Black Mountains College
A college for the future
In higher education….
BMC will explore a truly interdisciplinary, immersive teaching experience with no faculty departments and no lectures, only seminars with a maximum of 20 students each. Students will take mandatory core courses across a range of fields: science, humanities, performing arts and manual work before choosing a real-world research project in one “major” discipline. BMC graduates will be able to communicate, critique and collaborate in order to lead society back towards a more harmonious relationship with our environment.
In further education….
BMC will train school-leavers and others in future rural skills: the traditional low-impact crafts that are, of necessity, being revived, and also new solutions for a zero-carbon economy – computer coding, intensive organic agriculture, renewable energy and transport.
In teacher training….
BMC will run immersive professional development for Powys teachers and others in creative and adaptive skills as well as, in time, developing a PGCE course that will produce new teachers ready to deliver the inter-disciplinary Donaldson curriculum in Welsh schools with its core focus on creativity and the well-being of future generations.
“Black Mountains College (BMC) represents possibly the most exciting and important development in education in the UK because it draws together the strands of the humanities and science into an un-siloed whole enabling students and teachers to understand the interconnections of all things in such a way as to tease out insights into a future that remains ours to make. The Eden Project strongly supports BMC and believes it to be a hugely important venture asserting the intellectual ambition of Wales to be a global leader in education”
Sir Tim Smit – founder of The Eden Project
“The prospect of BMC creating a new kind of graduate and a new kind of learning experience is incredibly exciting. Wales is a small nation but still has the potential to lead the world when it comes to green issues and wellbeing, and a locally inspired, globally relevant college as an international centre of thought leadership will be a massive regenerative boost to the country’s intellectual and fiscal economy. Most importantly, though, BMC will question how we can create such a boost without harming our environment and communities. Wales needs BMC, but so does the world.”
“With BMC Powys and Wales have the chance to showcase a new kind of educational model for the future and a new way of living and working in harmony with our fragile planet. BMC shows us that another way of being in this world is not only necessary, but possible.”