Graphic Design students at Somerset College

Somerset College corridors paved with gold

The corridors of Somerset College are paved with gold - pencils that is - as the Graphic Design department have won 25 Student Yellow Pencil awards in the prestigious D&AD awards since 2004.

This year another three students, Matt Stanbury, Chris Bolton and Sarah Mills have been nominated for the top student prize at the D&AD Student Awards show to be held in June.

Over the past 4 years Somerset College students have won 25 Student Yellow Pencils, which is more than Loughborough, Brunel, Nottingham and Westminster Universities put together.

The College are hoping Matt, Chris and Sarah will be able to add to the collection.

Stewart Owen, Somerset College's Head of Graphic Design, said: ‘For a medium sized College in Somerset, which is not based in those 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.'

Matt Stanbury said: ‘It really is an honour to be nominated for a Student award at D&AD. I am only just starting my graphic design career and I know how many doors getting one of these awards can open in this seriously competitive industry.

‘When you first walk into Graphic Design at the College you see the Golden Pencil awards hung on the wall, you can sense the history and they give you a sense of pride, something to aspire to on your course.'

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

This year Somerset College have five students in The Book. Vicki Willatts 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.'

Somerset College is displaying at D&A D New Blood between 23-25 June to be held at Earls Court in London. Final year student work will also be on display at the Air Gallery, Dover Street in London on 26 June.

Graphic Design students at the College will also display their work at the Somerset College Degree Show on the campus from Saturday 21 June until Thursday 26 June. Visit for more information.

For more information or images contact Stewart Willes, Communications Officer at Somerset College on (0823) 366 500, alternatively email .

Somerset College deliver higher education courses through a partnership with the University of Plymouth.