Creative Media Production and Technology Level 2 students were tasked with creating a media campaign promoting equality, diversity and inclusion within the Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) community. The brief was set by College Principal and CEO, Jason Jones.
Within the brief the students were asked to create a logo, short film and complementary poster campaign, which included original photographs and graphics, for display in the notice boards around the College building.
Creating the short film was a group project, focussing on and making sure each student's voice was heard through the campaign. The winning film was produced by, Shawayne Taylor, Sunal Fernando, Luca Horton and Ergys Mataj.
The film shows how much equality and diversity is valued at RuTC by students and highlights the benefits of having an equal and diverse space for everyone.
Group project winner, Sunal Fernando explains the inspiration behind the logo design, “The whole College community was our inspiration, the logo is a collage of various different skin tone, which come together as a large circle to show that even though we’re different, we come together at RuTC.”
“Equality and diversity are really important now, especially after the Black Lives Matter movement – we know that even in College, we have disadvantaged groups, from ethnic groups to class and income.”
“The College is a really diverse place; we have students of all ages coming from all over London – it was just a matter of illustrating that in a video.”
The EDI (equality, diversity and inclusion) campaign will run throughout this term and will be promoted via the College’s social media channels.
Take a look at the wonderful video below.
On Wednesday 15 December, Art and Design UAL Foundation Diploma students exhibited the work they have produced over the last term.
The exhibition's theme ‘Collect and Create’ offered students the opportunity to explore agendas and issues important to them. Developing their skills and exploring their specialist art and design area, while reflecting on their personal diversity and range of outlooks.
Melissa Nesbitt, whose work was on display at the exhibition explained what she enjoyed the most about the project: “One of my favourite parts of the project was trying to find the right words for my poetry - it can be really difficult to sum up what you mean, but it felt great when I finally found the right words - it’s really fun when it all comes together.”
Alumni Art and Design students, Sivney Reynos, Amber Gordon and Tenzin Sherap came back to visit the exhibition, showing support for current students and staff.
Sivney explains “I have regularly kept in touch with [my teacher] Caroline since leaving College, she is really supportive and has a genuine interest in how I’ve been getting on. It’s nice coming back to visit, I enjoy supporting other artists and seeing Caroline - this exhibition is great, I’m glad I came!”
Art and Design teacher, Caroline King explained about the exhibition “It is important for the students to be aware of sustainability and aware of the impact art and design can have on the world. They are encouraged to be imaginative and consider what can be used as media to enable them to focus on the spirit of play and imagination.”
Have a look at the students’ amazing artwork below and find out more about studying Art and Design at RuTC.
On 1 December, Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) launched its ‘12 Days of Kindness college-wide campaign, inspired by the famous carol ‘12 Days of Christmas.’
The aim of the campaign, was to inspire and encourage various acts of kindness amongst students and staff, spreading Christmas cheer within the College and local Community.
During the ‘12 days’ RuTC collected clothing, and money donations for various charities and groups, these included MIND Richmond, METRO, Centrepoint, Cancer Research, Save the Children and the Afghanistan Red Cross.
In addition, staff and students donated food to a local food bank, volunteered their time at a local soup kitchen and litter-picked within the community.
On the 12th and final day of kindness, Supported Learning Students amazed staff and students with their rendition of ‘Cinderella’ in the College’s new purpose-built theatre. Staff were also treated to a ‘mince pies and music’ end of term get together, to celebrate their hard work throughout the autumn term.
Following ‘12 days of Kindness’ the College donated seven large bags of dried, tinned and long-life food to a local foodbank, 10 large bags full of winter clothing for the Afghanistan Red Cross, 1 sleeping bag made from donated crisp packets for the homeless and two large bags full of feminine hygiene products to a local women’s refuge.
In addition, RuTC raised £130 for Centrepoint via cake and decoration sales at the Supported Learning Christmas Fair, £86 for Save the Children through Christmas Jumper Day and £58 for Cancer Research through the sale of Christmas cards made and sold by Art students.
The impact of RuTC’s ‘12 Days of Kindness’ campaign within both the College and the Community will have made a significant difference to the lives of many adults and children during the Christmas period who will benefit from RuTC’s donations and the support from the various charities involved.
Inspired by the success of the ‘12 Days of Kindness’ campaign, the College will be continuing this objective into January with the launch of its ‘Mindfulness Month’ campaign where students will be invited to participate in various activities promoting a positive mindset and wellbeing, including Zumba sessions, art therapy, low mood tutorials and mindfulness lessons.
Check out what they got up to in the Gallery below!