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This year’s trip to Amsterdam was opened to all Art and Design students. With a packed itinerary, the students visited some of Amsterdam’s top museums and attractions - and they even met some famous celebs along the way!


Accompanying the students was trip leader Lecturer, Lola Paterson, “The trip to Amsterdam was a great opportunity for the students to visit one of Europe’s design capitals and a chance to learn more about Dutch design and the Dutch culture.”

The trip was very successful on many levels, Lola commented, “Apart from the educational benefits, for some this was their first trip abroad, which I think they all agreed was a fantastic opportunity allowing them to experience different cultures and new life experiences and engage with other West College Scotland students on different courses.”

The trip has made a difference in many students lives and hopefully inspired their design projects.

Curriculum and Quality Leader Billy Kinnear added, 'People use the word ‘inspiration’ on a daily basis, but the museums, art galleries and exhibitions in Amsterdam epitomised ‘INSPIRATION’.  The access to historical and world leading art for our staff and students will live long in their memory.”

On top of all of this - our students bumped into Canadian singer Shawn Mendes and American Rapper Doja Cat! Check out our Instagram page for student selfies with Canadian Singer Shawn Mendes and American Rapper Doja Cat.

All in all, everyone loved their trip. Don't just take our word for it though, here is what our students had to say:

We went to the Van Gogh Museum. The building was amazing and the artwork on display was impressive. There was an exhibition of David Hockney. Van Gogh’s sketches were amazing and his sunflower painting was something I have been waiting a long time to see in person. Michelle Rosinski, HND Interior Architecture

I enjoyed the atmosphere around people that live in Amsterdam and I loved how much they used bikes to travel around. From the trip the thing that I'll remember the most is the buildings constructed over cover canals. I’ll be back. Szymon Wroniskewski,  HND Interior Architecture 
 I absolutely loved Amsterdam! its a beautiful city with such a rich culture. My favourite part of the trip was visiting the MOCO Museum which featured the works of Andy Warhol and Banksy. I felt very inspired after the trip and will 100% be visiting again! Sophie Westwood, HND Graphic Design

Each day we discovered something new and exciting. Seeing the Rembrandt sketches and all the different architecture was really inspiring. I will remember the vibrant city and being there with all of the students was really amazing. It was a great trip for my last one with the college as an HND student. Scott Rhodes, HND Interior Architecture
My favourite part of the whole experience was getting to see one of my idols perform live then meet her after the show. The trip was also stunning thanks to Amsterdam’s architecture. We visited a lot of the museums Amsterdam has to offer, my most favourite of which being the Katten Kabinet. Yvonne McCleod, HND Graphic Design


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