Michael Grubb Studio partners with AUB to deliver lighting design course content

Renowned lighting design practice Michael Grubb Studio is delighted to announce a new collaboration with Arts University Bournemouth. The team will be sharing their expert and lived experiences with students on the BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design course by delivering the lighting design content as part of their syllabus.

Across each of the 3 years of the course, students will be given presentations and undertake hands-on lighting workshops. The strategy for the talks has been curated around three key principles – Inspire, Create and Implement, which will be taught to years 1, 2, and 3 respectively.

This new partnership will offer increased benefits to the degree students, with more consistent and regular support and input from the prominent lighting design practice.

Michael Grubb Studio’s Project Lighting Designer, Isabelle Lane, has been integral in the collaboration. Isabelle has primarily managed and delivered the workshops and talks, supported by Michael and other members of the team. In addition, she has overseen the creation of the teaching strategy, been the liaison point between the two organisations and created the content for delivery to the students.

Isabelle said: “Myself, Michael and the team feel honoured to be delivering the lighting design elements of this respected design degree.

Michael said “Being so close to the Arts University Bournemouth, and with many of our team members having studied at the establishment, it is incredibly exciting to be supporting students throughout their course and potentially welcoming some of them into the lighting design community once they have graduated. It also offers my team the opportunity to hone their presentation and engagement skills, which is key part of what we do. It is a mutually beneficial arrangement, and I am delighted to support”

The presentations and workshops will be brought to life with examples and imagery from Michael Grubb Studio’s stunning portfolio. In addition, the students will learn about the lighting design projects undertaken by Michael Grubb Studio at the Arts University Bournemouth itself, which includes a site Lighting Masterplan, Plot Q Student Accommodation and forthcoming Palace Court Theatre.

Bolstering the collaboration, a placement student from the Interior Architecture and Design degree will be joining the team at the Studio soon. This individual will benefit from hands-on experience and learning from the experienced team.

Michael Cavagin, Senior Lecturer for BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design at Arts University Bournemouth, said: “The course has always been held in high-regard across the design industries and beyond.  

“However, we recognised the need to provide a specific focus on lighting design and have taken the decision to include three stages of development into the Interior Architecture and Design degree. 

“We feel very privileged to have the team from Michael Grubb Studio teaching our students. The practice is a shining example of how an independent studio can rise up through the ranks to become an internationally recognised name, and one that clients aspire to work with.” 

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