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UWTSD students win paid internships with H&M

10.01.2017

Six students from University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s Swansea College of Art and Design have won three month paid internships with retail giant H&M at their headquarters in Stockholm this summer. First prize was won by Megan Thomas who also won £300. Second prize went to Madeleine Hearne and third prize was won by Bethan Davies. The runners up were Emily James, Jessica Robinson and Danielle Taylor.  

h&m winners

h&m runners up

Simone Lindblad, Talent Recruitment for H&M HR, and Ana San Jose Cortajarena, Print Designer for H&M Childrenswear spent the day at the Faculty of Art and Design judging the work produced by students from the BA Surface Pattern Design course, which was being exhibited in UWTSD’s Alex building in Swansea. They also interviewed alumni for graduate employment opportunities. Simone and Ana said they were highly impressed by the standard of the work on show.  The relationship between UWTSD and H&M began after the 2015 New Designers event. New Designers is an annual event that sees over 3,000 of the most promising graduate talents from Britain’s leading design courses exhibit. Students get the chance to showcase their work to businesses, investors and recruiters. The show features everything from textiles and jewellery to product design and illustration.

Georgia Mckie, senior Surface Pattern Design lecturer at UWTSD Swansea College of Art said: “We are overjoyed for the final 6 selected by the H&M team, and exceptionally proud of the whole group who took part.   H&M praised the entire student cohort; their individual design journeys were huge and they commented on their professionalism, excellent creativity and presentation skills. Building employability into the Surface Pattern Design programme in such a creative way sets our student experience and graduates apart.  We look forward to future live project liaisons with H&M and can’t wait to see how our super 6 get on in Stockholm!”

h&m judges

The students were provided with a brief and were required to produce printed textile designs for a targeted clothing range.  First prize was won by third year student Megan Thomas, who said: “I’m glad the project was worth all the hard work. I’m so happy!” She will be joined by five other students for a three-month internship in Stockholm this summer. Third prize winner Bethan Davies described the project as “really busy but a really good experience. I’m speechless!”

All of the students involved in the project were able to meet with the team from H&M and had excellent feedback throughout the lifespan of the brief to maximise their chances of success. Third year student Rebecca Chamberlain said: “I really enjoyed the project, it was nice to work to a live brief because it means you are working for an audience. Working with H&M, you can’t really get any better.”

Surface Pattern Degrees offer students an exciting opportunity to study in a thriving Faculty of Art and Design. It is designed to meet the demands of both students and employers by providing an expansive approach to the study and practice of Surface Pattern Design.

The Programmes have an enviable range of digital equipment and facilities including luxurious computer suites, laser cutters and engravers, digital textile printers, a digital embroiderer and water jet cutter. The non-digital equipment is equally impressive with full facilities for dyeing, screen printing, stitch, metalwork and much more. In addition to this, students have their own personal space in a lively, light and airy studio accommodating all three years of the course.

Amber Newband is also enrolled on the course and took part in the H&M project. She said: “Initially I found it a bit hard, it was a learning curve and great experience. We got a lot of support, the staff made sure they checked in on us and were helpful and always on hand.”

Graphics for the exhibition were produced by third year students Brogan Evans, Rebecca Owen and Andrew Jones from UWTSD’s BA Graphic Design course. Brogan said: “It was a lot of work because it was an extra project on top of our third year workload. But it is great preparation for when we graduate in the summer because we’ll be prepared for the workplace.”

Georgia McKie added : “We are beyond grateful for the generosity of H&M for facilitating such a beneficial liaison for our students, and look forward to future opportunities to work together and feed our highly skilled and experienced graduates in their direction.”

Further Information

  1. For further information, please contact: Cate Hopkins, Press and Media Officer on: Catherine.Hopkins@uwtsd.ac.uk / 07872 423 788