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Chartered Society of Designers presents prestigious Student of the Year awards to 2015 graduates

At the launch of the 2015 Nottingham Trent University final-year Art and Design Degree Show, the Chartered Society of Designers (CSD) recognised excellence in design by awarding seven students with their Student of the Year awards.

Chartered Society of Designers students
Award winners with Chris Ramsden (far back left) and Andy Bell (right) of the CSD

The CSD is the professional body for designers and the authority on professional design practice. It is the world's largest chartered body of professional designers with members in 33 countries and is unique in representing designers in all disciplines.

The Society is not a trade body or association and membership is only awarded to individual designers who prove their professional competence as defined by the Society's rigorous standards.

Seven courses in the areas of Art and Design at NTU are accredited by the CSD; this status is reviewed annually by the Society to ensure that standards and outcomes are continually being met. Only a very small handful of other UK institutions can boast this level of accreditation across so many Art and Design course areas. Students on accredited courses benefit from automatic student e-membership of the CSD.

Presiding over the presentations at the launch preview of the 2015 Degree Show, Honorary Treasurer of the CSD, Chris Ramsden, said "It's a great honour for us to present these awards; we have been incredibly impressed by the quality and breadth of creative work and we are happy to be associated with such a wealth of talent. The NTU degree shows are a true testament to the value and commitment of the Art and Design students here."

The seven selected students from the CSD accredited courses were Gemma Lodge (BA Hons Decorative Arts); Oliver Priest (BA Hons Furniture and Product Design); Cairo Hamilton (BA Hons Graphic Design); Michael McPheat (BA Hons Interior Architecture and Design); Josef Burmham (BA Hons Product Design); Nichola Woolmer (BA Hons Textile Design) and Maia Green (BA Hons Theatre Design).

Each received a copy of internationally renowned design publication The Art of Looking Sideways by Alan Fletcher, along with a year's Associate Membership of the CSD, comprising full access to professional services and advice, discounts on training and events, and the accolade of immediately being able to use the affix Assoc.CSD after their name.

Chris Ramsden added "The CSD is always here to help and advise, and as these students leave to start careers in the creative industries, we hope they will take full advantage of the society membership they have been awarded. CSD associate membership demonstrates to potential employers and clients that you have a commitment to professionalism in your chosen career and that you are serious about developing your skills and experience as a designer."

Chartered Society of Designers presents prestigious Student of the Year awards to 2015 graduates

Published on 13 July 2015
  • Category: School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment; School of Art & Design

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