Our Students: Emilie & Rebecca from Art & Design


Updated 27 March 2018


Emilie Mason studied the Extended Diploma Art and Design and then progressed to the Foundation Studies Art and Design here with us at Kendal College.

After completing her courses Emilie successfully gained a place at the prestigious Royal School of Needlework located at London’s Hampton Court. She started her degree in September and within the first 2 months was selected by the Alexander McQueen Fashion House to work in a small team sewing and beading the £2.6 million wedding dress for a well-known sports star!


Emilie Mason and Rebecca Foran have just completed the Post A-Level Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design. Adele caught up with them just before the annual exhibition, where they showcased their work.

Adele: Why did you chose this course?
Emilie: I did Art & Design Level 3 (equivalent to 3 A-Levels) after school. The school didn’t have any textile facilities at school so it was only when I came to College that I discovered I loved it – you don’t know what you want to do until you try it.
Rebecca: I did A-Levels but I felt restricted as the teachers wanted me to reproduce other work rather than create my own. You can do anything here – felting, printing, textiles – the tutors encourage you to try new things.

Adele: Is College like you had expected? If not, why?
Rebecca: It’s better. The tutors and technicians are amazing and always have time to help you.
Emilie: You don’t feel belittled here like you can at school, where the teachers seem above you. Here students and tutors are at the same level.
Rebecca: All the tutors and technicians are artists in their own right. They’re not just teaching us; we’re learning from them as they show us the techniques they use in their work. It’s like being part of the industry already!
Emilie: One of our tutors recently had a big exhibition at the Brewery Arts Centre. It was great going to an exhibition where the artist is your teacher.

Adele: How are you assessed?
Rebecca: We have tutorials every week. Our assessment is through sketchbooks, blogs and our Final Major Project. The sketchbooks are to put down your ideas and they don’t need to be neat –it’s refreshing as at sixth form everything had to be perfect.

Emilie’s Final Major Project, exhibited at the Open Studio Exhibition:



Rebecca’s Final Major Project, also part of the Exhibition:

Becca Foran (2)

Adele: How would you describe your college experience?
Rebecca : It’s exciting to come into College, I’ve never had that before.
Emilie: We are with nice people doing nice things – why wouldn’t you want to be here!

Adele: What are you hoping to do after College?
Emilie: I’m going to the Royal School of Needlework to study BA (Hons) Hand Embroidery for Interiors, Fashion and Textile Art. The course is at Hampton Court Palace and it’s part of the University for the Creative Arts. When I got accepted I felt so lucky as it’s an amazing place. My grandad is so excited to visit me and see the palace gardens!
I’m so glad I did the Level 3 two year course instead of A-Levels. I had no idea in Year 11 that my specialism would become textiles. Being able to use the resources here has enabled me to specialise and get this university place.
Rebecca: I have been offered a place at University Arts London to do BA (Hons) Costume Design for Theatre & Screen. I’m considering deferring the place and taking a year out to do some travelling. Before I started I didn’t know if I wanted to go to university or do an apprenticeship. The tutors support you to look at all the options, and help you with university applications and CVs for jobs. They work around what the students want to do
Emilie: I know people who did A-Levels and didn’t get into university, and they probably would have done if they’d come here.

Adele: What advice would you give to people to considering College?
Rebecca: Come here! I regret not leaving A-Levels and coming here for Level 3. Don’t do things because it’s what your parents want you to do. You need to trust yourself.
It’s important to remember this course isn’t just for young people – you could come back to College in your 40s to do the course. More adults need to know it’s an option for them too.
Emilie: You don’t have to be up to your eyeballs in stress for 2 years at sixth form! There are other options.

See more exhibits in this year’s exhibition and find out which pieces our Year 10 work placement students, Birte and KK, liked the most by clicking here.

If Emilie & Rebecca have prompted an interest in Art & Design @ Kendal College, we offer a fantastic range of courses. Start your future on our website.


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