Pat Chapman, Vice Principal (Employability and External Relations) and Dr Martin Raby, Principal, The Northern School of Art

Cleveland College of Art and Design (CCAD) is now officially The Northern School of Art.

The new name recognises the school’s pre-eminence as the leading provider of specialist creative art and design education in the North and one of the best in the UK.

It follows hot on the heels of figures in the 2018 National Student Survey (NSS) that rank The Northern School of Art as the best amongst similar arts institutions for student satisfaction.

The School was one of only two north eastern institutions awarded Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Gold for full time undergraduate teaching in 2017 the first time the TEF was published, which is now reflected in its new identity.

The name change is the result of a rigorous statutory process and required detailed scrutiny and final approval by the Secretary of State for Education.

Dr Martin Raby, Principal, The Northern School of Art, said: “We embarked on the very long and detailed process in order to have a name that reflects our status as one of the few remaining specialist art schools in the country and the leading provider of creative education in the North across both further and higher education.

“Our prestigious new identity as The Northern School of Art also celebrates what we’ve achieved over the past 140 years with our proud heritage dating back to 1874 in Hartlepool and the 1860s in Middlesbrough and signals the huge ambition we have for the future as we continue to nurture the next generation of creative professionals, businesses and entrepreneurs.

“In addition, as the use of Cleveland as a county name ended in 1996, the name of Cleveland College of Art & Design has long since lost its relevance to potential students, so we view the change to become The Northern School of Art as a really positive vote of confidence in the Tees Valley, celebrating the strength and quality of teaching we offer to support the region’s burgeoning creative industries.”

The move to become The Northern School of Art is set against a backdrop of growth in the creative and cultural sector in the North East which grew in value by 47% between 2010 and 2016, an increase only beaten by the London region and Scotland.

Nationally the creative and cultural sector is worth £81billion to the country each year and is the third largest sector in the economy (DCMS, 2017), employing over 4million people which represents 1 in 11 people in the UK workforce.

Dr Raby added: “The creative and cultural sector is thriving regionally and nationally and official government figures show that it has been growing for decades, at nearly twice the average UK rate between 2010 and 2016. It is estimated that by 2022 the sector will need 900,000 highly skilled graduates and supporting and supplying that need is squarely where our vision lies.”

For the past for years at least 96% of the school’s graduates have been in employment or further studies six months after they graduated, placing it amongst the best performing in the country for any subject.

By January 2017, 83% of 2016 graduates were in professional or managerial positions – outstripping the UK rate for all graduates (71%) and the UK average for art and design graduates (61%).

Students leaving The Northern School of Art’s ‘outstanding’ rated further education campus have a similarly impressive rate of progression to higher education or employment - 82% in 2016 and 87% in 2017.

About The Northern School of Art:

  • The Northern School of Art is the only specialist art and design school in the North East, with a further education site in Middlesbrough and a university-level campus in Hartlepool.
  • It is one of a few specialist art and design colleges in the country, with over 1,000 students.
  • With over 140 years of experience, The Northern School of Art is one of the UK’s leading design and art schools, offering award-winning courses in both further and higher education.
  • The Northern School of Art was awarded Gold by the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) in recognition of its outstanding quality of teaching, joining the University of Newcastle as one of the only full-time HE providers in the North East achieving gold and putting it in the top 20% in the UK.
  • The 2018 National Student Satisfaction Survey (NSS) reported that over 90% students were satisfied overall with their experience at CCAD, the highest score of all similar arts institutions across the UK.
  • The average employability statistics for graduates to be in employment or further training six months after graduating sits at over 96%.
  • The Northern School of Art tutors are industry professionals, with a wealth of experience and many are practising artists and designers and the School offers the latest in teaching and learning facilities and uses industry standard equipment.
  • Famous alumni include Sir Ridley Scott and Mackenzie Thorpe.
  • All of The Northern School of Art courses are validated by Arts University Bournemouth
  • For more information on opportunities at The Northern School of Art contact (01642) 288888.

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