2013 Media Make-up Student of the Year

Media Make-up Graduate Gemma Marks, who is currently undertaking the BA (Hons), has recently been named the ‘2013 Media Make-up Student of the Year’.

The award is in recognition of her academic commitment and talent within the field of Media Make-Up, with the announcement being made at the private viewing of Somerset College’s end of year Art and Design Graduate Exhibition show, which took place on Friday 7 June.

Gemma first began studying at Somerset College in 2007 as an Art and Design First Diploma student, before progressing directly onto the Level 3 National Diploma in 3D Design (Media Make-Up).

Following completion of the Level 3 programme, Gemma was keen to pursue her interest in Media Make-Up further and moved onto Higher Education studies at the College undertaking the FdA Media Make-Up (Level 5). Gemma has since progressed even further and is now in the final stages of the Level 6, BA (Hons) top up year, from which she will graduate in the coming months.

In addition to Gemma’s natural talent for make-up, she was also selected as student of the year due to the continual achievement and progression that she has made since 2007 having consecutively completed four individual programmes. Starting at the Level 2 First Diploma and continually progressing all the way up to the BA (Hons) degree within a six year period. 

Speaking after selecting and announcing Gemma as the 2013 winner, Carolyne Hinds (Media Make-up Lecturer) explains “Gemma is always willing to help with tasks and is the first to volunteer for any work based make-up opportunities within the industry. She also has a real entrepreneurial approach to the make-up sector and utilises the skills that she has learnt in professional practice to ensure her work is seen by the people who matter”.

“Gemma can take criticism well and uses this to improve her own work. She pushes the boundaries of art and has the confidence to produce and defend, sometimes controversial, pieces of work”.

In addition to her continual academic success, Gemma has also pushed herself to achieve more within her personal Media Make-Up work, this is reflected in her entrant to TV show Face-Off, which is produced by the SyFy channel and shown on American TV stations. The premise of the show aims to discover new and exciting talent and follows a similar format to the X-Factor, however is concerned with the Make-Up, Effects and Prosthetics industry.

Gemma is keen to promote herself as a make –up artist in her own right, and portfolios of her work can be viewed on her facebook page; Gemma Marks make up.

Pictured; Gemma Marks (centre right) receiving the award from Carolyne Hinds (centre left).