Category Archives: Design and Drama

Good Advice!

An ex student Conor Kirkpatrick, who started on the NC Product Design course 4 years ago, came in to speak to the NC and HND students today.  Conor is currently 5 weeks away from completing his Product Design Degree at Northumberland University.  During the course of his presentation he went through examples of his work and spoke about the transition from College to University. Conor has gone on to achieve placements at companies such as Black and Decker and Tangerine.  There was a Q+A with the students where Conor highlighted he failed his graded unit at College, but in his own words ” it was the kick up the a*** I needed”. Some of Conor’s other quotes included, “don’t just google the sh** out of it, email someone who knows about it”, “get deep into the project”, “the more you do it the better you get at it”, “get your work out there, take the criticism to make you better”.

The students gained an insight into the level of commitment needed towards the end of their education as well as the quality of work Conor had produced through hard work.

Product Design Staff

Product Design students design a clock for Andy Murray

On the 30th March, Andy Murray, a well known Glasgow Designer and former student, came into the college to see team presentations from Product Design students for the design of a clock.
It was a 3 week project and the teams were given £5 and a goodie bag of materials. Using the materials in the bag, £5 and the process of laser cutting they had to design and manufacture a wall hanging clock.

Their design had to be able to be posted through a standard letterbox and fit into the range of products on Andy Murray’s website.

Things the teams had to consider were:
Clever use of materials
Clever use of process

The winner was a semi flexible and fold-able clock.  Andy was very impressed with the results, awarding certificates to the winning team and an Easter egg. The students got a buzz from the experience of working with an outsider designer and gained an insight of what is expected in industry

‘The Scottish Play’ Review by Tristan Stewart-Robinson

Sean Langdon

IF you’re unwilling to state “the Scottish play” by name, at least you can celebrate the teenage actor from Knightswood who used Shakespeare’s Macbeth for not one but two roles.  Sean Langdon, who studies HND acting and performance at City of Glasgow College, landed the roles of both Duncan and McDuff in a college production of Macbeth. The show ran over three days at the Scottish Youth Theatre as part of the college’s popular Creative City Festival.

Sean, a former pupil of Knightswood Secondary School, embraced the challenges of performing Shakespeare live on stage and believes the City of Glasgow College course has provided him with the experience and skills to follow his dreams of becoming an actor.

The 19-year-old said: “I was double-cast in the show and played Duncan and McDuff two really big characters. It was an interesting experience as the two characters couldn’t be more different – Duncan is a really upbeat, funny character whilst McDuff is very serious and has quite a dark past. I actually performed some Shakespeare a few years ago whilst I was at school but it’s always very challenging.  Our production of Macbeth was very visual which I think makes the play more accessible – even people who have never read or seen Shakespeare before were able to understand what was happening onstage.” Sean, who has wanted to pursue a career as an actor since he was a child, continued: “I’ve really enjoyed my time at City of Glasgow College as I’ve learned so much about both acting and the industry. I’m also really interested in writing and I’d eventually like to write and star in my own plays.”

Creative City 2017, which ran for three weeks until March 17, featured a series of public events and exhibitions which have either been organised by City of Glasgow College students or will showcase their work. This year, the vast programme also included live music, a football tournament, literature performances, drama productions and even a murder mystery evening. Events took place both in the college and at external venues across Glasgow.

Stephen Cafferty, acting and performance lecturer at City of Glasgow College, praised the efforts of Sean and the rest of the cast during rehearsals. He said: “Macbeth is a fantastic play and Sean is a real star, in fact all of the students are very talented. Performing in Shakespeare will be great experience for them to have for when they leave college and move on in their careers”

Faculty success in the Scottish Mentoring Network Awards

The Faculty received the following awards from the Scottish Mentoring Awards

Very Highly Commended Project 2016

City of Glasgow College Interior Design Mentorship

Contact: James Wilson Email:

The aim of this project was simple; to improve the employability of the college’s Interior Design graduates. City of Glasgow College has delivered Interior Design training for many years and has a good reputation in the profession and many people working in the industry have previously completed the college’s HND programmes. The mentorship programme began in 2015 after joining SMN and receiving initial guidance to set up their programme. The primary objective was for all final year students to have an industry mentor within three years and this was achieved in the second year of the programme. The pilot was a great success with all four mentees involved now working in the profession and the project has expanded rapidly with one hundred percent of final year students now paired with a mentor, a goal originally set for year three of the project which has been achieved a year earlier than planned.

Commended Mentors

City of Glasgow College-Interior Design Mentorship: Ana Christobal; Nicola Gourlay, Lauren Hughes Glass; Fraser Low; Sara Jane Storey.

Highly Commended Staff Members 2016

Marie McGill, City of Glasgow College-Interior Design Mentorship














Passive Speaker Collaborative Project

Earlier this year Keith Moir’s NC Product Designers were tasked with proto-typing a small smartphone passive speaker. They explored materials and build techniques during the process of creating their very own speaker. They then partnered up with Amy Whiten’s HNC Illustrators to commission them to decorate the speakers with music genre specific designs. The Illustrators researched their given genres before meeting with their ‘clients’ for feedback on their initial ideas. The groups worked together to select the most appropriate designs before the Illustrators developed them further and applied their illustrations to the products. The students met one final time when they reviewed their product and presented their finished pieces to the group.

This project was useful in showing two quite dissimilar departments their differences in process and sharing ideas and creative practices. It also showed NC students how HNC students work in sketchbooks and was an interesting opportunity for illustration students to work on a 3D object and consider application processes that they normally don’t get access to.

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BA (Hons) Interior Design students trip to Edinburgh

On Monday 24 October BA (Hons) Interior Design students, as part of their Integrated Studies module visited the Assembly Rooms in George Street, Edinburgh, which has recently had a 9.3 million pound refurbishment for a talk about this, and a guided tour of the venue.  They then visited the Georgian House in Charlotte Square  for a guided tour and a talk about the National Trust’s restoration policy. Both buildings are 17th Century New Town buildings with A Listed interiors. Students were shown how the two different clients have interpreted the historic restoration to suit their particular needs, and incorporated up to date technology (lighting, heating, sound systems etc) into the fabric of the architecture while retaining important original architectural features.

Bright Lights Beckon for Drama Student


Rhanna Crawford during College production of Sinbad

Acting student achieves her dream of being taught by Hollywood names such as Al Pacino, Steven Spielberg, Kevin Spacey and Ben Stiller after securing a scholarship to hone her craft at the renowned New York Film Academy.

Rhanna Crawford, who is studying HND Acting and Performance at City of Glasgow College, will move to Los Angeles to study at the New York Film Academy’s California campus in September after successfully auditioning for the Acting for Film course.

Rhanna took the female lead in the College’s Christmas production of Sinbad at The Tall Ship. She said: “Being in the show was a great experience as I loved seeing how the audience reacted to my character. I loved having my family in the audience supporting me.”

Anne Macleod, Acting and Performance lecturer at City of Glasgow College, praised Rhanna for securing a coveted spot at the Academy: “Rhanna is a hardworking and talented student. It is a delight to see her being recognised and rewarded in this way by the New York Film Academy and I wish her well in California.”