Pupils who are underrepresented in art, design and architecture have been given the opportunity to participate in the 5th year of the Access to Creative Education in Scotland (ACES) programme which is delivered locally by Robert Gordon University.
Funded by the Scottish Funding Council, ACES provides the opportunity for pupils in the city and shire to participate in a range of activities and workshops on campus over the 16 week programme, giving them a feel for what it is like to be a student at RGU.
21 pupils enrolled in the latest programme from schools across Aberdeen City and Shire, including Mintlaw and Peterhead Academy, and their work went on display at a final showcase event in the Sir Ian Wood Building at the Garthdee campus.
To help encourage pupils to continue their studies in these creative fields, they also received information about the university application process by staff at Gray’s School of Art and the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and the Built Environment, alongside their practical sessions. In the past, this has led to several successful applications from former ACES pupils to the university.
The art pupils have been led by Craig Ellis from Gray’s School of Art while Jonathon Scott has been teaching the architecture group.
The pupils took trips to the Maritime Museum and Drum Castle to work on creative development projects as a large group before splitting into two smaller groups allowing a focus on architecture or art.