Ockendon student wins national design award

A STUDENT from South Essex College of Further & Higher Education has beaten off stiff competition from across the country to win a national design award.

Ryan Christy, 19, who has just completed his Foundation Diploma in Art & Design course, was selected to represent the College and showcase his work at the University of the Arts London (UAL) Origins exhibition, where his alternative furniture work was named the best.

Ryan, who lives in South Ockendon, received a £50 Amazon voucher to spend on his new university reading list and was given a certificate and card by UAL presented by UAL Governor and Turner-prize winning artist Sir Grayson Perry.

Origins is a showcase of exceptional student work from more than 40 UAL Awarding Body approved colleges and universities, of which South Essex College is one.

Ryan chose to make chairs and a table out of copper piping to demonstrate how things can be used differently to what they had originally been made for.

He said he was thrilled to have won. Ryan commented: “I’m over the moon. To be selected to represent the College at the exhibition was fantastic, but to win was just amazing.

“I have certainly learnt a lot during the course and can’t wait to start my degree at Kingston University this year.”

Ryan said he decided to enrol onto the Foundation Diploma in Art & Design course at the College because universities were looking for ‘something extra.’

He said: “I saw the course advertised and thought it would be perfect. South Essex College was the only college I found running the course locally, so I jumped at the chance. It has made all the difference in getting my place at university where I will study Furniture & Product Design.”

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