Art students at Northern Regional College maintain 100% success rate

Students who completed the Foundation Diploma in Art, Design and Media Practice at Northern Regional College this year have maintained the course’s 100% success rate.

For the past six years, anyone who completed the course at the College’s Ballymena campus secured up to five university offers, with most of them getting an offer from their first choice university.

Art lecturer Jeanette Lammey who coordinates the Foundation Diploma at the College said she was delighted that the class of 2020 had all managed to do so well, particularly in light of the challenges presented by COVID-19.

Commenting on her students’ success, Jeanette said: “Due to lockdown, our students had to complete their final major projects for the traditional end of year showcase event at home, without access to the specialist support and equipment they would normally have here in College.

“Despite all the challenges they faced, all the students have done extremely well. We have students going to Belfast School of Art at Ulster University to study Architecture, Fine Art and Animation; two students are off to Northumbria, one to study Graphic Design, the other Fine Art; while others are taking up places in Liverpool and UCLan (University of Central Lancashire).

“They pulled out all the stops to achieve these places and I wish them the very best in their future careers in Art and Design.”

There are still some places available on the new Foundation Diploma in Art, Design and Media Practice for students wanting to build a good portfolio for 2021/21 entry to Art & Design university courses.

Jeanette explained: “The competition for places at good universities is fierce, but the Foundation Diploma will guide you through valuable lessons, such as how to build your portfolio, along with each individual element on which you will be assessed (UCAS statement, portfolio including sketchbooks, digital portfolio and interview).

“These are the tangible benefits of the course but I believe that getting the support to enable you to have confidence in your own ability is the real game changer.”

For further information on the Foundation Diploma in Art, Design and Media Practice and other full-time and part-time courses at Northern Regional College, go to

Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, prospective students are encouraged to enrol online. Once an application is submitted, applicants will be contacted (by email, text and postcard) and advised how to complete the enrolment process from home.

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