College links with industry on show

Graphic Design students from Edinburgh’s Telford College are hosting an industry night to demonstrate the work they have done throughout the year in tandem with industry professionals at an exhibition being held at Studio 128, Pitt Street tonight.

The 15 students from the HND Visual Communication: Graphic Design course have been working with the design industry as part of a programme established by the College, whereby industry experts have worked as mentors to the students. Projects have ranged from designing a contemporary covers for HG Wells novels, to communicating the ethical branding of The Body Shop.

Explaining more about the mentoring programme and the exhibition, Graphic Design Lecturer at the College, Helena Good said:

“There has been a growing recognition of the value to our students, and indeed to the design profession, in establishing and developing a working relationship between education and industry. In the past we have employed visiting lecturers, visited agencies and students have been given practical work experience. However, for many agencies their first contact with students was still at end-of-year exhibitions, or when the graduated students knocked on their doors, portfolio in hand, seeking employment.

“We believe this mentoring programme has provided our students with a valuable opportunity to work with practising creatives on an ongoing basis and gain a deeper insight into the design industry, prior to their transition from education to employment. It has been a valuable, stimulating and enjoyable experience and has given the students a lot of confidence in themselves, helping to allay some of their fears regarding that big step into a work environment. I look forward to celebrating this successful relationship and the students’ achievements with our friends in the industry at this exclusive event.”

Admission to this event is by invitation only. However, if you are interested in attending tonight, email

A public exhibition of the Graphic Design students’ work will be on display - along with work from the College’s 3D Design, Textiles, Theatre Costume and Illustration students - at the Dovecot Gallery, Infirmary Street from 10 to 14 June 2010.

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