Head of Faculty,
Art, Craft & Design
Kensington & Chelsea College
26th November 1997
I have addressed the negative aspects
of my previous record. Below are the positive aspects
of my previous record, it was all clearly stated
on my application for the Multimedia course. No days
were missed, every available open access period was
used, all passes.
It covers the period September 96 - July 97.
BTEC Access - Design & Layout
BTEC Access - Computer Graphics - Illustrator
LOCF Level 2 X 2 Graphic Design - Photoshop
City & Guilds DTP Levels 1&2
PageMaker + Quark Express
Thank you for your letter of 11.11.97 which I am replying to here.
I dont find myself in complete agreement with your findings and
I will explain why.
It is true that at the moment, in the area of multimedia, my greatest
fascination is in the realm of image manipulation / computer graphics.
I dont see why it has been assumed that I have no further interest
in the field, I did touch on other things at the interview. As
for my ability to work as part of a team, that is so subjective
I wont attempt to address it here.
My Previous Record ?
I started the "Media" course in April 96 and dropped
out of it just over half way through. It should be noted that
at the time I had gained open access to the darkroom, had all
of the research material for the photo essay, and had the essay
itself half written (I still have it all today for future use)
Upon leaving the course I wrote to Mr Tanner and explained that
at the time, the course was proving too much for me, it was too
intensive and diverse. That normally this would not be the case,
but for some years had experienced quite a range of stress
related health disorders, and that the source of that stress
had only recently been reduced. I explained that I was not yet
operating at "full volume" again, and apologized for
having wasted a college place. I then arranged to return some
unused rolls of film, and an unopened pack of photographic paper.
I was still on the sick list at the time, and only came "off"
about three weeks ago. All things considered I am quite pleased
with myself that I got as far as I did on the "Media"
course before I dropped out. It was Pagemaker that was my big
problem on that course perhaps Mr David Barker could confirm this
as I approached him about it.
The Photography course that I undertook in Jan 97 was a complete
fiasco with me being very ill informed as to what was what. I
was accepted for the course without interview, I asked the Art
Office why, I was told it was not considered necessary. At first
I found myself on a course at Wornington Road with a tutor called
Vasa. This course proved to be far too advanced for me, so with
a red face I made my apologies and left. As I walked out of the
door I came face to face with Mr Bruce Tanner. I explained to
him my frustration and disappointment. He apologized and steered
me towards a class that he was taking at Hortensia Road. But I
was unaware, that out of my income support I would have to pay
for processing, printing and camera hire. This was not the case
on the "Media" course.
A fellow student, a girl called Anisa, did try to help out by
lending me a camera a Minolta AF 7000. I went on two Photographic
assignments but the camera was faulty. I was having my films processed
by a shop called E.T.A (Film Plus) in Kensington Park road, W11.
The shop asked to see the camera so I left it with them overnight.
The shop loaded the film and processed the film. They got the
same results that I did, massive under exposure. My financial
resources could not keep up, so I dropped out of that course.
Mr Tanner was quite aware of the problems that I was having.
I also related this to Ms M Algar and Ms R Gunn at the multimedia
interview, while I was enquiring if I could use the photo essay
that I have now, on the multimedia course.
I have addressed the negative aspects of my previous record.
Below are the positive aspects of my previous record, it was all
clearly stated on my application for the Multimedia course.
No days were missed, every available open access period was used,
all passes. It covers the period September 96 - July 97.
BTEC Access - Design & Layout
BTEC Access - Computer Graphics (Illustrator)
LOCF Level 2 X 2 Graphic Design (Photoshop)
City & Guilds DTP Levels 1&2 (PageMaker + Quark Express)