Education, Education, Education

With the myriad of degree shows running up and down the country, it’s good to see that younger students are also getting some exposure as their courses come to an end.

Design Ed in Cornwall is an annual event that aims to exhibit and encourage the best of design and technology in the county’s secondary schools and Further Education colleges. This year’s exhibition, which will be held at University College Falmouth’s Tremough Campus between 8 – 10 July, will bring together 388 GCSE and A level students from 25 different institutions.

According to Partick Gottelier, head of design at the University College Falmouth, the exhibition is a great opportunity to encourage the rapidly growing creative economy in Cornwall. ‘It is fundamentally and strategically important for us to nurture Cornish design talent and a privilege to provide the environment that enables such talent to flourish,’ he explains.

Student James Springall puts the finishing touches on his work
Student James Springall puts the finishing touches on his work

As well as giving students the opportunity to show their work and explain their design concepts in a professional context, there will be an interactive debate featuring speakers from different areas of the industry and awards for both schools and individuals.

Student Tyler Drew shows his design concept
Student Tyler Drew shows his design concept

Perhaps the most ingenious touch is invite two UCF graduates, designer and illustrator Alex Turvey, who recently feature in Levi’s Craftworker advertising campaign and Hamley’s company designers Stacey Dix, as guests of honour. Hopefully through Dix and Turvey’s involvement, students will be able to understand the relevance of all their hard work and see the exciting places their design and technology education could lead them.

Student Mia Jones works on her project
Student Mia Jones works on her project

Design Ed is at University College Falmouth’s Tremough Campus, Penryn, Cornwall, TR10 8UK from 8 to 10July.

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