STUDENTS from the Clydebank campus of West College Scotland were successful in securing awards thanks to their participation in a creative design project.

The hard-working students from across West College Scotland’s campuses spent an evening in IKEA’s Glasgow store last month for an event that showcased photography, textiles, design and ceramics.

Months of preparation work had been carried out by each student for the project entitled, “Hybrid – Nature and Manmade”.

They were asked to combine natural elements with IKEA products in order to create a visually striking design.

Vases, lanterns, candles and photo frames were amongst the products that were incorporated and a lot of effort went into finding the perfect location, with students using rivers, mountains and flowerbeds in their designs.

Joel Taylor, who studies at the Clydebank campus, was named one of the runners-up.

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The HNC graphic design student said: “The award took me by surprise but I’m very happy to have received it as I put in a lot of time and effort because I enjoyed the project.

“Receiving this award has boosted my confidence in my work.”

As well as the design award IKEA gave out awards to students, nominated by their lecturer, who have gone above and beyond in the classroom.

Ahmad Jalloul, who studies HNC interior architecture, won the Caring for People and the Planet award.

Meanwhile, Megan Napier of Clydebank’s HNC graphic design course, won the Difference with a Meaning award.

Megan said: “I really appreciate receiving the award as I never win anything, so it was really surprising.

“I am also really happy that I won as I worked really hard on my IKEA project.”

Students received helpful feedback on their work and also had the opportunity to network with industry professionals at the event. Anna Wiltshire, IKEA Glasgow stores local marketing leader, said: “We were so thrilled with the standard of work from the design students at West College Scotland this year.

“Each time we run the project it evolves and grows and we’re never disappointed with the level of talent and creativity we see from the students that are involved.”