SRC students design websites for local businesses

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Friday, May 18th, 2012

Teddy Fearon (Mentor), Jim McGarvey (Client), Jackie Toal (Tutor), Felicity Marks (Interact Coordinator). From back left: Stephen Martin, Leanne McCaughtry, John McAleenan, Christopher Greenan, Steven McKevitt, Kevin Kelly, Cathal McParland, James Haughey

Students from SRC in Newry on the BTEC Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production (Interactive Media) and Foundation Degree in Interactive Multimedia have been busy working on real life interactive project briefs in a bid to have their designs brought to life on screen. The students have been competing against one another to have their website designs chosen by local companies who have a need for website design within their marketing strategies. The competitions were organised and implemented through the INTERACT programme and have involved the development of websites for local companies. These include ‘Step up and Act’ – a dance company directed by Maire Caherty, ‘McGarvey Joinery’, a local joinery company directed by Jim McGarvey, ‘CCTV Doctor security systems’ directed by Paul Clarke and ‘Carr Plant Machinery’ directed by Brendan and Penny Carr. The competitions were integrated into the curriculum as part of the students units ‘Working to Brief’ and ‘Creative Web Design’. The winning entries received £50 each but more importantly, this was a fantastic experience for students to work on a live brief. Not only did students have to come up with their designs but they had to pitch the project to the client. The winning students were Yasmin Marks for CCTV Doctor Security Systems, Amber and Tiffany Williams for Step Up and Act, John McAleenan for McGarvey Joinery and Kevin Tinnelly for Carr Plant Machinery. Their designs were chosen for development and use by the clients.
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