Former CertHE student Helen shares her experience of the programme.
Helen Campbell graduated from the CertHE in 2019/20. As a student registered with the Student Disability Service, Helen had access to a personal assistant, to help her in her classes including both physical and practical tasks.
We spoke to CertHE student Helen Campbell about her experience on the programme...
I have enjoyed this course so much and it has added to the quality of my life. It has introduced me to an incredibly enjoyable subject which I can continue with after the course is over. I also feel the course has really added to the social side of my life each week through class work with other people who share my interest and I've made friends.
Why did you choose to apply for the CertHE?
I wanted to do the full CertHE in Art because I wanted to receive the tuition included. As a registered disabled student, I had a person there to help me in the class. Jean fetched and prepared paper, resources, adjusted my easel to enable my access to the learning.
I also had a tutor assigned to me for the course, who oversaw my journey and personal development in art.
What new skills did you learn?
As a beginner in art going in, I feel I have gone from not being able to paint, draw, collage or work in mixed media to now being able to express myself through all of these techniques.
What’s been the highlight of the programme?
Having some of my work in an exhibition in the Art & Design department at the University of Edinburgh’s Centre for Open Learning as well as having tuition from experienced artists.
Did anything surprise you about the course?
Sometimes people think, because they feel they can’t draw or paint, they could never be considered to do an art course. But the course is about tuition to enable you to draw. Art can be for anyone with an interest to try it. It also surprised me how much interest was shown in me as a student and in my art.
Would you recommend the CertHE?
Yes, definitely. I was so unsure whether I would be suitable for this course due to my lack of knowledge, but I decided to give it and go, and it’s been one of the best decisions I’ve made. I have really looked forward to the classes each week. I would like to encourage people, whether they be older and retired like me, or in a different situation, to consider taking the Cert HE at the University of Edinburgh’s Centre for Open Learning.