Projects that show impact and have the potential to make a difference to someone’s life have always been a key theme throughout the course, and perhaps, there is no stronger recognition for this approach than the amount of awards students from graphic design have won across the last 10 years.
Around 30 awards have been scooped at various design shows throughout the UK and overseas, with many praised for the impact that the work could have to better society in general.
The course has had three best in stand wins in three years at D&AD New Blood
– the leading showcase of tomorrow’s young creative superstars – along with a number of coveted pencil prizes. It has also seen a plethora of Creative Conscience
award wins over the years for a variety of projects including fair food initiatives and a spotlight on living with alopecia.
And recently, student Leanne Young won a national competition to design an illustration for Scotland’s first Baby Box
– an initiative that will see every newborn gifted a box of essential items such as clothes, nappies and books, to help ensure they get the best start in life.
Myrna added: “First to third year really concentrates on learning skills, but throughout fourth year, we want students to apply this thinking. We always strive to place an emphasis on asking if what they are doing is ethical – it’s important to get a balance of working to earn a living and working to make a difference to the world - and good design can really do both.
“Our students never fail to amaze us with their creativeness and passion to use design to help change aspects of life for the greater good – here’s to another 10 years of that approach.”