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Graphic Design students from Pembrokeshire College had their creative skills tested when they recently took part in a pan-Wales Graphic Design competition.

Last week Finlay Elliott and Tom George, who are both second year Extended Diploma in Graphic Design students, put their skills to the test against 16 other design students from across Wales in the Skills Competition Wales Graphic Design (advanced) Welsh Final held at Coleg Gwent on the 12th December.

With the creative brief presented on the day, students had just four hours to design an A2 poster aimed at marketing the creative world to secondary school pupils and parents. The judges were looking for good overall design with a particular focus on typography.

Following the competition Finlay commented: “Taking part in this competition has really helped me to see how much I have developed and progressed in the last year. It has proved that I understand hierarchy in design and really tested my time management. I am hoping now to go on to compete in the UK competition.”

Louise Sheppard, graphic design course leader at Pembrokeshire College, commented: “We are exceptionally proud of both Finlay and Tom. Taking part in skills competitions can represent a benchmark for high performance and vocational excellence; any significant achievement in taking part in them is very attractive to universities and employers.

“Students get to showcase their individual design ability but competition stages also challenge specific development of technical, communication and organisational skills. Taking part often energises and inspires students to continue to improve.”

Following the competition the judges fedback to lecturers that Finlay was a clear leader throughout and demonstrated exceptional design ability.