Well it's fair to say that this has been an intense 1st part to the academic year with a new course, new role, new team and OFSTED!. I have thoroughly enjoyed every minute so far, being a big part of the Foundation Diploma course and having some amazing colleagues "we are a design family" I feel I have found the perfect course and level of learning that suits me having to be animated, vocal and creative 247. My introduction onto the BA Graphic Design course has also given me that alternative edge of delivery working across level 4 & 5.
This year has seen the introduction of our fellow Chinese students and embracing this new culture of student, we had an amazing introduction to the course with "360" and a real high standard of work produced for our first exhibition. Big draw was brilliant and really provided us with a platform to start showing people what we are all about, and now the guys and girls are in their own pathways and just enjoying everything being thrown at them "literally". there is definitely that higher level of creative demand compared to the level 3 courses I have previously taught on, with each student hungry for more and wants that constant challenge despite getting stressed.
On a personal note I feel the "visual communication pathway" have really developed in a short amount of time with some incredible work being produced from the mass and some excellent and upbeat feedback from peers and students on higher level courses. The new year is going to be no different really with those progressing into HE having interviews, Chaos PT2 and other fast paced briefs taking place, and just as January comes to an end we set off to Berlin for 4 days and host another exhibition at the end of March. The team have been great and we have come together with a real insight of each others strengths!
I plan to have a part relaxing Xmas break with a few references left to send off and a couple of task sheets to create. "Merry Xmas and bring on the new year"