But they didn't let the pandemic hold them back, with their latest assessment projects proving talent will always find a way to shine under any circumstances.
As part of their first assessment since COVID-19 restrictions were implemented, the Diploma of Beauty Therapy (SHB50115) students were required to create a mood board, apply make-up and produce images for a commercial fashion house collection.
TAFE Queensland beauty teacher, Tracy Fearn said the assessments blew her away and re-ignited her own passion and excitement for make-up.
“Honestly, I got goose bumps when I saw the assessments and I was incredibly proud,” she said.
“Given the entire unit was taught online instead of in the salon like it normally is, I was unsure on what the assessment outcomes would be like, but I was absolutely amazed with the exceptional work produced.”
Throughout COVID-19 Tracy adapted her teaching style from a traditional hands-on approach to new, innovative online practises and said her students were extremely receptive and engaged.
“I held Zoom meetings every morning for a wellness and general check-in with the class and I also provided specific instructions and content to help them get through their daily workload,” she said.
The Southport campus teacher said learning from home meant the students could work at their own pace which fostered creativity and originality.
“The students were in charge of their own workload and could determine their own priorities, goals and deadlines,” she said.
“In class the students can sometimes feel pressure to complete the make-up before the end of the lesson, but being at home they could take their time and really hone in on their talents and unique flare.”
“Also, using their family and household members as models was a bonus as the students were practising on face shapes they were familiar and comfortable with.”
TAFE Queensland beauty student, Katrina Marsden initially felt a little overwhelmed and worried about how she was going to study at home successfully but said that Tracy went above and beyond to ensure she felt supported.
“As a young mum life is pretty chaotic, so when COVID-19 hit I wasn’t sure how I was going to manage it all. But Tracy was checking in daily and giving us plenty of content, tips and solutions to make it easier from home,” said Katrina.
“I couldn’t be more thankful for Tracy’s support throughout the online study period and I can say 100 per cent I wouldn't have got through it without her.”