Students have showcased their creative creations at a special final show.
More than 150 pupils from 14 north east schools marked reaching the Gold Stage of the TICE programme with an event at Newcastle’s Great North Museum.
Among those taking part in This is Creative Enterprise’s (TICE) final show were youngsters from Burnside Business and Enterprise College, Longbenton Community College, Churchill Community College, Whitley Bay High School, and John Spence Community High School.
Students presented their creative ideas for graphics, computer science, photography, fashion and music, with each one previouslyy completing the TICE Bronze, Silver and Gold Stages of the programme.
Dr Venda Louise Pollock, director, Newcastle University Institute for Creative Arts Practice, said: “The TICE process and projects showed the value of creative approaches within education.
“In undertaking the projects, the students will have to have engaged in creative thinking – thinking well beyond the box, they will have had to innovate, they will have had to rise to challenge, grow in confidence and learn from failure, they will have had to take risks and be self-motivated and disciplined. These are important skills regardless of where you end up in life.”
Northumbria University and a variety of creative and digital north east companies sponsor the student projects and support the TICE workshops to complete the final three day gold stage projects.
One such brief was set by In2Change who wished to bring their dated logo up-to-date.
TICE Graphics students, under the mentorship guidance of Mark Pattinson, rose to the challenge with Marc Howard, marketing and fundraising manager for In2Change, announcing the logo design winners as Adam and Israel from John Spence Community High School.
Marc said: “Adam and Israel have produced a logo which looks not only stylish, but one that is also simple and effective enough to adhere to the current time period, with longevity for the future within In2Change.”
TICE specialises in delivering programmes to help young people aged 13 and over to develop their creative skills, encouraging young people to explore how they can use their creative talents and potentially forge a career path within industry.
The TICE programme started seven years ago with three schools and now runs across 14 in the north east region with over 450 students taking part.
Jenny Barrett, managing director and founder of TICE, said: “All of the mentoring team are extremely passionate about their creative areas of specialism, bringing entrepreneurial inspiration and an abundance of creativity to the TICE programme.
“This award was a fabulous recognition for the team efforts and for the successful working partnerships we have established across industry and educational sectors.
“This years TICE final show in partnership with Newcastle University has been our biggest yet and to see the standard of work produced by such creative and students illustrates the talent we can nurture and encourage within the north east region.”
The TICE programme consists of theory based learning, workshops, industry visits, team building tasks and motivational guest speakers to give students an informative but practical hands-on experience.
Options within the TICE programme include Fashion, Computer Science, Photography, Graphics and Music with new for 2016 TICE Creative Enterprise.
TICE engages with young people and businesses within the entire north east region, including Northumberland, North Tyneside, Newcastle, Gateshead, South Tyneside and Durham, enhancing potential future business opportunities.