A NORTH EAST College is developing a network of worldwide learners as foreign students are drawn to study art.
Cleveland College of Art & Design (CCAD) is building an international reputation for excellence with an increase in the numbers of overseas students enrolling on its courses.
One of only four specialist art colleges in the country, The Northern School of Art already has hundreds of graduates from across the globe and is now seeing more students moving specifically to the region to study at its campuses in Hartlepool and Middlesbrough.
Foreign student Laura Must relocated over 1,500 miles from her home country of Lithuania to study art and design at the college’s Middlesbrough site.
“I did art at school in Lithuania and knew that I wanted to continue my studies doing something creative but there was nowhere in my own country where I could do that,” said Laura, 18.
“My father lives in Middlesbrough and he invited me to come over for a visit.
“While I was here I took the opportunity to look for somewhere where I might be able to study and it was incredible that I found The Northern School of Art right on the doorstep.
“Now I have been able to learn all forms of art from photography, sculpture, installations, drawing and even teaching in a community project with school children.
“The UK is so different and there are so many more opportunities. It was such a good choice to come here and the college and tutors are great.
“I am so much more independent and more confident. I have gained new life-skills, new friends and a whole new life.”
Laura now hopes to continue her education in England after being accepted on an advertising course at a university in London.
Art and design tutor Amanda Smith added: “It was amazing for Laura to move so far from home to study here at CCAD.
“Despite a lot of written work in her projects she had no problems with the language and settled in very quickly to college life.
“She is a very determined students and this has been a great stepping stone for her future career.”