Oaklands' student wins Christmas card competition

11 December 2014

An Oaklands Graphic Design student got an early Christmas present when he won a competition to design a Christmas card.

Sixteen-year-old Sam Gallagher (pictured above) was on work experience with digital design agency Daymedia when he designed the card for the Association of Colleges in the Eastern Region (ACER).

“I was thrilled at being chosen from amongst all the entries from colleges from the Eastern Region. I feel that achievements like this are important in helping me secure a place at the university that I wish to study at,” said Sam, from Hitchin.

Sam played on ACER’s slogan 'putting learning first’ and thought about the first learning experiences that we encounter as children, starting our education by learning simple letters, numbers and shapes and shapes.

“Luckily, it was very easy to translate simple shapes into a design and thus most of the shapes on the card are the first that we might have ever encountered,” said Sam.

The aspiring graphic designer credits his success to the thorough introduction he had on the Graphic Design course at Oaklands.

“Not only were we taught the skills necessary in design, but our tutors organised live briefs with real-world clients, which are fantastic opportunities to experience the industry first-hand and potentially gain some reward at the same time,” said Sam, who plans to continue his education in Graphic Design at Brighton University next year.

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