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North's Leading Art College Becomes The Northern School of Art

  • North East, Yorkshire
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Cleveland College of Art and Design (CCAD) is now officially The Northern School of Art.

The new name recognises the school’s pre-eminence as the leading provider of specialist creative art and design education in the North and one of the best in the UK.

It follows hot on the heels of figures in the 2018 National Student Survey (NSS) that rank The Northern School of Art as the best amongst similar arts institutions for student satisfaction.

The School was one of only two north eastern institutions awarded Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Gold for full time undergraduate teaching in 2017 the first time the TEF was published, which is now reflected in its new identity.

The name change is the result of a rigorous statutory process and required detailed scrutiny and final approval by the Secretary of State for Education.

Dr Martin Raby, Principal, The Northern School of Art, said: “We embarked on the very long and detailed process in order to have a name that reflects our status as one of the few remaining specialist art schools in the country and the leading provider of creative education in the North across both further and higher education.

“Our prestigious new identity as The Northern School of Art also celebrates what we’ve achieved over the past 140 years with our proud heritage dating back to 1874 in Hartlepool and the 1860s in Middlesbrough and signals the huge ambition we have for the future as we continue to nurture the next generation of creative professionals, businesses and entrepreneurs.

“In addition, as the use of Cleveland as a county name ended in 1996, the name of Cleveland College of Art & Design has long since lost its relevance to potential students, so we view the change to become The Northern School of Art as a really positive vote of confidence in the Tees Valley, celebrating the strength and quality of teaching we offer to support the region’s burgeoning creative industries.”

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