Business, Creative and Digital Industries
We are proud to say countless alumni of Glasgow Clyde College have gone on to achieve great success in a wide variety of areas, from business and finance to fashion and film. We hope the stories below help to inspire you on your learning journey.
Darren McGarveyHND Practical Journalism
Darren McGarvey is an award-winning author, social commenter, broadcaster and musician. He studied HND Practical Journalism at Glasgow Clyde College, graduating in 2015. By the time Darren had started at the College, he was already drawing acclaim as Scottish rapper, Loki and became one of Scottish Hip Hop's most influential artists.
Darren is probably best known for his activism and social commentary, and as the Orwell Prize winning author of ‘Poverty Safari: Understanding the Anger of Britain's Underclass’, which is a brutally honest insight into his experience growing up in Pollok. Darren is also well known for his extensive radio and television work and last year Darren won the award for Best On-Screen Personality at the RTS Scotland awards.
Charlotte HelyarHND Fashion Textiles
Fashion and Textiles alumni Charlotte Helyar has immersed herself in the fashion world since studying at our Cardonald campus. After gaining her HND Charlotte progressed to the BA (Hons) in Textiles course at Edinburgh College of Art in 2010 before completing an MA in Fashion at Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design, specialising in Textiles. Her graduate collection for Autumn/Winter 2012 was showcased as part of London Fashion Week.
Following this impressive start in her career Charlotte landed a role as Print Designer with luxury lifestyle brand Stella McCartney, progressing to Print Design Manager. More recently Charlotte has been appointed as Senior Design Director at American leather brand, Coach.
Reuben JosephHND Acting and Performance
Alumni Reuben has always had a love of music and drama, and studied at our Langside campus from 2015-2018, graduating with an HND in Acting and Performance. Since then he has carved out an impressive career in both television and theatre. From starring as Porter in the award-winning BBC drama, Vigil, to treading the boards in London’s Westend as Alexander Hamilton. Reuben is soon to play Macbeth with the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Richard RankinHND Acting and Performance
Alumni Richard Rankin studied Acting and Performance with us at our Langside Campus. It wasn’t long after his graduation that Richard started to attract attention in the performing world. Firstly, in the Scottish comedy series Burnistoun, followed by the Olivier Award-winning play ‘Black Watch’ with the National Theatre of Scotland. Since his early acting days Richard’s acting career has gone from strength to strength with performances in The Crimson Field, Silent Witness, From Darkness and Thirteen for the BBC. In 2016, Richard made his debut as the pivotal character of Roger Wakefield in the epic STARZ/Sony production Outlander, a role that has made Richard an international star.
Craig BlackBA (Hons) Graphic Design
BA (Hons) Graphic Design alumni Craig Black is an internationally celebrated visual artist specialising in bespoke artwork, installations, and live performance art using his ‘Acrylic Fusion’ to make a name for himself. Following graduation, Craig started his career in London working for a number of design agencies before making the successful leap to setting up his own studio. Since then, he has never looked back and has enjoyed collaborating with FIFA, UEFA, NBA, PepsiCo, Sony, Vans and many other global brands. Craig’s work has been celebrated and exhibited across the world, from London and New York to Sydney and Dubai. His solo exhibition, Fusion Rules, opens in February 2024 at the Vandal Gallery New South Wales, Australia.