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ART.ZIP: Would you explain more about how students work together?

NB: Students work together in all sorts of different ways. We don’t say people studying sculpture have to be sculptors. We have brain surgeons studying sculpture, we have computer programmers studying design, so we have all sorts of people from different backgrounds. That each of our students has their own interests is imperative. Students find their own groups, since the College is small enough and allows social spaces to stimulate opportunities for collaboration. In Vehicle Design, you could get to know a student in Textiles, which could result in a wonderful collaboration to do with the interior of transport, with how you use textiles in a design environment in vehicles, for example. Our Across RCA programme allows students to study for a short period of time on another course; Graphic Design or Illustration students could spend a week in architecture, for example; Architecture students could take Fine Art classes or get involved with Critical Writing. We find this encourages collaboration and enables students to build their own networks. It also expands students’ viewpoints. Critical Writing students will find practice-based students they want to write about, or practice-based students might want to work with theorists to expand their own critical frameworks. This is networking, there are always opportunities for students to show their work, which is a great opportunity to see what they are doing or making. We place great emphasis on making. A problem of current art and design education is that the cost of studio space has risen dramatically; while studio space has become more expensive, we remain committed to doing, making, showing and discussing, so we have invested heavily in workshops and technical facilities.

We’re also proud of our external programmes, which enable students to have the experience of working in a professional setting with a number of different companies, from car manufacturing to fashion design. Students work internally and externally, professionally, socially and creatively. We recently sent twelve students from different programmes to work with Fiat’s designers at their headquarters in Italy. There are multiple opportunities for collaboration, from fashion to ceramics and glass, to jewellery and metalwork or textiles. Students recognise that these are great opportunities and competition is fierce. Within two years at the Royal College of Art, you are likely to work with a number of international companies. Students know this and it’s one of the reasons they want to come here.

ART.ZIP: 您能不能為我們多介紹一些關於學生們團隊協作的情況?

NB: 這裡的學生團隊協作有各種各樣的形式。我們不認為一個學雕塑的學生就應該成為一個雕塑家。我們這裡有腦外科醫生在學習雕塑的課程;有電腦程序員在學習設計課程,我們這裡的學生來自各種不同的背景。每個學生都有其各自的興趣點是非常必要的,他們自己會形成團體,因為我們學院地方不大,所以比較緊湊的社交空間也激發了學生們相互認識和合作的可能性。舉個例子,汽車設計專業的學生和可能會認識面料設計的學生,他們的合作很有可能會創造出非常棒的運輸方面或者室內設計方面的作品,例如汽車內飾之類的。我們也設有專門的項目來讓學生可以在學院內其他專業進行短期的學習,比如平面設計或者插畫專業的學生可以在建築專業學習一週;建築專業的也可以去純藝術專業或者批評寫作專業去上課。我們發現這種做法可以鼓勵學生們相互合作,也有利於他們建立自己的人際網絡,同時也有益於他們打開自己的視野。批評寫作專業的同學可以找到實踐其寫作的對象,同時以實踐為主的同學也可以通過與他們合作來完善和拓展自己的理論框架,這就是我所說的人際網絡。學院經常提供展示作品的機會,展覽上就可以看到學生們所創作的作品。我們非常強調實際的“操作”。現在的藝術和設計教育的一個巨大問題就是工作車間的花費飆升,雖然工作室和車間的花費變得越來越昂貴,但我們依然是致力於操作、展示以及討論的教育方向,因此,我們在車間和技術設備上投入了大量的資金。

我們也對我們的校外項目感到驕傲,這些校外項目讓我們的學生可以和很多各種類型的公司合作,從汽車製造到時裝設計行業不一而足,通過這種合作學生們會獲得很多專業領域的實戰經驗。皇家藝術學院的學生的實踐在學院內和學院外同等重要,他們的作品集專業性、社會性和創造性為一身。最近,我們派送了12名不同專業的學生到意大利菲亞特公司(Fiat)總部實習。在這裡我們提供各種各樣的合作可能性,時裝、陶瓷、玻璃、珠寶、金屬加工、紡織品等等。學生們都認識到在這裡有很多很好的機會,但同時競爭也是非常激烈的。在皇家藝術學院學習的兩年中,學生很可能會與很多國際公司或企業進行合作,這也是為什麼很多學生願意來這裡學習的一個原因。


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