Graphic design students from Burton and South Derbyshire College have scooped three top awards at a prestigious Young Creative Chevrolet Awards night. Laura Hobson (19), from Mickleover, in Derbyshire, was the biggest winner of the night, winning first place in the UK Visual Arts Category and second in the European leg, thanks to her special ‘100 years of Chevrolet’ poster design.
Fellow BSDC students Charlotte Saunt (21), from Derbyshire, and Joe Ellison, (18), from Derbyshire, gained second and third places respectively in the UK category, attracting praise for the high standard of their work.
The international awards take place every year and celebrate the very best in young creative talent. This year more than 550 projects were submitted for entry to the competition, from 155 educational institutions in 22 countries.
The awards were judged by a respected international panel of industry leaders from the fields of fashion, music, photography, video and visual arts design. Chris Beech, programme area manager at the college, said: “Throughout her studies Laura worked as a freelance graphic designer and web designer for several local studios, yet never missed a lesson.
“She has been a model student often achieving above what was required and working professionally with the College on a number of projects, completing all course work to Distinction level.”
Laura now plans to continue her freelance work whilst studying for a BA (Hons) in Graphic Design at Nottingham Trent University. She said: “My time at the college has taught me how to explore my ideas more, and to always challenge myself.”

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