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Student design set to liven up new home development in Kent

A wallpaper design by Level 3 Extended Diploma in Graphic Design student, Tommy Regan, from EKC Group’s Canterbury College, has been selected for use in Hyde New Homes’ forthcoming housing development in Kent. 

The 18-year-old student from Ashford was one of 16 students from the College’s Canterbury School of Visual Arts who worked on the brief provided by Philosophy Design to create artwork for Hyde New Homes’ ‘Blossom Grove’ development in Teynham. 

The students were tasked with creating a design that reflected Teynham’s famous fruit farming history and iconic orchards. From the six shortlisted student pieces, Tommy’s cherry blossom artwork created using Japanese-style sticks and ink and finished in Photoshop, was selected as the winner.   

His design will be used on the external hoardings around the Development, as well as in the on-site Marketing Suite. Tommy has also been offered a summer industry placement with Philosophy Design in London. 

Speaking about the achievement, Tommy said: “I was very surprised to have my design chosen but it will be a great opportunity to move forward in my career. I’d like to go to university after college, and then I hope to work in London. The industry experience I will gain with Philosophy this summer will give me an insight into my future career.”

Programme Leader in Visual Arts at the Canterbury School of Visual Arts at Canterbury College, Rob Black, commented: “It was a great project to work on as the students were required to interpret the clients brief working efficiently to a tight deadline. The work submitted was excellent and the design agency were very impressed by the level of the student's designs.”

The opportunity was facilitated by the Canterbury School of Visual Arts’ ‘Work Ready Club’ which works with local and national businesses, charities and design agencies to provide work experience and real-life project opportunities for students. 

For more information about the Canterbury School of Visual Arts at Canterbury College visit www.canterburycollege.ac.uk