Sylvia Milkins with her collection

An end and a beginning for graduates

Somerset College's Annual Summer Show represented both an end and a beginning for graduating Arts and Design degree students as they displayed their collections.

Students are entering the industry in various different ways, including opening up galleries, working for top agencies and established national companies and volunteering. Others are continuing their education by taking a Masters Degree.

Brenda Brown, who is completing a BA (Hons) Fine Art, said: I am taking a gap year to volunteer and give advice to the second year students at Somerset College on their dissertations. I will also look into doing an MA in Art History with the Open University.'

Mia Puzey, who is completing a BA (Hons) Fashion, said: ‘I have managed to get a job at New Look as a designer. I had a placement there during my course, and secured the position following that placement. Somerset College have a wealth of connections that allow us to make contact with key people that will influence our careers.'

Matt Stanbury, who is completing a BA (Hons) Graphic Design, said: ‘I am hoping to get a place in a design agency in London. I used the Summer Show to impress designers and hopefully secure a position. If I don't get a job in London I will keep applying for placements at agencies as I am looking to move into packaging and branding.'

Chris Taylor, Head of Arts and Design at Somerset College, said: ‘Many students choose to study at Somerset College because of our close links with major companies in the industry. For example one of our fashion students secured a job with New Look through a placement organised by the College.

‘We are recognised nationally by industry as a leading Arts and Design Centre because of the quality of our graduates, their skills, their ability to win national competitions and awards and not least because so many achieve Distinctions and First Class Honours Degrees after two or three years of study'.

The Annual Summer Show 2008 included displays from Graphic Design, Interior and Fashion Textiles, Fashion, 3D, Fine Art and Media Make-up students.

Textiles students took pictures to highlight their exhibition, including images of them arranging their pieces in the room, during the event, and dismantling their pieces to take to New Designer 2008 in London. Images of the exhibition are available at www.flickr.com/photos/somersetcollege.

Somerset College offer University Courses through a partnership with the University of Plymouth. More details of the courses available can be found at www.somerset.ac.uk, alternatively email enquiries@somerset.ac.uk, or call (01823) 366 331.