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News: Creative awards success for Nottingham College students

One of our winners - Ethan Maguire
One of our winners - Ethan Maguire

Thirteen was a lucky number for Nottingham College recently, as it saw five winning and eight highly commended entries at the 2020 Nottingham Young Creative Awards. Two of the entries were group efforts, and so a total of 15 students were successful across six creative and two age categories.

Their success spanned a variety of areas, from Creative Writing, Design & Architecture and Fashion & Textiles, to Film, Photography, and Visual Arts.

The six winning students (five entries)

Kai Bexon, Creative Writing 16 – 18 , from Level 3 Journalism

Emma Filby, Fashion & Textiles 16 – 18, from Level 3 Fashion & Textiles

Heidi Gooding and Mya Allen Film 16 – 18, from Level 3 Journalism

Laura Matthews, Film 19- 24, from Level 3 Art & Design

Ethan Maguire, Visual Arts 16 – 18, from Level 3 Graphic Design & Illustration

Raising awareness of important issues

Graphic Design & Illustration student Ethan Maguire submitted an illustration that highlights the issues surrounding male body image.

Ethan Carrick Maguire Boys Body Image
Ethan Maguire's illustration

Winning in YCA 2020 has given my work exposure to a wider audience, and added an example of achievement to my portfolio.

My piece is a teenage boy looking in the mirror, and what he sees is from his distorted view of himself as a result of his body image problems.

I originally did the piece to illustrate an article about boys’ body image that my mates were doing for Neon, a College magazine written by Journalism students.

- Ethan

The winning students will receive a cash prize of £100 and free downloads of the Serif Affinity suite of creative software (photo editing, design/illustration, publishing).

Young Creative Award winners also usually gain prizes such as creative work experience, so the awards organisers are looking into some exciting opportunities for this year’s winners.

Nine Nottingham College highly commended students were also announced (eight entries) :

  • Creative Writing 16-18 - Morgan Porter
  • Design & Architecture 16-18 - Isobel Townsend
  • Fashion & Textiles 16-18 - Katherine Rankin
  • Film 16-18, Mik Webster and Tucker Carlton (group entry)
  • Photography 16-18 Zac Goodwin )Level 3 Photography) and 19-24 Kieran Riley, Beck Jade (FdA Photography) and Paigane Bennett (FdA Photography)

Highly commended students have also won the Affinity products, and everyone has earned a certificate as a record of their achievement.

The awards give young people across the city the chance to be recognised for their creative talents.

Nottingham College is the largest college in the region and offers a range of creative courses, from Level 1 through to degree-level study.

Creating futures

We were so pleased to see another great result for our students! We encourage and support them to enter competitions from across the UK but especially the Young Creative Awards each year which celebrates creative talent in Nottingham. It's a great opportunity to both hone their skills and get fantastic exposure and experience, before they even launch their careers.

We were also proud to sponsor the Photography and Graphic Design categories, to help showcase the talent of so many young people across Nottinghamshire. Well done to everyone

Jonathan Laud - Head of Faculty, Creative

Nottingham College students have created some exciting virtual Creative Shows this summer. They’ve taken the content online due to the global Covid-19 situation, and it is all free to view.

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  • 3rd July 2020 (1:56 PM)
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