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Swindon College Lecturer invited to be International External Evaluator

16 November 2017

Swindon College Lecturer invited to be International External Evaluator

Nicky Ackland-Snow, lecturer in Graphic Design at the School of Art, Swindon College, was recently invited to act as International External Evaluator joining a panel review for the North West University in Potchefstroom, South Africa.  Nicky was contacted by the course leader of the Graphic Design Degree programme, having seen her artwork.

The conference was designed to bring a cross-fertilisation of ideas across the continent, with Nicky being the only international representative.  The other universities that attended were from Pretoria, Zimbabwe and Port Elizabeth.  There was a good exchange of ideas which Nicky felt was beneficial to all parties.

Nicky had some recommendations for the University relating to assessment practice and project content but reassured them that they were on the right track compared to the UK, and that they had a similar outlook on graphic design and where it’s heading.  There was a rich discussion on all sides and the whole review went very smoothly.

The university is part of a transitions plan, which is seeing universities supporting local townships, going into schools to do workshops in local towns as art is not taught in schools in South Africa.  Students going to university to study graphic design and illustration spend the first year studying the basics of art and design before spending the rest of their time specialising towards the graphic design and illustration subjects.

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As part of the visit, Nicky ran workshops for a group of 40 students who were in their third or fourth years and were illustrators.  She ran a 4 hour workshop creating a collaged response to a historic newspaper.  When the students send in their finished work, Nicky will provide feedback to continue to provide a link to external organisations.

Nicky is hopeful that it will be possible to set up a staff exchange programme to learn from each other, providing opportunities for collaboration, and that this in turn could extend to a student exchange.



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