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Katie Fitzgerald

  • Studying Special Makeup Effects for TV & Film at The University of Bolton
  • Level 3 Media Makeup & Hair

Katie initially studied at Rochdale Sixth Form College, but decided to switch to Hopwood Hall College for a more careers-focused path to university.

This choice paid off as one of Katie’s favourite parts of the course centred around work experience. Particularly the ‘Farm of Terror’ (a local scare-park open every Halloween) where she and her classmates would design and apply the special effects on actors.

Katie now aims to complete her studies at university and work in film and TV’s special effects departments – hopefully travelling the world whilst doing it.

“Sometimes I wanted to give up, but having the clear goal of wanting to work in TV and Film always made me want to push on. With the help of staff, I feel like was able to be my best and realise my full potential.

”The support is there from tutors, you just need to enjoy yourself and not let the pressure get to you. All I needed to succeed was at the College.”