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.
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)