Stylish careers ahead for next generation of designers
TALENTED North-East students are following in the footsteps of Stella McCartney and Julie Walters by securing places at some of the country’s most creative courses from from fine art to architecture.
Roisin Mennell, 18 from Guisborough, has secured a place at Ravensbourne in London to study fashion promotion, with former alumni such as Stella McCartney and Bruce Oldfield. She recently completed her BTEC Diploma in Textiles with a final major project titled ‘Connectivity’, where she explored how people are connected with themselves and technology. As part of her studies, she also achieved second place at the UK’s National Fashion Textiles Competition, part of the Spring Knitting and Stitching Show.
She said: “This course gave me the opportunity to just concentrate on textiles, applying the theory to practice and application and fully immersing myself in the whole creative process in preparation for university, which I can’t wait to start.”
Emilia Mack, from Acklam in Middlesbrough has achieved a place at the prestigious Central St Martins in London – with alumni including John Galliano and Alexander McQueen – to study a fine art degree. Emilia recently completed a BTEC Diploma in Fine Art, where her final major project was based on a ‘Building Castles in the Sky’, exploring social housing and communities affected by regeneration.
The 21-year-old said: “It has taken me a few years to get through college so it is a big celebration for me and I am so excited about university after the summer.”
While Tianne Coleman from Park End in Middlesbrough is celebrating receiving an unconditional offer to study architecture at Lincoln University, the 18-year-old has just completed her BTEC Diploma in Interior, Architecture & Product (3D Design) with a final major project based on a secluded and serene holiday home with a minimalist design.
Tianne said: “At CCAD I was able to learn about interior design as well as architecture to build up my digital portfolio of work, which has led me to the offer at university with no interview and I am really looking forward to starting my degree in September.”
Elise Walker, 18, from Stockton, studied for a BTEC Diploma in Fashion and Textiles, and can’t wait to start her degree in fashion buying and merchandise at Manchester Metropolitan University, where Steve Coogan and Julie Walters attended. Her final major project – Gender Neutral Fashion – was inspired by the growing androgynous trend and how the fashions of the past have changed and affected people attitudes towards fashions today.
She said: “I have always wanted to do fashion and it is great how much you learn about design on the course, which will help me in my degree.”
Pat Chapman, Head of Employability and External Relations, said: “My congratulations to the students and I hope they celebrate their achievements. It has been an exceptionally strong year and it is always inspiring to see the creativity and talent that our students produce. The students have worked tremendously hard over the course of their studies, and they can be justly proud of their success, as I am sure are their family and friends.”