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Inspiring creative careers

Published on: 19/05/2017 (3:48PM)

Fourteen Art, Design and Photography students from Central College Nottingham have returned from a creative trip to Germany, where they completed work placements and completed a collaborative art project with students from a school in Karlsruhe, Nottingham’s twin city.

The first week of the trip involved working with students from the Carl Hofer Schule on a tape art project, in which they created different installations around the school using tape. For their art works the students took inspiration from a range of things, including the natural world and the twin city relationship. Pieces included a giant tiger, an oversized spider’s web, and an ocean world.

Students In Karlsruhe

The group in Karlsruhe

The students then went on work placements in Karlsruhe’s creative industry with a variety of photographers, artists, architects, galleries, makers and fashion designers, as well as visiting museums, art galleries, and the Black Forest. 

Walking In The Black Forest

Walking in the Black Forest

Level 3 Art and Design student Beth Beard spent time working with lithography at the State Academy of Fine Art. Beth is progressing to Nottingham Trent University to study Graphic Design.


Beth at her work placement

Working in the Academy gave me a taste of being in a university environment, which will prepare me for my course in September.

- Beth Beard

Izaak Thornalley is a Level 3 architecture student who is progressing to an architecture degree at Sheffield University. He spent time working at a landscape architect firm. 



I learnt a lot on AutoCAD software during the work experience, and I found the visit to the Black Forest inspiring for my final project as it involves the natural shape and form of trees.

- Izaak Thornalley

Hannah Edwards, a Foundation Studies in Art and Design student who is off to Goldsmiths to study Design, worked at a PR agency. 



There are so many diverse creative roles in the company – I now feel like I have a good idea of what it would be like to work in a company that does graphics, advertising or marketing.

- Hannah Edwards

Melissa Green, a Level 3 Art and Design student, is staying at the college in September to complete a foundation degree in photography practice. Her work experience was at a state newspaper, working with a staff photographer on news stories.



The work experience has given me more confidence in using a camera and how to do photos for a newspaper. The trip has made me ready for work and higher education – I’m grateful for that and I am ready for what life throws at me!

- Melissa

Before the trip, students had worked with resident artists at Nottingham Contemporary and had German lessons to help them get the most out of the experience. While the students prepared for the trip, which was funded through the Erasmus+ programme, they collaborated online with students from Carl Hofer Schule before meeting them in person in Germany.