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Students have designed on success at summer show opening night

Jun 13, 2016 | Regional Business

Students from Cleveland College of Art & Design (CCAD) in Middlesbrough will be revealing their artistic flair at the opening night of the College’s summer show next week.

On display at the specialist art and design college are works from students studying a variety of programme and courses. These include Access to Higher Education Diploma, A-Levels, Foundation Diploma, and BTEC Extended Diplomas in subjects such as photography, graphic design, costume, jewellery and interior accessories, and interactive media.

As the VIP private viewing on Wednesday 15th June draws near, students are busily making last minute adjustments for the hundreds of visitors anticipated to see the exhibition over the next six days.

Olivia Walker, 20, from Saltburn, is just completing her final year in the BTEC Extended Diploma for Textiles, and will be studying Textile Design at the Glasgow School of Art later this year. For her final major project, she created a collection of textiles – cushions and wallpaper designs – based around religious architecture.

She said: “I am really excited to see my work displayed this year alongside the others on my course. We have all put a lot of work into this unit so I can’t wait to see how it will look. The chance to see your work displayed in a more professional environment is really motivating, and I have a number of family members coming to see the show; including my mum who is travelling from Spain just to make it!”

18-year old Laura Holmes from Brotton, is a final year student on the BTEC Extended Diploma for Graphic Design and is just putting the finishing touches to her final major project, the creation of a package and brand for an aromatherapy business. She said: “The run up to the show has been very busy and stressful at times to make sure I meet the deadlines, with lots of late nights! But everything has been successful so far and I can say that it has been a very fun and exciting experience. I am very excited for the show but I am nervous to see what people think of my work.”

Laura also created the designs for the CCAD Summer Show banner, and is planning to go to Northumbria University in September to study Graphic Design.

Martin Raby, Principal, Cleveland College of Art & Design, said: “This year’s colourful and creative summer show looks to be the bigger and better than ever. The students have worked so hard throughout their studies, culminating in the production of their final projects which showcase their talent and skills in art and design. The show is sure to be a success and the students deserve congratulations for their efforts. We welcome visitors to the exhibition and discover the artistic talents that our college has helped to create.”