The Pokémon Company and Royal College of Art (RCA) have just announced the second ever Pokémon Scholars who are MA Fashion Menswear student, Marie Isaccson and MA Intelligent Mobility student, Ye Han.
Above: Ye Han and Marie Isaccson are the 2019/20 Pokémon Scholars. Photo courtesy of the Pokémon Company.
The Pokémon Scholarships support pioneering students who demonstrate the potential for breaking new ground with their creative forces in the visual arts, design and communications. The scholarship provides full-fee scholarships for two second-year students and a week-long trip to Japan to visit the Pokémon Studios. The 2019/2020 Pokémon Scholars Marie (MA Fashion Menswear) and Ye (MA Intelligent Mobility) are both students from the School of Design.
Tsunekazu Ishihara, COO of The Pokémon Company, said:
‘We were impressed, as always, by the quality of the RCA students. The intention behind our selection this year was to extend help to those who showed the potential to redefine an established field with a long history, and to greatly broaden it with their practice.’
Ye is currently studying the 15-month Masters in Intelligent Mobility after previously studying material science and nanoengineering at Rice University, Houston Texas. Originally from China, Ye made the leap from engineering to design as a result of her childhood dream of creating ‘living’ cars.
Marie explores the relationship between fiction and reality in her fashion designs and holds a BA from Beckmans College of Design from her native Stockholm, Sweden.
About the Pokemon Scholarship
The Pokémon Scholarship was established in 2018 to support pioneering students who demonstrate the potential for breaking new ground with their creative forces in the visual arts, design and communication. The scholarship includes a trip to Japan for the scholars to visit the Pokémon studios. This year, students from across the four schools and 12 programmes within the RCA were eligible for the scholarship.