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Projectified at Napier University

Several of our successful HND Visual Communication students moved on to Napier University last year to undertake the BDes Design and Digital Arts. This coming week (18th-22nd Jan) their project work will be on public display at Napier University’s Merchiston Campus, however myself and colleagues were invited along for a preview and managed to catch up with many of our former students and their new tutors.

During the early weeks of their new course, a  few of our former students came to see us and told us that they were struggling to adjust, and were finding the course difficult. However it was good to hear on Friday that they’d finally settled in, and indeed were acheiving around 10% better grades than many of their peers.

I also took the opportunity to speak to some of the other students to  gain some insight into whether other former FE college students had found the transition difficult. It seems that many of them had and the main difficulty was the more independent nature of university learning, and the fact that the students have less contact with their tutors – leading to a lesser degree of support and guidance than they were accustomed to at college.

This has been a problem that has been recognised for some time, and some colleges and universities have taken steps to provide better transition arrangements for students moving from college to university. However, in saying this, it is heartening to know that despite this initial difficulty the majority of students from FE colleges are quite able to hold their own in terms of the standard of work.

The following video shows some of the students’ still and moving image work on display at the Projectified Exhibition.

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