Students spellbound by visit from Harry Potter artist

Friday, 15 November 2013

Seevic -College -students -spellbound -by -visit -from -Harry -Potter -artistA scenic artist famous for producing artwork in the Harry Potter movies recently visited Art & Design students at Seevic College to share her experience and industry knowledge.

Thomasina Smith, who has worked extensively in theatre and film design, in addition to exhibiting her own work, gave aspiring artists at the College an insight in to working in the film industry when she visited the College in October.

Thomasina presented an overview of her work and experience to approximately 50 students and answered industry-related questions, before conducting a workshop.

Afterwards, Thomasina praised the quality of work produced by students at the College. She said: “The level of work I’ve seen today is fantastic. Students were very interested in knowing more about working in a film studio – in particular, my work on the Harry Potter films because they’d all seen them.

“The level of work I’ve seen today is fantastic." Harry Potter artist Thomasina Smith

“I was also pleased to find that students were interested in the art films I’ve been involved with, not just the big budget stuff. I’ve found that, as an artist, you can be more experimental on smaller films whereas there sometimes isn’t so much freedom on the big budget ones.”

She added: “The students were really receptive and full of questions which was great! They were so sparky, and extremely interested in the art industry and work placements.”

Thomasina’s film work includes Harry Potter, Love is The Devil, Notting Hill and Chocolat. She also works as a scenic artist within the fashion and interior design industries.

Students who attended the presentation and workshop study BTEC Extended Diploma in Art and Design, BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Set Design and BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Costume Design

BTEC Extended Diploma in Art & Design is a full-time two-year course covering all aspects of the design process, and is equivalent to studying three A-Levels.

The College’s range of creative BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas includes Acting, Costume Design, Dance, Interactive Media, Music Technology, Set Design and Theatrical Media & Make-up. These courses are equivalent to one A-Level, and are studied by students alongside three A-Levels.

Seevic College offers the widest choice of A-Levels in South East Essex, with a 98% overall pass rate in 2012-13.

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