Degree Show to exhibit talented students and award-winning work

31 May 2018

The University of Hertfordshire’s School of Creative Arts will showcase the very best work from talented graduates at its Degree Show, open to the public from the 4-8 June.

The Degree Show celebrates the innovative work of over 400 students across the Creative Art School’s undergraduate courses including Graphic Design and Illustration, Photography and Fine Art, along with the work of the MA Art Therapy students. Their work will be displayed at the University’s expansive exhibition spaces within the Art & Design Gallery, College Lane campus.

Some of the students exhibiting have already won awards for their artwork including:

  • Student Pui Jo Ng, who recently won a D&AD New Blood pencil for her illustrations for the Hotel Indigo. Her watercolours of Wan Chai in Hong Kong captured the culture, architecture, food and people of the area in a unique way, which the judges loved. She was also highly commended at this year’s Carmelite Prize, which aims to uncover the children’s book illustrators of the future.
  • Student Adam Welton, who has been shortlisted for the Chrysalis competition, which is organised by design firm BrandOpus. The brief asked students to think of new uses for spent grain, a side product of the brewing process. Adam’s proposal, entitled Husk, was a new beauty brand which uses spent grains instead of microbeads in cosmetics.
  • Student Joseph Bacon, who has achieved a commendation from the International Society of Typographic Designers (ISTD) for his book Hidden. The ISTD only awards students with the very highest typographic standards. Joseph’s project uses typography to explore the themes and origins of Burial's debut album and links them with the current homelessness crisis. The judges said it was 'a refreshingly individual approach'.
  • Student Harry Woodgate, who has been shortlisted for three major competitions: the Folio Society awards for his Sherlock Holmes illustrations; the Batsford prize and the Penguin Random House Design Award for his cover design of Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time. Fellow student Stephen Young was also shortlisted for his cover for the same title.
  • Student Lucey Keast, who has been selected as a finalist for the Association of Photographers (AOP) Student Awards 2018. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on Wednesday 27 June.

'We are extremely proud of our graduating students'

Dr Shaun Borstrock, Dean of the School of Creative Arts, University of Hertfordshire said: 'We are extremely proud of our graduating students. The Degree Show is a brilliant way for them to demonstrate everything they have learnt over the course of their studies with us and of course display their fantastic talent.

'The Show will be attended by thousands of guests, including influential figures from the creative industries. The School of Creative Arts’ graduate employment rate is above the national average at 95.3% and the amount of award-winning students exhibiting this year demonstrates the School’s high calibre of students and courses.  We hope we have developed our graduates with the knowledge, skills and attributes fundamental to succeeding in their chosen field and we wish them every success for the future.'

Headlines season

The Degree Show is part of the University of Hertfordshire’s Headlines season.  Other highlights include the annual eclectic music festival, Sonic Herts; the renowned Animation Exposé, which is attended by key industry employers; Vision’s Film Festival, which returns for its ninth consecutive year to showcase the best graduate films; and the Graduate Fashion Show, which features the exciting collections from this year’s talented graduating fashion students.

You can find out more about the Degree Show 2018 and other Headlines events on the Headlines website.


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