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Andrew Wolffe is a well known face on the Scottish design scene, and one who has a long standing relationship with Edinburgh College of Art.

Following in his parents’ footsteps, Andrew graduated from Edinburgh College of Art with a BA (Hons) Visual Communications in 1986 and now as Owner/Creative Director of Edinburgh-based agency, Wolffe, he is extremely supportive of developing the professional prospects of current students - helping them to stand out from the crowd in a competitive and complex job market.

Andrew Wolffe

Are you experienced?

While in his third year at ECA, Andrew undertook a work placement at leading Scottish agency, Tayburn; he ended up working there for 13 years, latterly as creative director.

Today Andrew is a firm believer in the importance of placements, which offer students valuable industry experience and help to hone in-demand skills. He is delighted to provide placements at Wolffe, allowing students to work on a variety of projects with established designers, meet with clients and get a great insight into life after graduation.

Verity Davis said of her student placement at Wolffe:

As a mentor and a director, Andrew was enthusiastic, supportive and direct. He was keen to exchange ideas, offering honest advice and constructive opinion. Andrew was generous with his time and always willing to share his experiences in all areas of design practice.

Verity Davis

Andrew became closely involved with Edinburgh College of Art’s Design Agency initiative several years ago. He said:

The agency project for me gives the students an awareness of the professional requirements of being a designer beyond designing

Andrew WolffeOwner/Creative Director

Student agency These Peöple said:

We feel this project breaks down the barriers between art college and industry, and has developed a business ethos amongst us. We are now confident with design as well as management and working with others.

These Peöple

Artist in residence

Andrew was also instrumental in setting up a student/graduate artist-in-residence at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, facilitating a collaboration between ECA and the Tattoo in 2011 when Leo de Feu became the Tattoo’s first artist-in-residence.

Claire Ferguson succeeded Leo earlier this year, beating off competition from more than sixty other ECA students.

You can look at Andrew's work at:

www.wolffedesign.com

Getting involved

There are a range of opportunities for our alumni to support the career development of current students. Your experience and expertise can really make an impact so if you’d like to inspire the next generation of Edinburgh graduates, please contact us. We’d be delighted to help you explore the possibilities.

alumni@ed.ac.uk