Former student Alex Wiggins gave lectures about the range of career options available to art and design students. After leaving Brooke Weston he completed an art foundation course then went on to study degree level graphic design.
He illustrated his talks with many examples of his work, showing his progression and experimentation throughout a topic. He leaves de Montfort university this summer and, as well as continuing his freelance work he is hoping to be employed by a design agency.
While talking to art students from Years 8, 9, 10 and 12 Alex emphasised the range of courses and potential careers and encouraged them to visit as many galleries and universities as possible in order to find the right one for them.
Alex said: ‘Art GCSE is the subject that I liked most at school and is what led me into higher education. I am amazed that I have been able to go from Year 7 to my last year at university on a course that I love. I am creating work that I love so, if students want to follow a similar path I would recommend that they do a great deal of research and find a university that is tailored to their interests. In university you have about eight different projects on the go at once so you need to be adaptable and able to evolve. I am not sure that I have a style, I just create stuff that is comfortable for me. If I had to pick a word to describe my work it would be geometric.
I didn’t want to show the students simply the end results, I wanted to show my sketch book to show that this work is similar to what they are creating now, they can be taught how to do this and develop their own style which could lead onto a career in the arts.’
Ms Watts told the students: ‘Alex was one of the students that threw himself into every material that we have in the art department. He was willing to take on board the most experimental materials and combine them to find great combinations that were either big mistakes or big successes. We have a very high record of students who are in the art department going on to do degree level study in art. If you are doing your GCSE now and are choosing to do it at A Level, more often than not our A level students will go on to degree level in the arts as well.’