Lucy Gorman - BA Set Design for Screen

Lucy Gorman is a first year BA Set Design for Screen student at Wimbledon College of Arts.

What year are you in and where are you from?

I'm in my first year and I'm from Taunton, England.

Why did you choose to study at Wimbledon College of Arts?

Mainly for it's location. Being in London was really important to me, particularly from an artistic point of view. The course is really interesting too though and has allowed me to explore things I never thought I'd have an interest in.

What's your favourite thing about the college?

All the facilities here are really good and up-to-date. The software's helpful too and comes in handy when you need this for projects! The tutors are always accessible and all work in what they teach, allowing students to be taught from people within the industry we're planning on working in. 

How would you describe your course?

I'd say it's really good fun - you meet so many people you wouldn't expect to. The course itself is intense, but you learn so much in a limited amount of time. I've learnt everything from model-making to scenic painting as well as directing and editing. 

What's the most interesting project you've worked on here?

So far, Transforming a Location has been my favourite project. We had to choose a location in college, come up with a survey and technical drawings before creating white card and colour models for these. Then we changed the location into a film scene - I chose horror and based mine on Joss Whedon's film The Cabin in the Woods. 

And what's been your greatest achievement so far?

I'd have to say working collaboratively! There have been a few projects that required working in a team, which is something that's really important in the real world. It really helps you to be able to work with different characters and people you wouldn't normally work with, and it definitely challenges you!

How much work experience have you done during your studies?

I haven't had any formal experience, but have shadowed a production manager at The National Theatre as well as taking every opportunity I can to go to free audience shows such as The Voice and Celebrity Big Brother. It really gives you an insight into the world that you want to get into. 

What are your plans for when you graduate?

I hope to move into production and design, maybe working in TV dramas. I'd also like to be a Window Designer, because the skills I've learnt on this course are so varied they can be applied to any area; from storyboarding to art direction. 

Any advice for the next generation of Wimbledon students?

I'd say relax about coming to university. It can seem like a daunting thing, but as soon as you arrive at Wimbledon, you'll settle into the college's way of life. Everyone's in the same position as you, and the collaborative work at the beginning of term really helps break any ice! Wimbledon is such a friendly place with a really welcoming atmosphere, so it's hard not to relax once you're here. 

Related links:

BA Production Arts for Screen