Art & Design (Textiles) HND
“Whilst undergoing treatment for cancer I attended the annual New College fashion show. I was so inspired and thought I’d love to do a course myself, but assumed I would be too old for college. I had wanted to pursue my interest and love of textiles and crafting for such a long time and it just dawned on me that life is too short. The idea of doing the HNC/HND in Textiles stuck in my mind the whole time and I decided to do what makes me happy - I left my job and signed up for the course at New College. It’s been a lifelong dream of mine to pursue my passion for Textiles. It had taken me too long to find the courage to pursue my dream, but I’m so pleased I did.” Sharon received the New College Academic Excellence Award at the 2018 HE Graduation Ceremony. This year she had the exciting opportunity to design the Freddie Mercury costumes seen in the latest British Airways video! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzMP9zsoHME
Media Make-up (Production Arts) HND
“I like that my course not only helps me improve my skills, but allows me to be creative. My teachers have a lot of experience in all aspects of the makeup industry, so it’s good to learn from them – it’s nice that they’re supportive and push me to my best ability. I like the make-up studios, they’re downstairs next to the rest of the creative classes including fashion, dance, media and photography. It’s good to be next to the theatre too because that’s one of the places we get work experience.” Carmen was the 2018 recipient of the Graham Taylor Higher Education Scholarship
Public and Emergency Services HND
“The course itself opens doors to not only the Public Service sectors, but other avenues such as national security, government and maybe lead to links such as international relations which I understood more and more of throughout my studies. I was team leader for the Royal Marines Challenge in Devon lasting 3 days. The activity was tough, and it definitely pushed my limits but as a leader I needed to put my own struggles aside to not hinder the rest of my team. I learned how to delegate better and how to motivate my team alongside improving my confidence in leadership and speaking in front of crowds."