GRAPHIC Design students have received awards for their ‘packaging’ project during an international event in London.

The group of five A-level students from New College travelled in a limousine to the Institute of Material and Mining in London for the 2019 Starpack Awards.

The competition is an event aimed at designers to challenge and inspire creatives in the subject of packaging.

This year the College’s students entered the ‘alternative advent’ and used a range of techniques to produce an interesting and engaging count-down to Christmas that didn’t rely on chocolate.

Jamie Shaw and Maria Bartucca got to take home Gold awards and Rowan McGuinnes was highly commended for his project.

New College graphic design lecturer said: “Packaging is one of those things that is either forgotten or given a bad Wrap, but it is actually very difficult to get right.

“All of these students have shown great understanding for cardboard engineering, environmental considerations, hygiene and consumer safety and many other factors that make their creations much more than a box.

“I am very proud of my students for embracing and succeeding at these challenging tasks and know that they will be better designers because of it.

“Next time you are in a supermarket or putting out your recycling boxes think about the amount of work, consideration and creativity that has gone into these disposable designs.”