College students scoop prizes at international competition
Thursday, 5 May, 2016

Ten Solihull College & University Centre Graphic Design students have excelled at a recent international competition.

The Starpack awards recognise innovative designs in packaging and technology with submissions being received from across the world. Briefs are supplied from a number of companies and entrants are required to research, design and create a mock-up of their final design for the competition.

Winners are then chosen by a combination of industry professionals and brand sponsors. All ten of the students who entered are currently studying towards their Higher National Diploma (HND) in Graphic Design. They were able to put their skills and knowledge learnt whilst at Solihull College & University Centre into practice to create their designs.

The competition offers students a perfect opportunity to experience what the packaging industry is like and gives them an idea of what would be required of them if they were to seek employment within the industry.

This is the 6th year that students from Solihull College & University Centre have entered the Starpack awards and 2016 has been the most successful year to date with students achieving 3 gold awards, 1 silver, 1 bronze, 4 commended prizes and two students even achieving overall sponsor prizes from the sponsored employers.

Neil Duffy who tutors the students on the HND Graphic Design course, commented: “This is an excellent achievement by all students concerned that gives them a fantastic opportunity for industrial contacts and progression into the packaging and graphic design industry.”

The students will be attending an official awards ceremony this June in London where they will receive prizes for their outstanding work in the competition and meet the industry experts who were amongst the judging panel. Along with the prizes students will be able to add the recognition to their portfolios which will inevitably add to their career prospects within the industry.

Solihull College & University Centre gives the HND Graphic Design students the opportunity to enter such competitions throughout their studies to give them a wide range of experience within the graphic design industry and in turn furthers their knowledge and experience within the sector.

The HND Graphic Design qualification is studied over 2 academic years and gives students the chance to work towards a university level qualification. Upon completion of the HND students can progress at Solihull College & University Centre to complete their top-up degree in Graphic Design to obtain a full-degree qualification.

If you would like more information on the courses available at Solihull College & University Centre, including HND Graphic Design visit courses page or call 0121 678 7000.

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