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Items filtered by date: May 2021

On Wednesday 26 May, Richmond upon Thames College’s UAL Foundation Diploma Art & Design students worked together to put on an exciting exhibition of their Final Major Project artwork. The exhibition reflected a diversity of themes ranging from the personal to political, and worked in a range of media from painting through to metalwork.

Caroline King, Art & Design teacher at RuTC, said, “The students have worked extremely hard with enthusiasm and an energy and we are proud of everything they have achieved during the challenges of this academic year. The students are progressing to a range of university courses in areas such as industrial design, illustration, Fine Art, Graphic design and games design and we wish them well as they move to the next step of their creative journey”.

Find out more about the Art and Design Foundation Diploma by clciking here.

Take a look at photos from the Art Exhbition below:

The RuTC Podcast presents a range of topics and discussions hosted by Beth Pattison, our Student Engagement and Equalities Lead. Beth speaks with current and former students as well as industry professionals about different topics that affect young people.

Although The RuTC Podcast has been developed for students at Richmond upon Thames College, the content and discussions are relavent to everyone. So whether you're a student at RuTC or not, please feel free to subscribe and listen!

Podcast #2 - Motivational tips: from Business Lecturer, Eche

In this episode, Business lecturer Eche Egbuonu, speaks to Beth about motivational tips, including tips for anxiety and getting through the Summer term.

Edited by RuTC student Yasmin Khan
Music by RuTC student Dinura Fernando

The RuTC Podcast presents a range of topics and discussions hosted by Beth Pattison, our Student Engagement and Equalities Lead. Beth speaks with current and former students as well as industry professionals about different topics that affect young people.

Although The RuTC Podcast has been developed for students at Richmond upon Thames College, the content and discussions are relavent to everyone. So whether you're a student at RuTC or not, please feel free to subscribe and listen!

Podcast #1- From college to the workplace: TJ's story

Former student, TJ, tells her inspiring story and discusses her journey from college to the workplace and barriers she faced along the way.

Edited by RuTC student, Yasmin Khan
Music by RuTC student, Dinura Fernando

As part of the project work, Richmond upon Thames College’s Access to Higher Education in Art & Design students have been given the amazing opportunity to get involved in the Orleans House Gallery current exhibition around Cultural Reforesting. Students were given the same artist brief as the Gallery’s commissioned artists and responded to the brief with their own individual flare.

Featuring the work of 13 young artists from the Access to Higher Education, Art & Design course at Richmond Upon Thames College (RuTC), Oxy[re]Generation invites audiences to learn more about the climate crisis, biodiversity and how we can fix our broken relationship with nature.

Through fine art, graphics, sculpture and architecture, Oxy[re]generation presents the artistic and scientific research and ideas of the 13 students with brand new pieces of work. Playful, imaginative and future focused, this exhibition provides an exciting opportunity to see the debut of a fresh cohort of West London artists before they pursue their artistic careers.

Orleans House Gallery has been working with the students since January 2021 to support the development of this exhibition through a series of workshops, creative briefs, and interviews as part of the Gallery’s 3 year Cultural Reforesting programme. Artists have worked directly with the students to develop creative approaches to the question ‘How can we renew our relationship with nature?’

Jo Terrell, Art & Design lecturer at RuTC said, “This opportunity has been so exciting for the students; to be able to work with Richmond Arts Service and Orleans House Gallery, responding to a live brief and actually exhibiting their work to the public in such as fantastic location. With the hardships of lockdown and Covid-19, this platform showcases the students’ hard work over the last few months and has created such excitement and anticipation”.

RuTC’s Access to Higher Education course in Art & Design is ideal for those interested in a future career within the Creative Arts industries. The course is designed specifically to meet the needs of adult learners in preparation for progression to higher education. It is a practical and studio based course, providing a thorough grounding in the fundamental principles of all art and design practice.”

Opening Night: 22nd June 2021 – 5pm to 8pm

Other Dates: 23rd June until 26th July 2021 – 5pm to 8pm

General Gallery opening times are: Tuesday – Sunday – 10am to 5pm

Book Opening Night through Eventbrite by clicking here.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, there are timed 30 minutes slots with a maximum of 22 people allowed in the gallery at one time.

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Take a look at some of the work our students are workng on for the exhibition:

For this year’s prestigious Salon Culinaire competition, Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) patisserie student, Laura Dicken, produced a chocolate treat and won a Silver Award.

Salon Culinaire, renamed to Salon Virtual for this year, is an internationally renowned catering competition, with chefs, professionals and students from all over the world. In previous years, RuTC students took home many medals in categories such as butchering, knife skills, starters and more. Last year, Laura, NVQ Level 3 Advanced Patisserie student, competed at Salon Culinaire in the birthday cake category and received a silver medal. This year, she entered the Cacao Barry Lockdown Pastry Challenge, Cacao Barry being the sponsor and providing different flavours of chocolate for the competition. For the entry, Laura had to ‘create and prepare four pieces of an original chocolate-based snack item, suitable to be sold online and delivered by postal means’.

For the creation of her entry, Laura said, “I was intrigued by the Zephyr caramel which is a smooth caramelised white chocolate and chose to use this as the central flavour for my creation. Tapping into the nostalgia and indulgence trends, I created a twist on the classic marshmallow teacake. This caramel S'mores version had a gooey brownie base using Cacao Barry's Ghana chocolate and a Zephyr caramel ganache made with coconut cream which was then topped with marshmallow fluff and encased in a tempered Zephyr caramel dome splattered with Ghana chocolate.” For her entry, Laura won a Silver Award.

Before studying Patisserie at RuTC, Laura worked in food PR, so she already had an insight into the food service industry. However, she wanted to pursue a more hands on role and says, “I decided the best way would be to gain some qualifications first and as an avid baker, patisserie was the perfect fit. Since starting the course I've secured my dream job, managing AllSaints Coffee Shop in Leatherhead, a social enterprise café that trains up local young people. The course has given me the confidence to start baking the majority of our cakes in house and passing valuable skills on to my team.“

Find out more about our Level 3 Patisserie and Confectionary course.

On Friday 7 May, Richmond upon Thames College’s second year Travel and Tourism Level 3 students hosted their annual Destination Show. As in previous years, students collaborated with the Catering department to serve authentic food from around the world at the event.

The Destination Show is part of the students’ conference and events course unit, involving planning and preparation through to the execution stage. Rebekah Francis, Travel and Tourism student at RuTC, said, “The experience of planning and preparing the Destination Show was very rewarding, it showcased my communication skills as I had to cooperate with classmates as a team. The event involved contacting certain departments within the College such as marketing, estates, technicians, and catering to gather supplies for the event. I feel this will definitely benefit me in my future career because it taught me how to compose professional emails and keep an eye on what was going on as the event date got closer. I learned that events can be stressful at times, but also fun and it definitely paid off in the end as I got to see everyone enjoying themselves.”

On the day, students presented different countries to visitors, ranging from Azerbaijan to Madagascar, Laos, Papa New Guinea, Guatemala and many more. Students informed visitors about each country’s tourism, population, language, cities, national treasures and, of course, the cuisine. In order to host an authentic show, students worked together with teachers and students from the catering department, who planned, prepared and served dishes of each nation. Visitors could enjoy shashlik kebab from Kazakhstan, bola bola polana from Mozambique, empanadas from Guatemala, dolmas leaves from Armenia, steamed prawn dumplings from Brunei and a whole lot more. The show was held in the College’s training restaurant, The View, on the top floor of the new building in Twickenham, which gave visitors a great insight into the space and its potential once it can be opened to the public.

Hannah Talabany, Travel and Tourism teacher at RuTC, said, “I am extremely proud of my students, they have managed to execute an excellent event, despite all the challenges they faced this year and months of lockdown - the event was a great success. I was also impressed with the amount of people turning up to the event and so pleased to receive very positive feedback on the venue, displays, facilities and catering from all staff and students who attended.”

On Monday 10 May, Applied Law Level 3 students had the great opportunity to hear from two lay magistrates about real life experience in the field.

The workshop centred around the role of lay magistrates in criminal cases and students learned about the different types of cases that they deal with. In addition, they got to know what other parts of the role as well, such as determining the verdict and deciding on a sentence.

Razur Rahman, Law teacher at RuTC, said, "The workshop with the two lay magistrates was really helpful for the Applied Law Level 3 students. One of the course units looks at the roles of legal personnel and the types of sentences in criminal cases. The visit helped them gain an understanding that it is not only qualified lawyers that work in the legal system."

Find out more about studying Applied Law at RuTC.

Over the past academic year, Richmond upon Thames College’s (RuTC) HNC Level 4 and HND Level 5 Graphic Design students have worked together on various art projects with a number of local as well as international employers to produce an impressive amount of high-quality artwork.

Together with Twickenham based record store Eel Pie Records, HNC students created vinyl covers for Cuban music compilations. Earlier in the academic year, the students visited Eel Pie Records, which make its own vinyl and compilations, to discuss cover specifications and brief for the project. Other local projects involving the College’s HNC students included the creation of promotional material for local nursery, Sticky Faces.

HND students had the great opportunity to work with Ernst and Young (EY) Earth Team. EY Earth Team help organisations assess and respond to environmental change and offer innovative tools that aim to future-proof sustainability. Together with EY Earth Team, students created entrepreneurial products and services to help save the world. During this project some students were also supported by RuTC alumnus Tom Box, co-founder of Blue Zoo Animation Studio, which was founded in 2000 and is now one of the UK’s leading animation studios with two BAFTA awards for Independent Production Company of The Year.

Tim Pond, HND/HNC art and design teacher at RuTC, has been working with Haymarket Media Group based in Twickenham for a number of years and said, “Haymarket came to visit the students numerous times to give them professional feedback to their creative work. This ensured that the students were creating a portfolio that was ready to meet the competitive demands of working as a designer in a fast paced and ever-changing environment. This collaboration is a hallmark and unique selling point of our HNC and HND Graphic Design programme.”

Over the following few months, Tim hopes to introduce UI/UX training, which focuses on designing the interface of apps and websites to maximise usability and the user experience. Students and Haymarket mentors will meet on a one to one basis to get feedback and ensure that their creations are relevant, marketable and exciting.

Currently, students are working on five not yet published projects with the prestigious London based studio Winch Design, who have won a great number of awards since 1989, including categories such as World Superyachts Awards, Showboats Design Awards and International Superyachts Society. RuTC is also very proud of HND Level 5 Graphic Design student Constance for completing a remote work placement with The Marketing Society in Dubai. For their final projects, the HNC and HND students are now creating an online art gallery called e-Merge. For this, they will turn themselves into an artists’ collective that uses technologies to tell stories through images and design work.

You can have a look at examples of each student’s artwork below.

Sadiqah Tarafdar (middle) with her Level 3 Childcare and Education class.

This week, two Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) students were awarded with a Jack Petchey Achievement Award.

The Award is a peer recognition scheme which recognises the positive contributions, efforts and endeavours of young people aged 11-25 across London and Essex. These achievements include being a great role model, volunteering, overcoming personal challenges and supporting others over and above expectations. For the Award, the winner will receive a £250 grant, which can be used for anything that will benefit the class.

RuTC has been involved in the Jack Petchey Achievement Award Scheme for several years and this May, RuTC students David Edmunds and Sadiqah Tarafdar have been chosen as winners for the Award. The college’s Student Services Team chose the areas Sport and Childcare then teachers from the two areas chose the tutor group they felt deserved recognition the most. In the case of David, his teacher felt that he has endured and excelled in the course over continuous lockdowns over his two academic years of study.


David Edmunds with his Achievement Award in class, with Twickenham Rugby Stadium in the background.

The student groups then nominated each other and in his Level 3 Sport and Exercise Science class, David was chosen as the winner. His classmates nominated him due to “his strong ideas and maturity in his decision making and will make sure the Award money will be put to good use for the benefit of the whole class. David always a smile, makes everyone around him feel happy and his great personality and makes everyone feel welcome and accepted. He has been student representative many times and is always positive, works hard and motivates other students.”

In the Level 3 Childcare and Education group, Sadiqah won the Award in recognition to her contributions to the course. Her classmates said, “Sadiqah is known for putting others first and being helpful in class. She has also overcome personal and academic barriers, making her a deserving Jack Petchey Achievement Award Winner.”

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