Kelsey Leigh Grant
Art, Design & Photography
Art & Design
“I had a fantastic experience at college, I would return tomorrow if I could. The best thing for me was the support. The lecturers are fantastic.”
Kelsey Leigh Grant was working as a nail technician when she decided that it was time for a change of direction, and despite worrying that she might be too old to return to education, she decided to apply for an HND in Art & Design at North East Scotland College.
She said, “I have always been artistic and I have always wanted to teach, so I decided I would return to college in order to advance me to university to gain an art degree for me to then be able to teach art. It took me a while to apply – I thought I was too old – but I went for it and I am so glad I did.”
Once starting her course at College, Kelsey never looked back – gaining not only skills and experience, but confidence in herself and her abilities as an artist. In fact, during her second year of the course, Kelsey’s work was selected as the Best Work on the Wall from Art & Design in the Creative Arts End of Year Show.
“I had a fantastic experience at college, I would return tomorrow if I could. The best thing for me was the support. The lecturers are fantastic. They have a time to support you throughout the course and, in my case, their support gave me the confidence I needed to move onto university. Their support allowed me to produce a strong portfolio that helped me in my interview process. I have said it before and I will say it again- I wouldn’t be where I am without them.”
Before heading to university, Kelsey’s win at the End of Year Show had come with an opportunity to exhibit her work at Aberdeen Arts Centre – a unique experience that allowed her to showcase her art in her first solo exhibition.
“The highlight for me was the open night. Seeing friends and family come in and view your work and talk to you about it was a moment I won’t forget for a long time.”
Kelsey is now studying Contemporary Art Practice at RGU’s Gray’s School of Art, entering directly into her second year. She will be entering her final year of the qualification after summer and is still hoping to become an art teacher.
“As mentioned before I would like to teach art. I am hoping to teach at the higher education level. I am also hoping that in my final year of university I can spend some time at NESCol shadowing some of the lecturers to gain experience at teaching at that level.”