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Textiles study day with Mary Restieaux RDI

October 3, 2018 / Georgina Chatfield

On Wednesday 19 September a group of A-Level Art students from Whitley Academy were welcomed to the home and studio of Mary Restieaux RDI for a textiles study day. We gained a sense of the career pathways that a passion for working with textiles could offer and the multitude of ways that designs can be […]

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Mental pictures: applying joy and colour to a challenging issue

February 22, 2018 / Georgina Chatfield

This blog has been written by Melanie Andrews, Design Network Manager, RSA. It has also been posted on the RSA website. A recent exhibition at the Wellcome Collection, ‘Can Graphic Design Save Your Life?’ explored how communication design could be persuasive, shocking and perhaps even instrumental in healing. Last week, to coincide with Children’s Mental […]

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The Secret Gardeners’ Project: impact so far

April 12, 2017 / Georgina Chatfield

We are at a point now where we were anticipating drawing The Secret Gardeners’ Project to a close. Silly us! The enthusiasm has not waned, external factors have played an instrumental role and of course, in April, the world is now starting to come to life. Whilst so much has been achieved, there also remains […]

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#Dress4ourTime: a different form of learning

December 11, 2015 / Georgina Chatfield

On Friday 27 November we held a special schools’ day interrogating and being inspired by ‘A Dress for our Time’ at St Pancras Station in London. Building on the relationship with the Helen Storey Foundation and the body of work produced by Prof Helen Storey MBE RDI which RSA schools have explored through the Field of […]

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RSA Academies and the Royal Designers for Industry

May 11, 2015 / Georgina Chatfield

Would you like to know more about how the RSA Academies work with the Royal Designers for Industry? We have just launched a new booklet in our ‘Being part of the RSA Family of Academies’ series about the relationship that RSA Academies have with the RSA’s Royal Designers for Industry (RDI). The booklet illustrates seven […]

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Malcolm Garrett RDI and Arrow Vale RSA Academy

February 2, 2015 / Georgina Chatfield

A talented group of Year 12 A-Level Media students at Arrow Vale were taken on an inspiring and creative journey “from record sleeves to real world design” by the 2014-15 RDI Master, Malcolm Garrett. Widely regarded as a significant influence on the development of graphic and digital design in the UK, Malcolm is best known […]

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Charlie Paton RDI and RSA Academy, Tipton

December 17, 2014 / Georgina Chatfield

Guest blog from Chris Smith, Lead Practitioner MST, STEM and IBCC Coordinator at RSA Academy, Tipton The RSA Academy hosted a visit by Charlie Paton RDI to support Year 13 students taking the International Baccalaureate Design Technology. Students are undertaking their final project on the course which accounts for 40% of the marks. They need to […]

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Mike Dempsey RDI and RSA Academy, Tipton

September 12, 2014 / Georgina Chatfield

Graphic designer Mike Dempsey RDI challenged a group of Year nine GCSE graphics students at the RSA Academy in Tipton to design a postcard that best represented their school from each student’s personal point of view. Mike began his graphics session by showing the students how graphic design is used in many areas; advertising, sport, […]

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Robin Levien RDI and RSA Academy, Tipton

August 27, 2014 / Georgina Chatfield

Product Designer Robin Levien adopted a game show approach when he set a design brief to two teams of six students at the RSA Academy. His project ‘Design, Make & Communicate’ was launched live on stage in the school hall in front of a packed audience of students, tutors, and parents. Each team, a group of […]

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Stephen Jones RDI and Whitley Academy

August 27, 2014 / Georgina Chatfield

Britain’s biggest name in hat design, milliner Stephen Jones RDI, has designed hats for international fashion collections as well as the likes of Princess Diana, Beyonce and Lady Gaga. Stephen set a project to sixth form art & design students at the RSA Whitley Academy in Coventry, challenging them in a video to design a […]

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Ben Kelly RDI and Arrow Vale RSA Academy

June 3, 2014 / Georgina Chatfield

Interior and exhibitions designer Ben Kelly RDI visited Arrow Vale RSA Academy and proposed a radical ‘live’ brief. The initial project for Year 12 product design students was to design an architectural shelving system for the school entrance hall to display student’s work. However, as communications developed during Ben’s visit, the brief, much to the […]

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