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Stockport College Degree Courses 2012­–13

School of Arts, Design & Media CONTENTS 2

Welcome to Our World


Success Stories


Location, Location, Location!


Study Trips


Our Friends in Industry


BA (Hons) Illustration


BA (Hons) Graphic Arts & Design


BA (Hons) Animation & Motion Graphics (subject to validation)


BA (Hons) Contemporary Photography


FdA Commercial Photography


FdA Graphic Communication


FdA Interior Design with Sustainability


FdA Television Production


We Look Forward to Meeting You




Our Favourite Places


“Stockport College has helped many graduates into their first jobs with good, national employers. Stockport College is a small jewel.” ­— Mario Minichiello External Examiner and practicing illustrator

Welcome To Our World Paul Proctor, Assistant Dean, School of Arts, Design & Media

Dominique Byron, BA (Hons) Illustration graduate

What makes Stockport different? The School of Arts, Design & Media

The teaching at Stockport College is great; a real network of support,

is small enough to ensure that you receive the care and attention you

plus all of the tutors have first-hand experience of the industries you will

deserve from highly skilled expert tutors, whilst being large enough to

be entering. As the class sizes are smaller than most universities you will

provide you with the freedom and all the facilities you need to explore

receive lots of on-on-one contact to help you to develop your work.

and develop your independence as an artist or designer. With Manchester city centre just ten minutes away by train, you can be part of one of the most culturally vibrant cities in the UK. What’s more, the majority of our degrees are awarded by Manchester Metropolitan University, so you have access to their facilities as well.

You should apply to Stockport College because of the working atmosphere and the opportunities to collaborate and work alongside other students on both personal and live briefs. Most importantly, the courses are industry orientated which really prepares you for your career beyond university.

“We aim to provide an environment where you can have fun, experiment, and perhaps most importantly, are challenged.” As a specialist School of Arts, Design & Media, we are dedicated to ensuring that you have the very best opportunity at Stockport to gain professional skills and develop the attributes to become a highly employable creative individual. We aim to provide an environment where you can have fun, experiment, and perhaps most importantly, are challenged. With over forty years of experience in offering vocational higher education art and design courses at Stockport, we have developed excellent links with employers in and around Manchester and throughout the country. We can’t wait to share that experience with you.


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Success Stories Foursight Collective

At Stockport College we are proud of the outstanding successes of our students and graduates. Here are some of the highlights from the past year… FoursighT

FdA Commercial Photography students have been chosen by Alamy to

Foursight collective was established in 2012 by illustration graduates

shoot images for their stock image library. Alamy has become the largest

Dominique Byron, Jordan O’Brien, Matt Bray and Kris Sale. In ‘VS’, their

and most comprehensive online photo resource with a stock of over 32

first publication, they brought together the work of the heavyweights

million images.

of the illustration world alongside their own.

Sarah Wright

Alamy Shoot

“The course at Stockport gave us the skills and confidence to take on projects outside of our uni work by pushing us to make contact with industry professionals.”

Christmas in Uganda Illustration graduate, Dominique Byron was selected by charity, HUGS, to illustrate a children’s book called ‘Christmas in Uganda’. The book is now available to buy for Kindle via Amazon with profits helping to build a school in Uganda.

Since graduating from Stockport College in 2010, Gemma Roe has

Dominique Byron

“Stockport College gave me the courage, skills, resilience and contacts to realise my dreams and ambitions.”

Gemma Roe’s Eco Pod

Eco pods by Gemma Roe

established an exciting career in sustainable design. Gemma now runs her own company and has recently launched a unique range of eco pods having secured funding since appearing on the BBC’s Dragons’ Den.


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BBC MediaCityUK Stefan Remneson, FdA Television Production student said: “I am currently working for CBBC at MediaCityUK. For me the best thing about the course was the practical side. I didn’t realise how lucky we were to have a studio and gallery, and the opportunity to learn to be part of a team. The best advice I can give to anyone looking for work in TV is to be pro-active. Stockport College will prepare you well!”

The Neighbourhood

Textbook Studio

Success Stories

Textbook Studio

Stefan Remneson

Textbook Studio is an independent, multidisciplinary creative practice based in Manchester formed by three 2010 graduates, Chris Shearston, Vicky Carr and John Newton from the BA (Hons) Graphic Arts & Design course. In addition to working as a design studio, Textbook spend time working with a number of educational institutions in and around Manchester. Their design work blends handcrafted techniques with modern software and technology — lending itself to short runs of hand made publications.

­— Philippa Lightburn

Parachute Parachute is an annual newspaper that successfully encapsulates the creativity of the BA (Hons) Contemporary Photography graduates, alumni

The Neighbourhood Petra Stridfeldt and Radomir Mikulas

“As a student at Stockport College, you get all the same opportunities that you would at a University, combined with an environment which is supportive and close-knit — it’s the perfect combination.”

The Neighbourhood, one of Manchester’s leading creative studios, set an animation brief to advertise the new Lexus Hybrid car last year. They were so impressed with the quality of the students’ work and their professional attitudes that they have since arranged numerous work placements and employed two students full time, the moment they graduated.

and staff. The design of the paper is produced in collaboration with graphic design students and alumni from Stockport College. Collaborative practice is at the heart of the initiative!


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Success Stories

Victoria & Albert Museum YCN AWARD

Photography student Pati Poludniak secured a two hour portfolio review at the V&A in London this year, one of the most eminent Patrycja Poludniak

collectors and exhibitors of photography worldwide. Martin Barnes, Curator of Photography at the V&A said: “The uniqueness of the prints and the process as part of the artwork is crucial to a philosophical and conceptual understanding of camera-less photography, and I was pleased to see that Pati had grasped and understood this.”

2012 YCN Award BA (Hons) Animation & Motion Graphics graduate students Jack Maguire and John Hind were awarded ‘commended’ for their animated Heinz Salad Cream advert at the prestigious Young Creative Network awards 2012.

Interior design students

From Stockport… to New Zealand Animation & Motion Graphics graduate, Paul Greenwood, started his career at Double Negative studios working on films like Kick-Ass. His talent, passion for 3D design & VFX along with his honest hardworking attitude has generated a trail of glowing references. He has now landed his dream job, joining the team at Weta Digital in New Zealand, to work on the film ‘The Hobbit’.

A Google-inspired Reception This year, interior design students were set a brief to remodel the layout of the College reception. They created sustainable design solutions which included using eco materials and energy efficient lighting. Inspiration

Paul Greenwood

was taken from Apple stores and Google’s headquarters to explore how people interact and communicate today in this digital age. Vice Principal, David Harwood said: “We were incredibly impressed by the students’ creative ideas and professionalism. This work will inform our thinking around our property strategy as we move forward.”


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Location, Location, Location!

Study Trips

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Northwich Chester



Chesterfield Macclesfield


Each year students and staff from the School of Arts, Design & Media go on a study trip together. Destinations have ranged from New York, London, Krakow, Berlin, Paris and Barcelona to Amsterdam! It gives everyone an opportunity to learn about Art & Design and explore different cultures.

We’re closer than you think to Manchester, one of the UK’s most vibrant creative cities! Manchester is on your doorstep while studying at Stockport College. The College is just 10 minutes by train to the city centre. 2011 Auschwitz Visit

Stockport is extremely well connected by train, with direct trains to London every 20 minutes throughout the day. The College is also two minutes from junction 1 of the M60, making us easy to reach by car from the North West’s motorway network.


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Our Friends In Industry Dwelle Eco Pod

Edwina Cagol

We pride ourselves on our strong links with industry practitioners, built up over years of trust and investment. Here is a snapshot of our collaborators from the past year… The Wellspring Students from the BA (Hons) Illustration course were asked by The Wellspring (a resource centre for local homeless and disadvantaged people) to provide imagery for a fund-raising newspaper publication in response to a live brief. The project which is based in Stockport town


centre is solely dependant on donations. The publication, which was self funded by students and staff at the College, illustrates the various

FdA Interior Design with Sustainability students were asked to create a

aspects of the Wellspring’s provision.

design for an eco pod, to be used as a compact living space. Following

Jonathan Billing, Project Director said:

a visit to a sustainable micro-building designed by Ric Frankland at Dwelle to see the construction and learn about the sustainable materials

“I am absolutely blown away by the standard of the work in the Home Sweet Home newspaper. We are very proud of it and the students were very professional.”

and technologies, students designed their own eco pod for a specified client of their choice. Ric came into College for the critique at the end of the project and gave invaluable feedback to the students. One of our Illustration students, Wellspring project


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students has since worked with Ric on the promotion of his eco-building at ‘Green Build’, the sustainable building exhibition in Manchester.

Marple Carver Theatre and Taylor O’Brien After an initial briefing with both the client ‘Marple Carver Theatre’ and Helen Taylor, the creative director from Taylor O’Brien design studio in Manchester, a group of FdA Commercial Photography students were chosen to shoot a set of twelve images for a charity calendar to link in with the stage production of Calendar Girls.


Hallé For Youth

Our Friends In Industry

The Times Jon Hill, Design Editor of The Times newspaper, worked with BA (Hons) Graphic Arts & Design students in 2012. He said:

Hallé For Youth

Youth’ schools’ concerts represent the ultimate in ‘live’ broadcast work experience. The annual collaboration was in response to the Hallé’s

Graphic Design students with Jon Hill

For students on the FdA TV Production course, the annual ‘Hallé for

“It was great fun working with students on a recent project for the Olympics and so refreshing to hear their thoughts on the brief. The Times is keen to build on the new relationship with the School of Arts, Design & Media at Stockport College. The staff and students I met all seemed to be full of energy and optimism. This was somewhat unexpected given the current economic climate and changes to higher education funding. There was a genuine sense of purpose amongst the staff coupled with a real team spirit.”

wish to develop the overall experience of the ‘Hallé for Youth’ concerts. Steve Pickett, the Hallé’s Education Director said: “The whole thing has worked brilliantly for us; the students have to work tremendously hard, to get to know the orchestra themselves and the programme of music to be played, and they’ve done a fantastic job.”

Stockport Homes The BA (Hons) Contemporary Photography staff and students have developed a lasting relationship with Stockport Homes through a number of collaborative projects which aim to transform the lives of young and elderly people in the local community. The projects have provided students with new experiences and a vocational opportunity alongside their academic and creative study, which will prove vital in

­— Chris Madden BA (Hons) Illustration graduate


Stockport Homes Project

“One of the best things I experienced whilst studying at Stockport College was the consistent and frequent integration with the design industry; whether attending lectures and presentations or from being taught for full semesters by practicing professionals. There was always an element of realism from the course leaders that made entering an already saturated industry an exciting challenge.”

the post-study environment.

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BA (Hons) Illustration 3 years full-time UCAS code: W215 Awarded by Manchester Metropolitan University

Ceclia Hulme

The BA (Hons) Illustration course recognises and celebrates the breadth of opportunity available within contemporary illustration practice; through drawing, making/craft, digital and analogue processes. We encourage the collaboration of ideas to make an exciting and vibrant studio environment. We ask what illustration ‘can be’ rather than ‘what it is’. You will be part of an exciting creative community and be taught by a team of enthusiastic and dedicated staff who have industry experience. We have developed a strong network of contacts within the design/illustration industry. This ensures that your education remains relevant and current.

Natalie Bell

“The illustration course is opening doors for me into the creative world. I am learning so many new skills, some that I am developing and others that I will reference in the future. If you are serious about going into the creative industries you need to apply to Stockport College to gain that step up.” ­— Kyle Hart BA (Hons) Illustration student


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BA (Hons) Illustration

Cat Webb and Bryony Hopkins

I learned about how the illustration world works, which is priceless when starting as an illustrator. Not a lot of courses offer real world advice, but this one does.

Jordan O’Brien

“On the illustration course I learned a great deal about different image making processes. I was encouraged to learn through experimentation, but also given plenty of guidance too.

Dominique Byron

The teaching is brilliant and all the students are treated with respect. The tutors give great constructive criticism about work, but are also willing to get to know the students and properly engage with them. Students should apply here because it truly is a great course that will really help prepare you for work in illustration.”

“Wow — the work that Stockport College Illustration students have done for Age UK is really fantastic! We are so proud to have our name on it.” ­— Hazel Batty Age Uk Stockport

­— Kyle Hart BA (Hons) Illustration student


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BA (Hons) Graphic Arts & Design “My fondest memory of being a student on the BA (Hons) Graphic Arts & Design course is that I was given the opportunity to grow! I’ve learnt how to truly get things done and was inspired by collaborating with others on the course.

3 years full-time UCAS code: W210 Awarded by Manchester Metropolitan University

The quality of teaching is reflected in the level of tutor motivation throughout the course. I’m glad that I could work with such a highly motivated and enthusiastic team of staff.”

We are a teaching team that adopt a progressive approach to graphic design practice. We aim to produce versatile, resourceful, confident graduates who are creative, imaginative and self-motivated. You’ll gain

­— Radomir Mikulas BA (Hons) Graphic Arts & Design graduate

the skills and knowledge necessary for successful careers in the design and visual arts professions. You will work on projects which are both wide ranging and challenging. You’ll work in a studio environment that is supportive and encourages collaboration and professional practice. We have developed excellent links with the graphic design industries

Bookbinding Workshop with Lucy Wilson

throughout the UK and many of our graduates now run successful graphic design companies. Join us if you would like to learn, change, grow and discover.

Grow 2012 Degree Show artwork


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BA (Hons) Graphic Arts & Design

“The best thing about studying on the BA (Hons) Graphic Arts & Design course is the size of the classes; it means you can make some great friends to collaborate with in the future, and also receive quality feedback on your work during each session.

“I am so glad I chose the BA (Hons) Graphic Arts & Design course. I’m only 3 weeks into the academic year and my mind is jam-packed full of new, inspiring, creative ideas, causing me to re-consider graphic design and what it means to me. I feel challenged but excited about the rest of the course.” ­— Patrycja Wisniewska BA (Hons) Graphic Arts & Design student

You will also take part in live briefs throughout the three years. They really help to prepare you well for the industry. It is also great to get your portfolio seen by industry whilst at university.” Chris Shearston and John Newton

Letterpress workshop with Sheena Calvert

­— Laura Gallagher BA (Hons) Graphic Arts & Design student

“The Graphic Arts & Design course consistently lives up to its reputation for quality, creativity and diversity! What a great environment for students to flourish in. Each year I wish the course’s graduates the very best of luck as they blossom into their professional careers.” ­— Helen Taylor Creative Director, Taylor O’Brien


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BA (Hons) Animation & Motion Graphics Subject to validation

3 years full-time

“We have learnt a lot about new animation techniques through liaison with the course at Stockport, not to mention the stream of graduate talent we can utilise with our clients.”

UCAS code: W615

We think that animation is currently the most exciting and innovative

­— Nigel Moore producer at Fuzzy Duck

field of practice in design. The design industry is rapidly changing and evolving and we want to produce students who are at the forefront of this. We are as passionate about your development as an independent, creative individual as we are about animation. We provide a studio culture that nurtures experimental, confident, collaborative and adaptive students. By joining us you will be following our many successful graduates who gained the essential knowledge and skill to enter employment in motion graphics, broadcast design and post-production visual effects.

Steve Swanborough

“The Animation & Motion Graphics tutors lived and breathed the subject. Their passion was radiant and was picked up by the people they were teaching; lighting the same fire in their bellies!” ­— Jenny Huddart BA (Hons) Animation & Motion Graphics Graduate


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BA (Hons) ANIMATION & Motion Graphics

Jack Maguire

“What impressed me most about the students was their passion, commitment and stamina to realise their ideas, along with their sense of teamwork and cooperation. These are extremely important virtues for following a career in animation. The course is well run by tutors who are passionate about their students’ development and their subject matter. By creating an environment that encourages cooperation, tolerance, and the tools of self-criticism, Stockport College ensures the delicate evolution of creativity is well nurtured.” “If you are looking to apply for a course that has brilliant staff, freedom for you to explore ideas, close connections with industry and great job prospects at the end, then Stockport’s the place to be.”

­— Jon Humphreys creative director at The Neighbourhood

Tom Mathieson

­— Matt Geeling BA (Hons) Animation & Motion Graphics Graduate

Dan Pike


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BA (Hons) Contemporary Photography 3 years full-time UCAS code: W640 Awarded by Manchester Metropolitan University

We believe that developing technical photographic skills as well as engaging intellectually in the issues and debates implicit in the medium makes a great photographer. You will enhance your knowledge and practical skills in photography in a dynamic teaching environment. You will be treated as a creative individual whose ideas are encouraged and valued. The course values you as an independent, self-directed photographer. We recognise the need for excellent professional skills in communication, ‘Ellipsis_01’, Karen Hewitt

which you will link directly to work opportunities that suit your practice.

“The combination of lecturers on the BA (Hons) Contemporary Photography course makes it an extremely exciting proposition indeed. Their students will be the ones to watch in coming years.” ­— Karen Newman Curator at Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool


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‘Waiting for the Inquest – Ian’, Alexander J McCorkle

BA (Hons) Contemporary Photography

“I feel I have already made professional connections on the course and could possibly have a career ready to go when I finish. The BA (Hons) Contemporary Photography course has also opened my eyes to further study routes such as a PGCE or Masters qualification. I would like to carry on in education after this course as it has introduced other areas of photography and interests that I would like to study further.” ­— Angineh Nowroozi BA (Hons) Contemporary Photography Student

‘WanT’, Petra Stridfeldt

‘Gilly Suit’, Andrea Smith

“The best thing about the course is the space and quality of support offered to find yourself as a photographer and future professional. The connections with previous graduates, external institutions and established artists (some our own lecturers) forms an exciting and growing community of photographers/ artists which I now feel part of. The exchange of ideas, opportunities and collaborations in this way has informed my work. It feels exciting to know that the course I’ve chosen is one element of something much larger. I wish I could stay longer!” ­— Colette Longdon BA (Hons) Contemporary Photography Student


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“It was a pleasure working with staff and students on the FdA Commercial Photography course.”

UCAS code: W641 Awarded by Manchester Metropolitan University

­— Cath Broadhead Creative director at Zap Ltd Chorley

We encourage a ‘hands on’ approach to the world of commercial photography. We recognise it is important that you gain the skills needed to produce highly accomplished and professionally finished photographic work in response to a client brief. You will develop professional knowledge as well as practical skills including planning, technique, creative design and a professional approach to business services and practices. We know that experience in the workplace is crucial and will encourage you to work both independently and collaboratively on a number of ‘live’ photographic projects. You’ll get all the support you need to be a successful commercial photographer.

Sarah Wright

Josh Fox


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Perry Johnston

“We so enjoyed working with the students during the Marple Theatre’s Calendar Girls show. Great work, thank you!”

“I am really enjoying the course and the way that it is challenging me! I’m so proud to have received a distinction this year.” ­— Sarah Wright FdA Commercial Photography student

Helen Hughes

Hena Rana

­— Helen Taylor Creative Director, Taylor O’Brien


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FDA GRAPHIC COMM UNICATION 2 years full-time UCAS code: WN25

“What stood out for me about the course was my tutors introducing me to other graphic designers such as Ben Drury and Ian Swift. Over the years, these particular designers have become more inspirational in my current work and ideas.”

Awarded by Manchester Metropolitan University

There has never been a more important time to be a great graphic communicator. We’ll provide you with the knowledge and skills you’ll need to thrive in a fast moving graphic design environment.

­— Marc Leacock FdA Graphic Communication graduate

With great tutor support, you’ll develop the portfolio you want and the confidence you need to get your foot in the doors of local and national design companies and creative studios. You’ll learn about different areas of the graphic design industry and get the opportunity to specialise in the areas you prefer. You’ll be encouraged to go on work placement and develop great

Christine Watkins

contacts with industry professionals.


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Triinu Onton

“The teaching is set at a professional level at Stockport College. School days are long gone. I was spoken to as an equal, my ideas were listened to, but I also had to listen to feedback too; constructive criticism. I experienced a mix of talks, group critiques and workshops all aimed at personal growth.”

“It is a real pleasure working with the outstanding staff team and students on the FdA Graphic Communication course. Students of the course consistently come up with creative solutions that are fresh, innovative and relevant, to professional standards.”

­— Wayne Pretl FdA Graphic Communication graduate

­— Damyon Anderson Garrity Creative Director of Influence Design

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Students in the studio

Clara Wolstenholme




“The focus on both vocational skills and professionalism on the course is great. You also work on real projects which makes learning and experience more tangible.”

UCAS code: W250 Awarded by Manchester Metropolitan University

We are passionate promoters of new ways of design thinking and sustainable design practices. We want to share this with you.

­— Sarah Steele FdA Interior Design with Sustainability student

Interior design practice has evolved over recent years in response to global environmental issues that demand a new set of skills and a new approach; that’s what we teach. We have developed great links with the interior design industries. Through these we offer you a range of exciting opportunities to work on ‘live’ interior design projects. You’ll also be joining a professional environment that encourages you to fulfil your creative design potential.

David Clark


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Maria Davies

“The teaching on the FdA Interior Design with Sustainability course is great, by knowledgeable tutors who are happy to help and guide you to help you achieve your goals.

Gemma Roe

“The Interior Design course is very well run and students have a realistic understanding of practicalities within the industry. We received some excellent designs for our retail space!”

­— Caroline Harris FdA Interior Design with Sustainability student


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Graham Wright

I have learnt a lot on my course and improved steadily throughout the year acquiring more and more skills over time. I am looking forward to my second year with the challenges and design opportunities it will bring.”

Student work in Delamere Forest

­— Amanda Phillips Exhibition Manager, Eureka the National Children’s Museum


Fda TELEVISION PRODUCTION 2 years full-time UCAS code: P311 Awarded by Liverpool John Moores University

TV is fun – and it’s all around us. But the reality of establishing yourself as a programme-maker rather than simply a viewer requires getting to grips with the reality of TV production. We want you to aspire to work within the television industries. You’ll gain the crucial mix of knowledge, expertise and experience needed. Theory and practice are integrated within the context of a professional production environment. As well as gaining solo shooting and editing skills, we’ll also provide you Student working at the Hallé

with the opportunity to participate in a highly collaborative, professional environment and acquire a wide range of communication skills that will raise your ‘employability’ profile.

“The Television Production FDA is a great course and very accurate to the industry especially through the use of our own studio to shoot live in. I didn’t know anything about broadcasting live and how it is achieved until I came to the TV Production FDA. In addition it has boosted my confidence.” ­— Luke De Botte FdA Television Production student


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Our TV studio

Live at Stockport College

“The TV Production course has helped me a lot. Everything that I learned on the course was useful and has helped me out in my work. Since I left the course I have been working on Britian’s Got Talent, X-Factor Judges and Finals in Wembley, Got To Dance (whole tour), The Voice UK, Take Me Out Gossip and soon will be working on Blockbuster.

When I began to study on the Foundation Degree in TV Production, I did not have any confidence but over two years on the course I have gained confidence and from there on I have been searching for work. Now I am addicted to work in TV.”

­— Steve Pickett Education Director at HALLÉ, The Bridgewater Hall

­— Eva Khuroshvili FdA Television Production graduate


“It has always been the Hallé’s wish that school concerts should be both a visual experience as well as an aural experience. In recent years the Hallé’s partnership with the Foundation Degree in TV Production course at Stockport College has made this possible and feedback from teachers across the region has praised this development.”

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We Look Forward to Meeting You What we expect of you

We guarantee to interview all students who apply to us. We don’t do virtual interviews or ask you to upload to a blog. We would like to meet you so you can show us what you are about and why you think you’d fit in here.

We’d like you to be prepared with a well-organised portfolio of selected work that reflects your skill, creativity and aptitude for your chosen area of study*. We always like to see evidence of thinking. This might involve sketchbooks, notebooks, scrapbooks, evidence of visual research and ideas sheets. It’s not just finished work we want to see, often we can tell more from the supporting work, the journey. We like to see evidence of written work also, a recent essay for example. We will expect

This is your opportunity to shine

you to communicate the commitment and enthusiasm you have for your subject area. What you say is important. We will ask you about your passions, interests, what

Often we get our current students involved in the process too. They will show you

makes you tick and the big question… why do you want to study with us?

around the department and you can chat to them afterwards. We are proud of the

*Applicants to the FdA Television Production course will be expected to have a showreel of their work.

relationship and rapport we have with our students and are keen that you see this for yourself. We believe our students are our best ambassadors. We don’t lose sight of

What you can expect from us

the fact that this is a big decision for you so we want to impress you as much as we hope you want to impress us!

We will be be fair, open and welcoming. We won’t ask you any trick questions or make things unnecessarily difficult. We will however ask probing questions and try

It makes a difference if you visit us first, either by attending one of our open days or contacting us to make an appointment. We like this because we can then ask you

to get to the heart of what you are about and to ascertain whether we think what

at your interview about your reasons for applying to us.

we offer would benefit you. It was Leo Burnett the great advertising executive who said: “Curiosity about life in all its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people.”


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Hello From Juli Parr

Hello From Gary Spicer

Hello from Ian Parkin

Hello from Joanna Spicer

We certainly think this is true and one of the qualities we look for in all applicants.


Questions? We’re here to help Please contact Julie Dixon, our Learner Relations Administrator, if you have any questions:

“The best thing about being a student at Stockport College is the people you are surrounded by. Over three years, I worked alongside enthusiastic staff together with inspiring, engaged students. I believe that this combination makes Stockport College like nowhere else.” ­— Radomir Mikulas BA (Hons) Graphic Arts & Design graduate

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How much will I pay? Will I have a final year show? You are able to get information about tuition fees on our website, However, we have set our fees

We have a graduate show every year. Students also get the chance to exhibit at

significantly below those of many Colleges and Universities in the UK.

various venues in Manchester and in London.

How can I get financial support?

What contact will I have with industry?

If you are eligible, you will be able to get a student loan for your tuition fees and a

Throughout your studies at Stockport, you will be introduced to industry practitioners

maintenance loan from the student loan company. You may also be eligible for a

through visiting lecturers, live briefs and studio visits both here and abroad. We are

student grant which is non repayable. Stockport College also offers various generous

lucky in that we are situated in one of the most vibrant creative hubs in the country.

bursaries and scholarships to eligible students, which do not have to be paid back.

In addition to this, you will be encouraged to develop your own contacts through external portfolio critiques and work placements, etc.

What if I have a problem? Where is the graduation ceremony? Studying for a degree is exciting but there may be times where you need help to adjust to a new culture and routine. Finding somewhere to live, applying for a

The majority of our courses are validated by Manchester Metropolitan University, with

student loan or perhaps you’re missing friends and family – whatever the problem;

the exception of FdA Television Production which is validated by Liverpool John Moores

we’re here to help. We offer a wide range of support services, including counselling,

University. Both universities hold graduation ceremonies in their respective cities — The

accessibility, childcare, chaplaincy, and of course, tutors that care.

Bridgewater Hall in Manchester and the Anglican Cathedral in Liverpool, which you are welcome to be a part of. You are also invited to take part in the Stockport College HE

Where will I live?

Awards & Prizing Giving event held at Stockport Town Hall each year.

Many of our students choose to stay in Manchester’s Student Village which is

What qualifications do I need?

privately owned and open to all local students. You will be joining the largest populated student area in Europe. We can also help you to find students to

You will need to gain 5 GCSEs at C or above, and 2 A’ Levels or equivalent

share local accommodation if you prefer.

qualifications. However, mature students and those from less traditional backgrounds who may not have these qualifications should also apply and we will advise.


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Our Favourite Places Studying at Stockport College gives you easy access to Manchester — one of the most culturally vibrant cities in the UK. There’s lots to discover while you’re studying with us! Here are some of our favourites to get you started… Bars

Gig Venues

Tea Houses

The Cornerhouse

Manchester Academy


Common Bar





Nexus Art Café


Deaf Institute

North Tea Power

Deaf Institute/Trofs

The Castle Hotel

Home Sweet Home


Britons Protection

Soup Kitchen

Band on the Wall

The MEN Arena

Koffee Pot

Fab Café

Fyg Deli

Sand Bar


Print Shops


Manchester Art Gallery

Marc the Printers

Stockport Library

Cube Gallery


Manchester Central Library

Arts and Crafts Centre


MMU Special Collections



John Rylands Library



The Red Bull


The Peveril of the Peak

People’s History Museum

Sinclairs Oyster Bar

Manchester Museum

Gallery of Costume Blankspace Islington Mill Kraak Gallery

National Football Museum


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“Hello, I’m Natalie, a graduate of Stockport College. I really enjoyed the studio environment at Stockport. The fast turnaround of briefs and projects meant that I produced a lot of work at College and was able to develop and refine my skills and style. Stockport is a great environment to study in! The teaching is brilliant; the best I’ve ever had! The tutors are all friendly and approachable and you can tell that they care about how you are doing. They really pushed me to produce my best work and encouraged me to be independent. You’ll get the best possible experience as a student at Stockport College. I can’t fault a thing about my time there!” ­— Natalie Wood BA (Hons) Illustration graduate

Stockport College School of Arts, Design & Media Town Centre Campus Wellington Road South Stockport  SK1 3UQ

Contact Julie Dixon Learner Relations Administrator 0161 958 3501

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