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International Students See Sheffield’s Creative Side

Updated: 01/11/2016

International art and design students have explored the creative side of the city as part of a cultural exchange programme organised by The Sheffield College.

International Students See Sheffield’s Creative Side

Pictured: Professor Paul Chamberlain, Lab4Living Design Director and Director of Art and Design Research Centre at Sheffield Hallam University, spoke to Erasmus+ students.

Twenty students from Italy and Finland have spent a week in Sheffield learning about the creative industries and enterprise as part of the European Union’s Erasmus+ project.

The programme at The Sheffield College’s Hillsborough campus, on Livesey Street, included creative workshops with talks from international design experts, and visits to the David Mellor Gallery and Chatsworth House from October 10th to 15th.

As part of the Erasmus+ project, 10 Sheffield College students have also previously spent a week with an Italian designer and students at Florence School of Art as well as travelling to Finland last year.

Student Robyn Webster, aged 17, is completing a Diploma in Art and Design at Level 3, at the College’s Hillsborough campus, and wants to go on to a career in stage design.

She said: “It’s been fascinating meeting students from different countries. As we speak different languages, we learnt to communicate our ideas through art. The expert talks also showed us what is possible for our careers in future.”

Kathi Chamberlain, Head of Design and Visual Arts, The Sheffield College, added: “This has been an amazing educational experience for our students, many of whom have not travelled beyond the city before, broadening their cultural horizons and knowledge of art and design. The project is also part of our strategic partnership to ensure our art, design and craft courses are relevant to the labour market needs.”

She added: “Sheffield is a city of innovation, creativity and design excellence with the biggest creative industries sector outside of London. The Italian and Finnish exchange students have really enjoyed seeing the city, and surrounding area, gaining an insight into its creative strengths.”

Erasmus+ is the EU programme for education, training, youth and sport and aims to modernise education, training and youth work across Europe. Visit https://www.erasmusplus.org.uk/

The Sheffield College’s Hillsborough campus has recently undergone a £8.8 million investment with the newly opened Centre for Creative Industries comprising a new theatre as well as drama, dance, television, photography, music and radio studios.

Creative industries specialisms offered at the College include art and design, graphic design, games development, media, music, journalism, dance and drama, and photography.

Heather Smith, Principal, The Sheffield College, commented: “I am delighted the College has showcased the city’s creative strengths to international students. Our learners have also benefited from a rewarding cultural exchange programme that reflects our commitment to providing students with an inspirational and high quality learning experience.”

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