Ordinarily, at this time of year, we would host a large-scale Art, Graphics and Media exhibition at our Hitchin Campus, exhibiting the work of over 150 students. Following the exhibition, we would usually host the very popular Fashion Show at an external venue. We of course look forward to these events and more in 2021!


Since the move to remote learning at the end of March, our students have pushed on with their creative practice and found solutions to working in home environments with restricted access to materials and resources. We are very proud of the work they have created under challenging conditions and their continued engagement with learning. This online exhibition is a selection of material, mostly created at home, from our Art, Fashion and Graphic Design Courses. Our courses represented here include the Home Ed. Art Group, Entry 3 Art & Design, and all our UAL full time Art, Fashion and Graphic Design courses, which range from Level 1 through to Level 3. 


Looking back at the year, we have had many highlights. We had yet another successful year of students taking part in the Royal Opera House Design Challenge competition. This year, Andrew from our Home Ed. group won the Secondary Category for his set design. Other competitions winners include Becca from Level 3 Graphics (North Herts Friends of the Earth design competition) and Georgia from Level 3 Fashion (2020 Regent's International School Fashion Marketing Competition). Ashland from Level 3 Media also made it to the final of the Buntingford short film festival. In addition, the Foundation Studies students went on their first art residential to Liverpool and from this group we had our first entry into the D&AD New Blood Awards 2020. 


From our competition winners, both Andrew and Georgia were due to have their work exhibited in London in May, but sadly these events were cancelled due to the current pandemic. We are also disappointed for the Acting students, who were due to perform the play Wind/rush Generation(s) by Mojisola Adebayo at the Royal & Derngate in April, which was part of the National Theatre’s Connections Festival. Once we are back in the new term, we look forward to planning more exciting festivals, performances, competitions, events and exhibitions. 


I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all our students for their work this year and wish them the best of luck for their future studies and creative endeavours. 


Briony Marston

Head of Curriculum 

Creative and Performing Arts


For more information about the Royal Opera House Design Challenge (including a video featuring North Hertfordshire College staff and students), please visit: