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HE Student Visits Her Former College

HE Student Visits Her Former College

Date: 13 December 2021

Our current Theatrical, Media and Special Effects Make-Up HND student Ashleigh recently visited her alma mater John Ruskin College, where she studied Hair & Media Make-Up Level 3, to talk to their current students.

She gave an overview of her start at JRC and how the course helped her progress to professional work on the production of a television show and onto her current university level course.

Ashleigh is currently working on the set of a new television drama called Psyched which is currently in the production phase.

Whilst on set, she works closely with the Head Make-Up Artist and alongside other professionals in a fast-paced environment where she must be well prepared, flexible and adaptable to the changing demands on set.

Ashleigh giving talk Ashleigh onset the new television drama titled Psyched
Ashleigh onset the new television drama titled 'Psyched'

She commented on this new chapter in her career saying “I feel I was really well prepared for working in a professional environment by my tutor at JRC. The way we needed to conduct ourselves in the classroom was the same as we do on set, so I felt ready for the new challenge.”

In addition to working on a professional film set, Ashleigh is completing her HND course. She explained that the course is very varied and can be challenging at times but in a good way as you need to plan your time very well and be more independent.

She told our students: “I apply the skills that I learned on my Level 3 course at JRC to my university level course. If that’s what you want to do in the future, then you’re on the right course!”

Medusa  Coursework that Ashleigh produced on her Hair and Media Up Level 3 Course at JRC
Medusa – Coursework that Ashleigh produced on her Hair & Media-Up, Level 3 Course at JRC

We asked our current JRC students about how they felt about hearing from our former student. Current JRC Hair & Media Make Up Level 3 student Millie commented:

“I want to take a similar path to Ashleigh and study a university course at East Surrey College. It was really useful to hear her experience and let me know I’m on the right path for the things I want to do in the future.”

 current JRC students listening to talk

We’d like to say thank you to Ashleigh for taking the time to speak with our current JRC students and wish her all the best!

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