Promoting local creative education

The Academy of Design (AOD) has been in the forefront of Sri Lankan creativity since its inception almost a decade ago. The academy specialises in professional creative education in the areas of fashion, interiors, graphics and jewellery, while the students receive a training that is compatible with international standards and on par with the globally recognised Northumbria University-School of Design Degree that they offer.

Among AOD’s many contributions to the local design industry, is the Sri Lanka Design Festival - initiated in 2009, and which commenced on Thursday for the second time this year will continue till Nov 17.
AOD conceptualised SLDF with a multitude of objectives among which the main objective is to nurture design education in Sri Lanka and the South Asian region.

Through this year’s festival the academy brought in over a 100 international creative professionals including global design leaders like the legendary fashion writer and critique Colin McDowell who was also the brand ambassador of SLDF, Elizabeth Laskar-Founder and Director of Ethical Fashion forum, Orsola De Castro – one of the most influential women in UK eco fashion as the co-founder and curator of Estethica, Topshop, M & S, Tesco, Asos and many more.

The SLDF’s main focus is to provide interactive educational experience for design enthusiasts in the region, with over 50 hands-on workshops by international designers and retailers, seminars by global opinion leaders, graduate fashion shows and exhibitions and much more.

AOD was supported by the EDB and the principal sponsor of the event – MAS in organizing this national celebration of the creative arts.

Through SLDF, AOD hopes to create an international platform for local design graduates and drive Sri Lankan creative education to reach the highest global standards.

For more information on the festival and the schedule log on to - www.srilankadesignfestival.com.

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