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My story Luke Footman
English Literature A-level
Media Studies A-level
Drama and Theatre Studies A-level

Luke Footman

My name is Luke Footman, I am 19 years old, I studied English Literature, Media studies, Drama and Theatre Studies, with an Extended Qualification at South Essex College from 2013 until 2015 and this is my story.

I am from East London and I decided to study at South Essex College because I wanted a fresh start in a new place. The college was nice and I knew a lot of people that were going there already.

A year ago, while at college, I volunteered for a theatre school where I ran the marketing and advertising team on their professional performances. I worked on and with radio stations, press releases, poster design, set design, costume and marketing.  I learnt the value of working as a member of the team in a stressful environment and I gained an understanding of the process of the media in a theatre production.

I joined the Jack Petchey Foundation where I volunteered for several huge events such as The Evening Standard press party and The Glee Club at the O2 arena. I have also written several blogs for the foundation.

I have now joined a charity called ‘vInspired Team V’, which is an innovative group of young volunteers who run several campaigns on social and political matters. I have run three successful campaigns on food poverty, young careers, and where do young people stand in today’s politics.

The College also let me take around four weeks off to do an internship at Attitude magazine. The College worked out a way to get my work sent to me whilst doing the internship. The experience confirmed that I wanted to be in the media industry and I am thankful that the College allowed me to do it. I met some amazing people at College that I still talk to today.

Since completing my course I have begun my BA Hons joint degree in English Language, Communications with Media. My interest began when I opened my own theatre school, The Luke Footman School of Performing Arts, where I started using skills I had gained from past volunteering experiences.

I won the very first Wanna be an Entrepreneur competition of a £5,000 business package.

While I was at College I did over 300 hours of voluntary work  and in 2013 I joined Alphabet Agency where I have taken part in several professional projects, such as, filming and commercials.

I have just finished filming a TV drama series where I gained an insight into the camera work, professional behaviour, and working as an ensemble. I was also a student ambassador at South Essex College for two years and was involved in events management, open evenings, events, and programmes.

After completing the degree I would like to work abroad within different media forms such as writing or designing.

Confidence is a big part of interviews and talking to someone effortlessly. I think once you start at South Essex College you’re spoken to like an adult and you start to present yourself in a more mature manner. I have always found it strange how we act so immature in secondary school and in a matter of months we become adults.

Educating yourself is probably the most valuable commodity you can ever have. So many people around the world don’t get the opportunities that we have such has free education and you can become an independent person and you won’t have to rely on anyone but yourself. The College also help with other things, for example I was travelling every day from London and the College gave me generous bursaries to help me with travel expenses and food which allowed me to continue volunteering. If this money wasn’t available I would had to have given up these amazing experiences and I might not have opened my own school or done so many amazing things.

The equipment I used at College is pretty similar to what I have since used. All the editing and design work I did for the Luke Footman School of Performing Arts was done on programmes I used in AS media, such as Indesign, Photoshop, Flash, etc. English literature helped massively with my dyslexia, I learnt how to read books quickly and through reading my sense of words and spelling has improved. 

South Essex College has amazing facilities and the teachers give you all the help you could need. Although you’re there to learn, having fun at the same time really does help.

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My story Etienne Ayiga
Construction & the Built Environment HNC
English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Certificate
English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Entry Level to Level 2

Etienne Ayiga

Hello My name is Etienne, I am 26 and I studied for a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Construction, an HNC in Construction & Built Environment, and ESOL.

I came to England in 2005 from Togo with my family to study. When we arrived I was 15, I spoke no English and knew no one so it was quite difficult to make friends. I went to Futures College and then started at South Essex College which changed my life.

Everyone at the College welcomed me and my English improved very quickly.

The teachers at the College are fantastic, they helped me with everything from speaking English to writing my CV. I soon made lots of friends and I was able to help my family learn English.

I decided to do Construction because eventually I want to have my own business and build my own house. The tutors helped me every step of the way, including help with all my coursework so that I never fell behind. I always felt totally supported and me and my family were so proud when I graduated with my HNC.

I have worked on building sites and now work part-time in Homebase while improving my English even further. I hope to find work as a civil engineer or project manager and one day run my own company.

I would like to say to anyone who is thinking of studying at the College even if you have very little English, don’t give up, it is your future, everyone at the College is there to help you succeed, and they will put themselves out to make sure you are supported.

My story Ben Chandler
Foundation Diploma in Art and Design Level 4 Diploma

Ben Chandler

My name is Ben Chandler, I am 20 years old, I studied the Level 4 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design at South Essex College from 2014 to 2015, and this is my story.

I was very much into art throughout my entire education, figurative painting was my core; I spent many hours improving my technical ability and style, during and after school. Nearing the end of Sixth Form I found myself wanting something more than painting figures with realistic renderings so I began painting more gesturally with the palette knife and visiting more contemporary galleries to understand abstraction and conceptual art. It probably wasn’t the best time to change, but it worked out ok!

In essence, the art that I knew  became less engaging for me because I was asking what art was. Figurative painting is a perfectly valid art form by the way, but it was time to move onto something else, something new. I wanted to know what other forms of art there was; the result could have been hating anything new I saw or made, but keeping an open mind in attempt to try and understand was the main objective, and doing so at College changed my practice forever.

After College I went straight to Birmingham City University on the BA (Hons) Fine Art course in 2015 and am looking to graduate in 2018. The areas I am occupied by right now are sculpture (wood, metal), text, and film. I have become a student academic leader for the Level 4 cohort so my responsibility is to pass peer feedback to members of staff and help put it into effect. A handful of peers and I have also just started a student-led, extracurricular drawing class with traditional life drawing and experimental drawing methods for both practice and a challenge!

An open creative space for youths in Birmingham has just opened, so I am looking to get involved In that too. It is a very busy time for me.

I chose South East Essex College because the College campus was the closest place to me that ran the course, and I was completely sold when I visited an open evening for the course. It always seemed to have events going on, the work produced in the art spaces was exciting, and the Southend campus had an amazing design, it was always inspiring to see it every day. I was also very fond of the College’s progressive attitude towards equality and acceptance, an environment and ethic I will always get behind.

Whilst there I learnt more about my subject than I could have anticipated which made me more able to apply myself effectively and efficiently in the arts. My confidence, organisation, time management, decisiveness, critical analysis, and knowledge all matured from my short time here. Working alongside other creative individuals not only expanded my knowledge but also my understanding of a wider variety of people; students come from all over so I felt I achieved an empathetic development, something that can help me work well with others, even if I do not know them well at first.

Having the opportunity to specialise in the subject you love is a really special opportunity. You get access to a wide variety of facilities, machines, materials, and tutors who really know what they are doing, you can really play. Your passion for your subject is mutual with others, and working beside them gives you a wonderful experience.

At the College my confidence, organisation, time management, decisiveness, critical analysis, and my knowledge all got significantly stronger. I have also gained an interest in reading, as weird as that sounds I did not particularly enjoy it, yet finding themes I did enjoy increased my interest and endurance with reading when it comes to contextual research. Libraries are crucial, I highly advise everyone to use them frequently, your vocabulary and ability to filter information will benefit.

The computer software and machinery in the workshops are very much what you will expect beyond College, and it is free access. Depending on your situation in the industry, using certain equipment will involve costs that you may not have to pay at College. It is important that they are used as often as possible to pick up all the techniques you can because they definitely translate over into University and the Industries, and you’ll make efficient decisions regarding cost and your art.

My favourite memory of the College I guess has to be when the cohort’s final exhibition finally opened to the public, with an incredibly successful private view. All of the build-up was so worth it, it was a truly euphoric moment to show my work alongside the work of my friends, and have it resolve with celebrations in the pub. All the drawing sessions, tutorials, intense philosophical discussions at lunch, creative risks paying off, it was all worth it.

South Essex College is progressive, supportive, and really gets you engaged. Young people have passions but may not have the drive or confidence to pursue it within education, the College is really good at nurturing these passions. The equipment and accessibility is fantastic and gets you experienced for university. It isn’t a college that is afraid to try new things, the course structure changes to fit with the time and always tries to give the students challenges to better themselves.

My greatest achievement has to be my rapid, personal development within one year, it is still staggering to me; how I think and the work I make is nothing like what it used to be, and for the better. One’s journey can have many rises and dips, but the course caused a hectic acceleration upward. I am a better person than before, I got nominated to be in UAL's 'Origins' exhibition in London which was fantastic, but you don’t get them for nothing. Your self-directed development is key.

In the future I aim to be happy, surrounded by the creative friends I have made, and be in a situation where I can keep improving and exhibiting my art. That is it.

There is no doubt that my time at the College has helped me embrace mistakes and work meticulously until I get the results I want. It has strengthened my interest in the arts and supporting others in the arts, too. With desire to see as much work as I can, it has increased my desire to travel and be more independent, and I hope to influence others to feel this way.