Andrew Groves, Course Director for the Fashion Design BA, noted that "this is the second time in the last five years that the course has been given 100% student satisfaction in the NSS survey, which I feel is indicative of the quality of the teaching and the student focused learning that happens on the course. In the 2015 Business of Fashion Survey the teaching on the Fashion Design BA course was judged as being the best in the UK so it’s good that our students also feel the same way.
"Our focus on the course is to develop our students as individuals and prepare them for the realities of a fast-changing and very demanding industry. I’m sure the students would agree that this isn’t always the easiest process for students or staff, so it’s great that despite, or perhaps because of this, the students are appreciative of the whole of the fashion design team pushing them to be the very best that they can be. This is borne out by our external examiner who gave the course a 5-star rating this year and in the results from our graduates, with 93% achieving either a first or 2.1 award", said Andrew.
In addition, the Fashion Design BA has strong links with the fashion industry, which is built into the programme and contributed to its success. Andrew emphasises this and states that "it’s great that students feel that the course has met their needs, it’s also important that we meet the needs of industry as well. This has been demonstrated by the fantastic jobs that our graduates have been offered since they graduated in June. They are now working at some of the best design houses in the world, with design jobs at Mulberry, Alexander McQueen, and Burberry in London; Acne in Sweden; Loewe in Paris; and Max Mara in Italy. While Beth Hall won the LVMH graduate competition in June, judged by an illustrious panel of judges including Karl Lagerfeld (Fendi), Marc Jacobs (Marc Jacobs), Nicolas Ghesquière (Louis Vuitton), Phoebe Philo (Céline), Riccardo Tisci (Givenchy) and Delphine Arnault (Louis Vuitton)."
The Photography BA also achieved a stunning result of 100% student satisfaction. Course Leader Gavin Jack noted that “this is a fantastic achievement for the Photography BA course. We are lucky enough to have a very dedicated and highly regarded team of academics who are supported by amazing technical staff. This is a unique cohort-based, 4-year part-time photography course where the students are given a great deal of academic and pastoral support and go on to develop their creative practice and critical thinking to a very high level. We are thrilled with this result – it’s a tribute to the hard work and dedication of the course leader and the teaching team as a whole."
Additionally the Animation BA achieved an impressive 95% student satisfaction. Course Leader Stephen Ryley said "it helps that Animation is such a fun and rewarding activity, and our students engage wholeheartedly, producing films which regularly achieve success at international festivals and competitions. This builds their professional reputations and fast-tracks our graduates, helping them to realise their ambitions and secure their dream jobs."
The staff at the School play a key role in the success for a course. Stephen also mentions this, saying "this is only possible because the Animation course has a large team of highly dedicated staff, and it is brilliant that our students clearly recognise that this friendly bunch of hard-working and enthusiastic subject specialists go above and beyond the call of duty to deliver a world-class undergraduate experience. The good news is that the best is yet to come! We are extremely excited to be launching our new collaboration modules this year, opening up a world of creative possibilities for our Animators. There has never been a better time to get into Animation, as it reaches into every aspect of modern digital life, and our new course pathways will enable graduates to become flexible, creative problem-solvers to meet the needs of a rapidly growing market for Animation.”
Places are still available to join the Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design’s undergraduate courses this September.