B&FC students win big at National Calendar Awards

Published on 22/03/2017 by pfi

B&FC design students had a date with destiny at this year’s National Calendar Awards.

The annual event is aimed at celebrating the achievements of the calendar industry and is attended by publishers and retailers from across the sector.

This year, degree students from Creative Arts and Digital Industries at B&FC were handed five of the six Wynkyn de Worde Student Awards available at the prestigious event.

And a number of the winning students recently attended a ceremony at the historic Stationers’ Hall in London, to be presented with their awards.

Graphic designer India Chick, from Blackpool, won the Grand Prize while colleagues Matt Swift, 22, from Blackpool, and 20-year-old James Wilson, from Fleetwood, were highly commended. Daniel Tortely, 20, and Steven Day, also from Blackpool, both received certificates of merit.

India, 20, said: “My design was a 3D calendar which I hand cut with each season of the year represented by a certain scene.

“The awards were held in London and it was a great experience to attend and meet people from a wide range of design backgrounds.”

Daniel added: “Success in a national design competition like this is something which definitely looks good when looking at future employment opportunities.”

Steven, 29, said: “I came to university a little bit later in my life so it is great to be able to get experience like this which will help us in a variety of different design industries.”

For his award-winning calendar, Matt focussed on the lunar cycle while James’ digital design featured days represented by pound coins. Daniel produced a calendar map with towns and cities around the world representing specific months while Steven’s creation was based on a toilet role with a different sheet for each day of the year.

Programme leader Michael Lambourne said:

“It is always extremely satisfying when you see students using the skills they have learnt at B&FC to come up with a design which is then recognised on a national stage.

“The Calendar Awards attracts key industry figures from across the UK and is a great place to meet contacts and have your work highlighted.

“At B&FC we try to give our students as much industry experience as we can so that they are workplace ready as soon as they graduate.”

B&FC offers more than 60 degrees, including Graphic Design and Visual Communications, accredited by its long-standing partner Lancaster University, which is ranked in the top 10 universities in the UK.

Matt Swift, India Chick and James Wilson with their certificates and designs at the 2017 Calendar Awards in London
Matt Swift, India Chick and James Wilson with their certificates and designs at the 2017 Calendar Awards in London