Local schools and colleges visit UWE Degree Show

Issue date: 18 June 2009

Lucie Smailes - Violin More than 300 young people from schools and colleges across the region will visit the University of the West of England's 2009 Degree Show at Bower Ashton Campus and Spike Island from Monday 22 to Thursday 25 June.

Schools visiting the show include members of the Kingswood Partnership Consortium who are delivering the new Creative and Media Diploma to students in seven schools across South Gloucestershire and pupils from Worle and Westhaven Schools in North Somerset.

The visits to the degree show are part of a wider programme of work with schools and colleges that takes place in the School of Creative Arts throughout the year. The visits include taster days, lectures, workshops and projects with current UWE students studying on a range of courses including Fine Art, Animation, Fashion, Textiles and Photography.

Current students who work as Ambassadors for UWE will host many of the visits and the young people visiting the exhibition will get the chance to talk to them about the work on show and their experiences of life as a student at the School of Creative Arts.

Sam Thomson, Co-ordinator of Engagement with Schools, Colleges and Community in the School of Creative Arts said, “This is a fantastic opportunity for young people interested in the creative arts to come and see what students at Undergraduate and Postgraduate level have been working on during their courses at UWE. It gives young people visiting a real sense of the possibilities open to them in terms of studying art, design and media at a higher level and is a really exciting, engaging visit because of the broad range of work that they can see in one place.

“We're really pleased that the visits we have organised this year have proved to be so popular with schools and colleges and look forward to welcoming all of the young people and teachers to the university during the next week. Our Student Ambassadors do a brilliant job of working with young people and we're keen to extend this work to make the School of Creative Arts as accessible as possible to young people who are enthusiastic about the possibilities open to them– by definition the Creative Arts are an exciting area to study and to work in.”

In addition to the schools and colleges coming to see the show, UWE is expecting a high level of visitors. Each year the Degree Show is well attended by those interested in the creative arts, local professionals and industry representatives keen to view work by a new generation of artists, designers and media practitioners.

The School of Creative Arts Degree Show 2009 is open to the public and takes place at Bower Ashton Campus and Spike Island, from Saturday 20 to Thursday 25 June.
See Degree Show website


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