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Historic Royal Palaces Pre-Apprenticeship Workshop

We invited a selection of apprentice to come along for our pre-apprenticeship workshop. This involved a week of activity to prep them for their invite with the Historic Royal Palaces. They received training in cv writing, interview preparation with key members from Goldman Sachs and also ways to boost their online social media platform ready for employment.

The initiative is part of the government’s wider aim to ensure the future workforce possesses the skills that employers want in their apprentices and employees. The UK government is sticking to plans for a levy on employers to help fund apprenticeships, ignoring business groups’ calls for the charge to be delayed because of the economic uncertainty sparked by the Brexit vote.  Apprentices in fields including arts, media and publishing are likely to outperform their graduate counterparts by up to 270%, according to a new report. The research, carried out by Barclays and the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR), comes days after a study suggested more than a third of graduates regret going to university because of the burden of debt they face after graduation.

Matthew Hancock, Skills Minster said:

We want to support everyone in our country to reach their personal best. To do that, we are introducing traineeships to help young people with the skills they need to get a job, and hold down a job.

John Cornish MD Sales and Marketing, DHL Express UK & Ireland said:

Apprenticeships ensure we have the practical skills and qualifications DHL needs now and in the future.

 When asked about their experiences doing a pre-apprenticeship see below some of the comments:

Describe an apprenticeship in 3 words?

‘Engaging and enjoyable experience’

‘knowledgeable, enjoyable and fun’

What does an apprenticeship mean to you?

working while learning, great opportunity’

‘additionally option for later life’

What inspired you to go for an apprenticeship?

‘money’ ‘exploring options’
‘enjoyable experience’

Study Business and Administration: Major Key to Success

Enrol on a Business Admin course at Kensington and Chelsea College to help with employability and work skills. Administrators are vital in the modern world so the skills you learn can be transferred into just about any career field.

From learning to carry out basic administrative tasks to gaining higher level support skills, these qualifications include a wide range of units to meet the needs of learners and employers. 

In this course you will find out about:

  • Up-to-date working practices applicable to many office and administration roles
  • Improving your practical skills and performance in the workplace
  • Developing your knowledge of a range of business and administration practices, including event management and budgeting
  • Developing effective communication techniques to aid interactions with colleagues and customers

See below to find out more about our business course offerings. 

Luminance: The Photography Exhibition

tumblr_o8q2zq9CpR1vvxky7o1_1280The Luminance exhibition was a task for our students to explore different themes of photography and exploit it in their own way. 

During the Luminance exhibition, the students were given time to plan out what they were going to do with their photography, whether it would be of them or of a theme based on their final year assignment. This challenged many of our students due to the fact that it forced them to take the risk of exploiting a different theme to what they were normally used to.

Later after the exhibition was held, we asked a few students some questions about the college and the exhibition. These questions also included topics about what inspired them to explore the themes that they used. The students described KCC to be “organised, supportive and friendly”. The next student intended to “show the audience their world through their photography” in three small projects. Each student had their own type of photography style and one of them was seen to be quite “elegant and delicate, going from portraiture to fine art”. This was a very skill full student who performed exquisitely in the exhibition. The inspiration to most work presented in the exhibition was from Diane Arbus. She was chose due to “the way she connects with people”. 

To conclude, thanks for attending our private exhibition, if you are interested in our photography course join now and exploit your photography potential.

Photography Exhibitior luminance: Annika Bloch

Our photography student recently held their big end of year exhibition ‘luminance’. 

Student Annika Bloch provided us with a Q&A about her time at Kensington and Chelsea College

-Describe KCC in 3 Words?
Demanding, rewarding, inspiring

-Talk me through the exhibition?
“Luminance” is a real mixture of everything photography has on offer: various genres and a broad range of techniques and materials. Every one of us has brought something very personal into this exhibition and thus made this a very diverse and unique show.

-How would you describe your photography style?
Clean and uncluttered. I like to focus on the essence of what I want to show. I imagine what I want to create and then use different techniques to achieve this.

-Key Inspiration behind your work?
Difficult to say. It’s probably a mix of different artists and art works and of what life with a big family throws at me.

-Favourite photography of all time ?
There are so many fantastic photographers…One of my favourite is certainly Saul Leiter. His images are painterly and almost abstract, full of colour, carefully considered and often very beautiful. And he was never afraid to experiment.

-Final words on your time at KCC ?
This was a very intense year full of hard work but it propelled my photography to a completely different level. I would never have imagined I could learn and achieve so much but the tutors were amazing and the curriculum well thought through. It was worth all the effort and along the way I met some extraordinary people!


Kieron Debruyne, Photography student wins Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’s Art on Show

Kieron Debruyne - The ShieldThe Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’s Schools ‘Art on Show’ project celebrates work produced within schools in the borough, and aims to encourage children and young people to pursue and develop their interests and talents in art. 

Keiron Debruyne a Level 3 Photography student won first prize at the Art Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’s Art on Show Photography Category. Photography / Digital Art Prize. 

So we decided to have a Q&A with Kerion to find out more:

Describe Kensington and Chelsea College in 3 Words?

No corners cut.

Talk me through the exhibition: 

 I’m putting on a piece based on a constructivist point of view of London. I’ve helped the class to create the website and poster and any branding that we’re using across social media. We’re almost there, can’t wait really.

How would you describe your photography style?

My photographic style is quite raw and straight up. I don’t try and hide anything. This is probably because of my liking to portraiture and documentary photography. I find a lot of my strongest pieces are my black and white works.

Key Inspiration behind your work?

The main source of inspiration I’ve had for a long, long time is a UK based photographer called Jack Davison. I love his subject matter, style and aesthetic. He’s been featured in the BJP twice I think.

Favourite photography of all time?

Favourite photography of all time?? That’s such a hard question, seen too many images in only 19 years. I’d say my favourite photograph is probably one of Jack Davison’s documentary shots of two dogs in a field when it’s snowed. When I emailed him about it during a unit for an artist study he mentioned it may have been inspired by the relatively famous image by Kodelka.

Final words on your time at KCC ?

So glad I’m almost there (finally), but it will be sad leaving these great people I’ve met.

Upcoming exhibition

The exhibition is called Luminance and is a collection of some of the work produced this year. It runs alongside the printmaking department and starts on the 7th with a private viewing.

Kieron Debruyne details to see more photo’s


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Interior Design Alumni Final Degree Show

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‘We’re so proud of your success’

Former KCC Interior Design student Rogerio Lusende invited his tutor Alya Rizvi to his final year degree show at London Southbank University on 28 June 2016.

Rogerio, who is one of his year’s top students, says his KCC experience put him on the path to where he is now.

Alya, who is head of interior design, says: “I am so proud of Rogerio’s success and achievements. He is such an inspiration.”

Rogerio said: “I really value the skills, knowledge and experience I gained at KCC. Thank you for the opportunity.”

If you are interested in studying Interior Design and Architecture at University, take a look at our BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Interior Design

Photography Lecturer: Estonia Trip

Bruce Tanner, Kensington and Chelsea College Photography Lecturer was invited to host lessons with Tallinn Polytechnic School based in Estonia.

About Tallinn Polytechnic School

  • Founded in 1915.
  • One of the oldest technical schools in Estonia.
  • More than 1,200 students and about 120 teachers.

Q&A with Bruce Tanner, Kensington and Chelsea College Photography to discuss his experience

“The really useful thing, as a teacher, in exchanges of this kind is learning about how different, and how similar teaching practice across different nations is. Tallinn Polytechnic has similar issues around attendance and punctuality as we do at KCC.” (Bruce Tanner, Lecturer in Photography)

I was invited by the Head of the Media School (Marko Levin) and worked closely with photo tutor Elina Malleus, both of whom visited KCC about a year ago.

The previous visit I made to Estonia was funded from Erasmus+ funding from the EU. This trip was paid for by Tallinn Polytechnic School because they were very impressed by the significant progress that students had made after my previous visit. Much more progress than had been made than with any other visiting lecturer.

KCC and Tallinn Polytechnic are currently involved in an EU bid for a project around photography teaching across a range of Baltic countries plus Spain and the Netherlands.

Day to day structure

The teaching week started with a presentation of my work, plus presentations from the students of their own work combined with feedback from me. They were set a project that they needed to complete overnight (at this time of the year in the Baltic sunset is around 10:30pm, so easy to complete in daylight).

Day 2 was feedback on the first project followed by a second project on street photography in Tallinn itself. Street photography is not big in Estonia, so this was new to all the students. They then did a second overnight project. I researched some locations for day 3.

Day 3 was a location fashion shoot in an area of disused housing which had been the subject of arson attacks. Students had never been there even though it was a district of Tallinn because the neighbourhood was challenging. I worked with them on using narrative within fashion.

Day 4 the group were combined with a large group of students from Portugal for a landscape shoot in a marshland area some distance from Tallinn.

Day 5, I gave a public masterclass on abstraction in street photography and students from this group (practicing photographers) then took pictures in the city which were reviewed later in the day. At the same time I did tutorials with the group I had been working with all week.

“Students were so excited about your visit and they said that the best thing was that your assignments were really interesting and you also gave them honest criticism about their work. So thank you for being here :)” (Elina Malleus, Tallinn Polytechnic School)




Teacher Training: Route into teaching

There are a number of avenues that can lead to a role in teaching in England.

To become a qualified teacher in state maintained schools across England and Wales you need to have qualified teacher status (QTS). This is gained through training known as Initial Teacher Training (ITT). Entry onto ITT is generally competitive but less so for shortage subjects.

Choosing a teacher training pathway:

Get as much work experience in schools as you can to help you decide and support your application. If you’re not sure which age or subject would suit you best, contact schools in your area and ask to observe in a classroom. You should also speak to the teaching staff about the challenges and rewards of teaching.

Ways to nail your trainee teacher:

  • Get your paperwork together
  • Apply for jobs
  • Remember how far you have come

Join our Teacher Teaching courses now so that we can guide on your next step.

Yesterday’s News: Sophie Fauchier

Yesterday’s News, brings together the work of three photographers, documenting three major disasters across thirty years: Chernobyl, Bosnia and Nepal.

Despite detailing three very different tragedies, all the work shares an interest in examining how people live in the wake of catastrophe.

Sophie Fauchier (Former Kensington and Chelsea College Photography student) is a fine art photographer  specialising in photographic narratives. In Yesterday’s News she documents  her journey  through  the devastation  of the Bosnian  war. Her work captures  the scars left on the earth, in the remnants of a forgotten war -­‐   and a place that was once headline news. In dialogue with survivors she has created images that serve as artefacts of human suffering.

Featured Work:

* MuSA International Art Space has recently selected her photography for their new publication project: ‘Woman’s Essence’.  Her work in Yesterday’s News stems from a commission to document the work achieved by Miracles Centre for Prosthesis and Care a small NGO based in Mostar. 

For more information

On  Wednesday  8th  June,  a  panel  of  experts,  including  Tony  Barber  (Europe  Editor  of  the  Financial  Times, Moscow correspondent  for Reuters news agency at the time of the Chernobyl disaster and war reporter for the  Independent  during  the  Bosnian  war)  and Jane  Corbin  (Journalist  and  Filmmaker  for  the  BBC  and Guardian,  amongst  others),  will  join  the  photographers   for  ‘Yesterday’s  News  /  Today’s  Context’,  a discussion of the exhibition’s themes.  

On Saturday 11th June, poet Mario Petrucci, (PhD physicist and winner of the 2002 Arvon/ Daily Telegraph International  Poetry Prize) will give a reading of his award-­‐winning  ‘Heavy Water, a Poem for Chernobyl’. He will be joined by Linda Walker MBE, (founder and chief executive of the Chernobyl  Children’s  Project), to discuss the impact of the disaster.




BTEC National Diploma in Graphic Design ‘Tribes of Athens’ – Music Design for Black Athena Record

Our BTEC Level 3 Diploma Graphics Design students worked in collaboration with Black Athena. A music enterprise based in Athens who are a collective of DJs and musicians who run club nights and produce a Radio program. 

The Brief

Students were asked to design the cover for a compilation album titled ‘Tribes of Athens’ being released in June 2016 this year and would reflect their musical output – mainly hip hop, electronic urban dance music. The compilation will be the first in a series so the design will act as a uniform ‘brand’ for the label so it will be easily identifiable as a Black Athena release. They were also asked to design a poster, flyer and web banner to promote the release and for a live event that would support it.

Black Athena

“The Black Athena philosophy is as much about the local as it is about the global. In an underground music field that increasingly is about A&Ring music directly from the internet and creating labels spearheaded by artists already accepted as ‘cool’. “The Black Athena philosophy is as much about the local as it is about the global. In an underground music field that increasingly is about A&Ring music directly from the internet and creating labels spearheaded by artists already accepted as ‘cool’.

“Working with students on the artwork/design of our forthcoming release ‘Tribes of Athens’ has been a real pleasure for us! Their commitment, work ethic and professionalism regarding this project has been fantastic and and we feel that some of the work they have produced, can easily compete with commissioned work in our field.” Black Athena


Competition Winner: Emma

Exhibition Date: 15 April till 15th June

Come and visit the exhibition of work:

3rd Floor Kensington 

Kensington and Chelsea College 
Wornington Road 
W10 5QQ