“Portfolio”, the annual season of performances and exhibitions staged by the graduating students of the Division of Fine Arts at the Barbados Community College, has earned a reputation for quality productions and creative innovation. Portfolio is an excellent opportunity for the public to see the high quality of work produced by the Division.
The Division offers two bachelor degrees in Fine Arts – Major in Studio and Major in Graphic Design along with associate degrees programmes in Dance, Fashion Design, Music, Theatre Arts and Visual Arts. Certificate courses include a certificate in Fashion (technical, design or modular) and a certificate in Interior Decorating. Both of these courses are offered part time. As part of the graduating requirements, each student in the bachelor and associate degree programmes must take part in Portfolio.
This year’s presentations, A Season of Portfolio 2013 once again offer the public the opportunity to preview the tremendous talent of the next generation of cultural practitioners. There will be seven exceptional events, each representing one of the five associate degree programmes and two bachelors’ programmes offered by the College.
The first event is the Music Portfolio on Wednesday 24th April, entitled “Ascending: A Crescendo into Greatness”. The concert will feature performances by twenty-two graduating students covering a wide range of musical styles. The Music Portfolio is always popular with the public as it showcases the wide scope of musical talent produced here on the island.
The Dance Portfolio entitled “Out of the Woods” will take place on Saturday 27th April. This year’s presentation features a variety performances and choreography by the five talented graduating students.
This year’s dramatic production mounted by the graduating Theatre Arts students is “Unfinished Women Cry in a No Man’s Land While a Bird Dies in a Gilded Cage” by Aishah Rahman. It tells the story of a teenage girls’ home for un-wed mothers and the last days of saxophonist Charlie “Bird” Parker. The play runs for two nights, Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th May.
These three productions will all take place at the Frank Collymore Hall, a long standing partner and supporter of BCC’s Portfolio performances.
On May 6th, over forty students graduating from the Associate Degree in Visual Arts along with three students in the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) – Studio Art programme will mount their work in the Morningside Gallery and studios located in the Division of Fine Arts at Morningside on the College’s Eyrie Campus. The exhibition opens at 7 pm and will continue until May 17th (Monday – Friday 9 am-5 pm). The following evening, May 7th, the BFA Graphic students present “#NoFilter” at the Grande Salle in Bridgetown. This exciting and diverse exhibition opens at 7 pm and continues daily from 10 am to 6 pm until May 12th.
This year Fashion Portfolio will be partnering with BMEX. Graduating students will present their designs in an evening of fashion on June 30th at 8 pm at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre.
Graduates from the Division of Fine Arts programmes and courses can be found in every major industry and business sector in the local market as well as regionally and internationally. For more information contact the Division at 246-426-2858 Ext 5262 or visit www.bcc.edu.bb.
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