Strode News

19/06/12 - Creative Arts thriving at Strode College End of Year Show
Strode News

The creative arts are thriving at Strode College with students producing some outstanding and imaginative work which can be seen at the End of Year Arts, Design and Media Show until Friday 22 June.

The show, which has been put together by 150 of Strode's creative arts, design and media students, opened on Monday with an awards ceremony to celebrate excellence in painting and drawing, sculpture, graphics, textiles, photography, animation, film and video. Strode's Principal James Staniforth presented certificates and cheques for £100 to six students and announced that one piece of their work will be bought by the College and added to the 'Strode Collection'. (See list of winners below.)

The show is open to the public until Friday 22 June between 9.15am and 4.30pm (closed at the weekend). Work is displayed around the College and in Strode Theatre, with maps available from the College reception.

Students exhibiting will be completing courses this summer in A level Art, Design Technology, Graphics, Textiles and Photography, Level 3 Extended Diploma Art and Design, Level 2 National Diploma Art and Design, pre-degree Foundation in Art and Design and Level 3 BTEC National Diploma in Broadcast Media.

Petrina Rochester, Deputy Head of Art and Design at Strode said: "The End of Year show is a vibrant and exciting event at Strode and a great opportunity to celebrate what our students have achieved as they prepare to move on, many to Higher Education. They have produced some outstanding work which meets the high standards we set for quality and excellence in all we do.

"Much of the work rivals that of specialist art colleges and many university level institutions, and we are delighted to be able to showcase their talent, skill and creativity in this way. Our thanks go to GVA Grimley who sponsor this annual event enabling us to show the students work in the best possible light."

Jessica Mitchell, from Sparkford, studying Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design said: "The course has prepared me well for University; I feel my work has become professional and participating in the End of Year Show has given me an appreciation of gallery expectations".

Matilda Walton, from Keinton Mandeville, also of Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design said: "This has been a lovely learning environment with great studio spaces to work in. I feel that I have learnt professional skills such as timekeeping, meeting deadlines as well as developing my creativity".

Strode arts and media students consistently achieve high academic standards. Many have gone on to study at some of the countries top institutions for arts and media education, including Goldsmiths University of London, Central St Martins and University College Falmouth.


Students receiving awards for excellence in their work


Photography Award

Rosamund Freeman of North Cheriton

Studying: A level Photography.

Previous school: Bruton School for Girls.

What next? Studying BA Media Studies at Arts Royal Holloway University



Textiles Award

Mia Whittet of Wells

Studying: A level Textiles

Previous school: The Blue School

What next? Studying BA Architecture at the University of Derby



3D Studies Award

Jean Stevens of Keinton Mandeville

Studying: Foundation Diploma in Art and Design.

Previously: In full time employment

What next? Planning to return to employment.



2D Studies Award

Tom Craner Buckley of Shepton Mallet

Studying: A level Art and Design.

Previous school: Ansford Academy

What next? Studying Foundation Diploma in Art and Design at Strode College



2D Studies Award

Jessica Mitchell of Sparkford

Studying: BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design.

Previous school: Kings School, Bruton.

What next? Studying BA Illustration at University College Falmouth.



Illustration/Graphical Design

Will Lyall of Yeovil

Studying: Foundation Diploma in Art and Design

Previsou school: Ansford Academy

What next? Study BA Graphic Design at the University of Brighton.