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Posted: 03/03/17

Design chiefs give top advice

Three design house chiefs have visited Vision University Centre to offer its under-graduates valuable advice on their professional portfolios.

  • Left to right Richard Lindle, Duncan Hewitt and Gary Mellor, all self-employed designers
  • The group spent time together discussing their studies with the businessmen

Richard Lindle of RSL Designs, Gary Mellor of BlueSpec and Duncan Hewitt of Albino Igil spent an afternoon last week with West Nottinghamshire College students on the BA (Hons) Applied Studies (Creative Digital Media) and each student presented their portfolio and showreels to the directors of the companies.

The self-employed designers, who are all based in Yorkshire and Derbyshire, gave each student time to present their showreels which are used to show to potential employers when they attend job interviews. Each student received honest and helpful feedback on their strengths and weaknesses.

Thirty-year-old Kelly Briggs said: “To get professional mentoring and feedback like this is priceless. The designers liked my project idea and said I need to be confident to go ahead with it. I am producing an illustrated children’s book and they have advised that I have the skills to self-publish.”

The students used the university centre’s new presentation room to meet with Richard, Gary and Duncan and deliver their portfolios. Their presentation skills were remarked upon by the visitors.

Richard Lindle said: “We’ve seen some incredible work from these students – we’ve been pretty much blown away by the quality and the diversity of it.

“It’s clear that this course is enabling them to develop their own styles and we can see their uniqueness.”

Gary Mellor added: “Going back to my student days some 20 years ago, these students are far exceeding what I could produce in terms of quality and breadth of ideas. Their standards are very high and are all very much employable individuals.”

Duncan Hewitt said: “The university centre is fabulous and really conducive to the students’ ability to learn and to present their work in such a slick manner.

“They’ve displayed great confidence in showing us their best attributes and received our criticisms well so that they can walk into a job interview confident and improved.”

The group of students will all graduate from the college in November at the annual higher education graduation event which is held at Kelham Hall, near Newark and they’ll join over 150 other student from across the college’s university level programmes.