Students compete for NHS artwork prize

Visual Communication and Graphic Design students at Dumfries and Galloway College are competing for the chance to have their artwork used in an NHS Dumfries and Galloway campaign to publicise smoke free grounds and to win an iPad in the process.

The Scottish Government requires all NHS grounds to be smoke-free from Wednesday 1 April 2015 and the students have been briefed to make sure everyone knows about this new policy. The student teams started working to the NHS brief in September at the start of the new term and they aim to present their work to the Smoke Free Grounds working group in December.

Health and wellbeing specialist Phil Myers has had a sneak preview of what has been produced so far. He said: “The decision to implement smoke-free grounds is an important step for the NHS in Scotland and we wanted to make sure the messages we send out appeal to a wide audience.

“Involving local students in the process means we have access to lots of fresh ideas and some really talented people. The students will also benefit from working for a live client which will result in the winning design being used across the region and the winning designer taking home an iPad.”

Iain Hawker, Head of Faculty for Business, Computing and Creative Industries said: “This is the first of what we hope will be a growing partnership with NHS Dumfries & Galloway. It is providing our students with an excellent insight into working with a real and important project whilst they are able to produce a high standard of design work for their Higher National Diploma portfolios.”

Dumfries and Galloway College’s Principal Carol Turnbull said: “This is an excellent example of how partnership working can benefit both students and organisations, whether they are large bodies such as the NHS or a small, local business.

“I’m certain the students will have gained valuable experience through working with our NHS partners and, hopefully, their work will support the NHS to achieve their aims.”