London to visit National Art and Design hot-spots!

The packed itinerary consisted of visiting Central Saint Martins where self portraits by the students were displayed in the college atrium. The club then split up into two groups, Art and Design Group and Fashion and Business Group; with the Art and Design Group heading to the Tate Modern Art Gallery and the Fashion and Business Group to the Fashion and Textile Museum in Bermondsey Street.

Graham Canwell who organised the trip with Janet Brown said, “the students were brilliant, Janet and I were very proud.”

Check out some of the images from the day!