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BA (Hons) Communication Design (Photography), First class, 2013
MDes Fashion and Textiles, 2014

Route into GSA
College Qualifications
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NC Photography, City of Glasgow College (formerly Glasgow Metropolitan College)
HND Photography, City of Glasgow College (formerly Glasgow Metropolitan College)

Jade Starmore_Journey

Why college?
When Jade wanted to learn how to take better photographs for her family-run yarn and knitting company, she decided to do an NC Photography at City of Glasgow College (then Glasgow Metropolitan College). She enjoyed it so much she stayed on for the HND.

Why GSA?
Wanting to stay in Glasgow, the reputation and history of the course at GSA attracted Jade to study here. As her work was more design-led, the photography stream of Communication Design seemed a natural fit.

Jade's journey to and through GSA
Having spent most of her life on the Isle of Lewis, knitting was part of Jade's cultural heritage. After school, she joined her parents in the creation of a yarn and knitting pattern company called Virtual Yarns. Relocation of the company to Glasgow where her son could attend a Gaelic school coincided with a desire to improve the quality of the company's promotional materials. So, Jade took a practical NC at City of Glasgow College simply to brush up on her photography skills purely for the benefit of her family's company. Her interest in photography grew and she decided to complete an HND Photography  – a course she raves about. Here, she was exposed to a range of genres including editorial and fashion. She learned a great deal technically and felt the course was largely responsible for giving her the tools she needed to succeed at GSA. With the help and guidance of her college tutors, Jade applied to GSA and articulated directly into Year 3.

Jade Starmore_Fearful Symmetry_2013      Degree Show poster
Fearful Symmetry
series, 2013                            GSA Degree Show 2013 poster

She excelled at GSA in both FoCI and studio practice. In fact, it was the work she created for FoCI that was chosen to represent GSA on the 2013 Degree Show promotional literature.   

As a student, Jade set up Towzie Tyke, a photographic company specialising in fashion photography. She has continued to run this Glasgow-based studio while studying.

After graduating with a First, Jade returned to Fashion and Textiles by joining the Masters in Fashion & Textiles at GSA.

Was college a good route into GSA?
Jade enjoyed the technical approach to photography presented at college and felt she benefited greatly from the diverse range of tutors teaching on the course. Exposure to experts in different fields and their sometimes divergent points of view really helped her develop her own approach. This provided a strong foundation for study at GSA. This made entering directly into Year 3 fairly simple for Jade.

Any advice for aspiring designers and applicants to S&J?
Jade stressed the importance of understanding the design process fully while compiling 'workbooks' and sketchbooks. It's important that you don't see these exercises as simply boxes to tick, but opportunities to understand and explore your individual process.

Jade Starmore_Work MDes_2014one of Jade's designs from her MDes collection

Now that you're a graduate – again, what are your plans for the future?
"I'll be continuing to do hand knitwear designs and photography for Virtual Yarns, we are also just in the planning stages of a new textiles book, though that is a long term project. I'll be working as a digitiser for Glasgow Uni. I also intend to produce a photographic textile print fashion collection, which I will be working on over the next few months.

"Mainly I am going to be getting used to not being a student! It's been 6 years so it will be a bit of an adjustment."

You can see more of Jade's fourth year photos here