On 4 July 2019, there was cause to celebrate for the first cohort of Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) students studying on the Interior Design and Fashion programmes through the Donghua University and University of Edinburgh partnership, as they attended their graduation ceremony at McEwan Hall.

The students began their studies at Shanghai International College of Fashion Innovation (SCF) and completed their degrees at ECA through an optional direct entry into third year. The direct entry option is a result of a partnership with Donghua University which started five years ago.

As well as students travelling to Edinburgh to study, academics from ECA have travelled to Shanghai to deliver 5-week courses as part of the Flying Academics scheme. These have included Dr Juliette MacDonald, Senior Lecturer and Director of the ECA/SCF Partnerships, Rachel Simmonds, Programme Director of Interior Design and Fashion Lecturer Emily Ford Halliday.

“As one of the team from Edinburgh University who spent many hours in the Donghua International Office, designing with colleagues the collaboration between the two institutions, it is an immense personal joy and a privilege to witness students from both institutions graduating ready to take their place in the world as designers, trend-setters or creative entrepreneurs,” said Juliette.

For one of the graduates, Alexandra Fan (Fashion - BA [Hons]), it was the second celebration of the summer after picking up both the Womenswear and the David Band Textiles Awards at the 2019 Graduate Fashion Week (GFW) Awards in London. The judges commended Alexandra on her innovative and creatively eco-conscious graduation collection.

ECA was also pleased to welcome Professor Zhong, SCF Director of International Collaboration, to attend the ceremony.

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