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Graphics student wins place at top creative boot camp

A Graphic Design student from Middlesex University has won a coveted place on an innovative ‘bootcamp’ which launches the careers of young creatives. Gary Curzai

Gary Curzai, 22, was selected to attend the New Blood Academy, held in London this month.

During the two week experience - run by non-profit creative organisation D&AD - attendees are pushed to their creative limits through a non-stop programme of talks, workshops and live challenges. They are also given the chance to meet and work with top agencies, brands and industry professionals.

Gary explained what the experience is like: "I'm so excited to be accepted into the Academy. It's fantastic to be surrounded by young designers and creatives from around the world - and we're given amazing speeches by leading designers in the industry.

"Every day is completely different to anything I've experienced before. There's a huge range of activities, and lots of focus on improving the creative industry by making positive changes in the world and promoting a more sustainable lifestyle."

Gary, who has lived in India for most of his life, hopes to become a Creative Director working on social projects which improve the lives and environment of people in India. He would also like to promote a different style of design in India, one that is not based on western influences.

Gary's dream project would be to implement creativity in the Indian educational system, and feels it is vital that young people understand the importance of being creative, both in their work and their lifestyle. Gary's own graphic design style is heavily influenced by Indian culture, and by the experience of living there.

Talking about his time at Middlesex, Gary explained: "Middlesex University gave me the opportunity to do what I really want. The freedom to explore what I'd like to do is amazing.

Being able to study Graphic Design is something that I'm extremely grateful for and lucky to have done."

The New Blood Academy ran in London from 7th to 18th July 2014.

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