Open day promotes creative study

Creative work at Cleveland College of Art & Design.
Creative work at Cleveland College of Art & Design.

Potential artists and designers are being invited to attend a college open day next weekend.

Creative staff at Cleveland College of Art & Design (CCAD) will be on hand to welcome possible students to the university level campus in Hartlepool.

They will provide information and advice on a wide variety of courses, accommodation and the application process.

One of only four remaining specialist art colleges in the country, CCAD offers a creative environment to develop career in art and design, with former students now working with prestigious clients such as Vogue, Pinewood Studios and Ted Baker.

The open day on Saturday, September 19, is offering a programme of activities to help prospective students make the best choice when it comes to higher education in the arts.

This includes a talk by Principal Martin Raby, and a series of programme talks by academic staff on degree courses ranging from textiles and photography, to fashion and production design for stage and screen.

In addition, there will be tours of the campus and student accommodation facilities at Crown Halls in Hartlepool.

And question and answer sessions by student services on support and finance, and information on employment and enterprise opportunities.

Visitors are encouraged to book in advance, and can select their areas of interest to tailor the open day to their specific needs. Parents, guardians and friends are also welcome to attend.

For more information on opportunities at CCAD contact (01642) 288888 or visit

Mr Raby said: “It is really important for potential students to make the best decision for them when it comes to the right course and college, and so getting expert advice is critical.

“We offer unique courses and the highest quality of art and design teaching, and our creative staff members can guide students through the options available and find the right academic path for them.

“A visit to the campus to meet our student ambassadors also offers a great opportunity to discover the benefits of a specialist art and design college and a friendly, welcoming atmosphere.”

Visitors to the open day will be able to meet with the course programme leaders and view the department facilities, allowing an opportunity to see a range of student work and gain a deeper insight into the modules covered on the degrees.

Student ambassadors will also be on hand throughout the day to help with queries and also give first-hand experience on what it is like to be a student at CCAD.