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Industry engagement in central to the course and this year has been no exception. In November second year students selected from the study trips arranged by the course.

In London, students received presentations and industry insights from some of the leading design studios, including Biblioteque, Bartle Bogle Hegarty, B&B Studio, Brand Union, The Chase, Design Bridge, Hat-trick, JKR, Lewis Moberly, Kessels Krammer, Made Thought, NB Studio, The Partners, Pentagram, Someone, Sea, Thomas Matthews, UsTwo and Weiderman Lampe.

In Amsterdam, alongside cultural visits to the city, the Stedelijk Museum and Design Museum Breda, students too visited a broad selection of studios. These included the advertising agency Wieden & Kennedy, AKQA, LUST, Silo, De Designpolitie, Trapped in Suburbia, Vandejong and 72andSunny.

The course continues to attract influential figures in the world of design to deliver talks and workshops for our students. So far this year we have had Pentagram partner Naresh Ramchandani, Phil Carter of Carter Studio, Art Director of Monotype’s magazine Luke Tonge, Simon Manchip from Someone and Chintal Darjee from The Future Laboratory. Other speakers and visiting tutors in this field include artist Gordon Young, publisher Anna Gerber of Visual Editions and museum curator Sarah Brin.

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Forthcoming events in March

Graduate Day. This yearly event invites graduates from the previous year back to Falmouth, so current students can hear the stories and challenges of life and work outside of University

Creative Career Journeys.  Creative Director Jamie Ellul of award winning Supple Studio, will be running a day of seminars and portfolio ‘drop-ins’. His lecture will tell the story of his career journey to date, working and learning with some of the most highly respected graphic design studios in the UK, including Hat-trick and Magpie.

Graphic in Motion. Ideas today are delivered across many platforms both digital and analogue and the course is pleased to welcome motion graphics, TV designer and director Mark Chaudoir who will talk about his exciting career on screen.

Portfolio advice event in London. The connections we have deliver critical stepping stones to career success and the portfolio review evening at the Royal Society of Arts in London is vital for this. The capitals’ top creative directors and designers are invited to discuss student portfolios, offering advice and a little extra polish, before the final degree show in May.

Preparing for placements. The course has a great track record of providing placements for students at many of the UK’s most respected studios. These world renowned studios generously support our period of placements at the end of the second year, enabling our students to get a real taste of working in highly creative and successful studios. We normally expect to place between 60 and 80 students at this period of study. The final year who will be preparing final portfolios at this time, also make use of our extensive network of contacts, so they can begin to set up there own placements and first steps into the workplace upon graduating.

D&AD New Blood in July. As well as our portfolio evening, the course shows student work and hopeful winners at the industries top central London show. This is great shop window for the course and student work, with many introductions made as top studios shop for the years’ new talent and potential employees.

World class is a phrase often loosely banded about in higher education but in the field of Graphic Design Falmouth can justifiably make that claim”. Ben Casey, External Examiner and Founder of The Chase, (one the top creative design consultancies in the UK)

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Building upon the successful London study trip for First and Final year students last term, which included presentations from leading agencies such as; TBWA, VCCP, Wunderman, Table 19, M&C Saatchi, Mother; BBH and Ogilvy to name but a few…we are looking forward to welcoming the following Creatives to Falmouth over the next few weeks:

Mark Denton, commercials director and creative for Coy! Communications. Mark has produced award winning work for Nike, Wrangler, Heineken, Levis, Greenpeace and much more.

Graham Daldry, Creative Director and writer of the iconic ‘Should’ve gone to Specsavers’ strapline and responsible for the UK’s longest lived current advertising campaign since its inception in 2002.

Mick Brigdale, Head of Art at St.Luke’s agency, London coming to present to final year students.

Rob Sprackling will be giving a talk on ‘Narrative Storytelling’. Rob has worked for Aardman and Pixar on various productions and wrote the original screenplays for Disney feature film ‘Gnomeo and Juliet’ and Live action films.

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Studio Team photo with Creatives from Whowotwhy, London

The National Student Survey has just been launched for 2017. The course will be hoping to continue its enviable record of 100% overall student satisfaction over the past two years. In the 2016 survey the students recorded 100% satisfaction in relation to the quality of teaching.

In the Autumn term the course continued to deliver great opportunities for its students, with briefings, workshops and talks from the following professionals who delivered their insights into the advertising industry and provided placement opportunities to the next generation.

Ex Falmouth Graduates, Will Moir & Elliot Bates, now a creative team at The Hub, London, set a live project for students. The winning work guarantees a work placement at The Hub.

Lambros Charalambous, Associate Creative Director at BBH delivered a project briefing at their agency in London.

John Yorke, Creative Director at Fold 7 delivered a project briefing via skype, following the students visit to London. Two work placement opportunities offered.

Mick Mahoney, Chief Creative Officer at Ogilvy and Mather delivered a project briefing in Falmouth. Eight work placement opportunities offered.

Adam Rolfe, Creative Director and Julie Adams, Head of Copy at RAPP delivered project briefing in Falmouth. Six work placement opportunities offered.

Rae Stones, Creative Director at EDELMAN, delivered project briefing in Falmouth. Five work placement opportunities offered.

STUFF Student collections Moth Design & Death + The Studio Society

Following on from the Staff STUFF Collections, which were exhibited at the end of last year, students from the School of Communication Design were invited to exhibit their personal collection of STUFF. This collection could be one which has been added to over time, bequeathed to them, multiples of objects accrued as a result of habitual buying, a chance encounter at a boot fair.

MOTH: design & death has been interested in working with staff and students instigating projects which encourage enquiry using objects and artefacts as triggers for hidden memory, micro/macro, parts and whole, constructing and de-constructing, a passion for ‘rejects’ and fragments. This projects extends into The Studio Society which seeks to promote opportunities for the community of the Graphic Design Course to share, comment and contribute to the course beyond the curriculum.

Over the last four weeks students have shared some of their collections, giving insight as to why they have this STUFF and what it means to them.

Collection_01 | Jocelyn Affleck | Story Book

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‘Everybody has a story to tell, but it’s tricky to find it. I take this book with me everywhere as a conversation starter and from there on people feel like they are part of something – part of this wide network of stories all held within the broken binding of this book’  Jocelyn Affleck

Collection_02 | Louise Osborne | Royal Memorabilia | Victoria Boyle | Black Cat & Socks | Chris Rees | Keyrings

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‘No amount of frills, ribbons or official crests can disguise the naffness of these objects. Such an ornate form of tat, they are simultaneously beautiful and hideous. Quite an impressive combination in all honesty. Essentially I find them amusing, a completely bizarre thing to have in your home. However for such a simple object they open a variety of discussions and memories’ Louise Osborne

Collection_03 | Su Lee | Eating Habits | Sylwia Cwieczek | Trophies | Ciaran Saward | Calendar of Blades

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I could never even think about my trophies as a collection. You can’t buy those objects, get them as a gift or find them in the middle of the field. Even though you might like their shapes and colours it’s not why you own them. You don’t decide to collect them, they’re actually only a side effect, a proof, something that reminds you what happened.Sylwia Cwieczek

Collection_04 Friday | Charlotte Skerratt |Sea Glass | Lucy Carpenter | Bottles | Armelinda Beqiraj | Imperfect Images

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‘I’m so in awe of how nature has managed to create something so alluring, turning our waste into beauty. Although mere fragments of glass, they’re special to me as they remind me of happiness, the feeling I got when I found a special piece or rare colour. The people I was with, how the beach looked and sounded one evening. Within each piece is a snippet of time holding years of history and wonder.’ Charlotte Skerratt

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Werkwoche | International Design Week 2016

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Dion Star, Ashley Rudolph & Andy Neal were invited to take part in this year’s Werkwoche 2016 delivering a 5 day intensive workshop [STÖRUNG] – Disruption / Design Process. Including three lectures relating to their individual research interests.

International Design Week Werkwoche was launched by the Faculty of Design of the Augsburg University of Applied Sciences in 2013. The idea was to highlight the role of design and its related fields and to create a platform for national and international exchange.

Now the Werkwoche 2016, has become a vibrant five-day-event with the focus on current and future design trends. 15 designers and lecturers from eight countries explore, discuss and showcase the importance of design as an innovative tool, it fosters exchange and raises awareness of the vital role design plays in our lives.

Workshop overview

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We all have our own ‘design process’ – the way we go about doing what we do as designers. The [ S T Ö R U N G ] workshop was to be an intensive opportunity for students to consider the ‘what’ and ‘why’ behind their existing design process, and to look for ways of building on and developing new patterns of working. Students were asked to consider the things they already know and utilise, asking key questions such as; “Who am I? How do I work? What do we know about processes already?”, plus an interrogation of some key barriers we face to our creativity (“What gets in the way?”), and then move through less familiar (and sometimes uncomfortable) experiences that consider emotion, language and expression as tools for new thinking.

Bodmin College: Graphics Taster Day

The School of Communication Design hosted a taster day for students of Bodmin College on Tuesday 22 Nov, this is part of an ongoing relationship to support and host students in our Graphic Design BA(Hons) course .

The students accompanied by their tutor Jamie Baldwin were given an introductory talk by Bryan Clark, Head of Graphic Design, followed by a one-day narrative brief. They were invited to create a book interpreting the story of Red Riding Hood using only typography and shape along with a limited colour palette of red, black and white. Working with staff, Nikki Salkeld (Senior Lecturer and Course Coordinator for Stage 1) and Darren Whittington (Senior Lecturer with Graphic design and Advertising) as well as first year students, they had to reach a deadline of 3pm.  There were some very beautiful and considered outcomes which, demonstrated breadth and creative enquiry.

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Welcoming new MA course coordinators

Two new course coordinators join the School of Communication Design this term. We’re pleased to welcome Robyn Cook  (MA Communication Design) and Jack Kramer (MA Creative Advertising). Jack will be taking over the post from Chris Waite who is retiring at the end of January. Chris will be greatly missed by staff and students and we wish him all the best for the future.

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Jack Kramer is an experienced Creative Director / Art Director, having spent over 25 years in agencies large and small including DDB, Y&R, Bates and Grey.

He’s passionate not just about great ideas, but the craft and execution of those ideas, too. He’s landed over 150 national and international awards, across all media and regularly sits on awards judging panels.

Jack’s experience spans most sectors and channels, including consumer, b2b, digital and design. He joins Falmouth University this month straight from industry bringing current practice and fresh ideas with him

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Robyn Cook was born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1980.

Since graduating, she has worked as a designer at a number of small award-winning studios, such as Disturbance, and as an art director for larger agencies including Ogilvy & Mather.

After almost 10 years in industry, Robyn moved into academia, teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels at the University of Johannesburg. She has recently completed her PhD, researching post-Marxism, alternative economies, and institution-building in the arts.

Robyn also runs the Sober & Lonely Institute for Contemporary Art with co-founder Lauren von Gogh (since 2011). Sober & Lonely are currently working on a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure novel, The Last Unstitutein association with Botkyrka Konsthall (Sweden).

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London Week BA(Hons) Creative Advertising

In the first week of November our 1st year students travelled to London to visit a number of advertising agencies for our ‘London Week’.

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Amongst the 11 different agencies visited (including Google) we visited ex-Falmouth students working in 6 agencies: TBWAVCCP, Wunderman, Table 19, M&C Saatchi and Mother. This was of particular interest to the students as they could ask them many questions relating to our alumnis’ journey from Falmouth Uni to industry.  Our old boys and girls joined us for a drink in the evening and a good time was had by all.

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Additionally, we were kindly hosted by Crispin Porter Bogusky, BBH and Iris. We’d like to thank the staff and Creative Directors for their continued support of our course and many of our students can now look forward to seeing them again in the summer when they take up generous offers of placement opportunities.

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