College students create artwork celebrating the culture and history of Stafford
In 2020, 1st year students studying for a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Graphic Design at Stafford College brought a bit of Stafford into the classroom. Using a mix of modern media software and traditional screen printing techniques, they created posters that celebrate the culture and history of the town. Scroll down to see what they produced!
What is the Graphic Design Level 3 Extended Diploma?
Graphic Design is embedded throughout our lives and culture. It is in branding, packaging, advertising, editorial, photography and even typography. The Level 3 Extended Diploma is a full-time, two-year course that teaches students the skills they’ll need to work in these booming creative industries. The course head is David Holcroft, a 12-year veteran of Graphic Design lecturing. He left his position at Salford City College to take on the Course Leader role at Stafford College in 2018.
On the course, students develop an understanding of modern design practice and industry software, including Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator. However, it’s not all digital mod cons. Students are also encouraged to experiment with traditional media, such as photo montages, printing and illustration. Alongside practical skills, they learn how to develop ideas from research to creation, explore the history of Graphic Design and delve into how the industry works today.
Additionally, this diploma gives students the opportunity to build an exciting portfolio, a crucial tool for any professional creative. Portfolios pave the way into higher education, apprenticeships and jobs in graphic design.
The Stafford Heritage Project
According to Holcroft, the students have found the project both creatively challenging and interesting.
“They have really enjoyed exploring their local area and discovering Stafford’s rich heritage in order to create a set of letterpress style posters, produced using Adobe Illustrator and the college’s screen printing facilities.”
The college hopes to use the artwork in a local exhibition and perhaps even create a limited runoff prints. These prints would be sold in order to raise money for a local charity or community organisation.
Stafford College are currently recruiting for their next cohort to start in September 2021. So, if there are any budding creatives out there, click here for more info!
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