Two graduates from the BA (Hons) Costume with Performance Design degree at The Arts University Bournemouth are celebrating following the phenomenal awards success of ‘The King’s Speech’, the film they both worked on.

Over the past few months, ‘The King’s Speech’ has been nominated for over 40 awards and has won over 20 including one Golden Globe, four OSCARS, five BAFTAS, and 11 Film Critics? Awards. Alison Beard and Jenna McGranaghan who graduated from the Arts University in 2002 and 2008 respectively, worked in the Costume Department for the film – which individually received five award nominations, including an OSCAR nomination for Best Achievement in Costume Design.

Alison worked as the Assistant Costume Designer and Jenna was the Costume Assistant on the film. They have previously worked together in the Costume Department of the 2009 ?Sherlock Holmes? film, which was nominated for an OSCAR and won the Excellence in Costume Design for Film – Period Award in the Costume Designers Guild Award. In addition, Alison worked as Costume Supervisor for the popular BBC drama ‘Return to Cranford’ which received an Emmy Award for Outstanding Costumes in Los Angeles last summer.

The Costume with Performance Design course at the Arts University has close links to its graduates, with a large number working within the film and television industry, Course Leader Rebecca Pride commented “It is great to find out that two of our graduates have worked on such a successful film. All of our graduates working within industry have proved that with hard work and determination, they can reach their individual career goals and go on to do something they love in their chosen industry. Congratulations go to Alison and Jenna for their input in such a successful film.”