Amazing achievements in School of Art and Design
04 October 2012
Day four of the Graduation Ceremonies - we spoke to amazing graduates from the Liverpool School of Art and Design.
Dominique Byron, BA (Hons) Design and Visual Arts, won an Academic Excellence Award for achieving the highest mark on her programme after following a programme of study at Stockport College.
"I really enjoyed the course. The classes were small meaning we got to spend a lot of time working closely with the tutors who are all practicing illustrators."
She added "I feel well prepared for work as the course is so industry orientated. I’ve already done some freelance work for a business magazine and am planning on pursuing this area of work. A dream of mine is to illustrate for a film magazine called Little White Lies as that would be incorporating two of my main interests, illustrating and film."
Matthew Weir won the Academic Excellence Award for achieving the highest mark on the BA (Hons) Fine Art programme.
Matthew is hoping to be involved in displaying some of his work in a Liverpool gallery set up by a group of LJMU graduates. He said:
"I am doing a bit of travelling before moving to America and I am going to be sending some work over to the gallery from Australia. I’ll also be applying for artists' residencies and have some film editing work lined up."
Matthew praised the structure of the Fine Art programme and said he was so impressed that he'll be recommending LJMU and the course to his former hometown college where he studied his foundation course.
"I would genuinely say it's an excellent course. A combination of frequent interaction with tutors, quick feedback and the opportunity to exhibit work from the first year of study means we are well-equipped as graduates and have a great understanding of how things work in the real world. I honestly couldn’t have been happier."
BA (Hons) Graphic Design graduate Marie Carney is now working as a freelance designer for design agency, Cultivate Creative, in St Helens. Marie completed her degree at St Helens College.
Marie previously worked as a designer, specialising in ceramics and tableware. She took a career break to look after her three children and enrolled at LJMU when she decided it was time to take her career in a new direction. "It's the best decision I have ever made. I have loved every minute of my degree," says Marie. "I have grown professionally and it's given me a different perspective on life."
Peter Edwards, BA (Hons) Architecture, has won a prestigious Deutsche Bank Award for Creative Enterprises. The Awards offer practical and financial support to freelance artists, craftspeople, designers and performers to start a business or conduct a project in the crucial year after leaving college.
Peter's Urban Project 'Red Balloon' seeks to readdress the relationship between city and citizen by creating a series of temporary, nomadic installations, designed specifically for children. These installations of art, sculpture and pavilions are designed as children’s playgrounds to encourage families to explore existing squares and forgotten spaces within Liverpool city centre. This exciting one year project will be completed next summer, with installations popping up all over the city during June and July.
On top of managing Red Balloon, Peter has also secured a placement with an architectural practice which will give him the practical experience he needs to complete stage 1 of his professional qualifications
Rachel Armstrong graduates with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art. She is now planning to take a year out, starting with a trip to India. "The degree was amazing," she says. "You are exhibiting continuously and by the final year you feel more like a professional artist than a student."
Manos (Emmanouil) Kalamenios, gained a first class degree in BA (Hons) Fine Art following a programme of study at the Isle of Man College.
Manos is originally from Athens, Greece, and had trained as a chef for 14 years. However, while visiting a friend in the Isle of Man, he decided to start a Foundation Degree in Art at the Isle of Man College. This led to a HND in Fine Art, which in turn led to him starting a degree course in the same subject. He has now lived on the Isle of Man for six years.
Manos said: "I decided to do the Foundation course because it was something new for me and everything else followed from there. The college has been great, everyone there has been very supportive. I'm now hoping to do a Masters at the Royal College of Art in London, specialising in ceramics and glass. Eventually I would like to open my own studio, creating exclusive, handmade art."
Charlotte Perry, BA (Hons) History of Art and Museum Studies, received a first. She says LJMU has helped prepare her for the world of work.
She said: "I absolutely loved the course. LJMU really prioritises working and work experience as well as the academic side of things so I am coming out of my degree feeling well prepared. I worked at Tate and the Ceri Hand Gallery and, after working with a group of friends on an exhibition, we are now working as a design practice in a local studio space, producing work for paying clients."
Luca Bartozzi from Ancona, Italy is moving to London to study a PhD at Birkbeck University of London after graduating today with a BA (Hons) Popular Music Studies degree and an Academic Excellence Award.
"I've loved every aspect of my course. I would definitely recommend it to anyone interested in the critical theory applied to popular music and the practical side of things such as marketing and production."
"I love Liverpool and it will always stay in my heart. The North West of England has been a great place for me to build a good network of friends who are particularly interested in popular music" he said.
Siobhan Kerrigan graduates with a First Class Honours in Fashion. During her time at University, Siobhan undertook various work placements supported by LJMU. This included working with LJMU alumnus and successful fashion designer Kristy Doyle, where she set up a blog and gained graphic design skills. She was also part of the final four in the British Fashion Council Warehouse Design Competition.
"There are so many opportunities to access at LJMU, from fantastic facilities (which for me was the brilliant photography studio) to work placements that offer chances to get some great experience. The modules are designed to help with every area of the skills needed for a career and I've gained the confidence to start looking into setting up my own business."
Martyn Jones from Durham and Dan Hanna from County Antrim, Northern Ireland, both graduate with a Diploma in Architecture today. They also studied at undergraduate level and were in their third year when the LJMU Art and Design Academy opened. They both said that this new building has really helped to improve student communications and interactions across the Faculty, enriching the student experience.
"The City has a nice artistic culture with plenty of appeal and character. This was a big part of what attracted me to continue studying here in addition to the fantastic facilities LJMU offers. It was also great to have some of my architecture model work featured in the recent LJMU 'Exactly what I'm looking for' video!"
"I've really enjoyed my time here and the lecturers have always offered great advice and support. My future plans involve going to London to look for work as I have the confidence from the range of skills LJMU has provided me with, from design to management practice and law."
Jessica Pepper, BA (Hons) History of Art and Museum Studies, won the History of Art Dissertation Prize.
Jessica said "My experience as a student at LJMU has been fantastic, the library is brilliant and the tutors are great. The staff and lecturers really make your experience at LJMU; they are very knowledgeable and have good reputations within their respective fields."
Jessica particularly enjoyed the practical side of the course and her internships at National Museums Liverpool and a private gallery in her hometown. She said: "The highlights of my course have definitely been the opportunities in internships and the practical skills you can gain if you’re driven. One day I’d love to work at York Castle Museum and the Met fashion institute in New York."
Best in Class 2012
The following students are the winners of the 2012 Academic Excellence Awards for the highest award mark in each graduating cohort.
Isle of Man College
Liverpool School of Art and Design
St Helens College
The Manchester College
Wirral Metropolitan College
Some of the award winners are pictured here