We believe you should learn from people with extensive experience of both teaching and working in the design and visual arts sector.
So our tutors are all industry professionals and experts in their field, who have studied creative subjects at degree level and higher. They specialise in a range of disciplines, including fine art, fashion, textiles, digital photography, jewellery and ceramics. Many are still practicing artists, makers and designers, who regularly create new and innovative work within their own discipline.
And they pride themselves on fostering a supportive atmosphere where students can master techniques and allow their own unique talents to shine.
Maria Foran - Head of Department
Maria has been teaching Level 3 Art and Design courses for 14 years and became our Head of Department in March 2019. Initially graduating in Textile Design, she played a lead role in founding the ground-breaking project Future Creatives with Manchester Art Gallery, which our students now benefit from. Maria is committed to ensuring each student receives excellent arts education while they’re studying at the College. She’s also committed to expanding opportunities for students to gain hands-on work experience in creative workplaces to ensure they have a real chance of success in this pioneering city of the Arts.
Bettina Halpern - Department Team Leader
Bettina has delivered our Level 3 qualifications for 17 years and became Department Team Leader in October 2019. Through outstanding teaching, she’s guided hundreds of students to achieve some of the best results in the UK and assisted their progression to either employment or top universities. Bettina works with the University of the Arts London awarding body, ensuring the quality of our Visual Arts provision exceeds national standards. Bettina is a printmaker with expertise in screen printing, intaglio printing and experimental practice.
Harry Potts - Photography Tutor
Before teaching, Harry had a successful 24 year career as a press and commercial photographer with Manchester Evening News Media. Harry has recently completed his MA in Photography and published a critically acclaimed book ‘The Big Front Room’, centred around Manchester. He is the creator of the department’s landmark photography project, ‘Greater Mancunians’, which has seen students photographing some of the key people who have culturally shaped our city.
Sadie Blythin - Designer
In order to equip students to confidently apply themselves both academically and practically, Sadie’s teaching expertise covers a broad range of key industry areas from ideas generation and planning, 3d design and fabrication using a range of materials, through to critical and contextual knowledge and understanding. Sadie is a member of the Manchester Jewellers Network and founding member of Crafters Inc. collective. She has strong industry links and as an award-winning designer and maker has exhibited nationally and internationally. Her work has featured in a number of publications and has most recently been part of the Makers Project, an action research initiative.
Rachael Addis - Visual Arts Tutor
Rachael is a professional artist and combines teaching Visual Arts at The Manchester College and UCEN Manchester with her creative practice at Rogue Artist studios in Manchester. She is a contemporary painter and uses processes to create abstract landscapes by applying a multitude of paint layers and patterns to the canvas. As well as exhibiting her work nationally and internationally, Rachael has won a number of awards including People’s Choice award at the internationally-renowned 2021 Art Gemini prize and ‘Manc of the Year’ from Manchester-based organisation Cotton On.