Glasgow School of Art, founded in 1845, is one of the very few remaining independent Art Schools in the United Kingdom. The School has occupied its present site since 1899, and has at its heart the 'Mackintosh Building', generally considered to be the masterwork of former graduate, Charles Rennie Mackintosh. In 1996, the School opened its postgraduate research centre at the House for an Art Lover in Glasgow's Bellahouston Park. There are more than 1400 students who attend a range of art, design and artichecture courses (pre-post degree).
Established in Milan more than 30 years ago, the Istituto Europeo di Design is nowadays considered one of the most interesting centres of creativity, a school that improves inventive and design skills to promote innovation. Nowadays, since everything is subject to steady changes and developments, the need of training professionals who can respond to specific market demands is becoming stronger and stronger. This is the reason why the up-to date study program of the Istituto Europeo di Design places side by side both the theoretical and the practical design courses; the students' creativity can find its way into computer graphic, animation, modeiling, tailoring and jewellery laboratories. Five schools in Milan, Rome, Turin, Cagliari and Madrid; more than 1000 students from 50 different countries; 350 teachers.
Established in 2010, the Aalto University is a new university with centuries of experience. The Aalto University was created from the merger of three Finnish universities: The Helsinki School of Economics, Helsinki University of Technology and The University of Art and Design Helsinki. Aalto University School of Science and Technology has been divided into four new schools starting from 1st of January 2011. The six schools of Aalto University are all leading and renowned institutions in their respective fields. The combination of six schools opens up new possibilities for strong multi-disciplinary education and research. The new university's ambitious goal is to be one of the leading institutions in the world in terms of research and education in its own specialized disciplines. An attractive environment for learning and research.
ENSCI Les Ateliers
The Ensci/Les Ateliers (National High School of Industrial creation) was born in Paris at the end of 1982, from the open desire to develop - besides schools that train engineers and managers - an independent entity where high level industrial designers could be trained. This school - subject to the double direction of the Ministries of Culture and Industry - aims at getting the role of “créateur industriel” recognized as an independent professional who is able to solve problems arising from the relationship among various specialized sectors. This role cannot be based on traditional education, this is way the innovative teaching approach of Ensci/Les Ateliers is based on four principles or on an individual path which allows any student to find his own professional profile according to his peculiar skills in industrial creation.
University of the Arts London
University of the Arts in London is probably the most famous of all seven London based art and design colleges owned by the London Institute. In the last years, both the range and reputation of the course have been expanded and strong links have been forged not only with industry, consultants and sponsors, but also internally in order to create a new dialogue between the fashion and product departments and broaden the range of consumer products currently being designed by product design students. With students from over 35 different nationalities attending the Product Course it was opportune to better exploit the fertile "melting pot" at the UAL and translate this into design products for the international consumer. The end of the year show featured students using smart materials and technologies to create new design for new identities, for all parts of the body. Such designs included everything from safety sports wear to high visibility scooter jackets, from portable communication devices affixed to clothing and electronic city guides designed as head gear. The course intends to inspire young product designers to design tomorrow's ideas not only in a more fashionable and fascinating way, but ready to wear at the office as well as on the street.
PROF. DAVID SCOTHRON
Burg Giebichenstein - the University of Art and Design Halle - takes its name from the old castle where the original campus was first located. Founded in 1915 as a school of arts and crafts dedicated to "Werkstatt"-principle the profile was formed by the legacy of the "Deutscher Werkbund". During the last twenty years of the last century there was strong competition between the Bauhaus at Weimar/Dessau and the more craft-centered Burg studios. Consequently, the hallmarks of the school have been: craft tradition, individual artistic work, industrial and small scale production, as well as architecture related art and design. Since 1958 the school has been recognized as an institute of higher education. Halle developed into a leading center of industrial design education and related research activities in East Germany - in the same way the applied art courses gained international reputation. Due to a very good student - teacher - ratio (about 900 students and 65 teachers) students receive a lot of individual attention.