Category: Study Abroad

Featured Project : Suzi in South Africa for her honours project

Suzi working with some of the learners at the school

Fourth year Digital Media and Interaction Design student Suzi Cathro is currently undertaking a collaborative project with young disabled learners at Mason Lincoln school in Umlazi township, South Africa, a school she has had a relationship with for many years.  Together they will produce an animation exploring the cultural traditions of the Zulu people.

Suzi has been running workshops teaching children the basics of animation and storytelling to facilitate the creation of their own culturally relevant story.   She is using motion capture technology to accurately record movement that can be incorporated into the animation.

You can follow the project and see how the animation develops here –

Suzi hopes that the young people she collaborated with use this experience to showcase their stories and culture and gain a sense of pride in their achievements.

Ideas sketches for characters created by the pupils.

Many thanks to Suzi and the young people of Mason Lincoln Special school for sharing their project with us.  The project is funded by the Edinburgh Napier University student Mobility grants.

Guest post: 3 Months in Melbourne by Alarik Jagerhorn

This video has been made by year 3 Digital Media and Interaction Design Global student Alarik, who is currently completing his study abroad at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia.  As you can see from his film it looks like there has been plenty of time for exploring as well as studying.

Thanks to Alarik for letting us share his video. 


Featured Project: Blending Spaces in New York

We’re pleased to be able to share the video celebrating the Blended Spaces project we have been working on with Farmingdale College in New York State.  You can find out more about the project and exhibition here –

Dr. Tom Flint is currently making plans for next year’s joint project – this time the students from Farmingdale will be visiting us in Edinburgh in August.  Watch this space to see what happens!  If any current students want to be involved this year in Edinburgh and next year in New York please get in touch with Tom.

Guest Post: More than just study abroad… by Matt Blaikie

Today’s post has been written by Matt who is in year 3 of our Digital Media Global course and is currently studying in Australia.   As you can see from his images and video he is taking full advantage of the experience!

My semester abroad has easily been the best decision I’ve ever made. I know it sounds stereotypical and you’ve heard it a bunch of times but it’s true. I’ve met so many people and made so many close friends that it’s difficult to imagine never meeting these people. I feel I was fortunate in the fact that my accommodation (International House) was full of people just like me and we got along right from the start. There were 12 of us in total and we planned our first trip a couple weeks in, hiring a couple of cars and doing a road trip through the great Ocean Road.  We’ve travelled to Cairns when we had a week off University and also went to Tasmania for the weekend! After our semester finished we went from Melbourne to Sydney to Brisbane, Gold Coast and now Bali.

Found the Scottish beach hut on Brighton beach! 


New friends

And Bali!

It’s great to see Matt making the most of his time abroad, looking forward to finding out about all he and the other Global students who are currently with him have learned and seeing more of their photos and videos in September when they come back for year 4.  Talk to us if you are a current or prospective student and you fancy an adventure like this!  

Thanks to Matt for the words and photos.

Guest Post: My time in Germany… by Dan Tocik

We just wanted to share these images that show the huge range of projects our Digital Media Global student Dan Tocik was involved in during his study abroad in Germany.  He’s back to Scotland now and using his new skills for his honours year.

Talk to us if you are a current or prospective student and you fancy an adventure like this!  

Thanks to Dan Tocik for the images.