Here at Harlow College, we want to create a fresh approach to the way our students learn and study. Our initial aim for a new learning environment was to move away from traditional ‘classroom-led’ methods to a more advanced ‘project-led’ approach. We feel that this gives our students more of an opportunity to better prepare themselves for industry and progression.
Our creative, cultural and Enterprise teams re-shaped the classroom experience which initially began in 2010. This started with the Visual Arts team working on a project with Barratt Homes, in order to design, cost and build a sculpture purely for a new housing development. Within the team, the members rapidly realised how much of an impact working on a live brief had on both student engagement and the overall quality of their work produced. Because of this, the teams across the area began to develop many real opportunities further, which included:
- On-going live sculpture briefs along with many clients such as Barratt Homes, Friends of the Town, University Centre Harlow and a new up and coming University Technical College.
- Real-life graphic design briefs from key clients including Pearson Education and Stansted Airport.
- The chance to work alongside designers from some major fashion houses such as Debenhams and Diesel and many choreographers from Dance Digital and even The Royal Opera House.
The students also had the chance to develop their digital and online skills as they were able to work with third sector organisations in order to improve social media, PR and marketing content.