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Students given taste of Top Banana's new Design Academy

Top Banana is giving three Wolverhampton University students a taste of the industry in its new creative department
25/05/2016

Pictured: Top Banana's new Design Academy

Top Banana is giving three Wolverhampton University students a taste of the events industry with placements in its new creative department Design Academy. 

Visual communication students Tom Lavin, Georgia Perrin and Sasha Wood beat off competition from 24 other students for the privilege of working at Top Banana over the summer.

The agency set up Design Academy to nurture creative talent in the live events industry, giving design students real world experience, feedback and support to help them understand what life is like in the world of events.

Top Banana art director Dave Pinches has been working with Wolverhampton University since September 2015 to set up the first full Design Academy project.

Pinches said: "The students were really up for the challenge and very mature in the way they approached it. They asked for feedback and listened to our suggestions, which meant they were learning all the way through the process. 

“It was tough choosing just three to come and work here, but there was so much good work we'll be reviewing the full portfolios of six of the other students so they get the benefit of our experience as they head into their final year of study.

“As for the lecturing team I worked with, I had forgotten how hard good lecturers work. These guys really care and want nothing less than the best opportunities for their students. Why wouldn’t I want to be part of that?"

Marc Austin, course leader for graphics at Wolverhampton University, said the scheme had offered students some genuine insight.

Pinches added: "I spent seven years as a lecturer in design, so it's been great for me to bring two strands of my career together like this. We're already talking about how to improve the process for next year and we're looking forward to getting Tom, Georgia and Sasha in over the summer so they can see what it's like in the hectic world of a live events studio."


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