Graduating with First-Class Honours is something I’m really proud of and I feel very grateful for the opportunities that I have received as a student at the University Centre at Blackburn College.

"I decided to study at the University Centre at Blackburn College after studying the Art and Design Foundation Diploma. I wasn’t quite ready for university at that point – so this move made a lot of sense to me at the time."

"When I found out that my tutor Jamie Holman was taking over the BA (Hons) Fine Art degree, I was encouraged to follow him and progress to the University Centre at Blackburn College. I’m really happy I made this decision."

"My brother moved away and so did my best mate, but I knew what life at larger universities is like. Hundreds of students in a lecture theatre and the possibility of not having that important one-to-one interaction with tutors. At the end of the day, the tutors on the BA (Hons) Fine Art degree are phenomenal – so why would I move away when I could stay local and save a load of money?"

"Jamie is a very forward-thinking tutor and not at all traditional. He taught me how to be a real practising artist and a professional one at that. From learning on the job through the student-run PRISM Contemporary to being involved in lucrative paid commissions – I’ve been involved in a great deal inside and outside of my studies."

"We even went on a trip to Berlin to see art on the international stage and I wouldn’t have been able to go if it wasn’t for the bursaries the University Centre at Blackburn College provided me with."

"The connections I received from the degree really paid off for me in my third year, as BBC Sewing Bee Star Patrick Grant visited our End of Year Exhibition and ended up offering me a managerial position at Community Clothing. I couldn’t believe it; I hadn’t even graduated yet and I had been given this fantastic opportunity."

"I definitely haven’t been short of graduate opportunities since I finished my studies and have been involved with the Adidas Spezial Exhibition as part of the British Textile Biennial – working alongside key figures like Gary Aspden. I’ve even been featured in an article in The Guardian!"

"Graduating with First-Class Honours is something I’m really proud of and I feel very grateful for the opportunities that I have received as a student at the University Centre at Blackburn College."