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A BUDDING graphic designer is set to embark on a highly-prized internship at Grazia magazine.

Julia Beddows, who recently graduated from Stratford College’s graphic design and animation course, will jet off for the glitzy fashion magazine’s Dubai offices in the new year.

The 18 year-old from Shirley said “I’m lucky enough to know somebody who works on the Grazia design team, and when I was completing college assignments I took the opportunity to contact them for some professional advice. When I mentioned that I was deferring my place at university for a year, they were kind enough to offer me the internship so I could gain some crucial industry experience.”

Her lecturer at college, Colin Flint, was confident the placement would be invaluable to Julia’s career prospects.

He said: “Working in an industry environment and completing assignments for professionals in the design trade is the very best opportunity for Julia to implement and expand upon all the techniques she has learnt over the last two years at college.

“It will be an intense placement for her but I have every confidence that a student of her ability, creativity and maturity will have no problem meeting the demands of the role.”

Following her internship, Julia will return to higher education having secured a place on Birmingham City University’s illustration course.

Julia added: “I think the best part about working in the creative arts and design industry is that there are so many specialist roots to branch out into, leading to a really varied career. For example, employment in the graphic design industry also involves working in illustration and product design.

“I don’t know who I’ll be working for in the future but options and possibilities are limitless.”Read more at:evening dresses