My name is Josanne Gregory, I am 25 years old, I studied at South Essex College from 2009-2012 and this is my story.
I did a BTEC level 3 in Art and Design at the College having previously been at Thames Gateway College studying Vehicle Maintenance and Repair. I choose to study at South Essex College as the textiles print facilities were fantastic and you were also provided with your own studio space in which to do your work.
Being older than my peers was no problem at all and being at the the College helped to develop my knowledge of the subject. I became more confident in asking for help and contacting people who could further help me. I developed my pattern cutting skills which has been invaluable to the career I am going to pursue.
Since leaving College I have been at De Montfort University Studying Fashion Fabrics and Accessories. I will be graduating in July this year (2015). So far I have been given an award from the Leather seller’s Charity Fund. I have also had work selected to be sold at Indigo Paris. I will be presenting my work at my degree show and I have done a presentation to be selected to attend New Designers in London this year. The best thing about doing further education is that it has provided me with the technical skills and information I needed to succeed. I made lifelong friendships at the College and the teaching staff made my experience a positive and successful one.
I would definitely recommend the College because the staff and the facilities are great. I am currently working on my website and am also in the process of setting up a folksy and etsy site to start selling my designs. I am also in contact with independent shops to sell my designs through. Going to college really gave me a confidence boost. The skills I learnt and developed whilst I was studying there gave me a better knowledge of techniques than a lot of Colleges so I was prepared when I started at university.