We caught up with Chloe Charlton, a Foundation Diploma in Art & Design student specialising in fine art, who recently completed a professional work experience placement at LHC architectural practice, based in Plymouth’s famous Royal William Yard harbour.
"My experience gave an insight into what a career there would look like and the day-to-day roles of an architect." – Chloe Charlton
Speaking about her time with the firm, Chloe said: "I was taken through the process of becoming a qualified architect in relation to the Royal Institute of British Architects qualifications.
"I had the opportunity to look at the projects the firm was working on, at how some of their computer-aided software works and the steps they take to ensure the successful progression of a project."
LHC are the architectural team behind changes to the college in 2010, which included creation of The Gallery, together with improvements to the landscape and public space around the building.
"It was delightful meeting with Chloe who showed an intuitive and insightful nature to deciding her future career prospects. She spent time with two of our recent graduate architects who were able to give her an insight into their route to architecture and the qualification requirements expected."
– Mark Daley, Director at LHC
When asked how she made this opportunity possible, Chloe highlighted the importance of networking with fellow students: "I made contact with LHC through another student. This conversation and transferring of knowledge is something that has happened continually on the Foundation Diploma in Art & Design course, both between the tutors and the students."
Following graduation, Chloe plans to continue her studies in Architecture at Glasgow School of Art.
Foundation Diplomas in Art & Design are a qualification unique to the creative industries, designed to offer ambitious students the opportunity to spend a year immersing themselves in discovery, experimentation and exploration of different artistic disciplines that are unavailable in conventional education settings.