Wolverhampton School of Art

Product Design students selected for national competition

Two students from the School of Creative Arts and Design were chosen to take part in the inaugural Superyacht UK Design competition at the CWM FX London Boat Show in January. 

William Morris and Richard Marshall were invited by Superyacht UK, an association within the British Marine Federation, to take part in the competition at the recent London Boat Show.  

In total, eight students from universities across the UK were invited to take part in the event which was designed to raise the profile of the essential hand-drawing skill which is quickly becoming a lost art; it is also to increase awareness of the marine industry as a potential career option and ensure more talent is available for the design houses.

William Morris, a final year Product Design student, narrowly missed out on scooping first prize but was selected as runner-up and awarded Highly Commended for his efforts. Also selected to take part was Richard Marshall who is also in his final year of Product Design.

Following his success, William said: “The Superyacht UK Design Competition was a fantastic opportunity, to not only compete amongst other designers, but to gain knowledge within the affluent superyacht industry, and primarily to collaborate and network with a variety of yacht design companies.”

Interior and Product Design senior lecturer Ben Salter said: “This prestigious competition focuses on traditional, conceptual hand-drawn skills, and has given Richard and William the opportunity to gain valuable work experience with some of the world’s leading super yacht manufacturers.”

James Roy, Yacht Design Director of competition sponsor BMT Nigel Gee Ltd, said: “It has been a pleasure to spend two days with these bright, creative and, above all else enthusiastic young designers. Their commitment was evident from the start and, with a mix of backgrounds, the final results covered a broad range of creative ideas. I have no doubt that they will all go far in their chosen fields and commend them all for the effort they put into their work.”

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