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Creative Arts, Film & Media

If creativity is in your DNA, then imagine yourself crafting a career from your passion.

Your artistic talents will be developed in our art faculty which contains specialist studios and industry-standard equipment. Sound good? Then you've applied for the right course - a career in Creative Arts, Film & Media will promise to be a rewarding one.

Ofsted, 2019
Learners enjoy their time at college very much. They rate highly the excellent facilities and experienced and welcoming staff.

Ofsted, 2019

GET TO KNOW OUR STAFF

Mike Kelly

Mike Kelly

Assistant Head of Creative Studies

We caught up with Mike to find out about his experiences before joining the College, why the arts are so important to him, and his advice for anyone wanting to get into the industry.

Q: Tell us about your experiences before joining the college.

A: I’d been working for a few years as a freelance cartoonist for magazines like Punch and a broadsheet cartoon newspaper called The Cartoonist, mostly caricature and topical gag cartoons. I was balancing commercial work with teaching life drawing at a college in Newcastle upon Tyne, two jobs I really enjoyed. The whole arrangement was exciting but unsustainable, so when an old friend from Staffordshire (where I’d studied on a degree in Fine Art) told me that Newcastle-under-Lyme College were looking for someone to teach life drawing and illustration I sent in a CV and covering letter. I was invited down for an interview and my career direction moved slowly into teaching full time.

Read his full Q&A here.

Dave Holcroft

Dave Holcroft

Graphic Design Lecturer

We caught up with award-winning, Stafford College Graphic Design Lecturer, Dave Holcroft, on life as a designer and how he got into teaching...

Q: How did you get into Graphic Design?

A: Like most kids I had a childhood of using my imagination, drawing characters and inventing adventures for them to go on, however sport dominated my youth and I would almost certainly have picked GCSE PE but for an injury and a twist of fate which led to me to pick Graphics as a subject. I immediately loved the problem solving and creativity of Graphics and to the disappointment of some of my academic subject teachers, I never really looked back from choosing to study a BTEC Level 3 in Graphic Design at college. The rest is history!

Read Dave's full Q&A here.

Daniel Lyttleton

Daniel Lyttleton

Course Leader: A Level Photography

We spoke to Daniel Lyttleton, Stafford College's A Level Course Leader in Photography, to chat about his experiences before joining the college, his inspirations and the various personal projects he's worked on.

Q: Tell us about your experiences before joining the college.

A: Before joining the college, I worked as a self-employed freelance photographer for approximately 2 years, before travelling and working for a year in Australia and Asia. In earlier years, I assisted a local commercial photographer, assisting on commercial projects that involved a range of digital output and design work. In addition, prior to travelling, I’ve worked in an high street photography studio supplying contemporary family portraiture.

Q: Which photographer has influenced you the most and why?

A: Many, but most of all Mark Power. I judge photographers on their ability to create a ‘product’ or a piece of work, and not just individual photographers. For me, the skill in photography is creating a narrative, a body of work that’s speaks, and his books are often the best in my opinion. His work is an important comment on the socio-political landscape, not just here in this country, but in various different countries. His current work in America, entitled ‘ Good Morning , America ‘ is an example of the power of the photobook, and how this can be an important document in terms of visual communication.

Read his full Q&A here.

Creative Arts, Film & Media: Meet your lecturers

Useful information and contact details

Animation & Concept Art (Level 3)

SUMMER WORK

To help you transition into college life we've set a number of tasks for you to complete over the summer.

ANIMATION & CONCEPT ART SUMMER PROJECT

In the meantime, if you have a question for Mark, the Curriculum, Leader, you can get in touch by emailing mark.cruxton@nscg.ac.uk

Art & Design (Level 3)

SUMMER WORK

To help you transition into college life we've set a number of tasks for you to complete over the summer.

ART & DESIGN SUMMER PROJECT

In the meantime, if you have a question for Sue, the Curriculum, Leader, you can get in touch by emailing sue.bugler@nscg.ac.uk

Fashion, Textiles & Costume Design (Level 3)

SUMMER WORK

To help you transition into college life we've set a number of tasks for you to complete over the summer.

FASHION & TEXTILES SUMMER PROJECT

In the meantime, if you have a question for Tracy, the Curriculum, Leader, you can get in touch by emailing tracy.reynolds1@nscg.ac.uk

Film, TV & Creative Media Production (Level 3)

SUMMER WORK

To help you transition into college life we've set a number of tasks for you to complete over the summer.

FILM, TV & CREATIVE MEDIA PRODUCTION SUMMER PROJECT

Your Equipment List
As part of studying this course, you'll need to ensure that you have the correct equipment. You can view the full Equipment List here.


If you have a question for James, the Curriculum, Leader, you can get in touch by emailing james.nicholls@nscg.ac.uk

Games Design & 3D Modelling (Level 3)

SUMMER WORK

To help you transition into college life we've set a number of tasks for you to complete over the summer.

GAMES DESIGN SUMMER PROJECT

In the meantime, if you have a question for Mark, the Curriculum, Leader, you can get in touch by emailing mark.cruxton@nscg.ac.uk

Graphic Design (Level 3)

Keep checking back here for updates! As September gets closer, we'll be adding more information here for you.

Your Equipment List
As part of studying this course, you'll need to ensure that you have the correct equipment. You can view the full Equipment List here.

If you have a question for Dave, the Curriculum, Leader, you can get in touch by emailing david.holcroft@nscg.ac.uk

Photography

SUMMER WORK

To help you transition into college life we've set a number of tasks for you to complete over the summer.

PHOTOGRAPHY SUMMER PROJECT

In the meantime, if you have a question for Robb, the Curriculum, Leader, you can get in touch by emailing robb.agostinelli@nscg.ac.uk

Art, Design & Digital Media (Level 2)

Keep checking back here for updates! As September gets closer, we'll be adding more information here for you.

In the meantime, if you have a question for Sue, the Curriculum, Leader, you can get in touch by emailing sue.bugler@nscg.ac.uk

Foundation Diploma in Art & Design and Media Production (Level 3/4)

Keep checking back here for updates! As September gets closer, we'll be adding more information here for you.

In the meantime, if you have a question for Ed, the Curriculum, Leader, you can get in touch by emailing edward.jeavons@nscg.ac.uk

College life

Hit play to watch our 'BTEC at NSCG' video! We hope you're looking forward to being part of the NSCG family.

NEW STARTERS FACEBOOK GROUP

Take some time to get to know us really well. You will find our latest news, events and updates by following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. If you are on Facebook please be sure to join our new Facebook groups ‘NSCG Stafford College Starters 2022’ where you can virtually join a community of learners who will also be joining NSCG in September, some of whom may be on the same course as you.

Get in touch

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Department Highlights

Art Exhibition

Our annual art exhibition encompassed all creative subjects from the College’s creative faculty, which includes: art, fashion, illustration, graphic design, games design, media and photography.

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Creative Arts Award winner, Ross Burlington

Former The Weston Road Academy student Ross, who studied Graphic Design at NSCG, was crowned the Creative Arts Award winner at the end-of-year Celebration Awards 2022

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Live Brief: Flat Friends

NSCG Fashion students worked on a live brief to design a number of garments for those affected by Breast Cancer. Student created 18 outfits for a charity gala and showcased their work on BBC's Midlands Today.

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Live Brief: Keep Stoke Smiling

NSCG Graphic Design students worked with the Orthodontic team at University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust, to produce a series of graphics to be showcased on social media and billboards across Stoke-on-Trent to promote dental care.

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Outstanding Staff

Recognised not only for inspiring her students, but for her outstanding contributions in her field of work. Curriculum Leader for Art & Design, Tracey Reynolds received a Bronze Award at the 2019 BTEC Awards.

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