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Hertford Regional College offers a range of two-year degree level courses within the Art & Design department at our Ware Campus. Platform is our Higher Education brand, which unites our practical and creative courses. 

Every year a selection of our Level 5 students devise and curate an exhibition as part of their professional development/work-based learning module; this usually occurs at Courtyard Arts Gallery and Hertford Theatre, Hertfordshire. Due to the Pandemic, we have just moved it online!

This is a student-led exhibition, created by the Level 5 Foundation Degree and Higher National Diploma students, across different courses such as Games Design, Graphic Design, Fine Art, Photography, and Visual Merchandising. This is a diverse collection celebrating their creativity, hard work, and achievement during semester A. Each student is focused on their individual themes, client-based projects, and approaches to contemporary practice, ranging from printmaking, textiles, photography, mixed media applications, digital arts, and creating games.

Despite the challenges of the last few months, the Level 5 students have been working with more dedication than ever before, to produce an imaginative and vibrant exhibition, showcasing their talents and achievements. 

Erin Barton — HND Photography

 ‘Decades’

Statement 

I have been exploring the evolution of women’s fashion and how cultural and political changes have affected and influenced the way women are represented. By looking at influences from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s I have explored and celebrated women’s style and created a narrative behind the image. Using colour and texture, I have aimed to personify the character of the clothes and celebrated the slow but important move towards equality.

Portfolio

Georgia Ingrey — FdA Visual Merchandising

 ‘Bring the Holiday Home’’

Statement 

This project is a live brief with Tesco Space, Range, and Display – Head Office, creating a concept for ‘Modern BBQ’ summer 2021.

This concept is aimed to create a positive and exciting summer campaign in order to uplift people’s spirits in 2021 by bringing the holiday home. Aiming to create a community through cultural foods and general merchandise, resulting from many mixed media experiments with a combination of print, pattern, textile, and collage techniques, in order to create a bold, innovative campaign design. This campaign offers an experience throughout various store scales through the cultural and street inspired appearance, which can be enjoyed by a full range of customers.

Portfolio 

https://georgiaingrey.myportfolio.com/

Josh Brialey — HND Games Design and Animation

 ‘The Immortal Stone’

Statement 

This game is about a treasure hunter called Liam Callahan; he travels to an island hidden in the Norwegian Sea in search for a legend. Faced with many trials, Liam finds himself trapped in the dungeons of the island with only one goal in mind, to find The Immortal Stone.

Ariane Irtelli — FdA Visual Merchandising

 ‘My kind of BBQ’

Statement 

This project is a live brief with Tesco Space, Range, and Display – Head Office, to design a food promotion concept around the theme ‘Modern Barbecue’ for summer 2021 that can be adapted to a variety of store sizes and an opportunity of a placement. 

The “My kind of BBQ” campaign started from a barbecue that could be used during COVID-19 isolation, where people could bring their own food. This new barbecue meal kit, pick and mix is to make your kind of BBQ! This range is for either individual or twin packs and comes with the main, side, burger buns, and a drink for the customers to buy for their own barbecue. Here is a selection of images of how the final campaign ‘My kind of BBQ’ will be applied to communicate the message to the customers from Power Aisle for Tesco Extra, one shelf in Tesco Express, featuring in both Tesco magazines, and website.

Portfolio 

Gimma Tunbridge — HND Photography

 ‘Walking with Pride’

Statement 

My images explore fashion in the LGBTQ+ community and embrace individuality. The aesthetic is inspired by 90’s magazines such as ID and celebrate challenging stereotypes. People in the LGBTQ+ community sometimes indicate their sexuality through self expression in ones sense of style of fashion, as a way of showing who they are to other members. Through facial expression, body language and clothes I have aimed to explore identity and create an androgynous look.

Portfolio

Sayon Angus, Lola Kane & Jodi Dixon — HND Games Design and Animation

 ‘Witch Hunt’

Statement 

Witch Hunt is a side-scrolling platformer where you play as a young Hansel/Gretel escaping the clutches of evil witches, working toward stealing and burning their wicked hearts. Along the way you will encounter obstacles and minions sent by the witches to stop you, avoiding them as you collect the souls of the children that came before you.

Astrid Rivas — FdA Graphic Design

 ‘The Toxicity of the Fast Fashion Industry’

Statement 

The toxicity of mass consumerism is a cause for concern in our current society. The fast fashion industry contributes massively to this issue, with fast and cheap production. In the zine I created, I am showing the reality behind the industry through my artistic vision. Some of the issues I am illustrating include; pollution that is caused by material manufacturing on a large scale, massive waste of water, chemicals that are harmful to living beings, and the terrible factory conditions that the workers are subject to.

Portfolio 

Josh Brialey, John Vaughan & Kai Cheale — HND Games Design and Animation

 ‘Towards The Light’

Statement 

You are an adventurer stuck deep underground in the tombs of Peru, using nothing but your trusted torch, you will make your way through these wretched tombs, fighting of light sensitive enemies while trying to find your way out. 

Amber Marshall — FdA Fine Art Practice

 ‘Immersed into Abstraction’

Statement 

This project, under the theme of ‘Synthesis of Deviation’, explores abstract art and how it deviates from traditional art. The initial concept included research into pioneers of abstract art such as, Wassily Kandinsky, who inspired the work greatly with his use of colour, shape, and layers. The project is a journey of abstract experimentation with a variety of mediums, and learning why artists create abstract art. The project has an underlying connection with abstraction and movement which is inspired by Artists Bill Viola and Alexander Calder. It explores how art can be made using basic shapes rather than something in a traditional form and wants the viewer to end up being immersed into the world of abstract art in the final concept. 

Portfolio 

www.ambermarshallart.co.uk 

Emily Joseph-Wylie — HND Photography

 ‘The Power of Myths’

Statement 

The theme behind my images is Greek Goddesses and the myths and stories surrounding them. I have chosen to explore this theme pictorially by taking images of women in the role of goddesses such as: Athena, Artemis, Circe, Persephone and Hera. I have played around with the sentiment of the old gods by putting a, modern day twist on each myth. By celebrating female empowerment and the power of the female gods I have attempted to embody their spirit and formidable qualities.

Portfolio

Brandon Kirby — HND Games Design and Animation

 ‘Station-159’

Statement 

While making a routine delivery. You, a courier, arrive on an abandoned space station. Where has everyone gone? Why have they left? How will you escape?

Terry Luther — FdA Fine Art Practice

 ‘Under Surveillance’

Statement 

Surveillance and control are an integral part of the world in which you live. Anonymity is now a thing of the past. No longer are you able to live without being tracked and recorded. The algorithms created to analyse you and your activities are causing you to become manipulated and controlled psychologically. These figures, each one individual, represent the human-race as a mass that has become nothing more than a commodity of data. It reminds or even awakens you to the fact that you too are a part of this dilemma. Never feel worthless, for you, and your data, are worth more than you can imagine.

Portfolio 

https://tezzauno.myportfolio.com/work

Thank you to Gas Brand Studio a local design agency who worked closely with the Programme Managers to make our HE students feel part of a community, united and with pride in their studies. Gas Brand Studio continue to support us with industry insight for students and fresh ideas to market our unique courses. 

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