Level 3 Diploma and Extended Diploma Graphic Design students from Pembrokeshire College recently joined creative students from across Wales to take part in the Graphic Design and Visual Merchandising Wales Finals held at the University of South Wales (USW) in Cardiff.
Final year students Demelza Minter and Charlotte Nutt competed in the visual merchandising competition where they had just five hours to create a themed window display. Meanwhile, Leah Knowles, Kiran Buckle and Tom Mansbridge competed in the graphic design competition where they had to come up with a design concept and produce graphics to promote an event.
Working on live briefs is a key part of the creative courses at Pembrokeshire College and enables students to put their skills into real practise before progressing to employment or university study. These competitions allowed them to hone their skills further whilst also learning to work under pressure to a strict deadline.
All five students received positive feedback and high grades. Charlotte in particular impressed judges with the quality of her display and strong concept. Working to a brief of ‘Surfers against sewage – sea waste and plastic’, both Charlotte and Demelza had to design a window display for winter 2019 aimed at 16-20 year olds. The students were expected to demonstrate working in a sustainable way through their designs, in their sourcing of materials and to show how they could work resourcefully on the day.
Charlotte will now progress through to the Awards Ceremony later this year, but she will find out if she has secured gold, silver or bronze later this week.
Although an incredibly gruelling day, the students recognise the value of participating in industry-supported competitions and the contribution this experience can make to existing and upcoming studies on the course and in university.
Graphic Design course leader and Skills Champion Louise Sheppard is full of praise for the students and commented: “The students’ commitment and level of design and presentation skills are to be commended. They proved to be excellent creative ambassadors for Pembrokeshire College. They really stretched and enabled their creative potential and confidence, while gaining some valuable vocational experience for their futures.
Students are now concentrating on final projects and looking ahead to taking part in UK competitions.