Falmouth Showcase 2022 Roundup
13 June 2022
This year's Falmouth Showcase was a real spectacle of student talent. From the Games Academy to the School of Architecture, Design & Interiors, the work exhibited was innovative, inspiring and spoke volumes about where this year’s graduating cohort are heading.
The Games Expo 2022
This year’s Games Academy Expo was bigger and better than anything The Games Academy has showcased before. Representatives from across the games industry (including Sony, Epic, Splash Damage and Ubisoft) attended, and many commented the event felt like an industry trade show.
Director of the Games Academy Dr Doug Brown said that “The range and completeness of student games was especially impressive, from cute, characterful platformers to 8-player esports-style shooters. The show’s big winners were third-year pinball/FPS hybrid game Dr Bounce and postgraduate 2-player co-operative game Arm Of Satan.”
You can download and play all the games, as well as see the gallery, on the Falmouth Games Expo site.
Falmouth School of Art
Our Drawing, Fine Art and Illustration graduates showcased a breadth and depth of ideas and disciplines this year. As well as exhibiting, students were also able to sell their artwork, prints and zines.
Covering a range of mediums, from paintings to sculpture, textiles to photography, we saw Drawing and Fine Art work inspired by notions of cultural immersion, how we interact with the world around us and even the moment of creation itself.
As ever, our Illustration students exhibited outstanding works for a range of applications, from books to products and digital platforms. Illustration BA(Hons) student Alice Wilmott loved the event, saying, “As a second-year student, it was really inspiring to see the final work produced by graduating students. I got to exhibit my work alongside them too, and I even got a glimpse of Dawn French at the private view!”
Dr Tom Baugh, Head of Art at the Falmouth School of Art, said, “It has been a fantastic year for our graduating students, who have worked incredibly hard to achieve their creative goals, that have been realised through a highly engaging exhibition of contemporary art practice”.
School of Film & Television
The School of Film & Television Showcase featured the launch of this year’s showreel and screenings of all of the work produced by final-year Film, Television and Animation students. We also got to see a panel of actors doing live table readings of extracts from original screenplays. One exhibition displayed a range of animation, prosthetics and VFX artwork from students, while another video gallery showcased the year’s experimental films.
Dr Laura Canning, Course Leader for the BA(Hons) Film said: “We’re incredibly proud of all of our graduating students, many of whom have already secured jobs in the screen industries or are planning further study. The range of exciting work they’ve produced this year is a real testament to their creativity and tenacity, and the great support they’ve received from staff.”
Faye, Course Leader for Television BA(Hons), agrees. “The industry is hungry for the talent of our graduates; high end television production is booming with a greater influx of investment and a larger number of productions than we’ve ever seen before. Their innovation and resilience have led to some of the strongest graduation projects we’ve seen to date. We’re so proud of our students and the important stories they continue to tell."
Fashion & Textiles Institute
From Fashion Marketing to Textile Design, the Fashion & Textiles Institute degree shows were an explosion of colour, texture and innovative imagery. And of course, the Fashion Show was nothing short of spectacular.
The exhibitions included marketing concepts for ethical and sustainable athleisure and swimwear branding, fashion photography that explored the realities of living with a chronic illness and sustainable textiles inspired by the Cornish landscape.
Philip Scurrah, Fashion Styling & Art Direction Course Leader said: 'After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, it was incredible to be reminded of the world leading talent, innovation and amazing creativity within the Fashion & Textiles Institute. Our graduating students really proved that perseverance, determination, and sheer tenacity to conquer any adversity will put them in a powerful place for their future creative careers.”
Institute of Photography
As ever, our Institute of Photography students delivered a professional-standard showcase. The exhibited works spanned marine and natural history to collections exploring identity, wanderlust and time.
Marine & Natural History Photography Lecturer Gina Goodman says: “It’s a real privilege to share in the pride the students emanate from showcasing their work, and really inspiring having an insight into the work of other photographic courses. The final year shows never fail to represent the astounding creativity and resourcefulness of our cohorts, and this year is no exception. I look forward to seeing what they do next and wish everyone all the best in their future endeavours.”
See a diverse range of work from our photography students here.
School of Architecture, Design & Interiors
Across Architecture, Interior Design and Sustainable Product Design, our graduating students exhibited innovative work that highlighted just what good design can do for society and the world.
From interior spaces dedicated to supporting those with dementia and Alzheimer's to sustainable (and beautifully designed) alternatives to walking aids, the showcased work was truly inspiring.
To top off the Showcase, graduating students from Interior Design were also treated to an inspiring talk from none other than world-renowned designer Ilse Crawford CBE.
Fay Freeman, Interior Design BA(Hons) Course Leader, said: “The showcase is a stepping-stone for our graduates as they transition into employment. Several of them have even gained job offers already!”
And Drummond Masterton, Head of Architecture and Design, told us "The scope and complexity of projects, innovation and consideration of societal challenges demonstrated by students has been inspirational.
"Our final year students have responded to the challenges of the pandemic and climate emergency with renewed vigour and provided an excellent showcase of the potential for creative designers and architects. to positively rethink the world we live in."
Explore a selection of final projects from the School of Architecture, Design & Interiors on our online Showcase.
Academy of Music & Theatre Arts
The degree shows from the the Academy of Music & Theatre Arts have taken place over the last couple of months. Acting, music and dance performances were assessed and open to the public, through our AMATA box office.
The jam-packed showcase consisted of 23 live performances and two days of playback mixed media, including albums and music for film, games and animation; the result of 800+ hours of rehearsals. The showcase was supported by Technical Theatre Arts students and professional directors.
Matthew Morgan-Stevens, Course Leader for Acting BA(Hons), said: “I was really impressed with how passionate and professional they were in staging the shows, and there were some truly amazing performances.”
AMATA’s Front of House Manager, James Randell said they had an overwhelming response from audiences. “Seeing such a great reaction was very heartwarming and emotional for our students and audience!"
You’ll find some AMATA projects in our Online Showcase.
School of Communication
Graphic Design students displayed work on campus as part of the Futures exhibition, which included results of live projects, such as a collection of bespoke lager can labels in collaboration with Verdant Brewing Co. You can see a selection of the work on our online Showcase.
The Graphics Oscars event saw top tier projects walking away with awards, too – see more from the ceremony here.
Creative Advertising students put on an interactive exhibition, Scampland. Guests got to contribute to a growing collection of 'scamps': initial sketches of ideas and a process that’s been used in industry for over 60 years. Check out our students’ scamps, and the final projects they became, on the Falmouth Creative Advertising website.
Professor Paul Springer, Director of the School of Communication, said, “This year’s graduates have achieved a particularly high level of work, as the recent international D&AD award wins suggest.
"The work this year is clearly tuned in to current societal and technological concerns, and the professional quality of work in the 2022 Student Showcase is all the more remarkable given the pandemic-related challenges overcome by this year’s graduating cohort. Bravo!”