Julia’s designs bring College tools to life

Ruth Peterson | April 24, 2020

A host of online tools and resources to support studying at home is now available – with a bright and colourful design by a Bradford College student.

Julia Rucinska, a final year student on the BA (Hons) Graphic Design and Illustration course at Bradford School of Art, has designed and produced the pages on the Bradford College Students’ Union’s website.

The college’s enrichment teams have gathered together the useful information and advice, designed to support students through the lockdown and beyond, including sections on:

  • Mental Wellbeing
  • Physical Wellbeing
  • Work/Study whilst caring for children
  • Virtual Socialising and Online Safety

Staff, parents and the general public may also enjoy the links, which include ways of entertaining the children during lockdown.

Only too happy to help

Julia, 28, has volunteered to support the student services team on projects including student union elections and sporting activities, but when they asked for help in designing their resources for the ongoing Covid-19 restrictions, she was only too happy to help.

She said: “When I was asked if I could help design the resources, I started visualising how it would look and we all came up with ideas. My work is getting displayed, so I’m very happy!”

Julia’s story – from Gdansk to Bradford

Julia lives in the centre of Bradford and has been studying at the college for around seven years. She came to Bradford from Gdansk, Poland, where she had been working in a restaurant.

She was working at home shopping organisation Freemans Grattan Holdings, first picking stock before being promoted to warehouse supervisor. While there, she enrolled on a Level 3 Art and Design course following an open day at Bradford College. She said: “I liked doing my drawings and wanted to start with the basics. They were really supportive and made applying really easy for me.”

A student with distinction

Having achieved three distinction stars, she moved on to her BA Degree in Graphic Design and Illustration. She said: “Being involved in projects is the most exciting part. The college is happy with my designs and that gives me a boost!”

A freelance graphic designer, Julia is hoping to work with marketing teams and continue other exciting projects as a full-time designer after she graduates. She has thanked her tutors Paul Holmes, Kulvinder Reehal and Pam Brook for their support.

Sister act

Artistic talent runs in her family – Julia’s sister Natalia is also studying a design course at Bradford School of Art. Although she is four years younger than Julia, both sisters share the same birthday – 29 August.

Nosheen Qamer, Student Services Team Leader – Personal Development, said: “Julia fast became a vital and integral part of our team and continues to work with us. Her work ethic and enthusiasm are brilliant.”

You can see Julia’s work at:



More information on Bradford School of Art’s wide range of fantastic Arts and Creative courses can be found on the Bradford College website

The resources are available on the Students Union website at www.bradfordcollegesu.co.uk/.

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