Real-World Experiences Can Help Your Creative Arts Students Create Real-World Change

"When I met with Gibson and a fellow trustee, Ronnie Greenwood, we quickly established a working relationship to consider how music students at [the University of the West of Scotland's] Ayr Campus could use and improve their practical skill sets, while offering a music workshop to their residents."

Those are the words of one university trustee in a blog post about an unusual degree program at UWS in Scotland.

As part of its creative arts degree, UWS has partnered with The River Garden, a residential facility for people recovering from drug and alcohol addiction.

As part of the program, students have worked with the facility's residents to create a music video for the facility's residentfaunacows, sheep, and goats.

The students also worked with the residents to plan and perform a music video for the facility's residentfauna.

"These outcomes symbolise how quickly students develop awareness of professional practice through their engagement with considered, real-world scenarios," the trustee writes in his blog post.

"They went from being completely daunted by the tasks at hand to feeling great pride in their achievements when the work reached completion."

The residents, meanwhile, "heard stories of the residents' addiction journeys and discussed what musical activities they were most interested in," he writes.

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