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Winchester School of Art

First achievement ceremony for Fashion Marketing

Published: 12 November 2012

Fashion Marketing at Winchester School of Art held its first presentation and award ceremony to celebrate its students’ achievements.

Students from across all three years of the BA (Hons) Fashion Marketing programme gathered at the Winchester Campus to listen to their peers recount stories of their summer work experience and hear Programme Leader Amanda Bragg-Mollison announce the award recipients.

“We hope that this event will inspire and motivate you and give you a taste of what’s to come and what you can achieve in the very near future,” Amanda told the assembled audience.

“Our students have done some fantastic work, gained tremendous experiences, and got some very positive feedback. It is a reflection of what the industry thinks of the quality of our programme and the contribution that our students can bring to their companies,” she added.

First to take to the stage was Francesca Parlato, a third year student, who shared her experience as an intern at fashion designer Roksanda Ilincic. She told the audience how her three-month work experience led to her being asked to assist at London Fashion Week.

She said: “It was very stressful but also extremely rewarding and shows that small, niche brands can set you up for a career in industry in the future.”

Next Yasmin Fulbrook, a second year student, recounted her internship at online global fashion trend forecaster and analyst Stylesight.

“I really enjoyed my work experience and it will help in my future career, as it developed both my visual research skills and gave me a good eye for scouting for trends,” she said.

Third year student Toula Plestis told the other students how she gained a lot of experience at fashion communications agency Exposure PR.

“The time I spent at Exposure has given me an interesting insight into how a PR agency works. It has inspired my studies and given me a clearer idea of what I enjoy and what I don’t enjoy,” said Toula.

Second year student Jessica Shuttleworth spent three months at online fashion trend forecaster and analyst WGSN.

She told the audience: “My role at WGSN proved to be an invaluable experience and has given me the opportunity to potentially work with Burberry next year. It has also put me in good stead for gaining further industry experience as well as providing plenty of research sources, materials and skills.”

Finally, Year 3 student Julia Camwell related her experience working on Birmingham International Fashion Week at fashion and modelling agency Elpromotions.

“It really opened my eyes to the fashion industry and offered me future prospects within the company. As well as being great for my CV it has also given me transferable skills and a good insight into the industry.”

Amanda also singled out a number of students to be recognised for their outstanding achievements and presented them with a series of special awards.

The awards were:

Best Blog Award – Rebecca Harris for cocoandcake
Most Engaged Students – Yasmin Fulbrook and Louisa Kimmins
Academic Achievement Award – Nitya Arya, Julia Camwell and Lisa Van

The presentation and award ceremony is set to be an annual event.

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