Shropshire designer reaches final of top regional competition

Published: November 10, 2016

A talented young designer from Shropshire is to have her work exhibited at one of the top galleries in the Midlands after reaching the final of a regional competition.

Karrine Wood, from Albrighton, has completed a level three BTEC Diploma in Art and Design at Telford College of Arts and Technology.

As part of her final project, the 19-year-old submitted three graphic designs for a National And Decorative Fine Arts Society competition – inspired by Medusa and transferred onto skateboards.

TCAT tutor Anna Dowdall explained: “We’re delighted that Karrine has been chosen as one of the final 14 who will have their work exhibited at the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists gallery in May 2017.

“This is an amazing opportunity for her, and excellent experience which will help her with her career, and boost her confidence and self-belief that she can make a career within the creative industries.”

Karrine said: “I am very committed to graphic design and enjoyed developing my illustration and digital manipulation software skills whilst at TCAT.

“I am now working freelance producing my own graphic designs for a range of different companies; I never imagined this would be possible for me.”

“TCAT offered me the facilities that I needed to progress with my passion for anything to do with art. Compared to other colleges, nothing came close to TCAT’s level of teaching, and I believe I made the right decision.

“My time at TCAT enabled me to produce pieces of work that I would have never thought I could create. It challenged me to step out of my comfort zone and try out new things.

“TCAT has helped me become the person I didn’t know I wanted to be, and given me so many skills and friends that I wouldn’t have got anywhere else.

“The college remodelled me, changed me and changed the way I look at things in a new perspective. I am taking a completely different path to what I thought I would have done before I went to college and I love it.

“I’m a freelance graphic designer now for small businesses, and have links with larger industries through it.”

She added: “If you have a keen interest in art and design, my advice would be to then go for it at TCAT. The course is fun, whether you’re new to the subject or not.

“It’s a welcoming environment and it doesn’t matter whether or not you know much about certain aspects in the course.”

“You will learn everything you need to know, gain great friendships, grow talents that you never knew you had and bloom into a great artist or designer.”

The level three art and design course at TCAT offers students the chance to explore and experiment with a large range of different art and design related skills and techniques.

Anna Dowdall said: “It helps them to develop as individuals and grow in confidence and to prepare them for the world of work or further education.”

TCAT is opening its doors for a special information event on November 23, from 4.30pm to 7.30pm, to explain more about its full time, part time, and university-level courses.

There are also a series of ‘twilight taster’ sessions which offer the chance to experience courses before applying, and find out more about their content from college lecturers.

For more details, see or call 01952 642337.

1. Karrine’s skateboard artwork
2. Karrine Wood at TCAT with Kieron Painter and Jamie Shaw

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