A former graphic design student from The Northern School of Art’s Middlesbrough campus has been selected for the Creative Internship scheme at leading north east brand agency Better.

Hannah Johannson, who studied on the School’s UAL Extended Diploma in Graphic Design, has joined the creative team at the agency’s Middlesbrough office on a fully paid programme designed to provide an opportunity for young designers to kickstart their design career and get their first real taste of agency life.

Better, which has offices in Teesside and London, has been building brands since 2008 and manages a portfolio of local, national and international brands, including everything from maritime and manufacturing to soft drinks and skincare.

The agency’s MD, Mark Easby, says that they were looking for an intern armed with a confident, sociable personality and can-do attitude that means they can hit deadlines when needed, adding, “We’re happy to say that’s what we found in Hannah.”

Hannah is now embarking on a six month programme working in Better’s design team, under the guidance of Creative Director John Taylor, to learn about creative process, agency culture and gain a deeper understanding of specialist industry tools.

A delighted Hannah says, “This opportunity is very special to me as I was reluctant to follow the usual path of university that most students take. This position provides me with a direct insight into how the industry operates and the inner workings of a design studio. So far, I think it is going really well. I have already learned so much and I am currently working on my first live brief.”

The Northern School of Art’s Graphic Design Course Leader Tom Burton says, “We are extremely proud of Hannah’s success and wish her all the best with her career at Better. This opportunity is exceptional for learners who choose not to go on to university, offering a unique challenge for less experienced designers to learn and develop under the mentorship of the design and project management team of an agency producing work for use on the international stage.”

Better is a passionate advocate for bridging the education to industry gap and uses its internship programme to support this transition. Hannah is the second intern appointed from The Northern School of Art’s graphic design diploma course and follows Matthew Goodyear who is now a full-time designer at the agency.

MD Mark Easby comments, “To make sure that students are prepared for work in the real world and their output is closer to what employers are looking for, we’ve been working with Tom Burton alongside other north east agencies to help shape some of the content of graphic design diploma course which has been a really positive and productive process.”

For further information about the range of creative courses at The Northern School of Art visit northernart.ac.uk

Main pic: Hannah Johannson and Better designer Matthew Goodyear, a fellow former student from The Northern School of Art who was formerly a Better intern .