exhibition largeThe future generation of artists and designers put their talents in the spotlight as the annual summer show at Cleveland College of Art and Design (CCAD) opened at the Green Lane campus in Middlesbrough.

Students showcased their works from a wide range of courses at an exhibition at the leading specialist art and design college, including fashion, photography, 3D design, fine art and design crafts. The programme at CCAD includes Access to Higher Education Diploma, A-Levels, Foundation Diploma, and BTEC Extended Diplomas.

Hundreds of visitors to the exhibition are anticipated over the next five days, where they can expect to see a fantastic array of designs in clothing, wallpapers, clothing, prints and 3D designs.

18-year-old Tianne Coleman from Park End in Middlesbrough has just completed her BTEC Diploma in Interior, Architecture & Product (3D Design). Her final major project was based on a secluded and serene holiday home with a minimalist design, and is celebrating receiving an unconditional offer to study architecture at Lincoln University.

Tianne said: “I was able to learn about interior design as well as architecture, and have built up my digital portfolio of work which has been invaluable, and led me to the offer at university with no interview.

“It feels a little surreal now that it is all finished. It has been a lot of hard work but it is all done now and I am very happy with how it turned out.”

Roisin Mennell, 18 from Guisborough, is celebrating completing her BTEC Diploma in Textiles, and also secured a place at Ravensbourne in London to study fashion promotion. She also achieved second place at the UK’s National Fashion Textiles Competition as part of the Spring Knitting and Stitching Show.

For her final major project titled ‘Connectivity’ she explored how people are connected with themselves and how technology, nature and people enable connectivity to occur.

Roisin said: “This course gave me the opportunity to just concentrate on textiles, applying the theory to practice and application and fully immersing myself in the whole creative process in preparation for university. It’s just brilliant to have all the work together here at the show. To be able to look back on the whole time I have been here at CCAD, it’s just sums up everything.”

Ben Whitelock, 17, from Ingleby Barwick, studied for a BTEC Diploma in Art & Design and as part of the show, he exhibited his final project, the creation of a creature for a fantasy-based post-apocalyptic setting.

He said: “I’m so happy it is finally finished. It has taken three months to build with lots of late nights and 14 hours days but it has been worth it as I love it. I originally came to do interactive media but changed to art and design as I could explore different techniques, and it is the only course that offers 3D.”

Ben is going on to study Production Design for Stage and Screen at CCAD’s university-level campus in Hartlepool, and is planning to work in film and television prop and set making.

18-year old Georgia Dolan from Middlesbrough has just completed her BTEC Diploma in Design Crafts at the college. For her final project she produced a body of work titled ‘And So The Adventure Begins’, exploring her love of travelling and surface design, with the inspiration of a plane trip to Mexico and a bus to CCAD blended with past memories with family and friends.”

She said: “The build up to the show was stressful but it was a good stress. Seeing it all up on display I feel really proud of myself. It means so much as this is a personal project for me and my family. I have really enjoyed the industry-based approach to this course, including the promotional and business aspects.”

Georgia was also nominated for the Principal’s Award, and is also looking forward to studying for a degree in textiles and surface design at CCAD in Hartlepool.