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Northbrook College, Sussex

Littlehampton Road
West Sussex
BN12 6NL
United Kingdom
0845 155 6060

Northbrook was formed from the West Sussex College of Art & Design (founded 1912), when it merged with the Chelsea College of Aeronautical and Automobile Engineering and Worthing College of Technology in 1986. Northbrook remains the largest provider of higher education for the creative and cultural industries in West Sussex, as well as being a long-established specialist in automotive engineering.

Students regularly win national prizes, notably the 'Best Womenswear' award at Graduate Fashion Week, the Channel 4 'Picture This' photography prize, the Macmillan Children's Book Illustration prize and the international Indie Pub game design award. Alumni include Jamie Hewlett, creator of virtual band Gorillaz and winner of the £25,000 Designer of the Year award. Positive inspection reports

  • "The extensive range of well developed and integrated employer-related initiatives available clearly prepare students for their future career or study options."
  • "Enthusiastic, inclusive and supportive approaches to teaching and learning were all identified by students."
  • "Thorough and supportive academic tutoring system based on enthusiastic, knowledgeable and committed staff."
  • "Academic work was distinctive in terms of the integration of theory and practice and the development of analytical and transferable skills."
  • "Students commented favourably on the enthusiasm, helpfulness and friendliness of both the teaching and non-teaching staff."
  • "Annual monitoring reports are thorough, evaluative and effective in bringing about improvements."

(Recent QAA Integrated Quality Review)

The review report in 2012 awarded the College the highest possible rating, stating that the QAA had "Confidence in the College's management of its responsibilities...for the quality of learning opportunities it offers". Northbrook's courses are industry led, with an emphasis on employability, enterprise and entrepreneurship. Many of the lecturing staff are practitioners with current links to the creative industries. Courses include live projects and work placements and many have the endorsement of professional bodies. Students benefit from the personalised academic and pastoral support offered by a relatively small institution. The College provides individual support through small group teaching, personal tutors and generous contact teaching hours per week. The industry standard facilities on campus include:

  • A professional theatre equipped with fly tower, digital sound, moving lights and multimedia projection
  • Specialist workshops and studios equipped for a range of creative practices, including painting, printmaking, ceramics, wood, textiles, film, photography and graphics
  • Apple Mac computer suites with creative industry standard applications
  • A contemporary music recording studio complex, housing over 25 soundproofed studios along with sampling, sound and keyboard laboratories
  • Dance and rehearsal studios
  • A dedicated automotive engineering facility at Shoreham Airport
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