Screen Shot 2015-06-08 at 09.13.28Creative students from Cleveland College of Art & Design (CCAD) celebrated their passion for fashion and their desire for dazzling designs at the opening of the College’s 2015 Degree Show.

The work from the talented young artists and designers is now on display at CCAD’s dedicated university level campus in Hartlepool until Saturday 13th June, and features works from twelve degree courses at the specialist art and design college, including graphics, production design, textiles and photography.

During the exhibition, which is now a popular regional event, visitors can experience a huge array of works, including costumes, wallpapers, clothing, prints, films and illustrations.

BA (Hons) Textiles & Surface Design final year student Laura Smith, 22, from Washington in Tyne & Wear, showed her wallpaper designs, which were inspired by dreams and the experiences created by the imagination, which she captured by using her own personal experiences while dreaming.

She said: “After graduating I plan to work freelance and continue to produce my designs, while gaining experience to eventually teach in design and technology.”

At a presentation ceremony during the show, Laura also received an award for her final year work, which she exhibited at a top design event in Paris in February this year.

22-year old Alexann Corbett, from Hartlepool, studied BA (Hons) Production Design for Stage and Screen. Her final year project was to design a proposed model for a stop motion animation film based on the short story, ‘The Legend of Sleepy Hollow’, which involved different model making techniques and designs for characters and set. She said: “The course at CCAD was so interesting and although there was a lot of hard work, it has actually been a lot of fun.”

Emma Robinson, 21, from Middlesbrough, studied Costume Interpretation with Design, and produced a stunning wedding dress for an alternative ending of the film ‘Moulin Rouge’, in which Sabine is married. She said: “I have really enjoyed my time here and learned lots of new skills. CCAD is one of the few places in the country that offered costume interpretation, and I didn’t want to specialise in design until the third year, so this was the perfect choice for me.”

Jack Boothby, 22, from Billingham, has just completed degree in photography at the College. For his final project, Jack produced a series of mad made and natural images from locations in London, Isle of Skye and the Lakes District, using infra-red, to capture light that cannot be seen with a naked eye.

Jack will be exhibiting his works at the ‘Black Light’ exhibition in London later this month. He said: “After studying photography at CCAD at Green Lane in Middlesbrough, it made sense to continue my studies at the university here in Hartlepool. By choosing the commercial photography route in the early part of my studies and finishing my degree in photography, I can now pursue my career as a commercial photographer. The course was fantastic and well worth it.”

Rhianon White, 21, from Hartburn in Stockton-on-Tees, is a final year student on the Textiles & Surface Design degree, and her final work project includes two fabric designs inspired by her grandmother and herself, telling the story of two women’s lives growing up in two very different decades.

After enjoying last night’s show, she said: “There’s such a diverse year this year and there are so many great works to see! My friends and family all visited the opening night show and I was super excited for my grandma to see my work, as I have kept it a surprise from her. She inspires me so much but I don’t think she realises it!