United Kingdom

Website: www.hackney.ac.uk

Hackney Community College is a Further Education College that caters for students from 14 years up to Adult.  In the Arts department we have provision for over 300 students on a range of courses in Art, Design, Fashion, Media, Interactive Media and Textiles. Students have the opportunity to study in vibrant Hoxton, surrounded by the largest hub of designers in Europe. 90% of students’ progress onto reputable universities, courses includes Fine Art, Graphic Communication, Media
and Film, Fashion, Textiles, Fashion Marketing, Photography. Our students come from a diverse range of cultures and we take pride in supporting the educational aspirations of students from different backgrounds. Our courses embed cultural themes that provide students with knowledge of traditional, historic and contemporary Knowledge.
Fashion and textiles students cover a range of industry led subjects that prepare them for working in industry or for progressing to higher education. For example, Printed textiles, embroidery, knitting, pattern cutting, garment construction, fashion illustration, computer aided design,materials techniques and processes, drawing development and marketing
and business awareness.  All of the aforementioned subjects are coupled with contextual and historical studies, This is a core and intrinsic part of any course the students study in the arts, so that students are abreast of traditional and new technologies, when they are building their skill set. Students get the opportunity to work in partnership with local companies in the design industry and been involved with projects for the British Council, The Old Vic, Junky Styling, and ASOS to name but a few. Students also have the opportunity to work on commissions from local galleries and commission from companies.  Students not only get work experience but the opportunity to get paid work in the design industry
For example our ESOL students are working in partnership the Olympics and our textiles students have been involved in creating a garment that focuses on the values of the Olympics. Some of the students who study textiles in the Arts department have gone on successfully to set up their own business with the aid of a local business start up organisation, successfully selling their work in the local Hoxton and Spitalfield markets. We like to empower our students and staff to gain more global experience by sharing knowledge, expertise and cultural values with their counterparts from other countries.