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Students on our level 3 Animation Graphic Design Filmmaking and Motion Graphic courses got an amazing insight into the creative industries recently when they visited four of London’s leading production houses in Soho.

The industry day was organised by Andy Fowler, Creative Director of Brothers and Sisters advertising agency, and Head of the College’s Department of Art and Design Natalie Garner. Throughout the day, students got to meet and talk to key figures in the animation and film industry.

At The Line Animation studio they were given a talk by Wes Louis about his journey as an animator and illustrator, which was followed by a visit to Work Editorial where successful editor Art Jones spoke about his work on Adele’s ‘Rolling in the Deep’ video and the ‘Twilight Saga’ films.

The students then visited Rattling Stick studio and met Sara Dunlop, one of the top three female directors in the industry. Sara told the group that most people entering the industry begin at the bottom as ‘runners’, but eventually get their big break through perseverance. The final visit of the day was to Wave Studios where students enjoyed a talk by Sound Designer Parv Thind, who has worked with big names like Kate Winslet, Samuel L Jackson and David Beckham.

Parv said, “It was nice to see such a diverse cultural set of people who want to work in this industry. When I started 25 years ago there was only a handful of people who were from an ethnic minority, but the industry has changed and everyone can do this. The internet has made it easily accessible.”

The industry day was part of a bigger, three year project to encourage students who might not ordinarily see a way of getting into the creative industries, because of their social and economic backgrounds, to find out what it takes to succeed.

Natalie commented, “The aim is for students to gain work experience via internships and mentoring – and many students on the day took advantage of this by making connections with speakers. I am now working with Andy to organise two more visits during this academic year to other production companies.”



Huge congratulations go to Debbie Western, who worked at the College (Southwark campus) for 22 years, and has just been named ‘Funeral Florist of the Year’ in the Good Funeral Awards.

Debbie’s personal passion for flowers and unrivalled gift for creating floral displays for funerals has been recognised not only with the award but also a place in the Good Florists’ Guide – joining the elite of florists in the UK. She has built up an amazing reputation both in her local community and further afield, providing the flowers for a number of celebrity clients among others, and recently set up business in a new shop, Debbie Western Flowers in Rotherhithe.

Having started at the College as a student back in 1976, Debbie returned to Southwark College (as it was then) as lecturer, and went on to become Head of Floristry. During her time in the Department she trained many students who went on to become talented florists – including Louise Roffey, the current Head of Department. She says, “I taught Louise as a 16 year old and she always said that when she got married she wanted me to do her bouquet. When she got married this summer, she was true to her word and I was delighted to be of service!”

The College has signed a partnership with Crystal Palace National Sports Centre which will enable our students to learn in a professional environment using top-of-the-range facilities.

Our sports courses will have two bases – the first is our Lewisham Way Campus, and the second at the National Sports Centre, located in Crystal Palace Park, which has a long heritage of hosting sporting events and training sportsmen and women. The Centre features a state-of-the-art gym with over 120 pieces of equipment, an Olympic size swimming pool, athletics stadium and indoor track, football pitches, tennis and squash courts, beach volleyball courts, two group exercise studios, sports halls and a climbing wall.

Our popular sports programmes prepare students for a wide range of different careers in the sports and leisure industry including fitness instructing, activity leadership, personal training and playing sport. Some students enter employment straight from College while others choose to study their specialism in further depth via higher education.

David Harrild, Head of Service Industries, says: “Partnering with the National Sports Centre will allow local students from across Croydon, Lambeth, Southwark, Lewisham, Greenwich and Bromley to experience a wider range of sports – and a richer learning experience – than we could previously offer at the College. We’re excited to be able to offer this opportunity to young people who want to turn their passion for sport into a career.”

The Crystal Palace National Sports Centre is around 30 minutes by train from Lewisham Way Campus (or 50 minutes by bus, with a range of routes available). The Centre is located near to Penge West station (which can be reached by direct train and overground services from New Cross Gate) with Crystal Palace and Penge East stations also close by.


Studying as an adult can give you the qualifications you need to progress towards a fulfilling career – but you may find it difficult to pay the tuition fees. An Advanced Learner Loan is a great way of getting help with the cost of studying if you are 19 or over, and want to study on a course at level 3 to level 6 at Lewisham Southwark College.

You can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover all or part of your tuition fees for a range of courses including Access to Higher Education Diplomas, BTEC and other Diplomas and Certificates, and National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs).

The loan is not means-tested and does not require a credit check – and you will only start paying it back once your income is more than £21,000 per annum. In fact, your loan could be written off  altogether if you progress to higher education from an Access course and achieve your degree, regardless of how much you go on to earn.

The minimum loan is £300, while the maximum amount will depend on the type of course you’re studying and the course fees. You don’t have to borrow the full tuition fees: you may choose to pay some of it yourself.

If you’re interested in applying for an Advanced Learner Loan, visit for full details and to check your eligibility. To apply you will need to collect a ‘Learning and Funding Information Letter’ from the College before applying online.



Lewisham Southwark College is teaming up with Dancephysics – run by our Dance Lecturer Joyce Gyimah – in a new community based initiative aimed at getting all of Lewisham moving and dancing.

From 20th September 2016, the College will be offering an exciting range of dance, yoga and fitness classes on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, classes are open to all and are suitable for beginners, improvers and those wanting to maintain a fitness regimen. 

Taught by industry professionals, you can take part in Zumba, Jazz, Contemporary, Hip-Hop and more, try a Ballet class or put your Dancehall skills to the test, this new programme of classes aims to get you fit, build your creativity and community engagement. 

Membership and classes can be booked online through the website at  

Commit to a new you today, join the movement!!!





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