25 May 2017

The University of Hertfordshire’s School of Creative Arts will celebrate the very best work of its talented graduates with its flagship Degree Show, which opens tonight (Thursday 25 May).

Over 400 students from all creative disciplines – ranging from Graphic Design and Fashion to Photography and Illustration – will showcase their work at the major exhibition, which will be held across the Art & Design, Todd, Film, Music & Media and Mercer Buildings on the University’s College Lane Campus.

The Degree Show will be open for the general public to visit from Tuesday 30 May to Friday 2 June.

The opening night will be attended by over two-thousand guests, including friends, family and influential figures from the creative industries, providing graduating students with the chance to show off their finest work and forge valuable contacts in the industry.

Award-winning students

Several student award-winners will be displaying their work at the Degree Show, including:

  • Graphic Design student Kate Marlowe, who was recently awarded with a Design & Art Direction (D&AD) New Blood Award - the world's most prestigious design competition for students and young professionals.
  • Isobel Evans, winner of the Hachette Children’s Group Carmelite Picture Book Prize 2017 - designed to recognise the most talented undergraduates with the aim of encouraging and inspiring the next generation of illustrators for picture books.
  • Student fashion designers Annie Sophocleous, Zhou Lu, Sameeta Shrestha and Emma Green, who won coveted awards at the recent high-profile Graduate Fashion Show, presented by some of the biggest industry names.

Demonstrating talent

Judy Glasman, Dean of the School of Creative Arts, said: “We are incredibly proud of all of our talented creative graduating students and this brilliant showcase is a testimony to their significant efforts over the course of their studies.”

“Industry links are key to a successful career in the creative industries and our end of year events give graduating students a unique platform to demonstrate the breadth of their talent and grab the attention of influential industry figures, who may well be key to their future career. We hope that many of our talented graduates will go on to have successful careers in their chosen field and we wish them every success for the future.”

During May and June every year the School of Creative Arts runs a series of high profile ‘Headlines’ events to showcase the work of graduating students from all disciplines.

Headlines season

Other highlights during the Headlines season have included:

The Sonic Herts music festival, which ran from 2-12 May. This popular festival included performances by musicians from all over the world, Q&As with leading industry professionals, and demonstrations of work from music students.

The Graduate Fashion Show, at Chelsea Town Hall on Tuesday 16 May, showcasing the very best in Hertfordshire design talent.

The world-famous animation festival Animation Exposé on Thursday 25 May. In the morning there was a great line up of industry speakers from leading visual effects, games and animation industries. This was followed by the animation film showcase, containing the very best 3D, Games, VFX and 2D animated movies from the graduating class.

Find out more about The Degree Show, the Headlines season and future events during June and July.