Hear what our students have to say about their University Centre experience
Neil Bedford, BA (Hons) FashionNeil has gone on to photograph some of the most famous people in the world, including David Beckham, Liam Gallagher and Ed Sheeran.
During my time here, we were given great industry opportunities and encouraged to participate in different events and challenges, with one resulting in me being highly commended by Marks & Spencers.The assignments allowed complete creative freedom and were always set in a way that we could really express ourselves in our work. I eventually went on to graduate with a distinction, which remains a very proud moment for me. I then moved to London, where I changed my career path slightly to become a photographer and have since gone on to work with all kinds of clients in fashion, sport, music and advertising. Without learning about the fashion industry in Bradford and being allowed to express my creativity, I would not have been able to achieve. There’s not a day goes by that I’m not grateful for the time I spent at Bradford School of Art. The seed is always the most important part of the tree and I’m fully grateful that mine was allowed to be planted at University Centre Bradford College.
Alice Fox, BA (Hons) Textiles and Surface Design
I enrolled at Bradford School of Art as a mature student, to study part-time. I was attracted to study here by the studio and workshop facilities and relatively select cohort sizes. The course included a range of different textiles disciplines, which suited my interest in different techniques. I also negotiated time in the printmaking department, which allowed me to expand my skills even further.
The final year meant writing our own project brief, which allowed me to take my work in a fine art textiles direction. At New Designers I was selected for the graduate showcase at the Festival of Quilts, an opportunity that then led on to all sorts of other exhibition and teaching opportunities.
Since graduating, I have worked full-time on a freelance basis, building up a portfolio of residencies, Arts Council-funded projects, teaching experience and self-led solo exhibitions. I have self-published 6 books about exhibition projects I have undertaken and written a book for a major craft publisher. I have exhibited and taught nationally and internationally and I’m a member of the Society of Designer Craftsmen and the Textile Study Group.
Photograph by Carolyn Mendelsohn
Beckie Docherty, BA (Hons) Fashion
Bradford School of Art gave me the opportunity to recognise my individual design style. The course lets you explore the design process and build your technical skills in areas such as drawing, computer-aided design, the creation of pattern-cutting and garment construction.
I graduated a confident communicator, I exercised my presentation skills which enabled me to build a successful portfolio. Along the way you will gain great visual, critical and commercial awareness, as well as an in-depth understanding of the industry and trends. You will become a logical problem-solver with strong research skills. All transferable skills that appeal to any employer.
I have spent the past 2 years as a Junior Designer at Melrose Textile. We are successful in supplying leading UK home retail stores. My role includes researching home inspirations and colour trends and seasonal trips to interior design events and trade fairs. I believe the degree course gave me the foundations to go into the industry to pursue the career I had always envisioned.