Art and design students prepare for their end-of-year exhibition

Art and design students prepare for their end-of-year exhibition1

Art by Karrine Wood

Art and Design students from Telford College of Arts and Technology will be displaying their work at a spectacular end-of year show next week.

The college’s Creative Hub, on the Wellington campus, will be showcasing the pick of the projects completed by students this year. It will be open to the public from 9am to 4pm on June 22, 23 and 24.

Among the students exhibiting will be Peter Hollands, from Brookside, who is on the first year of a BTEC level three Extended Diploma at TCAT. His final piece was inspired by the theme of ‘Wartime’.

He says: “With the huge variety of different equipment, materials and techniques available to me, I have created art work I can be proud of. Sculptures are my passion, with the viewer making the decisions of what it’s all about.

“It’s been an amazing year for me, and I am very much looking forward to returning for my second year in September to see what else I can create.”

Karrine Wood, from Albrighton, is completing the second year of her BTEC level three Diploma, and says she chose TCAT because it offered a great opportunity to pursue her chosen career in graphic illustration.

Art and design students prepare for their end-of-year exhibition2

Art by Peter Hollands

“It has given me the chance to develop my skills in many areas of art which I thought I wouldn’t ever try. The Art and Design course allowed me to learn the type of skills within the graphics industry which will make me more employable in the future.

“I’ve met fantastic people with tremendous skills; I am so pleased to have spent the past two years as a team with great artists. It has been a great way to get used to the industry of your choice, and be surrounded by creative influence.”

Yasmine Belhassan, from Overdale, has chosen to specialise in fashion and textiles, and is completing the second year of her BTEC level three Extended Diploma. “At the start I couldn’t even sew in a straight line, now I am able to create a collection of clothing items,” she says.

“I am really grateful for all the help I have received from my tutors – without them I don’t think I would have been able to achieve high criteria level, and build an amazing portfolio that has now enabled me to go to Birmingham City University to study BA Hons in Fashion Design in September 2016.

“My final year project consists of a collection of garments inspired by Nature, particularly the warm tones of pastel pinks and nudes that appear in the sky in a beautiful warm sunset.”

Art and design students prepare for their end-of-year exhibition3

Art by Yasmine Belhassan

Anna Dowdall, art and design lecturer at TCAT, said: “Our creative courses in Art, Design and Media range from level 2 up to Foundation Degree.

“These practical programmes allow students from Telford and much further afield to develop a huge range of exciting creative skills and gain vital industry experience.

“Every year we see how this helps them to pursue employment or higher education in the creative industries. We would love people to come along to our show and see for themselves the type of work produced, to see if they want to study with us in the future.”

Media lecturer Joe Adams added: “Next year is set to be another exciting year with brand new qualifications for the level three Art, Design & Media students. This is allowing us to prepare fresh, dynamic projects, guaranteed to make the student experience fun, exciting and totally up to date with current industry standards.”

Jessica Noble from Wellington has just completed her BTEC Level three Extended Diploma in Art and Design course at TCAT, and headed off to study illustration at Falmouth University.

She says: “I want to thank the team for making college such an enjoyable place to be. My time at TCAT is something I won’t ever forget. It was the first time I’ve actually been able to enjoy my education. Thank you for all your help and support, I couldn’t have done it without you!”

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