Costume Construction degree students hold end of year show

University Centre South Essex BA (Hons) Costume Construction students held an end of year exhibition to showcase their work.
The event, held at The Barns, at High House Production Park, Purfleet, was the culmination of the three-year degree programme.
Students worked in collaboration with The Backstage Centre’s lighting team to create a professional and engaging exhibition while being mindful of COVID restrictions and distancing guidelines.
Work on display encompassed the diverse and eclectic nature of the course, with an array of costumes exploring different genres, eras, fabrics, colours and techniques.
One student, Ami Nelson, said she was delighted to be part of the exhibition.
She said: “Seeing my work on display was amazing, it feels like all of the hard work I’ve put in over the past three years has been worth it!
“The course is fantastic, the best part is we learnt so many different techniques, so there is something for everyone. My favourite was printing and embroidery.
“The best thing about studying at University Centre South Essex is you get to know everyone and they are so supportive, we always bounced ideas off each other.
“The fact that groups are relatively small meant we could spend more time with our tutors who always offered guidance, support and pushed us to achieve our very best.”
The course isn’t just for those straight out of college or sixth form, it is also extremely popular with mature students retuning to education to expand on a hobby while gaining an industry-recognised qualification.
Marissa Hayward returned to education and started on the Foundation Art & Design course which gave her the skills and confidence to progress on to the degree programme.
She said: “The foundation course really opened up my creative ideas and got me back into studying. It really prepared me for doing the degree, especially as I have been out of education for some time.
“I have got so much out of both of the courses and it shows you can return to education if you want to! 
“The exhibition gave me a real sense of achievement. A lot of planning and work goes into creating a costume and to see the final product reminds me of all of the different techniques I have learnt and put into practice.”
Lou Cox, course leader, said the exhibition was an amazing opportunity for the students.

She said: “After what has been a difficult 18 months for everyone, our students were determined to put on a fantastic display to showcase their talents. 
“All of the work demonstrated beautiful textile techniques, and the attention to detail was second to none. I am extremely proud of what the students have achieved, and they should be too.
“It has been a pleasure to be part of each students’ journey over the past three years and we wish them all every success for the future.”
For further information on the course visit or view the students’ work on the course Instagram page @costumeconstructionbasec

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