Lecturer Ken Jones talks Architecture success

One of the joys of teaching 3D Design at the College, is seeing students’ progress beyond their A-levels and continue on to be successful. I was delighted therefore to be invited to the Welsh School of Architecture, by two of my former students.

Megan Thacker Brooks and Sam Pywell both studied 3D Design at the College in 2016 and produced excellent A-level projects. Now, seeing their work at the Cardiff University end of year show, it’s clear just how far they’ve come.

Both students are currently looking for positions within architectural practices, having recently graduated with First Class marks. Unsurprisingly then, the pair had produced exceptional final projects when I visited. This is reflected in their level of achievements closer to home…

Anyone who has visited the College will have noticed “Rod,” the iron man designed by Megan who stands above the STEM building entrance. Megan created the sculpture during the 3D Design course and later enlarged it for her Extended Project Qualification (EPQ).

Given Megan and Sam’s continued success, I was curious about how they now viewed their time at Cirencester College.

“We found we were miles ahead of the other students because of the skills and experience we gained in out 3D Design A-level,” explained Sam. Megan, on the other hand, is still benefiting from her time at the College, using concepts she developed here in her professional portfolio.

For me, as her teacher, it makes me proud that the design skills Megan learned at the College still stand up to her impressive degree work.

Not only was it a very enjoyable evening, but it is re-assuring to know that the course we offer is providing an excellent springboard for professional careers. Better still, both Megan and Sam said they missed the excellent College workshop!

Are you interested in studying A-level 3D Design, Fine Art, or Graphics? If you would like to join Cirencester College in 2019 you can apply through our website www.cirencester.ac.uk or come along to our Open Day on Saturday 12 October, between 10am and 3pm.


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