Skip to main content

YCN shows why Bedford College is 1st choice

Graphics HE Bedford

For the eighth year running, Bedford College graphic design students have outmatched most UK and international universities in the annual YCN design competitions. offers young designers the chance to come up with creative ideas for international organisations such as Adidas and AXA. Access to the YCN provides students with insights into the very latest trends and allows our students to compete on the international stage.

Bedford College Advanced Practitioner Jeffrey Tribe explained: “Our graphic design courses now have a very established reputation for high levels of creativity and competition successes.

We are the only FE College in the UK to be represented at D&AD New Blood, a showcase to industry of the very best design talent from all over the UK, which takes place in the Truman Gallery, London in early July. Last year one of our students received a ‘Best in Show Award’ at New Blood, further proof of our status as a credible alternative to traditional universities.

“Our students can commence their studies at the age of 16 and progress all the way through to a BA in Graphic Design here at our Bedford campus. There is no longer an academic reason to move away from the area – we have all the commercial links and opportunities right here“.

In addition this year Alex Parsons studying for a Level 3 Graphics Diploma received first prize in a safety poster competition with a £500 prize. He like many others in his group have voted to continue their studies with us at Higher Education level.”

YCN shows why Bedford College is 1st choice PR Story
YCN shows why Bedford College is 1st choice PR Story
YCN shows why Bedford College is 1st choice PR Story
YCN shows why Bedford College is 1st choice PR Story

This year four students were Commended and go forward to the Autumn awards ceremony at the Barbican, London:

Daniel Rogers (Axa) aged 34 of Kempston originally trained at Bedford College as a motorcycle mechanic but after working in that and other industries in he decided to follow his heart and come back to retrain. “When I was at school there was no direction offered for my interest in this field, now I am hoping to find work doing something I love.”

Sara Sayer (Axa) Like Daniel, Sara’s work was exhibited at the Edwardian Arcade showcase in Bedford Town Centre in June.

Curtis Reeve (Arts Fund) aged 22 of Sandy left school at 16 and worked in insurance. Now he is hoping to complete his BA (Hons) degree and work in a London agency. Look out for the signature colour of yellow in his work.

Jay Larano  (Dogs Trust) aged 21 of Bedford came to the UK from the Philippines with his family when he was aged nine. He is staying on for his third year at Bedford College to complete his BA (Hons) degree – but will be looking for work experience when he visits the Philippines this summer.

What else is going on?

The latest from The Bedford College Group

View more