Hometown: Sheffield, England

 

About You

How did you come to choose the course and why QMU?

It seemed the best for my needs. The course offered a strong practical focus with 'live' experiences, in this case dramatic performances, tailored to fit within the courses framework, rather than just featuring more academic or paper projects.

Living Away from Home

Edinburgh is a beautiful city with a lot of culture and history and I felt it would be a good learning environment. I have never felt so much at home as when I lived there.

Where did you live whilst studying? If you were living in halls what’s was the best part?

During first year I was based in halls of residence on campus. During the following two years I moved into a central location so I could enjoy all the amenities of city living.

"Try and get as much course related work experience as possible and gain contacts and insight. Experiment and try new things and don't be shy about having an artistic point of view. A unique approach will make you stand out within the industry."
Kevin Reuben Faulkner

The Course

The festival is always a fun time but the history of the city is really inspiring. I think being able to get away to Portobello beach was always a highlight while I lived there too.

Did you attend an Open Day? If so was there any aspect of the University which made up your mind for you?

I didn’t attend an open day. I just liked the sound of the course from the descriptor.

What was the most interesting part of the course? Either something you learned or a particular activity.

The enjoyed the fact that it was an immersive experience and gave me practical skills which replicated a true working environment. It gave me an idea of the required skills and motivation needed to work in my chosen profession.

After Graduation

Try and get as much course related work experience as possible and gain contacts and insight. Experiment and try new things and don't be shy about having an artistic point of view. A unique approach will make you stand out within the industry. Ultimately stay positive and learn from every experience.

Tell us what happened immediately after you graduated

I worked on a number of shows, then I worked part-time within retail while freelancing and pushing my own brand. I furthered my skills and added new ones in order to help my chances of success and improve my brand identity - like expanding into knowledge of hair and beauty alongside costume. I applied for a lot of jobs with not a lot of success at times. I had planned on moving to London regardless, as the majority of work seemed to come from there, but managed to secure a good position before I moved within my industry.

Are you currently working? If so please give a brief outline of your job. If not, what are your plans?

I currently am still in retail and freelance but start a new job at Angels: the costumiers as part of a new team dealing with renovation and restoration of existing costumes from the 1850's onwards. My particular role with be renovations team supervisor and I will manage a team to maintain, repair and salvage existing stock so it is viable to be used within the company.

Would you consider further study?

Yes, definitely. I applied to do my masters in costume and was successful at gaining a place at the London College of Fashion and also Edinburgh College of Art, however I was unsuccessful at securing finances which meant that I could not attend.