Donna Hannigan

Studied BA Hons Photography at B&FC • Adult Learner/Career Change (Age: 35) / Graduated July 2019

My Story

“I began my B&FC journey five years ago on a Level 3 Photography course, of which I had no idea what to expect. Like many, I was extremely nervous about joining and settling in. College was very rewarding for me both professionally and personally as I overcome many hurdles, and finished with the highest grade DDD*. Having not achieved my desired grades in high school, I wanted to prove to myself and my children that it’s never too late to go for your dreams. I progressed onto the Degree quite apprehensive as to whether or not it would be for me, or whether I could reach my ultimate goal. However I have since realised it was only me holding myself back and if you are determined and willing to put the work in, you can achieve anything. If you want an engaging and rewarding experience within your university journey, choose B&FC College.”


“Having already completed the FE Photography, I was already accustomed to the way of the college and how things worked, this was part of the reason I progressed inbound. Another contributing factor was the amazing facilities available, such as the darkroom, the photography studios and the unique size of the university, nothing was too big or overwhelming and that was a huge plus factor for me. From day one to the end of the course and beyond, all of the tutors were helpful with any problems or concerns I may have had, and were there to reassure if I had any concerns. Access to 1:1 tutor and peer time equally was both essential and important. Most universities can be too much due to class sizes, whereas here there are smaller classes and therefore more interaction and the possibility to make great friends in any other department, with whom you could collaborate to expand your initial idea. My individual tutors were very informed and have prepared me as much as possible for the industry by engaging in current photography practices. It has allowed me to build a substantial network creating a bigger art circuit within Blackpool and providing me with confidence to engage. The additional support within B&FC College is second to none and I, for one, would be lost without the assistance of HELMS, as I gained extra help with my academic writing and improved my grade because of it. My university experience has been indescribable. At times it’s been tough both personally and emotionally, but it’s all worth it and the rewards speak for themselves. BF&C College and everyone in it is like family.”

My Opportunities

“I have not only gained a qualification but I have made lifelong friendships. I have also had the most amazing opportunities to visit wonderful places and in turn expand my own cultural and academic knowledge. There are countless opportunities; you are never held back. If anything, you are pushed to your potential.”


"If you want an engaging and rewarding experience within your university journey, choose B&FC College."