UCEN Manchester students have their eyes on the prize

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BA (Hons) Creative Media and Visual Arts students at UCEN Manchester have created exclusive award prizes for a real life professional brief.

BA (Hons) Creative Media and Visual Arts students have put their skills to good use by creating the exclusive award prizes for a real life professional brief.

Over the summer, students were tasked with submitting designs for a brief to create unique trophies and pin badges for a staff awards ceremony.

Once the winning designs were chosen, all the degree students on the course helped to make the exclusive prizes, and their hard work will count towards their final degree mark.

A distinctive black and gold pin badge designed by student Hannah Marshall was chosen as the winning pin badge and has been created from a laser cut, acrylic circle with textured brass twist.

She said: “It was great to be chosen, although I was quite surprised as there were so many different designs submitted.

“I was inspired by the award ceremony branding and really tried to focus on it. I make ceramic jewellery so I know how important it is to stick to a brief.

The timescales to produce the prizes are quite tight but it’s a great learning curve and we’re developing important skills such as time management.

Tutor Anne Brennan said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for the students to work on a live brief with a real client, which is vital for their professional practice.

“They are working to a tight deadline so they have had to pull together as a team, identify roles and responsibilities, plan, budget, problem solve creatively and develop personal skills as well as technical skills.”

Pictured are Anne Brennan (left) with Hannah Marshall (front) and fellow students.

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