Burberry announces RCA scholarship
Feb 16, 2012
Luxury British brand Burberry has announced a long-termpartnership with the Royal College of Art creating a multi-discipline design scholarship. The collaboration marks the largest sponsorship programme in RCAs history and will benefit art and design students over a 10-year period.
The Burberry Design Scholarship will assist students across a number of art and design disciplines including: Architecture, Design Interactions, Fashion, Innovation Design Engineering, Photography, Textiles and Visual Communication. In addition to funding, scholars will also receive an iPad to aid their studies and will have the opportunity to undertake a two-week work placement at Burberry.
Bailey, who graduated from the RCA in 1994, received a scholarship from a fund set up by the family of the late fashion designer Bill Gibb, and this announcement is a continuation of his long-standing relationship with the college as well as marking his 10-year anniversary at Burberry.
Christopher Bailey, Chief Creative Officer, Burberry said: “I am thrilled and privileged to announce the Burberry Design Scholarship with the Royal College of Art. Burberry and the RCA have worked together on various projects over the years, with the aim of developing and supporting emerging British trained design talent and this is a natural evolution of that close partnership.
“I was incredibly fortunate to be awarded a scholarship to the RCA by the family of the late Bill Gibb and I can say without question I would not be where I am today had it not been for that support; thanks not only to the financial assistance which it gave me, but also to the mentoring and guidance that is so crucial at a stage of your life where every decision makes a huge impact on your future.”