Jessica Murphy - BA Technical Arts & Special Effects

Jessica Murphy is a first year BA Technical Arts and Special Effects student at Wimbledon College of Arts.

What year are you in and where are you from?

I'm in my first year and I'm from Australia.

Why did you choose to study at Wimbledon College of Arts?

Wimbledon has an excellent reputation for the theatre based arts.

What's your favourite thing about the college?

There's a great atmosphere at the college; everyone's really friendly and approachable.

How would you describe your course? 

It’s a course that requires dedication and self-direction. The learning curves are steep, but very rewarding.  

What's been the most interesting project you've worked on here?

We've just finished a collaboration with the students from BA Set Design for Screen, creating puppets for a short story which was then filmed. It was really great being able to design and create a character, and it was so much fun to actually control the puppets afterwards.

And what's been your greatest achievement so far?

Teaching myself how to anneal aluminium!

How much work experience have you done during your studies?

I'm currently working with some other students in my year to make props for National Youth Music Theatre productions for their shows this year. We are making two four foot 17th century galleys which will feature firing cannons.

What are your plans for when you graduate?

I’d love to work in a theatre props department and, eventually, freelance for shows designing and creating puppets and props. I’d also like to work on character costumes for film.

Any advice for the next generation of Wimbledon students?

It sounds very cliché, but be organised! And don’t be afraid to just get involved with everything. You don’t know who you'll meet or what you'll learn. Also don’t be afraid to make mistakes - now is the time to be doing it!

Related links:

BA Production Arts for Screen