Article Focus – Leeds College of Art

November 29, 2016


Our in-house magazine, Branding & design, is a successful biyearly publication containing a range of features and editorials surrounding the fashion industry. Here we take a closer look and focus on one of the articles – Leeds College of Art  – with interviews from Lecturer Paul Luke and Student Robyn Shaw.

Leeds College of Art is a specialist Arts institution that has been providing Art education for 170 years. Based in the city centre of Leeds, England, the college is split across two campuses – delivering courses in a wide range of disciplines including, among others, Fashion, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Illustration and Photography.

Nilorn UK has been building a successful relationship with Leeds College of Art for a number of years – delivering talks based on our industry, attending end-of-year shows and even employing graduates.

However, for the first time, Nilorn and Leeds College of Art have collaborated together to work on one of our latest concept collections – Half. Take a look at an excerpt from the magazine below – or read the full article on issuu here.

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Robyn Shaw recently completed her final year as a student, at Leeds College of Art, studying BA (Hons) Fashion. Originally from Huddersfield, Robyn grew up in a fashion oriented atmosphere, with her mother working as a seamstress. From a young age she knew she wanted to pursue a career in the fashion industry and attended a fashion course at Bradford College, prior to her degree course at Leeds. This course was primarily aimed at designing and manufacturing garments but she wanted to develop her skills doing something a little different.

Robyn discovered the BA (Hons) Fashion degree course at Leeds College of Art, which provides two sub-pathways to its students.  One focuses on designing and making garments, ‘Fashion Design and Realisation’, whilst the other develops a range of skills surrounding the fashion industry, ‘Fashion Concepts and Communication’.

Paul Luke is a fashion communicator and former student of the Leeds College of Art, graduating in 1998, after studying BA (Hons) Visual Communication. Coming full circle, Paul now lectures at the college, on the BA (Hons) Fashion degree course, alongside a successful freelance career. Throughout his career, Paul has worked with a range of brands, such as Adidas, H&M and Topman.

He feels it is fundamentally important to lecture whilst working in the industry as it gives him the background experience and knowledge to pass on to his students. His creative teaching style is heavily influenced by his external practice in the field, allowing his students to relate to real and relevant working experiences.


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Don’t forget to check out the full article in the latest edition of Branding & design here.