In the creative sector real world experience is not limited to the private sector we also have Cultural Partners – organisations, such as museums and galleries, who work with us on a regular basis setting Live Briefs and providing work experience destinations.

Beamish Museum is a living, working world famous open air museum hosting exciting programs of events and exhibitions.Gillian Wolf Costume Team Leader, has employed our students as well as engaging them in work experience but more recently our students have worked on a live project making costumes for The Festival of 50’s.  Gillian manages a very large full wardrobe department – our students gain valuable insight into the operation of this complex world.  The Museum has also kindly donated part of their costume archive to our Costume department which the students use as part of their research.  The College is continuing to work with the museum as its major expansion progresses.

Seven Stories, the National Centre for Children’s Books – work with Illustration and Graphic Communications students– they are a key partner in the development of CCAD’s acclaimed international Festival of Illustration.  The Centre has a range of inspirational archive materials and collections which give students in depth access to the collaborative creative process behind illustrated literature – the partnership between artist and writer.

Bowes Museum housing internationally renowned collections has an acclaimed reputation for staging a top class exhibition programmes includingVivienne Westwood, international milliner Stephen Jones and  Henry Poole,  the company that founded Savile Row tailoring. Our students have the privilege of having personal guided tours of the exhibitions and access to the costume archive. A recent live project collaboration with the Museum featured  the exhibition Birds of Paradise, a stunning exhibition featuring top designers Prada, Gucci and Alexander McQueen.