Two Foundation Art students from Royal Leamington Spa College have become the first students in ten years to secure degree places on fashion courses at the world-famous Central Saint Martins in London.
Central Saint Martins, part of the University of the Arts London, is one of the most prestigious fashion colleges in the world, with alumni including Stella McCartney, Zac Posen and Christopher Kane.
Rose Canham and Callum Kamara secured places on the BA (Hons) Fashion courses after attending interviews in London. They both did the Level 3 Fashion course before taking the one-year Foundation Art diploma at Royal Leamington Spa College
Rose, 19, from Crick will specialise in knitwear, which is also featured in her Final Major Project at college. She said, “I’ve always known I wanted to do fashion – I never really wanted to do anything else!
“I wasn’t sure how the interview went – I didn’t really think I’d get in and I had to wait 3 or 4 weeks to hear and eventually found out at 6 in the morning and just ran in to tell my mum!
“I’m really looking forward to starting the course – especially as Callum will be there too – and there’s the famous White Show at the end of the first year, which will be amazing to be a part of.
“The attitude of the tutors here is really different to school – they really push you and challenge you, which makes you work really hard, but it’s paid off.”
Callum, 19, from Solihull, will specialise in menswear. He said, “I’d always been intrigued in the arts and didn’t think A-levels were for me but really enjoyed the environment at college – being in the School of Arts is really inspiring.
“I thought the interview at Central Saint Martins went well but I wasn’t sure if the tutor was just being diplomatic!”
Callum talked about their possible plans for the future, “We might be in really different areas in three years time but we’ve always talked about starting ‘Canham/Kamara’ label so you never know, it might happen!”
Adele Christie, Lecturer at Royal Leamington Spa College said, “This is the first time in 10 years that we have had students go to Central Saint Martins to do fashion, which is a fantastic achievement. Both Rose and Callum are real creative talents and have produced fantastic work over their time with us. We are so proud of them and look forward to seeing how they develop at CSM.
““The UAL Foundation Art course really prepares students for university arts courses, enabling them to develop their practice and produce the quality of portfolio which universities want to see at interview.”
Royal Leamington Spa College offers a wide range of arts courses. For more information, go to http://www.warwickshire.ac.uk/courses.