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Students deliver spectacular end-of-year 2023 Showcases

The end-of-year showcases are our favourite time of year! We were swelling with pride to experience our amazing student talent and hard work for 2023.

These events can be very emotional! It’s the last big hurrah for final year students… AND often these projects were a year in the making, to be graded as part of the course! This lead to absolutely spectacular results. A round of applause! Here’s a taste of the South & City College Birmingham buzz:

The Canvas – Photography / Games Development 2023

For the first time, our Photography and our Games Development students teamed up for this year’s showcase.

Kat Dunford, Deputy Head of School for Creative Arts said: “The Canvas was a perfect way of celebrating our incredibly talented L3 Photography and Games students’ final major projects. The exhibition also included some of our L2 Photography rising talents, with one learner winning the People’s Choice vote. Many of the learners are now progressing on to University and Higher Education, and this was the perfect way for us to say farewell and wish them the very best of luck for the future.”

Good luck to our graduates – photography lets you be a creative force in a huge variety of careers! Photographers are essential to help capture life in all its beauty in advertising, corporate, editorials, fashion, fine art and so much more.

As for our Game Developers, the UK game industry is booming, with 2000 active game companies in the UK. Titan developers like Rockstar, Traveller’s Tales, Team17 and Rocksteady are helping to earn more in the game industry than all other UK media combined.

Beyond – Longbridge Art 2023

Astonishing skills, creativity and variety abound at Beyond 2023!

Surbjit Singh, Head of School for Art, Design & Fashion, said: “The show was a wonderful showcase of the rich diversity in skills we offer here at our Bournville Centre. It was a brilliant event enabling all to celebrate the success and achievements of our creative learners.”

Where will our exceptional final students pick up their brush next? Art opportunities are overwhelming: fine art, graphic design, animation, web, illustration, game design, interior design… We live in a visual age and it is only going to get more exciting.

Longbridge Music Showcase 2023

Our talented music students have spent the year touring Birmingham venues – that ended with The Crossing at our Digbeth campus, using everything they’d learnt to powerful effect.

Angie Keys, Lecturer in Music, said: “Music students had the amazing opportunity to perform at some prestigious venues across Birmingham this year. The end of year show at The Crossing saw the culmination of a year’s worth of hard work and some really amazing progress made for all performers, taking on their biggest stage yet. It’s safe to say we’re incredibly proud of all our learners and their amazing talent.”

Our final year students will continue to shine wherever they go. Whether into work or higher education, music isn’t just performance – there’s careers in talent booking, concert promotion, journalism, producers and directors, sound engineers and so much more.

Fashion Showcase 2023

Riding high from their collab with the Birmingham Children’s Hospital earlier this year, Fashion students took to the catwalk under a wide variety of themes.

Surbjit Singh, Head of School for Art, Design & Fashion, said: “The event enabled the viewers to see the standard and excellence of the work produced by our students as well as celebrate with them on their achievements and creative flare.”

Our fashion students could go on to study at University, become theatre/film/TV costume designers, set up businesses, move into retail and manufacturing, becomes stylists and so much more.