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04 April 2017

Art student gains place at top university to pursue dream textile career

Jessica studied A Level Art, Textiles and English Language at Peter Symonds College before enrolling on an Art Foundation course at the Salisbury campus.

Whilst there, Jessica was eager to progress straight to university but soon realised it would be challenging to gain a place on some of the top textile courses of her choice without an Art Foundation diploma.

She said: “This course has opened up so many horizons.

“The tutors are fantastic, always enthusiastic about our work and embrace how different we are as individuals and the different areas we all want to specialise in.

“Joining the course has been such a nice change after A Levels - it is like a year to play!

“We have so much freedom to explore and experiment with the different facilities available to us across four floors within the department, from 3D workshops and photography to textiles and fashion.

“Studying in an older building also has its advantages - there is just so much stuff!

“We have access to one of the biggest photography darkrooms in the country and upstairs in fashion there is an archive of Vogue, Craft and other fashion magazines dating back years and years which is fantastic for our research and for inspiration.”

As part of the course, the 15 students have been collaborating with Salisbury artist, Henny Burnett on an ‘Animating the Archives’ project at Salisbury Cathedral as part of Salisbury International Festival.

They have also recently returned from a week exploring Vienna for inspiration for their final major projects.

Jessica is currently working on hers and this will be on display in the end of year art show in June, looking at the concept of optical art and illusions through camouflage and things that trick the eye.

She is thrilled to have been accepted at all five of her chosen universities and is heading to either Manchester or Birmingham to study Textiles, as her next stepping stone in to industry.