High degree of success for art students at college

A group of North Devon College art and design students who three years ago left school with few qualifications and worried for their futures have now gained places on degree level courses around the country. The college has a 100 per cent success rate thi

A group of North Devon College art and design students who three years ago left school with few qualifications and worried for their futures have now gained places on degree level courses around the country.

The college has a 100 per cent success rate this year with all those who completed their BTEC National Diploma Art and Design courses and applied to universities.

In September the students will be off to continue their studies in subjects ranging from graphic design to fashion and textiles, film, fine art, 3D, animation, illustration and photography.

Their two year National Diploma course gave them the qualifications they needed to go on to a degree course and followed their initial year at the college on a First Diploma course, which is the equivalent to a GCSE.

"This is testimony to the hard work and dedication of both the students and the team of staff that work across both programmes," said programme manager Julie Saunders.

"Many arrive at North Devon College with fewer qualifications than they hoped for, so the First Diploma offers them the opportunity to study Art and Design, potentially gaining a place on the two-year BTEC National Diploma programme.

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"They can then explore and eventually specialise in a diverse range of specialist subjects."

She said art and design staff team would like to congratulate all 10 of those who were going on to university and wished them good luck for the future.

Jacob Wilcock, from Ilfracombe, starts a BA in Illustration at the University of Worcester in September:

"After not achieving the grades for A Levels I didn't know what to do, but the college provided a First Diploma in Art and Design," he said.

"This gave me a chance to really develop my skills and confidence which has led me onto the National Diploma and now onto a degree."

Sam Brown, from Bideford, agreed and said there had been a great deal of pressure when he was sitting his GCSEs.

"When I found out that I'd only passed one with a grade C I was really worried," he said.

"The college advised me to apply for the First Diploma and now here I am nearly three years later talking about how I've been accepted into my first choice university."

Chloe Prouse of South Molton is off to do a BA in Fine Art at East London University and was full of praise for the course she had just competed:

"I like the freedom of the second year, the space in the art barns is great and you get to know the teachers much better by talking to them all the time about your work, they are very patient and understanding." To find out more information about the college's art courses, please contact the Guidance Centre on (01271) 338125.

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