Student involved in Holocaust Memorial Day Competition

10 March 2021

Student involved in Holocaust Memorial Day Competition

Year 11 student, Rosie Ingamells, is studying Creative and Digital Media at UTC Sheffield City Centre and has hopes to turn her dreams of a creative career into reality. Rosie originally started on the Engineering course, and then switched to Creative and Digital Media, as she was interested in designing and creating products.

What do you enjoy about the UTC?
I joined the UTC as it seemed like a good school to go to. I like how the teachers give students lots of responsibility and encourage us to work independently. I love being treated like an adult and having the chance to work on projects both alone and in teams with my classmates. We are always given lots of support in our work and our teachers motivate us.

What is it about your chosen specialism that you enjoy?
I enjoy the creative aspect of my course, which involves thinking of ideas for new projects and designing things. I love using the Adobe software in lessons to create and edit material, such as an album cover, for which I achieved higher grades than expected. I cannot thank the teachers enough for their support!

Have you worked with any employers – can you say more about this?
In Creative and Digital Media, we were able to meet a couple of employees that design companies’ banking apps. This was a great opportunity, which involved spending the day designing our own apps, and it gave me an insight into what my potential future career could be like. If I hadn’t come to the UTC, I don’t think I would have had this exciting experience to look back on.

Can you tell me a bit more about your Holocaust brochure?
To mark Holocaust Memorial Day 2021, there was a competition aimed at young people, to submit a photo related to the theme: Be the light in the darkness. This theme encourages everyone to reflect on the dark depths humanity can sink to, but also the ways individuals and communities resisted that darkness to ‘be the light’ before, during and after genocide.

One of my teachers informed me about the competition, and I thought it would be a good chance for me to showcase my skillset. I did some research online to find some inspiration for ideas, but couldn’t find anything that I was interested in. I had a visit from my Grandma and ended up taking some photos of her, which I used for the competition. I titled my photo ‘Memory lane’ because looking through the photos brought back memories for her.

Very soon after entering, I was emailed saying I had been chosen for my photo to be featured in the competition brochure! I expected there to be multiple photo entries featured, but mine was the only one with a whole page to myself. I was also sent a candle to light in a window at the end of the memorial. This was a huge achievement for me.

How did you become interested in photography?
I became interested in photography through my bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award, when I started a photography course. It involved learning how to use a DSLR camera on full manual, by learning each setting. I continued taking photos and loved doing so.

My Creative and Digital Media specialism has also inspired me to develop a passion for photography. In lessons, I have enjoyed testing out different camera angles and settings, and taking photos of models, which I had never done previously.

How have you developed your skills at the UTC?
The UTC has encouraged me to be more confident when working on independent projects, and I’ve learnt how to communicate with a wide range of individuals, including teachers, classmates and businesses. I’m so glad I came to the UTC as it has helped me to develop creativity and I have found my passion for photography. I hope to use these skills in my future career within the creative industry.

Do you know what you want to do when you leave the UTC?
When I leave the UTC, I want to go to college to study Photography and Graphic Design. My dream career would be as a Photographer or a Product Designer, because I would like to do something that I have a real passion for. I study Product Design at the moment, which involves designing products and solving problems that come up in the process. I’m certain that I will go into a job within the creative and media sectors, and I’m thankful that the UTC has provided me with the relevant experience.

You can view the Holocaust Memorial brochure here.