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Two HSDC Theatrical and Media Makeup students qualify for the WorldSkills UK Competition National Qualifiers

June 30, 2020


Sophie Linter and Katie Bird, two HSDC Level 3 Theatrical and Media Makeup students, have been selected to go through this autumn to the Commercial Makeup National Qualifiers as part of the WorldSkills UK competition.

The WorldSkills Competition takes place every other year in one of the 60 member countries. If all goes to plan, the next event will be held in Shanghai in September 2021. This international competition provides both a benchmark for high performance and an objective way to assess vocational excellence.

Because of the pandemic, this year’s initial round in the UK was ‘passive’, with entrants submitting an unaltered photograph completed under competition conditions. The National Qualifiers will also be entered remotely, with the eight highest-scoring competitors invited to the UK Finals at the end of November. Each stage is differentiated in order for the competitors’ skills to develop and show improvement.

Both Sophie and Katie studied on the one-year Level 3 Theatrical Diploma course. This course not only enhances a student’s skills in makeup artistry but also allows them the opportunity to work in industry. Both worked at the Historic Dockyards for the “Festival of Christmas’, for ‘Aled Price Productions’ and have created moulage for police forensic teams known as ‘Seastout’.

Katie says:

“I am thrilled to be put through to the next stage in the competition, I am really delighted that my work has been acknowledged in this way. I can’t wait to showcase my new skills learned from the course and a massive thank you to my lecturer and the department for their support.”

Lecturer Dawn Richardson is thrilled about their advancement in the competition:

“They both have amazing creative skills and showcase a lot of their work through Instagram. Sophie works for No. 7 Makeup products part-time, as well as a freelance makeup artist. Next academic year she will be enrolling onto Fashion and Textiles at our South Downs Campus, with the aim to go onto Higher Education.

“Katie works as a freelance makeup artist. Next academic year she will be enrolling on the Part Time Barbering and Full Time Hairdressing course at our South Downs Campus.

“Both students have a passion for the industry and have worked hard, not just on their course but also in their work experience opportunities. They have great creative and technical skills, and both deserve to be recognised.”

We wish them luck with the next round of the competition.