Programme: Graphic Design - BA (Hons)

Year: 2015

Soon after graduating from Graphic Design in 2015, Rebecca Archer set off to Berlin for an internship with a 3D facial design company. More recently Rebecca was Artist in Residence at Blast Theory in Brighton where she was able to explore her interests in choreography, participatory art and movement of the human body.

Tell us about your time at Edinburgh College of Art

Studying at Edinburgh College of Art [ECA] provided the lifestyle and independence as well as the creatively immersive surrounding only an art school can give. I knew very little about what my university experience would or should be like, but ECA had a strong grounding influence on my practice.

The most notable experiences were those when you recognise the strong unique community of the art school. There were a few occasions where, as students, we united to stand up for each other as a whole. I’m sure this will continue and keep ECA standing strong for many artists and designers to come.

Rebecca Archer at Talking Heads, Creative Edinburgh's series of lightening talks and networking opportunities
Filmed by Future Positive Studio

"The most notable experiences were those when you recognise the strong unique community of the art school. I’m sure this will continue and keep ECA standing strong for many artists and designers to come."

Rebecca Archer, 2015 Graphic Design - BA (Hons) alumna

Tell us your experiences since leaving Edinburgh College of Art

Berlin was the one place I wanted to be. I came over in October having graduated earlier in 2015 and soon began an internship at both a 3D facial animation studio and with a concept fashion designer. It has been a super way to see two very different industries and most prominently learn from two highly driven, fiercely creative, yet down to earth directors.

Interactive design, participatory art and dance theory is my direction. Although I have ambitions and I'm passionate about developing my interest in these areas, I’m also very aware that I am technically inexperienced and was relatively unprepared for what an art school graduate path-finding experience would entail. Nonetheless, I’m learning an awful lot and damn well enjoying the ride.

Alumni wisdom

Once piece of advice – get it done.

My other advice:

  • Don't look for the next opportunity, the one you have in hand is the opportunity
  • You have to be bad, bold and wiser. If you want it you can have it
  • Trust your instinct
  • Don’t Panic. If you’re working hard, then don’t, work better
  • Never say never

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