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Design Workshop Empowers Student Creativity

Notre Dame students busy developing their poster designs.

Creative students from across Notre Dame’s A level and BTEC subjects attended an inspirational design workshop at Leeds Arts University on Wednesday 22 May. The aim of the event was to support them with developing ideas for our Young and Powerful poster competition.

The poster competition, organised by NCOP Higher Education Progression Officer Miss Mary Owoo, is open until Monday 10 June. Our students have the choice of four topics for their poster entries: Be Active, Be Healthy; Wellbeing; Mental Health; and Young Power.

The workshop was full to the brim with opportunities for our students to explore and expand their creative ideas. They took part in a university-style ‘crit’ where they shared their initial research in small groups and gave each other feedback. Following this, Jenny Scannell from Leeds Arts University led our students through the basics of graphic design, providing them with a framework for developing their posters. Students then had the chance to
practice their newly learnt vocabulary by analysing a selection of mental health posters, including a set of new designs for the Samaritans by brand experts Spencer Du Bois.  

In the afternoon students took a tour of the university, which included the new library, print workshops, ceramics department, and photography studio. Student ambassadors from the Illustration and Visual Communications BA presented their work and gave our students tips on portfolio development. Our students spent the rest of their time developing design ideas, working with a range of media including paint, collage, typography, ink and drawing.

NCOP HEPO Mary Owoo commented, ‘It was a very enriching and mindful day that provided our students with the skills and opportunity to be imaginative and reflect on their own wellbeing.’