Students from across our range of UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design programmes recently transformed our Palace Court campus into a lively gallery space, showcasing art, fashion, design and digital media. Celebrating the culmination of intensive experimentation and personal development, visitors enjoyed a diverse collection of cross-collaborative artwork and conceptual thinking.
We’ve picked out some impressive first and second-year photographers, illustrators, graphic designers and textile artists from our UAL Level 3 Extended Diplomas in Art & Design to spotlight:
18 year-old photographer Luke Frost already boasts a stunning portfolio of portraiture and landscape imagery, showcasing his natural affinity with the medium. Inspired by photographers like Nicholas JR White, Luke’s series of works for the summer show has him pushing outside his comfort zone, switching from digital to analogue, using large (4x5) and medium format film to capture his subjects.
Progressing to our BA (Hons) Commercial Photography for Fashion, Advertising and Editorial this year, in the past year Luke has volunteered to support the work of the college by capturing events for press, including an official visit from Luke Pollard MP, with images subsequently shared across our website and social media channels, as well as being published in the Plymouth Herald.
Originally from Hong Kong, at the age of 15 Caitlin Chan moved from the other side of the world to pursue her passion for photography here at the college. Since starting the course she has developed a keen eye for portraiture and has built a strong portfolio of studio work.
Caitlin said: “I am half Chinese, half Filipina that grew up in Hong Kong, so for the summer show, I will be featuring my series ‘The People of Asia’, which includes portraits of ‘different types’ of Asians with the aim of breaking down stereotypes as well as showing the diversity of people from the world’s largest continent."
“I have had many great experiences here, including collaborative work with fashion bloggers, models and makeup artists. I have also shot images for Plymouth City Council, Mount Edgecumbe Estate, Devon Wildlife Trust and Regen South West. As a travel enthusiast, next I plan to study a degree in Sydney. My future aspirations are to work in the fashion industry as a photographer and to broaden my experiences through my journeys to different countries.”
Arlo Hopkins has a natural affinity for photography, his subjects feel authentic and there is a rawness there that is amplified by the youthful subject of his imagery. He documents the lives of his friends and family, a mix of beautifully composed portraits juxtaposed with snapshot-like glimpses of them in homes, hangouts and parks.
Arlo said: "I’ve always found creativity to be at the core of self-expression. It was only through adolescence, however, that I manifested this creativity in photo making. Before this, I had dabbled in illustration, carpentry, ceramics, metalwork and many other mediums, none of which I ever felt I could truly control. Photography enabled me to think less about how I was creating; focusing instead on the what and why."
“I'm journeying through Central America later this year over the course of several months, Panama up to Mexico. We all have a dream and mine is a career in fashion photography; I'm attracted to the creative freedom, human interaction and lifestyle."
Ella Jones is a freelance illustrator, currently completing the first year of a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design (Graphics, Illustration & Game Arts). A lifelong artist, Ella joined Plymouth College of Art after beginning A-Level study at Exeter College and making the decision to pursue illustration full-time.
Ella said: “I enjoy working with a variety of mediums and am mostly inspired by the artists that I follow on Instagram, including Sonia Lazo, Evie May Adams and Jennifer Xiao. I’m committed to freelance illustration and intend to continue my studies at degree levels to continue to develop my skills further.”
Noah Whiting is a graphic designer, currently completing the first year of a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design (Graphics, Illustration & Game Arts). Taking inspiration from a wide range of media, including film, music and other graphic designers, Noah’s most recent project, ‘Idle Hands’, is a zine collecting his graphic design and typographical work.
Noah said: “Graphic design allows me to indulge in my creativity in an unconventional way. My visual vocabulary is influenced by my changeable preferences in music, alongside fashion style and skateboarding cultures. The abundant diversity that I see in different youth movements play an important factor in the work that I create.”
Lawrence Markey is a graphic designer, currently completing his Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design (Graphics, Illustration & Game Arts). Lawrence aims to represent his mixed English and Taiwanese background in his work, notably utilising his minimalist illustrations to combine western and eastern streetwear styles in his monochromatic urban streetwear brand, LM Apparel.
Specialising in textiles, artist Millie Tillott is inspired by current affairs and human rights, as she hopes to invoke discussion and open people’s eyes to current issues and become a voice for those that aren’t often heard. Millie hopes to start her own business in the future, to raise enough money to start a charity supporting refugees.
The focus for her most recent work is the lack of transparency from our government as she interprets the term ‘Orthodoxy’, a phrase from George Orwell’s ‘1984’. She has created a garment influenced by a straitjacket to demonstrate the entrapment of fake news and how we’re bombarded by it on social media.
“The title of my final major is called ‘Free your mind from the Orthodoxy’ which is inspired by the amount of fake news we’re exposed to. I have chosen this concept because I think that we are drowned in constant new stories that we don't actually care about but seem to have an addiction to consuming.”