Creative students from Cleveland College of Art and Design (CCAD) celebrated their passion for fashion and their desire for dazzling designs at the opening of the College’s 2017 Degree Show, and are now taking up some amazing opportunities to develop their creative careers following their studies.

The cream of the north east ‘s young artists and designers put their talents on show at the opening night of the degree show titled ‘Northern Exposure’ at CCAD’s new £11m building in Hartlepool.

The work from the talented young artists and designers is now on display at CCAD’s dedicated university level campus until Saturday 10 June, and features works from ten degree courses, including creative film, production design, fashion and photography.

Shannon Garland, 21, from Brotton in Saltburn, studied for a degree for costume interpretation with design, and has now secured a job as a designer with Seaham-based bridal company, House of Mooshki.

Her final major project showcases a collection of bridal gowns inspired by the company’s bridal label, Grace Philips. She said: “I did some work experience in my second year with House of Mooshki, helping them prepare for the label release of Grace Philips. After a week with them I was offered a job with the company working on weekends and in the holidays. By the end of second year I had helped in every aspect of the company, including a location photoshoot and trade show. I decided to use the label as my influence, as bridal was the industry I wanted to enter upon graduation, and the label was so new and contemporary.

“The build up to the degree show has been very busy for me, as I have been to both Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week and White Gallery London doing industry trade fairs with House of Mooshki and Grace Philips, all while handing in final major project and also while building the degree show. However, what I have learned from doing this has only helped me further with my work. The support which everyone at House of Mooshki and Grace Philips has also offered me has been amazing and has helped me achieve the best I could.”

Shannon added: “At CCAD I have really enjoyed the opportunity to experiment with different styles and techniques and being able to develop and refine skills which has enabled me to secure my job within my second year of study. After graduation I will continue with my job becoming a full time employee and hopefully developing my role within the team.”

Robert Patchett, 21, is a textile and surface design student from Linthorpe in Middlesbrough and after graduating, will undertake an internship with London-based designer, Orla Kiely, in the design studio.

His final major project is about exploring texture, structure and compositions of urban landscape cities and has created a collection of rough and working designs inspired from the rawness seen in everyday industrial cities.

He said: “I am really looking forward to working at Orla Kiely, secured thanks to my teacher Claire Baker. Once I have finished there I will continue to apply for roles within the industry and keep building my knowledge. Being at CCAD, I have enjoyed building up my skills within textiles and building connections with my tutors and making new friends. It is a very welcoming place and am glad to be part of it.”