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Malaga Mobility – LeonardoDuring the 18th through the 22nd of February of this year, two students from the MCAST Institute of Art and Design travelled to Malaga, Spain, on a Leonardo Project.Mark Buttigieg and Krysta Maria Micallef who are following a Higher National Diploma course in Graphic Design were accompanied by their lecturer Christopher Aquilina on a trip which was the first from a series of mobilities happening throughout this and the next academic year.The aim of this trip was to generate initial ideas and concepts and to build an outline for a magazine that focuses on sustainability and green technology specifically in Graphic Design industry as well as in the Hair and Beauty Industry. The magazine will be published in May 2014 as part of the dissemination strategy that is the focus of this Leonardo programme, which sees Malta participating joining forces with institutions from Holland, Scotland, Denmark and Spain.The trip to Malaga was quite a lengthy one, as there are no direct flights to this exuberant port city in the southern province of Andalucia. The contenders had to get a connection flight from Rome on the way there and Brussels on the way back. “Looking through the window before landing in Malaga, one could see the city set against a sparkling Mediterranean and surrounded by mountains” recounted Christopher Aquilina, Graphics lecturer. “Upon arrival in the city we quickly found the hotel, left our luggage and went to explore the city”. This diverse city is historic yet pulsing with modern life. The city centre presents the visitor with leafy boulevards, beautiful gardens, and impressive monuments; it also boasts an abundance of fashion shops as well as other cultural aspects.In the first day of the mobility the Maltese team was greeted by the Spanish hosts and met members from other participating countries and after a brief introduction, it was straight to work. The Spaniards and Scottish concentrated on the Fashion and Beauty Show happening in a later mobility, whilse the Maltese together with the Danish and Dutch team concentrated on the design and content of the magazine. “It was a great experience, I learned to listen and discuss different ideas with other European students” said Mark Buttigieg, Graphic Design student”. “Unfortunately, we were limited in time; it would have been fantastic should we have dedicated more slots to the design of the magazine. But on the whole, the workshop worked well and the sharing of experiences was absolutely priceless.” On one of the days, the participating countries held presentations on Sustainability within their respective. Krysta Maria Micallef explained how the other countries “ all loved our concept and the tangible examples we put into it. And best of all they loved Fred: the character in our presentation who took on a life of his own as he recounted a day in the life of a Maltese graphic designer, which was the theme of our presentation”. The overarching aim of this Leonardo project is to communicate ideas on sustainability and to suggest new green enterprises within the hair and beauty, and the media graphic trades at technical colleges and related enterprises.“By informing students, teachers and decision makers, our aim is to start creating stepping stones towards more sustainability” concluded Mr Aquilina. Colleges are in close contact with the enterprises in the local society and can be door openers to changes in such industries. Through this project we want to show Europe the necessity of going sustainable in these trades, in an eye-catching way”.
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