Students go ‘into the blue’

Monday, 03 April 2017

170403-Into -the -blueArt & Design students at the college were recently commissioned to create a set for the Julie Noble School of Performing Arts’ School Show – Into the Blue.

The Level 2 students, as part of the college’s company Live Creative, worked on the project once a week for two months. They explored production art skills, using 3D and 2D processes to help create their pieces, and researched other productions for inspiration.

By working with real clients in a professional environment the students are able to gain valuable work experience, develop employability skills (preparing them for the world of work), as well as have examples of finished work for their portfolios.

Emma Eglinton, 17 from Basildon, said “I’ve made quite a few things including embroidered bubbles and tie dying the sea backdrops. As part of the tie dying process, I did lots of experiments with different techniques before deciding on the best method. I’m really pleased to see it all completed.”

Lucy Judd from the Julie Noble School of Performing Arts said: “The college has been extremely helpful, deadlines have been kept to and we have had regular updates on the work. We have also been invited in to see the progress.

“On our first visit, the students were very engaged with the planning of the set and their input was inspiring. The quality of work is high; it's original and very in keeping with what we asked for. We are looking forward to seeing the set come to life on stage!

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“I have already spoken to and recommended Live Creative to colleagues and other businesses. It has been a privilege to work alongside young, talented students and to see the collaboration of Performing Arts and Creative Arts come together.”  

Live Creative is made up of students from the Art & Design faculty and works on briefs set by real companies. The types of work that the students can undertake include branding, logo design, print-based graphic design, 3D digital modelling, web design, filmmaking, photography, prop design, architectural model making, animation, games design and music production.

Principal Dan Pearson said: “Our College Companies give students the chance to work on real-life projects and gain valuable experience in the working world. The projects given to our young professionals are exactly what they would receive if they were working in design, business, or any of the related industries. Not only do we provide an excellent service to businesses, whether that is filmmaking, design or market research, our students can use these projects as examples to show to future employers.”

Amy Ford, Creative Arts Technician at the college, said “The students have worked really hard on the project, working to tight deadlines. It has been a great chance for the students to try out a variety of methods and get experience in set design.”

The Julie Noble School of Performing Arts was founded in Eastwood in 1977 and teaches children aged 2-18. The school show, Into the Blue, is taking place on Tuesday 3 – Thursday 5 April at The Clifftown Theatre, Nelson Street, Southend-on-Sea.

Find out more about our Art & Design courses or register your interest to work with Live Creative.

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