Fashion and Design have truly been on a journey this year. Some of our students hadn’t so much as picked up a needle and thread when they first started, and now they’re designing and putting together their very own outfits. Read on and flick through the galleries to see some of the wonderful memories, experiences and projects our students have been involved with this year.
That’s a wrap! Another truly wonderful year full of passion and creative energy is coming to an end. To celebrate in style, we held our annual End of Year Showcase at Brighton Youth Centre (BYC) on Wednesday 28th June. The showcase is an opportunity for all of our students to get together and share their hard work and achievements with peers, friends and family.
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Timelines – Performance showcase by Live Events student Adam
On Monday 8th May Events student Adam put on his first ever event. Having spent the first term learning the fundamentals of event production and promotion Adam decided to work towards a nostalgia themed event for his big show and chose the Latest Music Bar as the venue after scouting out the best that Brighton had to offer.
Brighton students from our Introduction to Music, Media & Digital group produced and presented their first ever radio show on 1 Brighton FM. The show featured exclusive plays of their own productions made in class, interviews with the students and DJ mixes. On hand was our awesome tutor and regular 1 Brighton FM presenter Joe Newman, AKA J-Felix to show the students the ropes. We’re super proud of the students and think they did an exceptional job! Producing a radio show to the local community isn’t the easiest of tasks!
As you may have seen or heard, we have now officially moved into Bexhill Hive in the town centre. Our Bexhill DV8 students can now make the most of brand new, purpose built classrooms, student support, green screen room, computer rooms and the main common room. It looks great…. if we do say so ourselves!
Dv8 Sussex’s Employability Week ran from Monday 20th March to Friday 24th March. A chance for our students to access invaluable work placements plus workshops, trips. Plus to finish off the week in style we held our annual Creative Careers Day at Komedia Brighton, featuring all manner of exciting industry professionals. Read on below for a taste of the magic that unfolded…
On Friday 4th February Director, Producer and Actor, Simon Drake presented our Media Production students with a guest talk offering a unique insight into the film industry. Including an exclusive summary of the production, post production and distribution process for his latest full-length feature film ‘Darkest Day‘ and brilliant tips for budding Dv8 film makers.
Continuing our stellar guest line-up we welcomed Brighton’s legendary Live Music Promoter Anna Moulson, from Independent Promotions Company Melting Vinyl. Anna has been working in the industry for over 18 years and has a wealth of experience she was happy to share with our determined Live Events and Music Production students.
Today marks the start of a new series of student spotlights! We’ll be regularly celebrating and sharing with you the stories and journeys of our creative, passionate students and the work they are producing both at Dv8 Sussex and outside of college. We’d like to start by introducing, Charlie!
On Friday 27th January, we warmly welcomed Founder, A&R and co-owner of Brighton-based independent record label Tru Thoughts, Robert Luis. Rob joined our Music Production, Live Events and Media Production students to give a thorough and personal account of his inspirational journey into the music industry, and what our students can do to make it there too.
Fashion & Design student Thomas was asked in his English lesson to produce a piece of creative writing using persuasive techniques. He sure put those techniques to good use, just have a read of this fantastic piece about his experience studying at Dv8!
Fashion & Design student Thomas, with his latest corset design.
“Young people should join Dv8 because of its energetic, passionate and distinguished vibe. Everybody that comes here is guaranteed to have an amazing time. People that come here leave with qualifications, friends and a step closer to their dreams. What more could someone want out of a college?
At Dv8 there are many things that go on, with students always active and learning something new to add to their list of skills. The staff are brilliant at what they do, helping their students to do well for the future and helping them. Dv8 has a very homely feel to it with a lounge where students can go and take a break from the stress of everyday life, make a coffee, and just relax.
There are no pressures here, every student is looked after with the highest standards, with teachers making sure that every student is progressing at their own speed. The overall atmosphere at Dv8 really helps them to focus and learn in a calm and friendly environment. All students at Dv8 are outgoing and communicate well with other students and teachers, which makes the overall atmosphere great. Coming to Dv8 would definitely benefit young people, now and in the future.
One of my favourite moments at Dv8 was when I spent four weeks crafting my Trashion (fashion made of trash) piece, and then we put them on display and watched as people observed our amazing work.
Each year our Live Events & Promotion Intermediate (Level 2) students are given a brief to create a Christmas party for Dv8 students, staff, friends and family. It’s not enough for this to be just a Christmas party, it needs to have an original theme, a great line-up of acts, a variety of fun activities, plus it needs to take place at a venue outside of college. For many of the Live Events students this was their first experience of organising an event and boy did they do themselves proud. This is the story of Aloho-ho – the Hawaiian vibes Christmas party…
There’s only one way to end the year at Dv8, and that’s with a celebratory showcase extravaganza! The Live Events team put together an engaging evening of live entertainment, showreels and smiles. We had electrifying guitar solos, captivating and beautiful acoustic sets, dynamic media films, exhibitions of deep and thoughtful photography work and 3D artist profiles, and a booming house set to get you bouncing out of your seat!
The sheer amount of wonderful and imaginative work being produced in the classrooms is somewhat overwhelming. That’s why we’ve put together this blog, ‘A day in the life of a Dv8 student’ to give you just a small glimpse of the magic our students are surrounded by and a part of each day. We want every student to have a dynamic, varied and exciting experience every single day!
To help the students understand how shutter speeds effect the outcome of images (and because it’s just fun to play around with), the Media crew are using long exposures (30 seconds), laser pointers and torches to “paint with light” to create these images.
The Bexhill group carried out a location recce by exploring The Hive. Know your hazards from your risks! Some exciting film projects on the horizon… watch this space!
The Fashion team are learning to pattern cut a corset on mannequins using the ‘moulage’ technique. This is where the fabric is draped on the mannequin, taped with masking tape, and pinned to create the parts of a garment. This is then laid flat on paper, markings for details and darts are added, as well as a seam allowance of a centimetre. The students can make their garment out of any fabric of their choice. There are some amazingly intricate designs, progress is fast, and we can’t wait for more!
The Live Events students continue to scope out the endless possibilities of the Brighton events scene. There’s a venue for everyone and everything! Venue recces included Coalition, Latest Music Bar, and Patterns!
The budding Bexhill events team have also been busy with their own venue recces and market research visiting the likes of De La Warr Pavilion and Music’s Not Dead. The purpose of these trips was to think creatively about how different spaces suit specific contexts and types of events.
Brighton evens team are planning a Hawaiian Christmas themed party with live music, DJs, spoken word, food, drink, and all manner of Christmas joy! Whereas this year the Bexhill Live Event’s teams are in the middle of planning an electrifying End of Year Christmas showcase not to be forgetten! Both Brighton and Bexhill students are taking into account programming and producing, health and safety, marketing, press, and budget management.
The Music, Media & Digital students get up to a multitude of dynamic tasks throughout the day. The Bexhill students spent a session getting to grips with a ton of analogue music equipment, and the new Brighton students took their first steps to becoming seasoned photographers, experimenting with camera angles and lenses.
Below is a short video created by Bexhill student Charlotte as part of her Introduction to Music, Media & Digital course. She was working to a brief where she had to include a specific number of shots and use a variety of camera angles and techniques (zoom, panning, tilt, close-up, long-shots etc). She even wrote the track that accompanies the film too – amazing work!
Collaboration project in the making! The Music and Media students have been organising a photoshoot for the music team’s upcoming album release ‘Bounce and Burn‘ (more on this soon!). The group is called ‘Odd Socks Collective’ as there will be an eclectic mix of genres featured on the album. Two classes working together wasn’t enough, so the Fashion team are also hard at work designing the socks for the music student’s shoot which will also feature on the album cover along with a group shot of the music artists.
Over in Bexhill the music team have been designing their own synthpatch‘s to accompany their House compositions. They’re also heavily into practising for the upcoming Bexhill Christmas show. Tracks being rehearsed include Sam Smith’s Stay With Me and Snow Fairy Full.
Tutors and students have been having tasty sessions with cake (because cake makes everything better!) Students have been working out how to construct pie charts, or in our case cake charts. They’ve also been working with tangrams to encourage logical reasoning and utilise problem solving skills to improve resilience and the ability to look at problems from a different angle.
Problem to solve: I have to cut my cake into six pieces, what size angle will each piece be? If they can construct the pie (cake) chart correctly and cut out one piece accurately the tutor will exchange it for real cake!
Lunch Time Games Club
Bexhill students and tutors have even introduced a lunch time games club to keep their brains stimulated! Chess, Backgammon, Battleship, Uno, Boggle, Sudoku… Who said you have to be glued to a screen constantly to have fun? Bringing back some classic pastimes for sure.
If you want to be a part of something this special and exciting, why not apply to join us in next September? Apply here!
What an absolute pleasure the first term at Dv8 Sussex has been! There’s been a continuous buzz of non-stop, action packed creativity and there was no better way to share everyone’s hard work and achievements than to host an end of term showcase (planned by our very own Live Events students) to celebrate. This year FRESH was hosted at surroundings of the quirky and retro Rialto Theatre in Brighton. We bussed the Bexhill students over and held an afternoon of showreels, exhibitions and live performances.
The Fashion students exhibited their innovative and experimental Trashion dresses and accessories (made from rubbish and recyclables collected around Brighton) in the theatre’s picturesque lobby. Rubbish never looked so good! See all of their designs in our Trashion blog here.
Our Live Events Intermediate students spent the first four weeks working with unlimited finances, locations and all the artists you could ever dream of, alive and dead, as they planned their fantasy festivals. Culminating in a wonderful and varied selection of posters and mood boards on display at the event it was brilliant to have an insight into what these young promoters may achieve in the future.
We had an eclectic array of music performances across the Intermediate and Advanced students. Bexhill bought double whammies of electric guitar pieces, and even more noise from Bexhill’s very own ‘Grunge n Roses’ (we’re surprised the roof remained intact!). Sometimes all you need is a piano and an incredible voice as Georgia proved silencing the room with her version of Summertime. Brighton’s Music Advanced crew cut an imposing sight on stage, you can’t beat wearing sunglasses indoors to really capture the serious musician vibe, before launching into a funky time signature shifting synth hip hop epic… #psychedelic. Final music performances were complete with visuals of the band courtesy of your Introduction to Music, Media and Digital groups. More solo singers alongside a vast array of funny, moving and exciting films, it was brilliant to see Rialto turned into a true multi-media experience. Sampled beats, visuals, guitar solos and heartfelt vocals, all put together in just four weeks!
The Media Production students from Brighton and Bexhill showcased a selection of short films / trailers. See below a mashup of their creativity!
None of this would have been possible without the amazing organisational prowess of our Live Events Advanced students who spent the first four weeks of term planning this all down to a tee. Front of house, back of house, marketing, promotion, technical and production management, they did it all with maturity and flair. We can’t wait to see some of the other projects they have up their sleeves come to fruition later in the year.
If you want to be a part of something this special and exciting, why not apply to join us in next September? Apply here!
(Photographs taken by Brighton Intermediate Media Production students Oscar, Kay and Chris.)
Each year the Fashion & Design students begin their first term at Dv8 Sussex with a creative Trashion project, this year called ‘What a load of junk’. The purpose of this project is to make garments/dresses out of recycled items that are usually thrown away, which our young designers source themselves from the local community. The Fashion students showcased their designs in our recent end of term event FRESH, and also collaborated with Media Production students so that they could take away professional photographs of their pieces to add to their creative and professional portfolios (some of which are shown in the slideshow above).
The gallery above highlights the dresses, garments and accessories our budding Fashion & Design students made. We are blown away by their imagination and technical skills. It takes a a truly passionate individual to visualise and upscale to a high standard what essentially is rubbish!
Below you can read about the Fashion & Design students inspiration, the techniques they’ve learnt and used to piece together their incredible Trashion designs, and their thoughts on the course at Dv8 so far.
“The outfit I made for the Trashion Project consisted of a variety of rubbish and re-purposed materials including bin bag liners, envelopes, magazine cuttings, ring pulls, and a collection of found beads. For the top of my outfit I was inspired by the Balmain Spring 2016 fashion show where a lot of the tops were wrap around and halter neck. I created my wrap-around top with a twist and added plaits with wire and beads and ring pull detailing. The bold geometric designs of Christopher Kane inspired my skirt, layering up the rectangle envelopes I found and magazine cuttings to make an A-line design. I used a range of bright colours that drew attention to the skirt and then by doing a small pattern of rectangles on the top too the whole outfit was drawn together.
Some techniques I used to make this outfit include, sewing the collar of the top together with small bits of plastic bags to get it to sit and fold in the right way, making a clasp at the back of the top using a ring pull on one side and a roll of plastic on the other so that the top can be put on and removed with ease. My skirt also involved a zip and to get the shape I wanted I had to make darts in it.
Our first project on the DV8 Fashion course, Trashion, has been a challenge but has allowed me to think out of the box when designing and has encouraged me to experiment with a variety of materials. I am looking forward to the next project and learning new techniques when designing.” – Prudence
“My Trashion products were based around beers and ciders (mainly Budweiser). For the dress I used bubble wrap, red plastic carrier bags, red and white electrical tape, bottle caps and ‘FRAGILE’ tape. I first made a bubble wrap bodysuit with a big ’Budweiser’ logo over the breast area to work slightly as a bandeau. I then made a skirt out of red plastic carrier bags, I made one side all ruched up and creased in a way, the other side I embellished with bottle cap tassels. I wrapped ‘FRAGILE’ tape around the waistline to work as a belt. The back is easily open and done back up using white bows.
The bag was made with cardboard, bubble wrap, red plastic carrier bags, Budweiser logos, bottle caps, a zip and a display stand for dental floss in a shop. I first attached the box shape made out of cardboard to the dental floss display stand to get the shape. I then had to attach the zip to the red bags. I then covered the bag with red plastic carrier bags, and put bubble wrap with the Budweiser logo on the side panels. I then had to make the bottle cap strap and attach it to the bag with a glue gun.
To make the shoes I had to use cardboard, bubble wrap, Budweiser logo, zips, bottle caps, red plastic carrier bags, electrical tape and fluffy fabric. Firstly, I made the soles and platforms out of cardboard. Then made the bottle cap heels by sticking them together with a glue gun. I then put the red plastic bags and bubble wrap together with the zips. Then attached them to the soles, followed by gluing the fluffy fabric inside to the sole. Lastly I glued the bottle caps heels.
I’m really enjoying Dv8 Sussex so far, we’ve always got something to be doing. It’s not just sitting in a classroom, it’s going around town gathering supplies and making and creating and that’s exactly what I need.” – Evie
“My outfit is mostly made of plastic with decorations made of foil, plastic, box straps, bath bomb packaging, wire coat-hangers, a piece of bag material, a pie dish and pictures I cut out from some Christmas wrapping paper.
My inspirations for this outfit are fairies for the dress and wings but the apron is inspired by spooky box zombabe. More specifically it is based on the bone apron.” – Louise
“The materials that I have used for my Fashion piece, are as follows; Black bags, wallpaper, plastic bags, cardboard, bubble wrap and a small broach.
The techniques I used were using darbs, sewing and stapling stocking, and drawing to design my outfit/fashion piece. I got my inspiration from Roman battle armour and princess dresses.
I am finding the course fun, exciting, inspiring and helpful.”- Vanessa
“The materials I used for my dress include a metallic reusable bag from “Irregular choice” and a wired lampshade. I made panniers out of the lamp shade using wire cutters to cut it in half. This was inspired by 18th century historical costume. I created the bodice using darts to fit the body made out of the “irregular choice” bag. I added a zip onto the back of the dress as well as a choker embellished with old jewellery and made it connect to the dress using part of the metallic bag. I also edged and layered the dress to give it more of the 18th century effect.
I am enjoying my time at Dv8 as we get to go out to collect resources whenever we need and are
able to express ourselves whenever we create something.” – Shannon
“To create my dress I used trash that I collected from various stores around town. The base of my dress is made from blue bin bags which I cut and put together using glue, zip and darts to ensure that it fit the manikin well and to give it shape. To create straps for the top half I plaited plastic bags and added a black fringe. To give the dress some extra detailing and to continue following my theme of triangles I cut out 2 triangles on the sides of the dress replaced it with transparent wrapping plastic. I then proceeded to cut triangles out of envelopes, crisp packet’s and magazines and layered them down the front of the dress. To finish the dress I found some wire and made triangles and circles to stick over the top of the paper triangles making the dress more 3D. Finally, I added black fringing along the bottom of the dress.
My dress was inspired by one of Verdad Officals dressed from their SS17 collection. The course at Dv8 is going well. I’m enjoying spending time with creative people and being able to but my creative ideas into practice.” – Molly
Bexhill Live Events students kicked off the start of term with a tour of De La Warr Pavilion to find out about all the varied events they put on including Music, Comedy, Exhibitions, Talks & Tours, Family Events and Film / Live Broadcasts. It gave the students real insight into the workings of a local venue and highlighted the vast breadth of events that can take place under one roof.
Following on from the tour the students hit the streets to seek out where the events at De La Warr may be promoted within the town, discussing why their brochure might be at certain places and not others which really gave them food for thought as well as a chance to bond as a team and get a feel for Bexhill itself.
Our Live Events group in Bexhill are already working out of Bexhill Hive and in Jan 2016 Dv8 will be moving all courses from Victoria Hall over to Bexhill Hive (previously the job centre) on St Leonards Road. The team behind the Bexhill Hive project are working hard to make Bexhill a destination for education and industry and we are delighted to be a central part of this.
Live Events & Promotions is perfect for students with an interest in gigs, festivals, theatre or even just planning and organising, and the course puts the students right at the heart of the industry and provides countless opportunities to make contacts, put their ideas into practice and build an impressive CV alongside a Level 2 qualification.
We have spaces available on the course in Bexhill for immediate starts please click here to apply and come and join this exciting course!
Our centre in Bexhill is running a Taster Session on Thursday 8th September.
The session will run from 10am-1pm and is designed to give any young people interested in joining Dv8 the chance to visit the centre, meet the staff and engage in a simple and fun activity. We are running the session on this date to allow any young person undecided on where to study for 2016/17 the opportunity to explore our environment.
There will be an introduction to the Dv8 Bexhill campus and team before having the opportunity to explore a variety of fun and engaging activities in Media Production, Music Production, and Live Events & Promotions. These courses are all about practical learning and giving you the chance to explore the things you are interested in and passionate about in a vibrant and supportive environment.
If you are interested please let us know via email@example.com and we’ll book you in. As always we are more than happy for parents/carers/key workers to attend with young people and we welcome groups.
Quick links to courses available at our Bexhill campus:
What better way to celebrate the student’s tremendous hard work than to throw two Dv8 End of Year Showcases?!
The Bexhill show was hosted in their own beautifully atmospheric performance space on Tuesday 28th June. The Showcase was planned and executed by our passionate Live Events students, with a comedy duo assigned (students from the Music Production course) to keep the audience entertained throughout the intervals. The evening entailed an eclectic array of performances from the likes of alternative rock/metal, experimental (Djent) guitar pieces, death metal, rap/grime, electronic DJ sets and angelic solo performances that sent shivers through our spines! Rounding off the evening with a special treat, ex-Dv8 students, Kai and Marcus gave an awe inspiring performance!
To send the students off with a with a smile, fond memories and tears of happiness, the showcase was ended by celebrating the achievements of the students with an awards ceremony. Certificates and prizes were handed out for superb attendance, and the all important Dv8 Breakthrough Award.
The Brighton End of Year Showcase was hosted at the Brighthelm Centre on Friday 1st July. Each course was invited to centre stage to share their exceptional work in the form of showreels, live music performances and everything in between. The Fashion students showcased their detailed, handmade Fashion Cities Africa garments and dresses. Music Production students had their newly produced tracks played loud and wide, whilst other students gave the audience a piece of live action pie! Live Events students once again helped with the planning and production of the Showcase event, and took the time to share their fantastic experiences hosting music, and comedy nights around Brighton, as well as their most recent success planning a running a Brighton Fringe venue! Media Production shared some of the many videos they had shot and edited throughout the year, and even brought a few tears to our eyes with their touching farewell showreels.
We’d like to thank each and every one of our brilliant students for making this year truly special at Dv8. We’ll miss those of you that are progressing on to new and exciting adventures – please keep in touch and let us know how you’re getting on! Summer has only just started but we’re already looking forward to welcoming back familiar faces and our new students in September!
If you’re aged 16-18 and would like to join us at either our Brighton or Bexhill campus in September on Media Production, Music Production, Fashion & Design or Live Events & Promotion, you can apply here!
We are really pleased that you have chosen to join a course at Dv8 Sussex in September.
Each year we ask our course teams to devise small summer tasks for you to complete before joining the course. This is to give you the best possible start and to keep you thinking and developing whilst still enjoying your summer holidays!
Click the links below to download the task relevant to you:
After months of meticulous planning Distrikt Brighton launched on Friday 27th May and brought to life its programme of interesting and varied theatre and performance. The first ever youth-led Brighton Fringe venue, Distrikt represents 8 months of hard work from Dv8 Sussex’s Live Events & Promotions students aided by the expert guidance of their tutors.
Flash back to a cold and wintry day in October and the team first walked into The Spire, a community run venue based in a church off Eastern Road in Kemp Town. The enormous potential of the space was evident from the start and already ideas were bouncing around. Anyone who saw the fantastic Brighton Festival installation ‘Lou Reed Drones‘ will be aware of how beautiful The Spire can be to enjoy art in. On 23rd May, 5 days of extremely hard toil began to allow these dreams to become a reality, and a bespoke black box theatre was built inside the space. This build made the most of the amazing light and acoustics the church had to offer whilst still allowing the fresh and relevant programme to be the star.
We were delighted to welcome Brighton Fringe Director Julian Caddy down for our launch party and he even enjoyed letting out his inner demon in front of the slightly spooky green-lit stained glass (see the photo below). Addressing the Dv8 Students Julian said ‘you are the Fringe, what you’ve done here is amazing, it looks fantastic’.
A few days in and Distrikt has already played host to 5 different productions, including a sold out showing of Ahmed & The Flower Girl and the fantastically reviewed Crazy Horse: A Dream of Thunder. Visit the Distrikt website for more information on the upcoming events and make sure you don’t miss out on being a part of this inspiring and unique contribution to the greatest month in the greatest city on Earth!
(We’ll have the full Distrikt write up coming very soon!)
For those of you wondering, the Matrix has nothing to do with Neo and Trinity! In fact, The Matrix Standard is an award to recognise how well we offer information, advice and guidance (IAG) to our staff, students, partners, employers, parents and anyone else accessing or working within our service. It also covers how well Dv8 plans it’s year, uses data to measure success and set priorities, communicate developments and changes as well as how we market our programmes, keep students informed and support the students through the year.
For months the staff at Dv8 have dedicated hours upon hours to making sure we ticked all The Matrix Standard’s boxes. On Monday 25th April we welcomed in Anita, our assessor and after three days of inspection at our Brighton and Bexhill campuses, we were informed that we had passed!
Just some of Anita’s feedback included Dv8’s strengths such as our industry links, high level of student support, new PDR ( professional development record) system and how well students felt that they were progressing and felt safe and supported at Dv8. Some of the areas highlighted for development included learner attendance strategies, placements and work experience collaboration and sharing best practice across teams. A massive thank you for the combined effort and a great deal of hard work that all the teams at Dv8 put into evidencing all the brilliant IAG work that we do that helped us to achieve the Matrix Standard.
Overall the whole process was a hugely positive experience for Dv8 and we couldn’t be happier with the result!