STUDENTS DESIGN NEW YOUNG CARERS ACADEMY LOGO

Art and Design students at Coleg Menai competed to design a brand new logo and branding for Young Carers Academy.

The Level 3 second year students were tasked with a brief to design branding and a logo for the Young Carers Academy CiC (YCA). The YCA is a not for profit organisation based in north Wales, which co-produces learning and development opportunities with young carers in Wales. Initial ideas and concepts came from the co-production conversations with young carers, it was then up to the students to bring the ideas to life.

The winner, whose designs will be adopted by the Young Carers Academy, is Sindy Astrauskaite.

Funded by the Royal Society for Arts, the students have been awarded bursaries in the form of gift vouchers for their participation. £75 was awarded to the winner, with the runner-up, Sophie Gerrard, receiving £60. Joint-third place was awarded to Dion Jones and Leah Freeman, who received £30 each. The other competitors were also awarded £15 each.

Soo Rees-Jones, Programme Leader for Year 2 Level 3 Art & Design, said,

“The students thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to work on the Young Carers Academy live brief. It has been fantastic to work alongside the students on their ideas and seeing these develop into professional designs.”

She added, “Live briefs are an excellent addition to the programme of study, as they provide a realistic insight into the creative industry and prepare the students for customer expectations. We are extremely grateful to the Young Carers Academy for providing our students with this opportunity!”

Dr Dee Gray, Director of YCA, said, “We have been totally impressed by the professionalism and the quality of work delivered by these amazing young artists. Our co-producing young carers have been so excited by this project, and are thrilled to see their ideas take form. Working with Coleg Menai has been fantastic. We are already planning a new project with Soo Rees-Jones, who has been an absolute joy to work with”

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