Helen Kay

Studied BA Hons Photography at B&FC • Adult Learner/Career Change (age: 43) / Graduated July 2019


My Story

“I originally came here five years ago to enrol onto a 10-week photography course, but once I got chatting, I ended up leaving having enrolled onto a full-time level 3 course. I changed my hours at work to evenings and studied alongside. I completed my course with a Distinction*, and when the college encouraged progression onto degree level I decided that Blackpool and the Fylde College seemed to be a great option. The tutors were passionate, and I like that the college was affiliated with Lancaster University, these things swayed my decision.”

My B&FC

“Throughout my degree we were encouraged to interact with the industry, which was helped with the guest speakers and holding exhibitions in ‘industry week’ every year. The degree is three years long, and contact hours in college decrease over the time you are studying. However, the remaining time you have in the week is supposed to be used as independent study, which is okay because the resources here are excellent. Tutors here are amazing, and the pastoral care is great. Especially for someone with Rheumatoid Disease, which affects my joints, they always made sure I had what I needed to aid my studying, such as specialist support. The classes are quite small which allows plenty of contact with tutors, and the smaller campus means you can reach people easily even on your non-contact days. I absolutely made the right decision to come back here, and I’d absolutely say to new starters that they should take the time to get to know the college, and if you need help with anything, contact HELMs. Collaborate with other disciplines wherever possible to broaden your skills. The learning experience you can have at B&FC will go far beyond the curriculum if you allow yourself the time to explore the opportunities.”

My Next Move...

“I’m looking forward to doing my next two exhibitions later on in the year, and seeing what other opportunities this brings for me.”

My Opportunities

“During my final year, I held a solo exhibition in the town centre, and I have two more to look forward to later on in the year.”

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"The classes are quite small which allows plenty of contact with tutors, and the smaller campus means you can reach people easily even on your non-contact days."