Cleveland College of Art and Design (CCAD) is further strengthening its position as a leading northern arts school with the news that it will be officially changing its name to The Northern School of Art from September 2018.
The Secretary of State has recently agreed to the change based on the college’s demonstration of their pre-eminence in art and design education in the North and their status as one of the few remaining specialist art schools in the country.
The art college has roots in the region going back to the 1870s, formed from the merger of the original Middlesbrough College of Art and Government College of Art in Hartlepool. Whilst the name of Cleveland College of Art & Design has long since lost its relevance to potential students, as the use of Cleveland has a county name ended in 1996, the College views this change as a really positive vote of confidence in the Tees Valley, celebrating the strength and quality of teaching for the creative industries.
Pat Chapman, Vice Principal (Employability and External Relations), said: “We are absolutely delighted that the Secretary of State has agreed to our name change submission. This further recognition of the quality we offer students; less than a year after we received our Gold rating in the government’s Teaching Excellence Framework. This change doesn’t mean we are turning our back on our roots – we will continue to serve local students and communities from our twin campuses in Hartlepool and Middlesbrough but it also recognises that our undergraduates come from across the North and indeed the whole of the UK. We want to thank the local organisations and individuals who supported our application to the Secretary of State.
“We also think that this is great news for the north and the Tees Valley – in the year of the Great Exhibition of the North it is wonderful that the strength of training for the creative and cultural sector offered has been so endorsed.”