BCC back at BMEX
The Barbados Community College is no stranger to the BMEX stage as the talent of the institution has been showcased at a high level at the Expo over the years. Whether it is dance, music, art or fashion the BCC has always proudly delivered.
This year, members of the Bachelor in Fine Arts (BFA) Programme will take the mantle and demonstrate the benefits gained and the skills acquired from exposure to such a programme. The BFA degree in Graphic Design is a three year programme for students who are familiar with the elements of art and design. The programme aims to develop a personal design portfolio and the skills and abilities to engage confidently, proficiently and successfully within the graphic design industry and related areas of employment. Students must also develop critical and analytical problem solving skills as well as other transferable skills to prepare them for general graduate employment.
Some of the work which will be on display at BMEX 2014 include a Coffee Book compilation of 13 Caribbean Folklore cultural characters such as Soucouyant and Heartman. Entitled Phantom Haven the bookpromotes and shines a divine perspective on legendary Caribbean folklore spirits.
Also on show will be a selection of toys and other graphic work.
“The programme advocates a strong work ethic, incorporated with experimentation and risk taking of ideas and materials” noted Ms. Shelly Mayers of the BCC. “It emphasizes imagination and enhanced individual expression through a variety of exercises using type and image. Students are exposed to theory as well as a range of production and media techniques that provides more scope in how work is executed. It also provides opportunities for the student to work on live projects in the field of design as well as participate in competitions.” Ms. Mayers added.
Many are seeing the value of this BCC programme and corporate Barbados is providing its support. Caribbean Label Craft for example, recently provided a scholarship for one student and this has been well received by the College.
“In 2014 we are pleased with our new partnership with Caribbean Label Crafts.” noted Ms Mayers “This scholarship is targeted at a first year student of the BFA and will assist them over the next two years. This scholarship will ease the burden with regards to printing and materials and design research.” She added.
Caribbean Label Craft is also a sponsor of BMEX 2014 and so already has a strong tie to the Expo.
In true partnership, the musical talent of the BCC students will also be on show when the Expo hosts its official Opening Ceremony on June 6th, 2014. Guests will experience the dynamism of this five-person musical group as they move across genres from Pop to Caribbean music. Artistes will include Elan Marie Jordan on steel pan, Emmanuel Hunte on guitar, Roge Padmore on keyboard, Alan Lewis on bass and Darien Cadogan on drums.