I studied the Art & Design FD course at Bedford College and enjoyed it so much I wanted to progress on to the HND. I did consider going to university, but thought it was best to do the first two years of my degree at college and then do a top-up third year at university, as I felt I needed the extra support college gives. Plus, the cost was more reasonable than university - it was £4,000 a year for me, whereas university would have been £9,000, so I felt I was getting much better value for money.
I particularly enjoyed the commission work we did for Bedford Borough Council. I found it very rewarding and now have one of my sculptures in a local park. The original commission was to design sculptures that could be placed inside and outside the labyrinth at Priory Park in Bedford. I created something made out of recycled mahogany and teak. I like bringing materials back to life and creating something beautiful out of discarded objects. I was delighted when my sculpture was selected to be positioned outside the labyrinth and then it was transferred to a permanent location at Harrold-Odell Country Park.
The skills you learn on this course, and particularly when undertaking real commissions, are invaluable. It’s definitely improved my problem solving skills and made me more confident about how I approach my work. I now feel ready for university and in September I’ll be doing a top-up year at the University of Westminster in London, so I’ll have a full BA Honours in Fine Art.
Luana - Fine Art HND