Fresh perspective at the Northern School of Art

The Middlesbrough-based institution was formerly known as the Cleveland College of Art and Design

Cleveland College of Art and Design (CCAD) has been renamed the Northern School of Art.

Principal, Dr Martin Raby, said: “We embarked on the very long and detailed process in order to have a name that reflects our status as one of the few remaining specialist art schools in the country, and the leading provider of creative education in the North across both further and higher education.

“Our prestigious new identity as The Northern School of Art also celebrates what we’ve achieved over the past 140 years, and signals the huge ambition we have for the future as we continue to nurture the next generation of creative professionals, businesses and entrepreneurs.

“It is estimated that by 2022 the sector will need 900,000 highly skilled graduates, and supporting and supplying that need is squarely where our vision lies.”

“In addition, as the use of Cleveland as a county name ended in 1996, the name of Cleveland College of Art & Design has long since lost its relevance to potential students.”

The move to become the Northern School of Art is set against a backdrop of growth in the creative and cultural sector in the North East, which grew in value by 47% between 2010 and 2016, an increase only beaten by London and Scotland.

Dr Raby added: “The creative and cultural sector is thriving regionally and nationally. It is estimated that by 2022 the sector will need 900,000 highly skilled graduates, and supporting and supplying that need is squarely where our vision lies.”