Last Monday April and I went to visit the 3rd and 4th year Graphic Design at the Glasgow School of Art. It's a four year course because they include the foundation year.
What an amazing building to study in. (Actually Graphics aren't in here, Interior Design and Fine Art are, but still...). We were given a tour of this amazing Mackintosh building (sorry photos prohibited) which is still used as a working art college today. It was lovely to see the building still used as it was intended, not wrapped in cotton wool.
We hooked up with Glasgow at the D&AD Clinic thing last year (as we did Cardiff) and I'm really enjoying these little trips. I remember when we were at college and you were grateful for any outside visitors at all. Contact from the industry is vital. So we're trying to do some of these things to 'give a little back'.
We set the 3rd year a live project. That means a project from the 'real' world. I won't say what the project was because we're hoping to do it with some other colleges.
The studio was really well set up. A nice mix between a real studio and an art college. All the students worked brilliantly and really quickly. When they presented their ideas to us at 3pm there was nothing we couldn't have presented to the client. If that makes sense. Not bad for 5 hours work.
At Glasgow they have the most amazing case room full of lots and lots of lovely letterpress and some old Heidelbergs. Including some foot high wooden letterpress. I'd never seen letterpress that big before. Beautiful stuff. No photos, sorry.
At the end of the day we did a presentation on us. They seemed to like the work.
Lots of stuff painted on the walls and the floor, like Cardiff.
There are some more pictures here, if you like.