On Friday 29th Sept 2017, The Glasgow School of Art Creative Campus (GSA), based in the Altyre Estate just outside of Forres kindly hosted a ‘How to get into Art School’ Workshop, arranged by DYW Moray.
The reasoning behind the workshop was to allow Moray pupils to be better informed when applying to any Art School of their choice by receiving advice from one of Europe's leading university-level institutions for the visual creative disciplines – Glasgow School of Art (GSA). It was also a great opportunity to allow the pupils to identify what is just on their doorstep. Pupils from Buckie High School, Lossiemouth High School, Milne’s High School and Speyside High School were in attendance.
Moira Stickle, DYW Moray Manager said,
“How fantastic that Glasgow School of Art, which comprises of Mackintosh School of Architecture, School of Design, The Innovation School, School of Simulation and Visualisation, School of Fine Art – had invited our young people to attend a workshop to help better prepare them in their application to a university or college of their choosing.”
The 50 pupils (S4-S6) who attended the workshop heard from students who attended the GSA, learned about the application process; shown excellent examples of portfolio work; participated in self-reflection activities and finished with a tour of the facilities. It was important for DYW Moray to support this, as in initial meetings with representatives from the Creative Campus it was estimated that out of 600 applications only 30 places are available for the many courses within the highly sought-after Art School. A number of teachers also got the opportunity to attend on the day which was important as they can now share their new knowledge with any pupils who could not attend and who might be interested in finding out more about this process.
Another 50 pupils will be attending an identical workshop in November from the remaining Moray Secondary Schools including: Keith Grammar School, Elgin Academy, Elgin High School and Forres Academy.
The pupils and teachers who attended on Friday were asked to complete an evaluation form on the event. The feedback was excellent, rating the event an 8/10 on average on how much their knowledge has improved on how to apply to art school. Additionally, overall the pupils rated their satisfaction of the event on average a 9/10 which was great news for DYW Moray and GSA.
One pupil from Speyside High School wrote,
“The event was better that I expected, I loved looking around the school, there was just enough discussions and the activities helped a lot.”
Another pupil from Lossiemouth High School said,
“I really enjoyed it – the information that I was given was really helpful.”
And feedback from a teacher also said,
“The event was much better than I expected, it was excellent advice, the students were not overly uncomfortable nor too relaxed/disengaged and I feel more able to advise my students in preparation for applying to art school.”
DYW Moray are confident that the positive feedback received from the first workshop will again be repeated in November. We also thank The GSA Creative Campus for the giving of their time to host and deliver such a valuable workshop which we hope to repeat in future years to allow more pupils to be better informed when applying to Art School.