Student ‘Highly Commended’ by Royal Opera House

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

180131-Lewis -Cannon -winning -designLewis Cannon, Media & Theatrical Make-up student, at Seevic College, Benfleet, has wowed the judges of The Royal Opera House’s prestigious annual Design Challenge competition.

The competition, open to all colleges and sixth form schools in the UK,  gives students the opportunity to test and develop design skills, based around an opera or ballet production, with this year’s competition based on Salome.

The judges were so impressed with the entries from 36 colleges that they also awarded ‘Highly Commended’ mentions, one of them to Lewis Cannon for his Hair, Wigs and Make up Design.

A lot of work went into the final design. Entrants had to produce a sketchbook that showed initial research on the opera as well as sketches that communicated hair and make-up designs for five characters. From that, the entrants had to produce their final design for one of the characters and provide photographic evidence of their model.

190131-Lewis -CannonLewis, 16 from Eastwood, received excellent feedback from the Royal Opera House judges who found it very difficult to name their winners, with Lewis very narrowly missing the top spot.

Lewis said: “I was quite proud to hear I had been put forwards for the competition by my teachers, especially as I’m only in my first year and been here five months. There was a lot of work that went into it!

“When I found out I had been ‘Highly Commended’ it was really weird, as I have never really won anything before. It’s very surreal to think that my work is going to be displayed in a place where Alexander McQueen and Vivien Westwood’s work have been exhibited.”

Jeff Coventry, Head of Marketing & Enterprises at The Royal Opera House said: "The standard of entries for the marketing design challenge this year was really high, and it was great to see some innovative new ideas from some of the candidates too."

All Winners and Highly Commended students will be taking part in the Design Challenge Winners Exhibition Day on Friday 9 February at the Prince Consort Gallery in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. The exhibition will be open to the public from 3.30-6pm.

The Level 3 BTEC Certificate in Media & Theatrical Make-up is a two-year course that is taken in place of one A-Level. Students learn a variety of make-up application techniques, as well as the context and theory behind make-up applications in film/TV and theatre. As well as experimenting with a range of SFX make-up techniques; discovering how to sculpt, mould and cast their own prosthetics.

Find out more about our range of courses at our next Open Evening on Tuesday 6 February, 6-8.30pm. Pre-book online to beat the queues.

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