The first class of the year was delivered as a series of consecutive workshops.
The first exercise was called 'who do you think you are?' and involved students answering a set of questions - drawn from generic interview/profiling research. Instead of having to complete a standard academic form, the questions were shouted out, and they had 30 seconds to answer, on a post-it note, on the wall. By the time they'd answered all the questions, the walls were covered in brightly coloured bits of paper.
Students were then asked to go around the studio reading others answers and to post their own additional comments. This was a critical exercise to carry out, as in fashion, the students are extremely protective and competitive of work & designs - they rarely look at each others work or are allowed to. This exercise forced them to be more open and made them aware of what each other were doing, who they were looking at, what direction they were going in for this final year etc. etc.
The second exercise was titled 'And what do you want?'. After the students had reflected on their own responses, in comparison to others, they were given 5 minutes to draft a manifesto. They created statements about what they wanted in life, in work, for themselves, for their future, personal and professional. They then stood on a chair and read these out to the class - Dead Poets Society style!
- 5 key words that describe you?
- 3 key words that others would use to describe you?
- who are you referencing this year?
- 5 key words that would describe the direction you're taking this year, or describe what you're looking at?
- if you were stranded on a desert island, what one thing would you want to take with you?
- are you happy?
- are you a follower or a leader?
- where would you go to research your project this year, hypothetically, in an ideal world?
- where do you see yourself one year after graduation?
- where do you see yourself 5 years after graduation?
- who is your hero?
- what is the last track you listened to on your ipod/nano/phone