LCI boosts number of creative design courses
Global education provider LCI Education is aiming to become a “one-stop shop” for boutique higher education, as it increases its number of specialised creative industries and design courses.
LCI Education has backed its hubs in Vancouver, Montréal, Melbourne and Barcelona for future growth, adding courses ranging from a Bachelor’s of Fashion Design Degree to a Master’s in Management of Creative Industries, and other higher education diploma programs.
“[Partnerships] help prepare students adequately for the real needs of the labour market”
The education provider’s Spanish centre LCI Barcelona has launched an English-language master’s course, which combines project and team-based learning with residential learning experiences.
The course is designed to ensure students are prepared for work in an industry that employs more than 29 million people worldwide.
Additionally, it has created a strategic alliance with digital design school Seeway, as LCI strives to become Spain’s “leading design school”.
“These courses and alliances make LCI Education a ‘one-stop shop’ for boutique higher education,” said Joëlle Cloutier-Gravel, chef de marque at LCI Education.
“They are indeed high demand destinations.”
In Canada, LaSalle College Vancouver has expanded its fashion design program via a new Bachelor of Design in Fashion Design, while LaSalle College Montréal has partnered with retail company ALDO on a Footwear and Accessory Design specialisation course.
“[Partnerships] help prepare students adequately for the real needs of the labour market,” Cloutier-Gravel added.
According to LCI, there is a “glaring shortage of skilled labour” in shoe and accessory design, which is an important function in the Québec fashion industry.
“A specialised training program for designers, preparing them to integrate into the footwear industry, has never existed to this day,” Cloutier-Gravel noted.
The ALDO Group is currently hiring 90 positions at LCI’s Montréal campus.
At another of its hubs in Australia’s ‘cultural capital’, LCI Melbourne has recently announced four HE diploma programs, which can be used as a direct pathway into its Bachelor of Design Arts degree program.
Beginning June 2020, the programs have been developed in consultation with industry experts, and promise students a combination of developmental, creative and professional skills.
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