Foundation Art students

Foundation art students secure university places

Talented students from Barrow Sixth Form College have showcased the artwork that has earned them university places on sought-after degree courses.

Four artists have gained offers at different universities after studying on the post-18 foundation course in art, design and media at the college’s Centre of Excellence for Art and Design.

Rachael Gregory, Jay Turner, Harvey Brockway and Kelly Hannah invited their household bubbles to view their work in a small exhibition at the Rating Lane campus this week.

Rachael and Jay were thrilled to achieve the top mark of distinctions. Rachel showcased her interactive installation looking at mental health and anxiety called ‘Taking back control’ and will go to Liverpool Hope University to study fine art while Jay will head to the University of Greenwich to study architecture. His final project was housing pods for the homeless including renewable energy and urban farming.

Aspiring illustrators Harvey and Kelly are also heading to university. Harvey’s final project was an illustrated novel and he has a place to study a bachelor of art in illustration. Kelly will go to De Montfort University in Leicester to study a degree in illustration and graphic design. Her final project was a ‘Think Positive’ campaign for a mental health organisation under a nature theme.

Nikki Conigliaro, Subject Leader for Art and Design/Photography, said: “They have done incredibly well and conquered so much in the past nine months, creating impressive portfolios. They achieved 100 per cent attendance in the classroom and via online learning they really kept myself and the other tutor Andy going with their drive and enthusiasm to succeed.

“We are both really proud of them and we think the destinations they have chosen are the universities that are right for them and will nurture their amazing talents and push them even further as they prepare for what will be exciting careers in art and design.”

Student Kelly Hannah said the course was a chance to experiment and develop skills in styles and medias including 3D, different types of print, animation, graphic design and more.

“The course has given me the confidence to try out ideas and to push myself to work hard as hard work really does pay off. I really enjoyed the printmaking unit, when I was creating my prints, I tried to make each piece individually unique from each other by adding different materials and colours.”

“The best thing about studying art is the people on my course. During these hard times, both my classmates and tutors have been trying their best to work hard and also motivate each other to develop and create work. When it gets tough, everyone is really understanding.”

The Foundation Course in Art, Design and Media is open to anyone over 18 through to adult learners and the next intake is September 2021. For more information, or to apply, visit the website.

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