Students motoring on right road

Hartlepool College of Further Education student Aaron Staunch looking at the designs with 3D glasses.

Hartlepool College of Further Education student Aaron Staunch looking at the designs with 3D glasses.

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STUDENTS surpassed themselves when they paid tribute to one of the most famous names in the motoring world.

They created a series of posters to plug the Mini brand as part of their A-level graphic communication studies at Hartlepool College of Further Education.

Visitors to a public exhibition were so impressed by the students’ handiwork that they thought the designs were degree course standard.

Delighted college design lecturer Michael Thompson said: “People were coming up to me and saying that they thought it was all part of a degree show.

“It was good feedback for the pupils to see how well all their hard work has been appreciated.”

Ten first year A-level students came up with the idea of using Mini as the subject of a course theme entitled mystery and imagination.

Mr Thompson added: “They decided to start portraying Minis as they might be seen through the eyes of children.

“Children have such vivid imaginations and I asked the students to consider how exciting it would be to drive a Mini and the types of things you might think you see as you are driving to work on a morning.”

Each students then had to come up with a series of five posters.

The results included a 3D image of UFOs chasing a Mini and an appearance by 1980s video game character Pacman.

Mini Cooper Teesside, based in Stockton, supported the students’ work and sent a Mini Coupe Roadster Convertible along to the exhibition.

Mr Thompson said: “We thank Mini for their help and hope to work with them again.”