This year, the Art Foundation course in Bangor is celebrating its 40th anniversary, and some of our alumni have kindly agreed to share with us their memories of their time at Coleg Menai.

Alycia Blackwell, Trainee Secondary School Teacher

After completing the Art Foundation course at Bangor, I went on to study Fine Art at the University of Cumbria, graduating with a 2:1. I am now studying my PGCE with St Patrick's school alliance in partnership with Liverpool Hope, training to be a Secondary Art and Design Teacher.

Without attending the Art Foundation course, I do not think I would be where I am now. The course gave me the confidence to push myself and my abilities, unlocking new talents that I had not yet known of. I would recommend to everyone that they apply the course as it allowed me to see the potential within myself and the possibilities within the art world!

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