Graphic Design School
This college in Nantes is one of the five ECV creative schools, which are ranked, by professionals working in the industry, among the top establishments in France for learning graphic design and visual communication.
My teaching approach
I have had the privilege of being given the freedom to develop my own teaching programme, and over the last ten years have established a number of projects which incorporate photography into the wider conceptual and artistic process. Whether it’s reworking the idea of a “traditional” family album, shooting class portraits for a CD cover, or designing a film poster for the latest Hollywood thriller, the students, whatever their technical photographic ability, use their imagination and all-round skills, to develop their unique creative personality. Here are a selection of their works.
Apart from teaching I am also the official in-house photographer and cover all the major events and activities in the school year, from workshops, to conferences, exhibitions, open days, graduation ceremonies and much more besides.
This enables me to play an important role in the Community aspect of school life, and build up a rapport with the students throughout their 5- year course. I take special pleasure in photographing them on their last day at school, standing next to their diploma installation projects, when this particular educational and creative journey has reached it’s end, and the world of professional life is set to begin.
After 5 years of sweat and tears, highs and lows, and endless hours of perfecting their creative skills, 30 students received their diplomas this 14th June. A final validation of their talents, before heading out into the professional world of art direction, publishing, web development or whatever other graphic design related jobs await them.
For students brought up essentially in the digital world, the world of black & white photography is more often than not now, accessed through the conversion filters of Photoshop, and is sought as some kind of creative refuge from the inherent defects of certain colour images.
London-based designer David Pearson, renowned on both sides of the Channel and internationally , for his innovative book cover designs, most notably with Penguin and Zulma publishing, was in Nantes last week to reveal a bit more to the initiated and wider public alike.
Patrick Hermand, founder director of the ECV schools, came to Nantes on January 24th to officially open the school’s new premises there, which coincided with the Open Day preview, exhibiting a high quality selection of the students work across all the years.