Creative Media students at the City of Bath College have impressed potential employers by proving the extent of their publishing skills at a recent show.
The class of eight Level 3 Creative Media students at City of Bath College hosted a final year show to share their print and interactive portfolios of work with industry leaders.
The show in Roper Reception was a culmination of two years of hard-work covering all aspects of print and publishing, including magazine lay-out, logo designs, journalism and album covers.
Industry leaders, Bath Mayor Councillor Cherry Beath and College Principal Matt Atkinson all attended the event as students networked and gave out their business cards.
To attract people to the event, students led a marketing campaign, which began with them swapping cakes for people’s business cards. Once the contacts were obtained, the students promoted the event through social media, including an internet video, a Facebook event page and targeted Twitter messages.
Student Shannon Whittaker, 18, said: “It’s an annual show to share what we have been doing for the last two years.
“We wanted to show those in the industry what we are capable of doing. It was good to spend time with them and talk them through our portfolios.
“It was a great opportunity to get an insight of what it’s like to work in the industry.”
This year students gained invaluable work experience when they were given two months to design and produce a calendar for the Off the Record children’s charity.
The students put forward their ideas before designing and laying-out the calendar working in InDesign and Photoshop. They created eye-catching designs with each month representing a different service the charity offers.
Emily Burgess, fundraiser at Off the Record, said they were very happy with the work the students had produced and wanted to thank all those involved.
She said: “The students pulled together a well-designed calendar that looked and felt like ‘Off the Record Bath & North East Somerset.’
“We were so pleased with the final work that we printed 500 copies which we posted to all our contacts in and around Bath. As a result of this mailing we received a cheque for £8,000 from a local foundation to help run our services. A great result.”
Course lecturer James Purslow said the end of year show was a celebration of everything the students had achieved.
He said: “They have gained invaluable skills working for industry throughout the course which gives them real life work experience.
“The end of the year is a chance for them to reflect on just how much they have done and to share that with those from the publishing world.”