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Undergraduates wowed by Italian experience

A group of twenty one undergraduates in Visual Merchandising and Promotional Design were inspired by an educational trip to Milan and Venice. The students are all studying towards either the Foundation Degree or the BA (hons) Top Up in Visual Merchandising and Promotional Design, which are validated by the University of Central Lancashire.

Accompanied by three of their lecturers, the five day visit saw them take in some of Italy’s most fashionable streets in Milan. They visited the ancient and glamorous arcaded shopping gallery, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele where, as well as studying the designer brand window displays to help with their course, they were also able to do lot of shopping! A guided bus tour of Milan gave them a taste of the architecture and its history and they had a tour of the Duomo, one of the World’s biggest and grandest Gothic cathedrals.

A highlight of the educational visit was a day trip to Venice where the undergraduates experienced the romance of a gondola ride and had a tour of part of the City.

Joe Puletua from the first year of the Foundation Degree course said: “Venice was like a theatre set for me, all the little alleyways and bridges were enchanting. The colours take your breath away, it was a tremendous experience.”

For many of the undergraduates, the generous bursary gift offered at the Hugh Baird University Centre, helped towards the cost of travel and accommodation. First year undergraduate, Jodie McShane said: “What a fantastic trip and opportunity for me to go to Milan and Venice with all my classmates. The bursary money paid for the trip and without it I would probably not have been able to afford to go.”

Lyndsay Jordan used Venice as primary research for her End of Year degree show project and said: “The experience was amazing for me because Venice is an embedded theme in my major project, it just fired me up and inspired my creative thinking.”

You can view photos from the trip on our Facebook gallery.

If you would like to find out more about the degree courses in Visual Merchandising and Promotional Design or any of our other university level courses, click here.

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