Music Students End of Year Show copy copyMusic Students performing at the end of year show

CONEL’s Creative and Computing students End of Year Showcase, titled CREATE 2016 took place at the Bernie Grant Arts Centre on Tottenham Green last week (Wednesday 23 June 2016).  From computer programming and games, to animation and futuristic films, photography, music technology, graphic design and painting – all forms of excellent artistic talent lined the walls of the Centre’s gallery, played within its bijou cinema or were performed inside its theatre space. A warm sunny evening replaced the cloud-filled stormy day and artists and guests mingled in the Centre’s open air square.

Film and Animation

Zeeshan Shah Shannon Louise Geoghegan and Antonios NiolaouZeeshan Shah Shannon Louise Geoghegan and Antonios NiolaouWorking to an industrial brief for Expo Logistics (formerly known as DHL) Zeeshan Shah, Antonios Nikolaou and Shannon-Louise Geoghegan presented an animation and video to promote effective health and safety practice. Antonios described how much he had enjoyed the challenge of working within student teams and meeting the client’s brief.

“We had to work together to achieve one deadline and think with one attitude,” he said. In September, Antonios will be going to Greenwich University to study Animation and Zeeshan will be going to Brunel.  He particularly enjoys editing and very much liked the atmosphere of skills-sharing and peer working between students at CONEL. Shannon described how she enjoyed working with Expo Logistics, as it appealed to her love of journalism and the skills she had developed making videos with Link Up TV about the UK Grime scene. Shannon is going on to study Journalism at Falmouth University in Wales.


Music HNC and HND students were performing throughout the evening, while Samuel Crick studying for his Music HNC deejayed on the uppermost mezzanine floor of the gallery. Morris Bailey and Andre IonMorris Bailey foreground and Andre Ion on keyboardsMorris Bailey studying for  a Music HND performed on the ground floor below. Morris who is going to the University of Westminster to finish off his degree has a love of all musical genres and wants to work composing for commercials when he graduates. Morris said of his time at CONEL “I found the HNC very focused on musical theory and the HND gave me a great deal of artistic freedom to really experiment musically and develop my work.”

Andre Ion has just completed the Music BTEC Level 3 and is also progressing to Westminster Uni to study Music. Specialising in Trap – a development in Rap music – Andre already has a recording contract in Romania with ambitions to become a major artist there and a significant composer for films and commercials in the UK. Michele RomeoMichele Romeo

Fellow student Michele Romeo is a third CONEL student also going to Westminster and plans to train as a teacher on graduation.


Computing and Graphic Design 

Raghdan Oscar and Abdullah IT Level 3IT students Raghdan, Abdullah and Oscar

Computing BTEC Level 3 students Oscar Neqach Leon,  Raghdan Nasser and Abdullah Soran with Access to Computing student Luke Taylor demonstrated how to take an image or set of images and then create them or animate them using programming language.

Luke is off to King’s College London next year to study Computer Science and explained: “We are working on the interface between graphic design and computer coding.” Oscar described how they all plan to become the web developers of the future and need to develop excellent creative skills as well as computer programming ones. Raghdan described his favourite moment at the College as one where he demonstrated his work to a group of prospective students at the College’s March Open Day.

 Games Design

CONEL Games Design student Jada SangsterCONEL Games Design student Jada SangsterGames Design students demonstrated their work on the ground floor of the Centre with work ranging from 'one player shooters' to advanced adventure quest games in fantasy landscapes.

CONEL’s Games and Animation level 3 student, Jada Sangster (pictured) participated in the semi-finals of the WorldSkills competition earlier this month and is through to the next round.

Jada said: “I am so excited that I got through to the semi final of the WorldSkills Modelling Competition, especially as I have worked very hard on improving my skills. Thank you to my tutor who was very supportive and gave me excellent advice in areas of difficultly. I am definitely looking forward to the next stages of the competition”

Gareth Healy, Jada’s Games and Animation Tutor stated: “We are all so proud of Jada and her recent success. As one of our rising stars she has a bright future ahead of her in this sector and I personally wish her all the luck in the world for the next stage: knock ‘em dead, Jada.”

Kurt Hintz Vice-Principal for Curriculum and Learner Experience, said: “Our Creative and Computing students put on a fabulous show each year and CREATE 2016 was no exception. I am delighted to find that so many of our students are either going on to university to complete their degrees or staying at the College to study for our higher education courses.”

 View the Expo Logistics (DHL) Health and Safety videos using the links below