York College

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31st October 2016

Final year Extended Diploma Production Arts students took some of the limelight at this year’s Illuminating York festival, producing lighting designs for a landmark building and taking part in the Locos in a Different Light exhibition at the National Railway Museum.

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The Locos in a Different Light exhibition at the National Railway Museum gave students an opportunity to light up the Fairlie Locomotive. They created scenes and effects to show the locomotives form and shape, as well as movement.

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Prior to the festival, York College students, attended a series of Pocket of Light workshops by the Society of Light and Lighting (SLL) to learn about the art and science of light. Creating their own designs to transform places in York, their work was judged for selection to illuminate a specific landmark for the duration of the festival. The lighting displays were part of the SLL's contribution to the Illuminating York festival.

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Production Arts student Alexandra Cornel Atkinson’s designs were selected to pour light on St Leonard’s Passage in York. She had attended the ‘Introduction to architectural lighting' workshop, saying: "I found the workshop interesting, learning about how architectural lighting has similarities to theatrical lighting, also the use of additive colour mixing with red, green and blue LEDs and the way they produce wonderful subtle hues that I will continue to use on other installations and productions."

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Nick Schneider, Theatre technician said: “Our students did a fantastic job contributing to the Illuminating York festival this year. We had over six thousand visitors at the national Railway Museum. Large scale events like these give our students an excellent experience of the workplace, working with new lighting equipment from Pulsar lighting and Ambersphere. The students gained skills in installations and lighting design."

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Backstage Arts (Production Arts) Extended Diploma Level 3

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