UCW designers to tour degree work following successful Paintworks showcase


UCW, BA Honours Top-up Degree in Graphic Design, Spectacle exhibition

Graphic design students from University Centre Weston (UCW) are planning to build upon their well-received show in Bristol with an exhibition in London this summer.

The exhibition, called Spectacle, was visited by hundreds of people during its recent three-day run at Paintworks Event Space.

As well as being open to the public, the showcase was also praised by invited graphic designers from studios across the South West.

Buoyed the show’s success, the students, who are studying on the BA Honours Top-up Degree in Graphic Design at UCW, which is delivered in partnership with Bath Spa University, are now preparing to take the exhibition to London in July.

They will display their work at the prestigious New Designers awards ceremony and exhibition at the Business Design Centre in Islington, where they hope to impress judges and network with some of the biggest names in design.

From a creative perspective, the students developed individual ‘design for social impact’ projects before bringing the concepts together under the Spectacle theme.

The students are also curating the shows, which involves everything from production to promotion.

UCW Graphic Design Curriculum Coordinator Victoria Norcross said: “Exhibiting to the public and design professionals in combination with effective digital promotion is the best way for students to make a name for themselves as up-and-coming designers.

“I’m really impressed with their work, both individually and as a company, and want to say thank you to everyone who supported the exhibition.

“UCW students consistently produce strong design, and it’s also great that they were able to organise such a professional event.”

Should Spectacle win any awards at New Designers, the students will be continuing UCW’s rich vein of form at the event.

India Lawton won the New Designer of the Year Award at last year’s event and then secured a design role with Amazon after graduating, and students from UCW also won the Sky Creative Award in 2013 and the Design Council’s Future Pioneers Award in 2014.