Dearbhail Hogan, from Newtownbutler, is following her passions by studying an Open University BA (Hons) Visual Media Arts Top Up in Film at South West College. Now, she says the recent Butterfly Effect Exhibition, which featured Art, Film and Media students at South West College, has given her new confidence and opened her eyes to industry opportunities.
Dearbhail studied at St Comghgall’s College, Lisnaskea, which she left after achieving nine GCSE’s. She explains, “South West College offered me the opportunity to study creative media arts which is the path I wanted to take. I’ve loved my time here and I feel as though I’ve gained so much confidence and knowledge throughout the course. I was given the opportunity to create projects I am passionate about, despite my disability limitations, and was supported throughout my time here.”
Dearbhail hopes to continue towards a career in the creative media industry and explore more avenues through digital art and visual poetry. The recent Butterfly Effect Project, which was a virtual exhibition showcasing the work of the talented Creative Media students at South West College, has only increased her anticipation for this.
Dearbhail says, “The Butterfly Effect project stemmed from a Chaos Theory created by Edward Lorenz which explores the idea that no matter how small you are, you can have large effects on the world. It was hoped that the students taking part would gain experience in promoting themselves and communicating with professionals in creative industries to gather contacts for future work. I feel as though I have gained so much confidence during this project and learnt a lot about working in large teams and how to communicate while working remotely.”
The Butterfly Effect Project involved students from a wide variety of courses and specialities, including film, games and photography teaming up and working with industry professionals. Dearbhail says, “This project has opened my eyes to the workplace of this industry and found speaking to professionals has been extremely beneficial to me as a creator.”
To discover more about Creative Media at South West College, visit: swc.ac.uk/learn/media-music-photography-courses