Laura Griffey's award winning designs

Graphic Design students are best in show

Award winning Graphic Design students from Somerset College rounded off the summer shows as they scooped a best in New Blood award, a second place and a commendation.

BA (Hons) Graphic Design students Amy Dickinson and Laura Griffey, were awarded best in show for their collections.

Sarah Mills collected a second place award for her piece on the Royal Opera House, whilst Chris Bolton and Matt Stanbury secured commendations for their work on Ted Baker. Stewart Owen, Somerset College's Head of Graphic Design, said: ‘For a medium sized College in Somerset, which is not based in the urban media heartlands, we really do punch above our weight and mix it with the big boys. Tutors and staff work really hard with our students to work way above industry standard, and the results we achieve really reflect this.'

Laura Griffey said: ‘D&AD is the leading international organisation for emerging graphic design talent, so to be recognised by them has opened up my career to a whole new level. I am so pleased to be given this award, the competition was tough as there are so many highly talented graphic designers out there.

‘After graduating from Somerset College I hope to either complete my third year at Somerset College, or work in London as I have already been offered an interview with a design company there.'

D&AD also produce ‘The Book' which is the D&AD Student Annual, a collection of the best student work of the year.

Students from Somerset College have been in The Book 25 times between 2004 and 2007. That is more than the Royal College of Art, Loughborough, Brunel, Nottingham and Westminster Universities put together.

This year Somerset College have five students in The Book. Vicki Willats and Amy Dickinson who study BA (Hons) Graphic Design; and Luke Ferrand, Laura Griffey and David Blakemore who study Foundation Degree in Graphic Design, have all been featured in The Book.

Stewart Owen said: ‘The Book is the bible of up and coming Graphic Design students. Large Graphic Design agencies are able to cherry pick the latest talent coming into the industry.

‘To have five students listed in The Book shows that we must be doing something right. Our students leave the College as hot property, highly skilled and valued creative graphic designers.'

D&AD is the leading international educational charity that represents the global creative, design and advertising communities. Since 1962, D&AD has set industry standards, educated and inspired the next generation of designers.

Somerset College offer 44 degree courses including full BA (Hons) courses as well as Foundation Degree courses. The courses are offered through a partnership with the University of Plymouth as the College is part of the University of Plymouth Colleges Faculty.

Somerset College has spaces on degree level courses available through the clearing system. If students didn't receive the grades they were expecting they can contact the clearing hotline on 01823 366 331 and apply for their course at the College.

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