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Our Learning Environment

The way we teach has continued to evolve for over a century. We bring together traditional and state of the art facilities that enhance teaching. This includes tutoring and support for specialist skills and practice. Importantly, this includes higher-cost subject areas such as our ceramics course - one of only two remaining in the country.

Intensive concentration on specialist practice means we have over 60,000 square metres of specialist teaching space to support. Our students require larger space than other types of provision, together with cutting edge and traditional equipment and machinery. Students exhibit their work throughout their course via shows, exhibitions and performances, which is critical to the development of their professional practice. Students are immersed in the creative industries in placements and internships, and in frequent commissions from industry partners to deliver innovative solutions through live briefs.

Recent examples of industry partnerships with current students include a UAL-led design project in 2015 with Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, to explore how young people’s experiences of mental health services can be improved and UAL’s Centre for Sustainable Fashion, which worked with the United Nations and fashion students to prototype niche materials that promote biodiversity. Since 2009,

MA Textile Futures has worked with the Medical Research Council’s Clinical Sciences Centre to devise Fabrics of Life, projects that bridge biology and design to translate biological principles into blueprints for design futures. Interactive and service design students collaborated with technology giant Intel on prototypes to integrate environmental sensors into daily life.

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