Double delight as students rise to the challenge

Sussex Downs success SUS-150414-160134001
Sussex Downs success SUS-150414-160134001

A student from Seaford has scooped a top award in the Royal Opera House Design Challenge 2015.

Elise Ilett, 18, won the ‘Marketing Strategy and Design’ category.

She is an A2 Art and Design student at Sussex Downs College – which is celebrating a double success in the challenge.

Production Arts student Luke Adlam, 17, from Eastbourne, won the award for ‘Best Set Design’.

It meant Sussex Downs College took two of the four design awards available.

National Skills Academies from across the UK entered the Royal Opera House design contest. Based on Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier’s production of Puccini’s ‘Madama Butterfly’, students entered work in the four categories: Set Design; Costume Design; Hair, Wigs and Make-Up Design and Marketing Strategy and Design.

More than 450 entries from 16 colleges were shortlisted to 48.

The work was then displayed in the Royal Opera House before the matinee performance of ‘Madama Butterfly’. The winners were announced during the show’s interval.

Judges commented on the quality of the work produced, work that easily rivals university degree projects. Alongside their finished designs, students submitted supporting material on every aspect of the planning stage.

The double win for Sussex Downs College is a testament to the quality of teaching and work being generated at the college. Further student work from Sussex Downs was shortlisted for the final and displayed at the Royal Opera House.

Meanwhile, Level 3 Catering students at the college have recently returned from a trip to Holland, two weeks’ work experience in a popular hotel.