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Blane Savage is a graduate of Glasgow School of Art with a BA(Hons) in Product Design. He has been a lecturer at University of the West of Scotland since 2000. Building on his expertise as managing director of Awakening Technologies, a new media company, he has developed and been programme leader for a digital art programme at UWS attracting one hundred students per annum, and income of £600k, developing their skills in the fields of animation, digital media and video production.

 

International Expertise

Erasmus+ CIGN Project - He is currently involved in supporting the Erasmus+ CIGN Project, a pan-European network for curricular development for the Creative Industries, working with Swedish, German and Belgium partners.

 

He has recently been involved in the submission of an Erasmus+ funding bid (€360,000) focussing on Creative Entrepreneurship within the EU. Partner institutions are based in Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Germany and Belgium. Sweden the Netherlands have also noted interest in participating. The bid plans to create a pan European student network supporting creative entrepreneurial activity through specific module development both in partner institutions and online culminating in an entrepreneurial bootcamp annually to develop the best student business ideas. A mobile phone application will also be developed to network the students involved from the six countries and support entrepreneurial activities.

 

He has also been involved in delivering on the Erasmus funded Inter Cultural Design Camp in Scotland and Sweden, an International Design Camp in partnership with Brandenburg University Germany, and currently supporting Erasmus+ CIGN Project, a pan-European network for curricular development for the Creative Industries.

 

Research Activity

Blane is currently carrying out post doctorial research into pedagogical approaches to the teaching of creativity. Recent papers published in this area include ‘Relationships between the Creative Process and Psycho-Therapeutic Techniques’ published inInteractive Discourse, Online Journal of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, 2011 and Creative Practice Pedagogy; a paper exploring the relationships between actor training and NLP psychotherapeutic techniques published in the ANLP journal, Acuity, 2011. He published a book on how to Master Stand-up Comedy, using Hypnosis and NLP in 2013

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