Design Never Stops and Creativity, Innovation will re build our new world!

[AOD invites A/L and O/L students to its immersive Design Makers Lab Open Day on October 16] 

At the onset of 2020, no one could have predicted the extent to which the world would be heaved upside down; the unprecedented health crisis and the economic disruption which followed felt most heavily by millennials and Gen Z’ers. What does the future hold for our careers? Where do we go from here?

All the same, surveys have revealed some hearteningly positive results.

For one, the 2020 Deloitte Global Millennial Survey has found that both demographics –in spite of seemingly unsurmountable challenges- have expressed surprising resolve and vision to build a better future; determined to drive positive change in their communities and around the world.

Gen Z’ers in particular –or ‘Generation Zoom’- are living the full extent of the pandemic; the oldest of whom are either just embarking on their graduate education or choosing to invest in their undergrad studies. While previous generations have struggled to adapt with their lot of challenges at similar stages in their lives, the same survey indicates that Gen Z’ers have overcome the hurdles of financial, personal, and mental stresses, all while maintaining a more empathetic and purpose-driven mind-set that will likely shape the world that emerges once the crisis passes.

It is for this very reason that AOD The Academy of Design has chosen this resilient generation as the inspiration behind its 2021 ‘Design Never Stops’ enrolment campaign; a celebration of the strong-willed AOD student, as well of the fresh group of students about to walk through the university doors. ‘Design Never Stops’ hopes to further uplift AOD’s current students as the influencers and ambassadors of unstoppable design and creativity of the future; a post-pandemic future that is tuned by the beat of its young people.

Gen Z also happens to be the demographic that most mirrors the academy’s teaching ethos. Synonymous with innovation and disruption of the status quo, it is only fitting that resolve is nurtured by a learning environment, faculty, and syllabus that reflects the same goal.

At a time where many institutions struggled to adapt, AOD seamlessly switched gears to carry on unfazed. While the world was in chaos, at AOD, lectures progressed online, virtual exhibitions were held, and graduates celebrated their milestone with above average results. More importantly, another batch of committed, value-oriented, and confident young adults were released into the world; strengthened in their resolve to improve society, and expecting businesses and governments too to adapt to a more empathetic, climate conscious, and inclusive world.

So indeed, there is no holding back innovation, especially for all A/L and O/L students looking to graduate as planned. The country’s pioneering design institute is opening its doors yet again to prospective students and their parents, for an open day that promises to be bigger, better, and more vibrant than ever before.

A/L students looking to invest in a future in design, can choose from a wide portfolio of BA Hons programs to suit their individual design passions. From Fashion and Textile Design to Motion Graphics and Animation, from Graphics & Visual Communications to Interior Design, the academy equips its students with an interdisciplinary skillset to become an unstoppable design force in the industry. All graduate programmes are conducted in partnership with Northumbria University UK by an internationally qualified and experienced faculty, also affording a unique hybrid study model where students can opt to pursue the final year of their degree in the UK.

O/L graduates don’t often get the opportunity to get a head start on their career of choice, but AOD’s Design Foundation Program has been curated keeping those with an early interest in design in mind. With this all-encompassing course, students are given a well-rounded and immersive introduction to all of the design disciples - fashion, interior design, animation, graphic design-, and are armed with the knowledge of how best to implement their skillsets; well-positioned with a greater advantage when it comes to deciding on the next step of their education.

All students at AOD benefit from unmatchable access to more than just a world-class design education. Aside from the qualified and experienced educators that make up its global faculty, and a location at the Colombo Innovation Tower –the country’s most prestigious innovation space-, students are also given the opportunity to make the most of the university’s regional industry connections, international design conferences and showcases, as well as award-winning industry collaborative projects. Additionally, owing to its extensive pool of connections across a wide range of design industries, and a highly successful and well-placed alumni network, the university also has a consistent track record of producing highly-sought after and employable designers. 

For a thorough and more nuanced understanding of what it takes to be a radical innovator of the future, both students-to-be and parents can look towards AOD’s Design Makers Lab open day for clarity, for on the 16th of October, prospective students can expect to have their curiosities of the different design disciples piqued, all queries addressed, and minds put at ease.

A highly-anticipated event on the higher education calendar, design hopefuls can look forward to engaging with AOD students as well as its faculty, get a closer look at the different programs on offer and their studios, and even have pressing concerns addressed with personalised one-on-one career guidance.

Hosted at the Colombo Innovation Tower -the very hub of all things reinvention-, the AOD team, students, faculty, and alumni, will guide visitors through an agenda of interactive and informative sessions, talks, and workshops, to assure and educate on all that the AOD experience affords and the careers it opens for students in the future. From program showcases to hands-on creative labs, student fashions shows to exhibitions & career guidance sessions, the Design Makers Lab open day plans to leave no stone unturned.

An AOD open day has never known to disappoint, always delivering an engaging, informative, and truly memorable experience. This year’s ‘Design Never Stops’ campaign after all, is themed with a message of positivity; buoyed with the certainty of cementing a successful future for its new student body.

AOD invites all O/L and A/L graduates for an impressionable day of activity, festivity, and discussions on the future of design. The Design Makers Lab open day edition of Design Never Stops takes place on Saturday the 16th of October from 9am to 5pm at the Colombo Innovation Tower. Call or WhatsApp 077-5727772 to register your presence.