Pushing work experience

Monday 26 June 2017

Each year Bedford College’s award-winning Higher National Diploma (HND) Graphic Design course students take on paid projects under the banner of “Bridge".

Guided by tutors and local agencies, the students create real design projects for very special rates.

The initiative provides students with valuable commercial experience and helps them to bridge the link between education and client design needs.  Additionally, it raises valuable funding to enable the students to exhibit their work at the D&AD’s (Design and Art Direction’s) New Blood annual graduate exhibition, which showcases the best emerging new UK talent. 

Among the work in 2017 was a project for a wheelchair event to be held in the autumn: Push 4 It.

The event is to be held on Sunday 8 October, at the Bedford International Athletics Stadium in Barkers Lane.  It is a legacy of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Held each year it has already raised over £30,000 to encourage and assist young disabled people to get into sport and improve their performances.  Push 4 It challenges both able-bodied and disabled people to compete in simple relay races or individual time trials and has become so popular that it is being promoted nationally by Rotary International in Great Britain and WheelPower, a national wheelchair sports charity.

In 2012 Howard Darbon, President of Sport Bedford, and friends helped to host paralympians at the pre-Games camp at the Polhill campus of the University of Bedfordshire. He is keeping the Olympic flame alive with the wheelchair events.

Businesses, clubs and individuals are sought to sign up.

Contact Mary Whitehead m.e.whitehead@btinternet.com for more information.

For information on Bedford College’s award winning Art & Design courses, go to www.bedford.ac.uk

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