Praise has been rolling in for talented Nelson and Colne College students for their imaginative and professional approach to a marketing project set by Marsden Building Society.

Earlier this year, Photography and Graphic Design students were asked to produce a memorable campaign for Marsden’s latest savings products. The company were looking for something fresh, unique and modern that could be used throughout the Marsden branch network.

Having completed the task set to them, students then presented their ideas to representatives from the building society, and winners were announced at the recent VIP preview of the Art and Design End of Year Show. A Marsden spokesman commented on the high standard of work submitted and how some of the concepts had been even better than those produced by design agencies!

The successful team, who won graphics tablets, were Shannon Barrett, Abigail Brown, Alex Hunt and Nikki Savage for their campaign “When the storms of life come, adjust your sails.”

Level 3 Art and Design Extended Diploma student Shannon (18), from Nelson, said: “This has been a great opportunity for us to get our names out into the community. We had experience of presenting our work to Marsden Building Society, and it was good we were able to receive feedback from them.

“We are pleased Nelson and Colne College has given us different opportunities, and we can now say that we have worked for a well-known brand and put this on our CV.

“This course has allowed me to explore all aspects of art, and in my final major I was able to focus on my best subject – graphic design.”

Rob Pheasey, Chief Executive  of Marsden Building Society, said: “It’s fantastic to see the talent that we have locally in Pendle.

“Every team had a very unique approach to the presentation and presented ideas that we could use in branch. We judged the teams on research, overall concept and presentation. We have had a very difficult job picking the winner.”

Nelson and Colne College is dedicated to helping students progress to University and get their foot on the career ladder. This year, a number of NCC students are actively pursuing employment in the creative and media industries and have accepted places at University to further develop their skills. These include Alex Hunt, who will be studying Fashion Photography [BA Hons] at the University for the Creative Arts and Nikki Savage who will take up a Photography, Video and Digital Imagery [BA Hons] course at The University of Sunderland.

For more information on Creative Arts at Nelson and Colne College contact 01282 440272.