Small College, Huge Influence
小中見大


ART.ZIP: How do you select students, apart from their portfolios?

NB: Not every institution requires interview, but we do. We require portfolios, and some working experience, but we always interview. Because we know it’s expensive to travel, if students are unable to come to London, we will do an online interview, using Skype for example. Only about a third of our students come directly from undergraduate programmes, so we have a lot of mature students who may have been thinking for some time about postgraduate education and coming to the RCA. Quite often they have a long conversation with us before they apply.

ART.ZIP: 除了學生們提供的作品集,您們在挑選學生的時候還有哪些考量因素?

NB:我們會要求和學生進行面試,雖然並不是所有學校都這樣做。我們需要學生提交作品集,以及一些工作經驗,但我們還是要進行面試。因為我們知道很多學生來倫敦要花費很高的費用,因此我們通過網絡面試,比如用SKYPE(一種網絡視頻語音軟件)。皇家藝術學院的學生中,只有三分之一是本科畢業後直接申請的,所以我們有很多非常成熟的學生,他們都是經過深思熟慮以後來到皇家藝術學院學習的。我們的學生在遞交申請以前往往都與我們有很長一段時間的溝通過程。

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ART.ZIP: What is the key point of selecting students when doing the interview?

NB: Are they going to change the world? It’s really really important that students have something beyond ambition. They have to think differently. We don’t want somebody who does exactly the same thing as somebody else, and there are a lot of other universities that will accommodate that. We generate people who will become leaders in art and design. We now have 1,400 students, which is small compared to many other places. We are actually the smallest university in the UK, but our level of influence is very strong. It’s not about size; it’s about changing the world, being influential.

ART.ZIP: 在面試的時候,什麼樣的特質或是因素會影響您們對學生的考察呢?

NB:我們主要希望看到這個學生是否在將來可以改變我們現有的這個世界,這是最為最為重要的部分,我們的學生必須要擁有這樣的特質,僅僅擁有雄心壯志是遠遠不夠的,他們必須擁有一個獨特的思考模式。我們不希望看到我們的學生重複其他人做過的事情,很多大學可以提供那樣的服務,但不是我們。我們是要培養未來藝術與設計行業的領軍人才。我們現在有1400名學生,與其他院校相比也許我們很小,事實上,也許我們是英國最袖珍的院校之一,但我們在影響力層面卻非常強。因此,學校的學生多少及場地大小並不是至關緊要的問題,我們要的是能夠改變世界的人。

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