Professing Practice

Professing Practice is a collaboration between the Glasgow School of Art and the Glasgow Clyde College Associate Student Scheme, which aims to widen access for Scottish-domiciled students and provide equal opportunities for college students. The progression manager Elizabeth Beidler worked together with this year’s MEDes students to introduce students to the GSA.

The project allows the MEDes students to explore teaching and educational theory by delivering two workshops to students from the HNC Art and Design course – a generalist programme comparable to the first year of art school. These meetings were meant to support the College students in their application to the Glasgow School of Art.

The first workshop focused on getting to know the students and their needs. Through a series of activities, they explored their personal interest in art and design and shared what they wanted to learn, combining a quiz with the medium of collage. The second workshop aimed at building the student’s confidence, showing them the value of reflection, collaboration, and the articulation of a body of work. Overall, both sessions encouraged the students to explore new territories of creation and helped them feel more secure in the design process. By having the right amount of support and encouraging personal and collective reflection, the students were able to navigate within the “chaos” of the design process – transforming discomfort to comfort.

“Amandine and Hannah encouraged and inspired a small group of rather reserved associate students through the challenging medium of Zoom. The participants actively engaged with activities that were creative, challenging and thoughtfully designed. Having such crucial art school skills introduced by students is a brilliant opportunity for this group of prospective GSA students. This project continues to be a highlight of the associate scheme.”

Elizabeth Beidler, Progression Manager, GSA