Ljubljana Multimedia and Graphic Technology Secondary School is the only school in Slovenia that provides a holistic education for vocations in Media and Graphic Technology. Its beginnings go back as far as 1924, when the graphics technologies organization prepared a programme for a vocational school. In 1962, paper technologies and the School Centre for Printing and Paper merged on the very location our school is situated today. With the advent of oriented education after 1980, the school matured into a four-year technical school and took the name of Secondary School for Printing and Paper. That was not the only thing that changed, however – females started enrolling in larger numbers.
At the end of the previous millennium, our school stood on a precipice yet again: paper technologies were in decline and new ways had to be taken. The development of printed and electronic media technologies, their intertwining and complementarity demanded a completely new educational programme.
In 2000/01 our school started its Media designer programme – the first in the country. Five years later, we were once again renamed, this time to Ljubljana Multimedia and Graphic Technology Secondary School.
Today, the school houses about 650 students, with classes taking place in cutting-edge classroom equipment equipped classrooms, a film and animation studio as well as printing and finishing workshops.
As an educational institution, we strive to offer our students something more than the base curriculum. To that end, the students, juniors and seniors especially, enrol in film and photography workshops, which are are promoted/shown/integrated in a part of our web TV programme and school events, etc. They are also very active and successful in various competitions. Cooperation with partner schools abroad has by now become a tradition and a fair few of our students finish their work practice in Sweden, Finland, Malta, Poland or Germany.
Our school is proud of its qualities of professionalism, pedagogical optimism, modern great work environment, youthful creativity, variety/ wide range of choices colourfulness and a positive atmosphere. Each individual is an important part of the puzzle, but only together do we form the image of Ljubljana Multimedia and Graphic Technology Secondary School as we truly want it to be.
We are the only school in the country offering holistic education for vocations in Graphic technology, and as such, along with help from the industry itself, we are responsible for the content of the programmes and the vocational competence of future graphics technicians. At the same time, we are the pioneers in educating adults for other media-related professions.
We create great graphic operators, printing technicians and media designers through high-quality lessons built on problem-solving and developing creativity – individuals, who will have the option of opening businesses or continuing their studies. Our successful work is due to the productive atmosphere in the teacher’s common room as well as the classrooms, so we always look for ways to connect student and teacher, and assign goals leading to cooperation between the two.
Leading by example is also one of our principles – we encourage a healthy lifestyle, respect differences and teach tolerance. Our goal is to get our students accustomed to the idea that they are responsible for their own success and decisions.
Our students can bring their interests to life in sports clubs and various extra-curricular activities, while the more talented among them the students have the option of taking up research with the help of mentors. This helps them to develop a positive self-image. We are always in touch with new developments in media technologies and update our workshops and special classrooms accordingly.
Great care is also taken in providing possibilities for professional growth and development of teachers. Such a teacher is much more likely to use new teaching methods and gadgets as well as take into account a student’s abilities and needs. Every student’s success brings joy to us and rewards for them.
Parents are invited for meetings in groups, individually or just as get-togethers. We connect with the industry and similar schools, both domestically and abroad, through the exchange of knowledge and experience. Moreover, protecting our environment is also one of our long-term strategies/aims.
Any well-meaning propositions initiated made by students, parents, the industry or environment will be met with enthusiasm. We develop an affiliation with the school both in our students and teachers.