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Caroline Reed – Glass

Caroline’s work will now be showcased in the ‘New Graduate Review’ in September 2018. Caroline was a winner in the ‘Commended’ area. Caroline was one of only a few students from a College, as most entries were from University graduates.  

When speaking about her course at the College, Caroline said:

“Having completed my Level 2 course at KCC I was keen to attend the Level 3 course. I wanted to build on the techniques I learnt the previous year and have time to find my own particular style – the assignments gave me that opportunity. My tutor was supportive and encouraged me to explore new ways of working (as did my colleagues on the course). The course has helped me build my confidence as an artist. I am now sharing a studio in South West London and I have some of my work in two London exhibitions. I’d never have imagined doing this two years ago.”

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Dawn James 1st Prize V&A ‘Inspired By’

Out of nearly 400 national applicants, 3 of KCC’s Design students were selected to exhibit their Ceramics and Glass work as part of the V&A’s ‘Inspired By’ Adult Learners competition and exhibition.

Dawn James was one of 9 Prize-winners on the opening night, winning the overall national Glass prize for her piece based on her ‘Rhythm’ project.

‘I was in such a state of shock when they called my name out that I can’t remember much about getting up on stage to collect my prize. All of my hard work over the last two years has been worth it, I have learnt so much since I started my glass courses at KCC’.

The exhibition continues until 17th June at Morley Gallery. Please see the work of our other selected exhibitors: Rebecca Laister & Yuri Popov too. 

Thierry Kelaart – Jewellery

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.

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.

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.

Stephanie Dufek – Digital-Media

After leaving school Stephanie knew she wanted to study but was not sure what would be most suited to her skills. She came to London and worked for a while as an Au pair. She found Kensington and Chelsea College and realised an ambition to study Computer Arts and Design. She joined the BTEC First Diploma in Art and Design: Multimedia and Graphics which offered her the right balance of Art, Design and Graphics.

The course taught me how to work from a professional brief; it gave me freedoms and restrictions, but helped me to work under the pressure of deadlines. The course was interesting because there were people from different countries and of varying ages. You can learn a lot from so many different characters. Our tutor helped us to recognise what would suit us after our course and I am now on the National Certificate in Multimedia at the College and planning to go to University! I feel so much more confident and optimistic.

Ibrahim Farid – Digital-Media

Ibrahim joined the college after looking around to find courses in Art and Design – he felt that the college offered the best courses in London and joined the BTEC First Diploma in Art and Design: Multimedia and Graphics.

The tutors and the college are really friendly and welcoming but they also encourage you to work hard. I have learned how to work with deadlines and am receiving help with application to University. I am now on the National Certificate in Multimedia. Being in this college put me back on track and made me think about the future seriously. The College is full of adults so it feels like it’s more serious to do work and not mess around!

Barry Freeman – Graphic Design

Barry had a little experience of Art and Design and knew he wanted to continue to study after school. He came to Kensington and Chelsea College and joined the BTEC First Diploma in Art and Design: Multimedia and Graphics. After building a portfolio of work he was accepted onto the National Certificate in Multimedia at the College.

“The students and tutors in my class were great and the college was a nice environment to join. I knew what I wanted to achieve, but the college has helped me to go a step further towards my goals. My course helped me to develop my design skills along with skills in team working, the facilities we are able to use are of a high standard and the college overall is great!”

Greta Gurnaite – Interior Design

Former customer service assistant Greta Gurnaite has plans to open up her own interior design business and it’s all thanks to the professional development she gained on the HNC Interior Design Level 4 at Kensington and Chelsea College.

Originally from Lithuania, Greta came to London at the age of 19 and started off working as a customer service assistant. Having attended art school for 5 years in Lithuania, Greta knew she wanted to pursue art and design and enrolled on a Graphic Design Level 1 course. It was not long after that she was introduced to Head of Interior Design: Alya Rizvi, who realised she had the skills and potential to enrol on an Interior Design Diploma Level 3.

I wanted to go down a course route that would prepare me for work without having to go to University. I believe progressing onto the HNC Interior Design Level 4 has given me that opportunity. I now feel that I have the confidence and industry knowledge to embark on my own career in Interior Design. The course has taught me so much more than just technique skills. It’s taught me how to manage my money, the importance of time management, and how to work with industry materials.