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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

MP visits Kensington and Chelsea College Open Day

Lady Victoria Borwick, Conservative MP for Kensington made a special trip to Kensington and Chelsea College to meet some of its students ahead of the College’s Open Day.

Lady Victoria visited students and staff at the College’s Kensington Centre on Tuesday October 14th and visited a number of live classes.

As part of her morning visit Lady Victoria was given a private tour of the College’s facilities and had the pleasure of speaking to our Access to Humanities and Interior Design Students about their experience and future aspirations at the College.

When asked about their experience at the College, one student from the College’s Access to Humanities – African & Caribbean Studies class said:

I have to say it’s really the teachers at this College that makes learning so fulfilling. They not only put in class hours but additional after College hours to support us in our learning experience.

The 60 minute visit was led by the College Principal and members of the College’s executive team and governing body, and was joined by Councillor Robert Freeman, Mayor of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

Lady Borwick, MP, said:

It was a pleasure to meet the students and staff of Kensington College and to find out about the courses on offer. I wish everyone there all the best with their studies.

 

Award Winning Student Champions Adult Learners Week 2015

As celebrations for Adult Learners’ Week 2015 approaches, Kensington and Chelsea College had its very own adult learning success story to champion.

The College, which is backing the national event being held from June 13 – 20, recently celebrated the achievement of adult learner Julien Papillon, who has been awarded a placement at the Worshipful Company Of Glazier And Painter Of Glass.

Julien, 33-years-old and currently on the College’s BTEC National Diploma in Art and Design (Design Crafts) – Level 3, caught the interview panels eye with his bold design, beating entrants from across the UK to win a forty-week enhanced work experience programme and the opportunity to work with experienced professional designer/makers, top level craftsmen and conservators.

This is not the first time the spotlight has been on Julien, only a few months ago he won a spot at the prestigious Contemporary Glass Society’s exhibition, which is usually reserved for the most talented and experienced artist.

In a years’ time, I will be full of new experiences, techniques, skills and contact: the best start possible for my own studio project!

Julien is one of many high achieving adult learners at Kensington and Chelsea College.

Speaking about his support from the College, Julien added:

 

This award project has been a lot of work, stress and sometimes discouragement. But my tutor Maria Zulueta was present at any time, and I could have not done it without her. It is a team work victory really.I find the team here at Kensington and Chelsea College, optimistic and devoted, so if you have a plan in mind, you will find inspiration here.

 

 

Short Course Helps Student Build Future in Interior Design

KCC Student:Anna Ogulewicz

Anna Ogulewicz is about to embark on a career in interior design and it’s all thanks to an introductory short course at Kensington and Chelsea College.

Originally from Poland, The 26 year old moved to London at the age of 19. Knowing little English, she initially joined the College to improve her English language, but with dreams of pursuing a career in interior design in the heart of London; she knew this was only the beginning for her.

Anna explained:“I have always been interested in interior design. From a young age I remember being inspired by watching the TV show Grand Design.”

Believing she had what it took to pursue a career in interior design; Anna enrolled on an Introduction the Interior Design and Technical Drawing course, where she learnt how to create mood boards, collages and basic technical drawing techniques.

Anna’s skills and ambition catapulted her from an Introduction to Interior Design to a Level 3 Diploma in Interior Design – completing the level 3 course with a double distinction.

Now on the HNC Interior Design Level 4 course, Anna says the course has given her the confidence to go straight into employment:“The professional practice sessions have helped me prepare for the world of work. We are given guidance on how to write our CV’s, how to market ourselves and how to exhibit in an industry standard way. It’s these employment skills, which have given me the confidence to go straight into work after I finish my course.”

She went on to say: “The added sessions in Vectorworks really helped me to develop my CAD skills. Vectorworks is an industry CAD programme which is used across interior design. Learning this program has helped me to visualise my ideas, and gives me confidence to enter the interior design industry, knowing that I am equipped with Industry standard skills.”

Want to explore Art & Design at Kensington and Chelsea College? The College has a range of short courses starting in April. To find out how to enrol visit http://www.kcc.ac.uk or call our course information on: 0207 573 5333.

Art and Design Student Secures Spot At The Contemporary Glass Societys Latest Exhibition

Art and Design Student Secures Spot At The Contemporary Glass Societys Latest Exhibition

Kensington and Chelsea College’s art and design student Julien Papillon beat stiff competition from across the UK to feature in one of the most revered exhibitions in the glass industry.

The Contemporary Glass Society is renowned for representing glass at an international level and shines light on glass in the media and through the committee’s networks.

More than 70 entries were received for the online exhibition entitled: ‘Transparency’ – Winter: Ice And Purity. The exhibition – which theme this year explores purity and ice – displays the best of contemporary glass through a variety of glass works, techniques and approaches.

The entries were shortlisted and juried by an esteemed panel of judges from the Contemporary Glass Society’s committee.

50 CGS members were selected to take part in the spectacular online glass exhibition, with Julien Papillon piece ‘Monsters Work’ earning him a respectable position in the online gallery. Commenting about his work, Julien Papillon said: “The word monster actually comes from the latin word ‘monstrare’. I wanted to challenge the idea that monsters are not always horrible creatures. I used the technique of fused glass and cold working, which is a process of polishing the glass. The finished piece took over 3 months to make.”

Speaking about studying the BTEC National Diploma in Art and Design (Design Crafts) – Level 3, Julien Papillon added:
“You’ve got to take real ownership of your project. Each project is a meticulous process, so you have to be very organised and methodical in your approach. Our Tutor Maria Zulueta has expert technical knowledge and supports us through each stage.”

Julien also gave his advice to people that want to study the course:
“I recommend to anyone that wants to study glass, to have a project already in mind. The College has fantastic facilities, but to take full advantage of them you have to plan ahead.”

Julien has already successfully secured a job within a top London Glass Company and says he plans to continue to develop his own projects in the future.

‘Transparency’ – Winter: Ice And Purity launched on the 5th of February and will be available to view online until the 28th February.

Buy A Unique Gift On Kensington And Chelsea Colleges Christmas Stall!

Discover Unique Gifts On Kensington And Chelsea Colleges Christmas Stall At Portobello Market

From beautiful, bespoke jewellery and elegant framed photos to exclusively designed home accessories – there’s no shortage of unique gifts to buy this Christmas on Kensington and Chelsea College’s stall at Portobello Market.

The College’s talented art and design students will be hosting a stand on the iconic London market, on Friday 5th and Saturday 6th of December, from 10am – 3pm.

The collective of up-and-coming Designers can be found on stall number 98 on December 5th and as part of the Arts and Crafts Market for Saturday December 6th.

Among the items on sale are candle holders, frames, necklaces, rings, paintings and photographs – all exclusively designed to ensure they are one-of-a-kind gifts, and competitively priced!

For more information about the College’s Art and design courses why not attend our next Open Days taking place on Tuesday 3rd and Thursday 5th of February. You will be able to access 1-2-1 advice from art and design specialist tutors, and tour some of the College’s Design studios. Each centre will be hosting different subjects so please visit http://www.kcc.ac.uk for more details or call 0207 573 3600.

Fee-paying students could also secure the lowest possible fees for their 2015-16 art and design courses by taking advantage of our early enrolment offer. For more info visit: http://www.kcc.ac.uk/news/2014/secure_our_lowest_fees_for_201516_courses_by_enrolling_today

Chance Encounter Leads To A Silver Lining For Former Journalist

Chance Encounter Leads To A Silver Lining For Former Journalist

A chance encounter with a silversmith and an inherited box of tools set the path for a former journalist to retrain as a jeweller.

Despite a high-powered career in politics and journalism, Thierry Kelaart, 31, says she has always been destined to be a jeweller following a ‘fascinating meeting’ with a gifted silversmith when she was just a teenager.

Thierry, from Ladbroke Grove, said: “I was first introduced to silversmithing and jewellery making as a teenager during a family holiday in Devon. We spent an afternoon with a local silversmith called Mr Geldhart, and I remember being absolutely fascinated by his work and tools. He was an incredibly inspiring man, but sadly I only ever got the opportunity to meet him that once.”

Touched by Thierry’s interest in jewellery-making the silversmith went on to leave her his tools in his will, unbeknown to her.

Thierry, said:

“I didn’t receive his legacy of tools until several years after having met him so it was a total surprise. Inheriting all those amazing silversmithing tools was quite a shock. It was also quite overwhelming as I was still very young then but it certainly sparked my interest in jewellery making.”

A decade later she decided to give up her fulltime job to retrain as a jeweller and enrolled onto a jewellery making course at Kensington and Chelsea College.

“It’s not so overwhelming when I look at the tools now that I know how to use them! Every time I’m taught something new in class I come home to discover I already have the tools to make it because of Mr Geldhart. I’d like to think he would be pleased with what I’m now doing.” said Thierry

Speaking about her Jewellery Making course at the College Thierry added:

“My tutors are brilliant. They’re very skilled and still work as designers! What I most love about the course is that we get to study art for part of it. The art side helps me explore my ideas and inspire new work. I’m doing something I really love, which makes a career so much more fulfilling.”

Thierry hopes to start her own jewellery business having successfully completed her course at the College.

Kensington and Chelsea College still has places for courses starting in September 2014. To enrol, simply attend one of the enrolment sessions below*:

    • Tuesday 26th August – Friday 29th August
  • Monday 1st September – Thursday 4th September

 

  • Saturday 6th September

 

*Sessions take place at our Chelsea and Kensington Centres and each will be hosting different subjects. For times and details of which centre to attend check out our enrolment session, or call 0207 573 5333,

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New Designers

Meet The Next Generation Of Design Talent At New Designers 2014

Talented design students from Kensington and Chelsea College will be showcasing cutting edge work in one of the UK’s biggest shows for profiling the design industry’s rising stars.

‘New Designers 2014’ brings together the very best graduating designers from around the country and gives them a platform to showcase their work to industry employers, media and the design hungry public.

This year nine students from the College’s Professional Practice design course will be among the cream of the crop displaying their creative flair at the exhibition.

The works being profiled at New Designers by the College’s design students include stunning jewellery and glass pieces.

Deborah Belli, who is exhibiting her work at the show said:
“This is my first big exhibition. It’s going to be a great experience and the group I am with is brilliant.”

Deborah, who has a degree in Economics, previously worked in the financial sector but gave it up to pursue her love for designing and making jewellery.

“The course at the College is really good. The tutors are very experienced and experts in what they teach.” said Deborah.
“I really enjoy expressing things through my designs and experimenting with different techniques and processes. It’s definitely not a boring career!”

New Designers takes place at the Business Design Centre, Upper Street, Islington, and runs from June 25-28 and July 2-5. Kensington and Chelsea College can be found on Stand Number CAA28 from June 25-28. For more information about New Designers 2014 visit: http://www.newdesigners.com/

Want to explore Art and Design at Kensington and Chelsea College? The College’s 2 week art and design summer school starts from July 14th and is perfect for extending and refining portfolios in preparation for further or higher courses. We are also running a range of short intensive summer school courses from 1 day to 2 weeks in a variety of subjects from Music to Languages. It’s the perfect opportunity to get creative and learn a new income generating skill. To find out more, or enrol visit: http://www.kcc.ac.uk/summer/