As a university-sector specialist art, design and media higher education institution that’s big on collaboration, partnership working and interdisciplinary practice, we recognise that the creative industries are now firmly an international job market, and we know the importance of connecting with creative practitioners, institutions and businesses across the globe.
Working with our strategic partners across Europe, North America, India, China, Korea and beyond, our cultural exchanges and international projects have a significant impact on our students – improving their employment prospects, bringing international practitioners and projects into the college, creating a rich and vibrant international culture and helping to influence the way we teach.
Our expertise in creative education has a particular emphasis on physical making and teaching how traditional studio and craft practices are evolving to address an increasingly digital and connected world. As leaders in courses that teach craft and material practices more broadly, our international Making Futures biennial conference embodies our commitment to honouring and furthering the importance of tacit learning through hands-on making.
As an innovative institution, the college is a Founding Associate of Tate Exchange, a member of the UKADIA, ELIA, CAA and Cumulus groups of specialist higher education institutions, a member of the Crafts Council Advisory Group, and a Steering Group member of the Cultural Learning Alliance. Invitations to many of these groups came in the past five years, creating platforms for the college to steer national and international policies in the arts and creative education.
As the result of a growing national and international profile, the college is engaged in multiple partnerships with a number of European-funded projects, including Atlantic Youth Creative Hub - a social innovation project for young people supporting social entrepreneurship, employment and education in the creative and cultural industries (12 delivery partners across 4 Atlantic Countries); Triple E-dge - vocational education in a digital and gaming environment through enhancing four key skills related to enterprising, employability and entrepreneurship (5 partners from 4 European countries), alongside other international partnerships such as Smithsonian Crafts Council, Victoria and Albert Research Institute, Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design, Fuller Craft Museum, and FutureLab at West Bund Art Center Shanghai. A developing relationship with the British Council has in the last year seen the college working on significant projects in India, Myanmar and the South Caucasus region (Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia).
In recent years the college has extended its range of Erasmus+ Bilateral Agreements giving a broader scope for students to study on a mobility (exchange) activity for one semester, usually in the second year of their undergraduate programme. The college has a growing number of partner agreements across a range of countries in mainland Europe and beyond, including with AICAD (Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design) which enable our students to exchange with 47 partner institutions across North America, Canada and China. Find out more.