Art & design student secures ‘exceptional’ university offer for prestigious special effects course

Warrington & Vale Royal College student Maria Clerkin has received an ‘exceptional’ offer from the University of Bolton to study Special Effects for Film and TV.

The final-year level 3 student attended an interview at the university’s award-winning School of Creative Technologies where she was required to present her portfolio of artwork. The Lecturers were ‘blown away’ with the quality of Maria’s portfolio and offered her an ‘exceptional offer’, resulting in a reduced UCAS point tariff –  the closest the institution has to an unconditional offer.

The University of Bolton was rated a top 10 provider of special effects courses in the UK in The Guardian’s University Guide 2017, and their graduates have worked on recent films including Guardians of the Galaxy, Dr Strange, The Martian, Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Ready Player One.

Maria, a former Beamont Collegiate Academy pupil, said: “I’m so lucky to have met my Warrington & Vale Royal College art & design tutor, Rebecca Rogers. Rebecca has encouraged me to express my individuality through my art and really work hard. Although I’ll be sad to say goodbye to my classmates and Rebecca, I’m excited to progress to the University of Bolton and learn more about the creative industry.”

Warrington & Vale Royal College’s curriculum leader for art & design, Rebecca Rogers, added: “We are exceptionally proud of Maria and everything she has achieved. During her first year at college she was invited to exhibit her artwork at the college’s ‘NOW / Fear of the unknown’ exhibition at Warrington Museum & Art Gallery. Maria is the only first-year student to have ever been asked to exhibit artwork alongside the college’s final-year students’ exhibition. Her artwork is of a consistent professional standard and I am absolutely thrilled the University of Bolton have recognised her incredible talent. Maria has such a bright future ahead of her and I wish her the very best of luck.”