Daydream Believers gives pupils access to the ‘real world’ experience in a teaching context which leads through to practical applicable skills that span the breadth of many more areas of their education. Our programme has been cited as an example of Best Practice by the SQA.
Where it all started
Edinburgh College Design Course connection to Industry has always shown benefits.
Our Visual Communication course in Graphic Design at Edinburgh College is an award-winning studio-driven course with a substantial amount of employer engagement and industry collaboration. The aim of our course is to produce industry-ready graduates who can think and execute across a wide range of print and digital formats.
During their studies, our students get to grips with live briefs, and this involves pitching to clients and tackling a broad range of commercial projects. To support this, we run a ground breaking and sector-leading Mentoring Programme, where the students get to work closely with a select group of industry professionals. In 2013 the design team picked up a Highly Commended Award at the SQA Star Awards in the “Innovation Category” for this employer engagement strategy.
We felt that more emphasis should be given to providing school pupils with inspiring and creative learning experiences at a critical, and career defining stage in their schooling.