100 years of innovation and expertise
Northbrook was formed from the West Sussex College of Art & Design (founded 1912), when it merged with the Chelsea College of Aeronautical and Automobile Engineering and Worthing College of Technology in 1986. Northbrook remains the biggest provider in West Sussex of undergraduate degrees for the creative and cultural industries, as well as being a long-established specialist in automotive engineering.
Award winning student work
Students regularly win national prizes, notably the 'Best Womenswear' award at Graduate Fashion Week, the Channel 4 'Picture This' photography prize, the Macmillan Children's Book Illustration prize and the international Indie Pub game design award. Alumni include Jamie Hewlett, creator of virtual band Gorillaz and winner of the £25,000 Designer of the Year award.
Positive inspection reports
(Quality Assurance Agency) review report in 2016 stated that the enhancement of student learning opportunities was
. Below are some comments:
“The College has a number of strengths in teaching and learning, with students valuing the knowledge and teaching skills of tutors and the opportunities to develop their employability skills.”
“Employers met by the review team warmly endorsed the College's strategic vision and praised its proactive approach to employer engagement and the quality of its graduates.”
“The College takes care to staff its programmes appropriately: many of its teachers have industry backgrounds and a high proportion are still active, often teaching part-time. It also draws on its industry networks to bring in guest speakers for regular teaching and special events, such as the 2016 (Creative) Industry Week. Students met by the team admired and valued the professional expertise of those teaching them.”
“In designing and developing its programmes the College creates a work-realistic environment for its students, including engineering workshops, music studios and information technology suites.”
“The College also sends students out into the workplace for short visits and projects, using live briefs from businesses or creative agencies for assessment (often including notional budgets which students must allocate) and encouraging students to gain work experience. Conscious that many of its graduates will become freelance professionals or small business owners, the College promotes the development of relevant skills from an early stage in its programmes.”
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and the College's response
Employment focused courses
Northbrook's courses are industry led, with an emphasis on employability, enterprise and entrepreneurship. Many of the lecturing staff are practitioners with current links to the creative industries. Courses include live projects and work placements and many have the endorsement of professional bodies.
Students benefit from the personalised academic and pastoral support offered by a relatively small institution. The College provides individual support through small group teaching, personal tutors and generous contact teaching hours per week.
Industry standard facilities
The industry standard facilities on campus include:
- A professional theatre equipped with fly tower, digital sound, moving lights and multimedia projection
- Specialist workshops and studios equipped for a range of creative practices, including painting, printmaking, ceramics, wood, textiles, film, photography and graphics
- Apple Mac computer suites with creative industry standard applications
- A contemporary music recording studio complex, housing over 25 soundproofed studios along with sampling, sound and keyboard laboratories
- Dance and rehearsal studios
- A dedicated automotive engineering facility at Shoreham Airport
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