Class of 2017
Emma Wrigley, who has been studying a BA (Hons) in Illustration, has already had her work used twice in promotion for the University of Cumbria – for the adverting of the annual Art and Design Degree show, and for the official University of Cumbria Christmas card 2016.
Emma says, “I’ve always been drawing since I was in school – I used to get told off in class for carrying my sketchbook around! I went to college and did Art and Design, and a level 3 in 3D. I didn’t think 3D was for me, I was always more interested in drawing than modelling.
"The idea of illustration is more to do with creating things for people, whereas I think with art it’s more full on about yourself and your feelings. I like to create stories with my work, putting across the idea of something happening, with lighting and other techniques. I think I’ve just always wanted to tell stories, and I think illustration is the best way to do that.”
The campus had a great space and a workshop, and it had its own personality – I liked the idea of working the way the course ran. Plus Cumbria’s just such a great place! There was just something about it when I first walked through the door.
She chose the University of Cumbria having met the tutors at an open day. She says, “I went to the open day and met Tony Peart (Head of Illustration), and he reminded me of my college tutor who I absolutely loved, so instantly I felt much better. It’s just the way he presented the course, it felt like it was definitely one where I would be able to see the tutors. When I went to other places, it seemed to me they lacked that. Also the campus had a great space and a workshop, and it had its own personality – I liked the idea of working the way the course ran.
“Plus Cumbria’s just such a great place! There was just something about it when I first walked through the door. I came out after my interview and when I got accepted I felt so happy about it. When I got back I looked through my final choices and thought ‘I’m going to go to Cumbria’.”
She hopes to follow her degree with a Masters course. “I signed up for a few freelancing places, but when I heard about the Masters course, it seemed like such a good opportunity. I don’t think many people go on to do Masters after they finish their degree. I thought that especially considering we can go straight into the course from our undergraduate degree, it seemed like such a good opportunity that if I was to miss it, it would be a waste. I feel like it has a lot to offer – we can work with other people in other departments, so I can focus on illustration but still communicate with other subjects as well. So it just seemed such a good opportunity.”