Final-year Graphic Design students present their portfolios to industry professionals
24 May 2023
Image credit: Ava Rylands, Graphic Design BA(Hons) student
50 design agencies and professionals from across the UK and Europe have provided invaluable advice for graduating Graphic Design BA(Hons) students.
Run by senior lecturer for Graphic Design BA(Hons), Steve House, and spanning a two-week period in April, the Creative Community event gave students the chance to connect with a range of designers and creative directors from across the UK and Europe.
In total, 50 leading design studios offered their time and expertise through a whopping 300 meetings. Students presented their 'work-in-progress’ projects and benefitted from industry advice, helping them to focus their final portfolio prior to completing their degree.
Of the Creative Community event, Steve said: “It is clear from the hugely positive feedback from all involved that students and industry professionals alike find it a valuable experience to network and connect through their shared passion for creative practice.
“These connections are already opening doors into the industry for our students and will lead to more meetings and discussions as they make their first moves into rewarding careers.”
Interacting with young talent during these workshops leaves us energised and optimistic about the bright future of our industry!
‘Brand acceleration agency’ Blue Marlin was one of the professional studios involved. Design director, Gareth Roberts, and middleweight designer, Josh White, were really impressed with what they saw. In a social media post shared after their final meeting, they said: “Interacting with young talent during these workshops leaves us energised and optimistic about the bright future of our industry!”
Both Gareth and Josh provided valuable advice to help the graduating students get noticed when entering the industry. As a Falmouth Graphic Design graduate himself, Josh was also able to share his personal experience of life as a professional designer after leaving Falmouth University.
The pair were particularly impressed by a project from third-year student Ava Rylands that aimed to raise awareness of Eosinophilic Asthma, a rare health condition. The ‘Not Just a Blue Inhaler’ campaign highlighted that asthma comes in more forms than you might think.
Having the opportunity to show my final-year work and current portfolio to professionals in the field gave me much more confidence.
Asked how valuable the portfolio and project review sessions have been, Ava said: “Having the opportunity to show my final-year work and current portfolio to professionals in the field gave me much more confidence in speaking about my own work.
“Gareth and Josh from Blue Marlin gave me a great and positive response to my personal project and offered advice about how to push it forward and make my concept stand out more.”
For Ava, this was a welcome step into the world of work, but it is just the beginning. “I have kept motivated to find opportunities for portfolio reviews and potential internships since finishing this month.
“I have been so grateful for the feedback and time given from agencies to speak to me, and I can’t wait to start working in a real-life studio where I can further develop my design skills and confidence working with senior designers.”