Following the successful visit of seven Art and Design students to the Scottish College in Falkirk in September 2005, another group of students travelled to Scotland to carry out a Leonardo da Vinci work placement.
The students who participated in this visit were chosen from the HND Graphic Design first year group. The aim of the visit was to give the students the possibility to work on a BTEC study unit with Scottish counterparts. The topic chosen was 'Communicating with Images'. The tasks assigned were to research and evaluate a wide range of visual imagery from different cultures and sub-cultures, to analyze the roles of time and sequence in communicating with images, to communicate meanings, messages and information effectively using images and to produce imaginative visual imagery aimed at different audiences. These tasks were focused around the Scottish culture.
Apart from their work at the College, the students also visited a number of Art museums in Glasgow, Edinburgh and the surrounding areas. These included a special exhibition of Rennie Machintosh's work, a visit to Callender House, a legal graffiti wall, the National Gallery of Scotland, the Museum of Modern Art and the Paolozzi exhibition.
To really immerse themselves in the Scottish culture the students didn't miss out on beer, fish and chips, haggis and shortcake caramel cakes! They even experienced one of the worst snow storms in recent Scottish history!!
"I opened my mind to the opportunities as regarding life in other countries, but it also made me realise how much Malta is special in its own particular way." - Nicholas Grima
"I learned a lot about the design culture abroad and all of my interests....this was what I was expecting but really it overrode all of my expectations. It was brilliant. Brilliant experience would do it over and over again" - Daniel Borg
"I'm quite fluent in English so I had no problem communicating. The only hindrance was the locals' thick accents. But I got used to it after a while." - Steve Scicluna
"Three weeks were not enough to carry out all the work seriously" - Richard Hili