It’s that time of year again: creative students are putting away their spray mount and closing down the studio in preparation for the degree shows that signify the end of the creative academic year.
With the 2012 summer degree show season about to start, emerging designers, photographers, artists and illustrators up and down the country have their teeth on edge as they perfect their portfolios in the hope of enjoying the fruits of their labour. It is their chance to shine in front of lecturers, peers and the industry, and to get a foot firmly in the door as they craft the beginnings of a creative career.
Here we take a look at seven upcoming degree shows – Telford College, University of Leeds, University of Lincoln, University of Central Lancashire, Glasgow School of Art, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design and Gray’s School of Art.
[Terry Smith,Telford College]
The Graphic Design course at Edinburgh’s Telford College provides students with the skills they need for a successful career in the design industry.
Concept is king, and the emphasis is on creative thinking, the design process, and employable skills. Our project-based delivery features a strong mix of creative projects, design competitions, studio exercises and live briefs, and students are required to take up a work placement at an agency, which introduces them to professional practice.
Final year students are involved in our ground-breaking Mentoring Program, and work on individual live briefs set by a select group of industry professionals. As well as working to the sorts of deadlines you’d expect out in industry, this program encourages a high degree of initiative and critical self-appraisal.
The Design Team tutors bring with them a wealth of academic and industry experience, a passion for creative thinking, and a real commitment to the learner. Despite the current economic climate, a large percentage of our students go directly into the creative industries as soon as they graduate.
Some will have secured work before they finish their studies, and most will have built up valuable employer contacts through the mentoring program and their work placement.
Our course is very competitive, with a limited intake each year. We have an Education Network Membership with D&AD. In recent years we have picked up awards at YCN, D&AD, MPA Roses and the Marketing Society.
[Nathan Perkins, BA Graphic & Communication Design, University of Leeds]
‘Reveal’ showcases the creativity of the shining new talent due to graduate from the School of Design at the University of Leeds.
The School prides itself on producing graduates that have developed exceptional creative minds, coupled with excellent communications skills – and who are able to implement their ideas to the highest of standards.
Reveal will uncover an exciting range of work by graduates of University of Leeds courses in: fashion design, textile design, graphic and communication design, art and design and design and technology management – which will inspire and stimulate visitors to want to find out more… BA Graphic & Communication Design, BA Fashion Design, BA Art & Design, BA Textile Design, BA Design Technology Management, BA Design Colour Technology.
Show dates: June 18th-22nd 10.00 till 4.00
Private view night: June 21st 5.00 till 8.00
Venue: The School of Design, Clothworkers Central Building, University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT.
[“Tweet Lamps” from University of Lincoln BA (Hons) Interactive Design graduating student Jordan Burnett]
Open to the public on Saturday 2 June, following the private view on the Friday evening, the shows will run until Friday 15 June across both the Lincoln Brayford and Cathedral campuses. Opening hours and locations vary so please visit show website for exact times and locations.
Highlights this year will include “Tweet Lamps” from BA (Hons) Interactive Design graduating student Jordan Burnett, following the success of his digital installation at this year’s Kinetica Arts Festival in London. His “Tweet Lamps” is currently on loan to the recently launched Mechanical Art and Design Museum at Stratford-upon- Avon.
Students from BA (Hons) Animation will be taking to the big screen, showing their films at the Lincoln Odeon Cinema, and BA (Hons) Product Design students Evie Kemps and Lewis Gaukrodger have been chosen to take their work to Canton, China as part of the British Council Upcycling project. They will also be exhibiting in October 2012 at the National Centre for Craft and Design as part of the latest mbrela collection.
To get the shows off to a good start, this year’s Fashion graduates will be showcasing their collections on the catwalk at the Engine Shed Lincoln on Friday 25 May. Tickets are now on sale; email firstname.lastname@example.org. Some of their collections will also be shown during Graduate Fashion Week at London’s Earl’s Court 10-13 June.
[Helen Draper, Illustration student, University of Central Lancashire]
“With its innovative teaching and close links to arts industries, there can be few environments more exhilarating for its 2500 creative minds to meet than the University of Central Lancashire’s School of Art, Design and Performance.”
Since it was founded in 1859, the University of Central Lancashire’s School of Art, Design and Performance has fostered a strong reputation and tradition of excellence in art and design teaching.
A tremendous diversity of courses and opportunities are available to our students. We have four strongly defined disciplines: Art, Design, Fashion and Performance. That variety spills out into the wider environment of the School and generates a real excitement.
Students benefit from an array of cutting-edge facilities and equipment, ranging from a purpose-built “Media Factory” to the School’s PR1 Gallery, which hosts a weekly rotation of performances and exhibitions in its heart.
The school is proud of its vocational roots. Staff are dedicated to practice-based, industry-led teaching and are either still engaged in commercial practice or have recently moved into teaching from relevant workplace environments such as the Games Design Company Traveller’s Tales.
Real-world businesses regularly commission live projects from our courses. We create valuable industry links with industry ambassadors like Dyson, Hollyoaks’ producers Lime Pictures, Burberry and The Tate, to name just a few.
This delivers relevant insight into how students need to develop to win work in their specialist areas and provides students a significant advantage in forging a successful career. We work with industry to make sure that we produce the right kind of students to build up an understanding of what the workplace needs.
The Sunday Times ‘Good University Guide 2012’ has named the University of Central Lancashire the top modern university in the North West for the sixth year in succession.
[Gabriella DiTano, Glasgow School of Art]
The Glasgow School of Art’s annual Degree Show is a showcase of the best in contemporary practice from an international creative community of artists, architects and designers. One of the foremost places in the UK to see work by future leaders in their fields, expect to see fascinating propositions across the full gamut of architecture, art & design disciplines from product design engineering to interior design, sculpture and environmental art, painting and printmaking, fine art photography, silversmithing and jewellery, textiles and more. Look out for award winning projects.
Among the final year Product Design students already making a name for themselves are the team which has just won a prestigious Design Council Award for an initiative to improve the lives of people with dementia by teaming them up with dogs. Starting as a live design brief, the group has gone on to devise an approach, ‘Dementia Dogs’ that has now been picked up by the Alzheimer’s Society. Visual Communication student Gabriella DiTano’s Risotto Risograph recently picked up the Deutsche Bank Award in Creative Practice. An innovative process, the Risograph creates prints that resemble quality screen prints and are perfect for smaller bespoke jobs that may have previously been digitally printed.
Spread over three sites this year – the Garnethill Campus, the Skypark Campus and the Glue Factory – GSA’s Degree Show 2012 will be a journey of discovery in more ways than one.
9 - 16 June 2012, 9am - 5pm Garnethill Campus: Architecture and Fine Art
Skypark Campus: Design
7-16 June 2012 11am - 6pm
Glue Factory: MFA www.gsa.ac.uk/degreeshow2012
[Stephen McKay (Graphic Design) DJCAD - a printed accompaniment to a motion video based on the Hiroshima bombing, showing blast radius through typography]
Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design is the creative hub at the heart of the University of Dundee. One of the top art schools in the UK, DJCAD offers firstclass undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in art and media, communication design and craft design. The latest Research Assessment Exercise ranked DJCAD #1 in the UK for the quality of its art & design research environment and the latest Guardian University Guide ranked DJCAD the top art institute in Scotland for course satisfaction.
DJCAD offers Undergraduate Programmes in: Animation, Art, Philosophy, Contemporary Practices, Digital Interaction Design, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interior Environmental Design, Jewellery & Metal Design, Product Design, Textile Design, Time Based Art & Digital Film Postgraduate Programmes in: Animation & Visualisation, Design for Services, Design Ethnography, Fine Art, Forensic Art, Medical Art, Product Design
[Ade Adesina, Gray’s School of Art]
Gray’s School of Art Degree Show is an annual highlight in Scotland’s arts calendar and showcases the work of the School’s graduating students. The Show, now in its 127th year, offers visitors an ideal opportunity to view (and purchase) work by emerging creative talent and to engage in discussion about the ideas behind the students’ creations.
Visitors can view a range of final-year undergraduate projects, spanning fashion and textiles, jewellery and ceramics, product design, graphics, digital media, visual communication, painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography and electronic media.
Professor Paul Harris, Head of Gray’s School of Art said: “Gray’s is renowned for its traditional studio processes and discipline focus, but visitors to the show will also see that students engage with concepts well beyond the sphere of traditional practice and often employ social engagement as an extension to, or intrinsic element of, their work. The work on show regularly explores the very real issues of life in the 21st century, and always exploits the very best of contemporary practice.
“The students exhibiting in our 2012 Degree Show will undoubtedly establish themselves as key members of the next generation to lead and inform our art and design cultures.”
Launches 15 June
Open to the public from 16-23 June, 10am-5pm (Sat & Sun) and 10am-8pm (Mon-Fri)
Gray’s School of Art, Robert Gordon University, Garthdee Road, Aberdeen AB10 7QD
[A piece on testicular cancer by Creative Advertising student Lukas Duaby]
Edinburgh Napier University Degree Show 2012
The School of Arts & Creative Industries’ annual Degree Show celebrates the creative achievement of our graduates with an exhibition of design, photography, advertising, film and television work.
As a School and University we take great pride in our staff’s industry experience and close links with agencies and studios across the country. It has translated into an exceptional year for our students, seven of whom scooped prizes at the Roses Student Awards, beating off competition from around 70 other UK universities. Three categories were won by five of the University’s graphic design students while two creative advertising students also came up trumps.
It has also been a memorable time of late for our film students, five of whom were among the awards at this year’s BAFA Scotland new talent awards. Indeed, our graduates have gone on to work for some of the world’s biggest companies, including Lego and Adidas.
The Degree Show is a chance to showcase and celebrate that talent. Programmes featured in the show include: BDes Design & Digital Arts, BDes Graphic Design, BDes Interior Architecture, BDes Product Design, BA Photography & Film, BA Television, MSc Creative Advertising, MA/MDes Design, and Screen Academy Scotland. A part of the show will also be dedicated to our successful alumni.
Show dates: Friday 25 May- Friday 1 June; Monday – Friday: 10am-6pm, Saturday & Sunday: 10am-5pm
Venue: Merchiston Campus, Colinton Road, Edinburgh EH10 5DT
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