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Alumni Profile: Molly Craggs

Molly Craggs is a graduate from our BA (Hons) Design for Performance: Theatre, Film and Live Events course at BCU. Since graduating, she has gained professional experience working on a range of exciting projects, her latest with ITV drama Coronation Street. We caught up with Molly to ask her about her time at BCU and what her current role is like.

Why did you choose to study the course at BCU?

I was keen to try designing for different settings, to work out what suited me best and what I enjoyed the most. I didn't want to just focus on theatre or film, but rather broaden my options and learning experiences. As the course focuses on theatre, film and live events, I felt it ticked all my boxes for this.

What was your course highlight?

My course highlight was participating in a collaborative film module in second year, for which we created the concept for a short film, and then designed, filmed and edited it. This was my first taster of working in film and I definitely consider it my “lightbulb moment” in terms of deciding my career path.

How has studying the course prepared you for your career?

Not only did the course help me decide what path in the creative industry I wanted to take, but it also gave me the opportunity to learn hands on, practical skills that I still rely on today in my job. I also made some very valuable contacts and was prepared for working in the industry with a polished portfolio before graduating.

What have you been up to since graduating?

I've taken on roles within the Art Department on various short films and project and I am currently working in a freelance role at Coronation Street.

Tell us about your current role. 

I've been working at Coronation Street for a year and a half now, and my current role is an Art Department Assistant. For this I undertake prop makes, create set plans with CAD (Computer Aided Design), take on small design projects, assist with set dressing and graphic design, complete general office admin and support the Art Directors and Production Designers. I also draw portraits and create artwork for a character on the show named Nina.

What are your plans for the future?

I'd love to gain more experience in different roles within the Art Department, especially with on-set positions such as Standby/Action Props! 

Do you have any advice for students looking to get into the industry?

Don't be afraid to get in touch with people in the industry or to put yourself forward. Make use of any contacts you have and have a portfolio and CV ready to go so you can apply to roles quickly. When emailing designers and companies, I would try to include all the necessary information in one go (portfolio, CV, availability etc.) so that the recipient doesn't have to email back and forth to get this from you. It’s also really useful to join crewing groups on Facebook, such as "Art Department UK", which are full of advice and job callouts.

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