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Bronwyn is studying Art & Design at our Mid Devon campus.
Bronwyn Ayre is studying the BTEC Extended Diploma in Art & Design Level 3 at our Mid Devon campus.
Bronwyn, 18, has been local to Tiverton all her life and attended Tiverton High School. Like many school pupils, she had little or no idea what she wanted to do as a career but she did develop an interest in the Arts (mainly photography) in classes taught at the High School by Petroc lecturer, Sharon Hawkins.
Over the course of Year 11, Bronwyn was invited over to the college campus to check out and get a feel for the facilities available on their range of art courses. Bronwyn was hooked and applied for a place on the BTEC Art & Design with a view to making photography her career.
Petroc was the obvious choice for Bronwyn because of its location and the career pathways offered – a BTEC from Petroc would enable her to progress to university to study photography at degree level. She also found that the familiar surroundings, smaller class-sizes and pre-existing relationships she had here meant that she received strong encouragement and support from staff and made new friends on her course.
While studying at Petroc on the BTEC Art & Design, Bronwyn has developed a strong interest in the history of trends and influences upon contemporary photographic art, gained reat technical knowledge and a flair for conceptualization.
[Photo- Bronwyn’s project work while studying at Petroc].
As Bronwyn approaches the completion of her course, she has approached a range universities and has offers from both Falmouth & Bath Spa Universities to study Photography and Plymouth University to study Media Arts. Bronwyn’s dream is to own a photographic retail outlet and be a freelance photographer.
Bronwyn’s advice to herself (three years ago) would be: "Push yourself and keep experimenting to find out what it is you want to do with your life!"
She is predicted to pass her course at Petroc with a ‘triple distinction’, which would enable her to progress to university and move her a step closer to realising her dream.
Poppy Loader is a student at our Mid Devon campus.
After A Levels, Poppy (18) initially began a graphics for print-based media course elsewhere, but found it didn’t suit her and the daily commute was challenging. Poppy became aware that Petroc offers a BTEC in Art & Design and took the leap of faith in switching courses.
Poppy said: “Since I joined Petroc, I have felt a lot more settled and life is better. My course offers me more flexibility and I feel that I am on the right path. Petroc has been so friendly and welcoming and I have made some really great new friends here. In the future, I want to get on an Apprenticeship in Fashion & Textiles (possibly in London) and, given that Petroc supports so many apprenticeships, I feel more reassured that I have made the right choice. In addition, I now don’t have to spend so much time commuting!”
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