Artist Nathan Brown is building a great reputation for himself and he can’t thank Forth Valley College enough for helping him to make a great start in his career.
Graduating in June 2016 with a BA Art and Design, Nathan (25) from Alloa, is relishing his role as a self-employed Artist, who loves teaching community classes at night.
Nathan, who has Limb-girdle Muscular Dystrophy, said: “When I left school I felt a little lost, I wasn't entirely sure what I wanted to do with my life. I had always been decent at art and decided to try out a community class at Forth Valley College and from there I was encouraged to apply for the NC Art and Design. I completed that and moved onto the HND Contemporary Art course and I just fell in love with it.
“I had originally planned to use the HND to gain entry onto a course at one of the art schools in Scotland, but I enjoyed the campus, the way of learning and the expertise of the lecturers. I felt at home at Forth Valley, so I entered the degree year and the rest is history.
“The facilities that I used were really excellent, very rarely did I ever go to a lecturer or Trevor – one of the technical assistants - with an idea and be told ‘no we can't do that’. There was always a willingness to try something and if we could never quite get something working for one reason or another, we took it back to the drawing board and found a way around whatever problem we were having. I really can't say enough good things about the lecturers, workshop and support staff that I had the pleasure of working with.
“Coming to Forth Valley College really helped me find something I'm good at. I realised that if I just put a little hard work into my art, I could turn it into a successful and fulfilling career for myself. This optimism that I have about my future is something that I never had before attending FVC.
“I'd say the greatest thing FVC has given me in regards to taking that next step in my career, is a strong work ethic and the ability to successfully take an art work from its conceptual stage, to a fully fleshed out finished art piece that I'm proud of and believe in.
“I would recommend not entering the College with a single track mind. Try everything that is available to you if you're a painter or spend a project in the sculpture workshop, try digital art or screen printing or painting. Just try everything that you can and you might find a new talent or passion. And work hard. If you're not going to work hard, you'll not get the results that you want.
“The best bit for me was definitely all the people that I've met these last few years. The College throws you together with people you'd really have no other way of meeting and because of that, you gain good friends you'd never have otherwise."