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Graphic Design students win prizes at industry awards

Our Graphic Design students stood out amongst accomplished designers at an industry awards event, receiving prizes for their creative entries.

Talented trio David Viveiros, Ana Nabijeva and Hayley Whipps, who are all first year students at UCA Epsom, submitted their work for consideration at the Solutions Awards, which are open to everyone in the Graphic Arts industry, including printers, designers and brand owners.

The students’ submissions followed their success at The Brief Cases Competition, a national student challenge organised by consulting firm, The Heaven Company, during which all three students received Gold awards.

“We had three briefs to choose from for the Brief Cases competition,” Ana, who is 21 and from Lithuania, explains. “I chose the second brief and decided to create a stop-motion animation. It was my initial idea, because I like trying out new techniques and challenging briefs we get, and, having not much previous stop-motion animation experience, I thought it was a good chance to try it out and learn a bit more about it. It turns out that it was a very good decision!

“It's a very nice feeling to know that your hard work paid off and that you are being rewarded for it. It was also very inspiring to go to the Solutions Awards, because I got the chance to see a lot of talented people in the industry. It was like a little inside look into my future.”

Describing how it felt to be recognised, David, who is 21 and from Portugal, said: “It feels amazing. It was an overwhelming experience in general. This project was challenging when it came to overcoming obstacles and working as a team.”

Hayley, who is 19 and from Ipswich, chose to create a strategy to help evolve the brands of either the Heaven Company or Iggesund through social media.

She adds: “We had to come up with an idea and solution to help the company, which included presentations to the particular companies themselves! I am over the moon! It helps me to understand that the work I am doing at university is being recognised by people in industry.

“Before coming to university, I barely had any knowledge of the key software, which I believe is a major part of graphic design.  It's something I've learnt by practicing and through briefs given to us as part of our studies. The development of my design thinking has helped my design to be pushed further and ensures that I’m creating more exciting work as the course has goes on.”

The Solutions Awards were held at Café de Paris in London and recognise companies and people who have developed solutions to issues either for their own businesses or for clients.