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Final year BA Graphic Design students recently travelled to Lahti, Finland for this year’s European Creative Futures (ECF) workshop.

5th April 2017

Final year BA Graphic Design students recently travelled to Lahti, Finland for this year’s European Creative Futures (ECF) workshop. The week-long event brought together students and staff from across Europe, including Finland, Holland, Ireland, Norway, and the UK. The conference showcased a variety of entrepreneurial activities, including talks and competitions focused on start-ups, business plans, marketing and branding.

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The 50 students were split into groups, working with others from different countries and disciplines. Groups contained a mix of musicians, graphic designers, business and social media students.

Student Rachael Horner, commented, “The other students were great to work with. My group quickly formed into a really helpful working unit, and I think they will become a useful network of friends across Europe after I complete my course at Solent.”

Student Lara Chapman was a member of the winning team and shared insight into her product, “Our idea was to develop a one piece baby garment that could monitor all of its vital functions, and then relay the information to a phone app in a useful and understandable way.”

 Nick Long, Head of Visual Comms and Applied Arts, commented, “European Creative Futures has created a range of other excellent educational offshoots. In March, a group of marketing and visual communication lecturers, from one of ECF’s partner institutions, Cork Institute of Technology, came to Solent to deliver a series of workshops on sustainability, responsibility, and individual ethics.”

 The School of Art, Design and Fashion is a founding member of ECF, which began in 2010. For more information on ECF, you can visit their website.