COMMERCIAL work by students at Limerick School of Art and Design has caught the attention of major brand Heinz in an international competition.
Six of the collegeâ€™s students have taken home prizes at the international YCN Student Design Awards, which annually seek to attract emerging creative excellence in third-level institutions across Europe.
The awards are based around a collection of briefs written by partnering brands, charities and other organisations.
This year the awards set briefs working in collaboration with such international companies as Google, Heinz, Marks and Spencer, and The Feel Good Drinks Company.
Two teams of Limerick students received awards - the Heinz award was won by Charlene Zubrzycki, Lucia Poliakova and Nora Szekeres, and The Feel Good Drinks Company Award was won by Adam Broe, Ian Malone and Justin McCarthy.
The award winning students are in the company of students from prestigious art colleges and universities around the world including Chelsea College of Art & Design, London College of Communication, School of Art and Design (Moscow), and Edinburgh College of Art, to mention but a few. Judges identified the entries that they thought had most outstandingly responded to the briefs.
Commended entrants will be awarded at the YCN Student Awards Ceremony at Shoreditch Town Hall in London in early September, and all of the award winning work will be showcased.
â€œIt is just amazing how well the school is performing and what fantastic talent is coming through. It makes me very proud,â€ said Dr Maria Hinfelaar.
Lecturer and tutor Clodagh Twomey added: â€œWinning two prestigious YCN student Awards has been a wonderful end to the academic year, it is recognition of the quality of our students and acknowledgment of the standard of education provided on the Visual Communication course at Limerick School of Art and Design, LITâ€.
Fellow tutor Joe Lane said this recognition â€œwill give these students an edge in their careers.â€