Posted 15 July 2021

A growing list of unmissable degree shows to check out this summer

Against all odds, the recently graduated class of 2021 are ready to share their work with the world! This year, we’re happy to see a new exciting crop of exhibitions emerge – both virtually and in-person. While we won’t be doing our usual degree show listings, here, we will be collating details of a range of shows from graphic design and photography to fashion and everything in-between. Be sure to check back for new additions, and if you have a show coming up, feel free to contact us at [email protected] with all the details.

🌎 IRL Shows

A selection of shows exhibiting work in physical locations across the UK.

Better Late Than Never – Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin University, BA Illustration

A year on from graduating, the 2020 class of BA Illustration at Anglia Ruskin finally show their work. Visit their space in Cambridge and have a look at a range of illustration and animation work.

Location
: Gallerie V, St John’s Street, CB2 1TW
Dates
: 5th July to 21st August, Wednesdays to Saturdays, 11am to 5pm

Website

HOMEMADE Gradshow – Ravensbourne University, BA Advertising and Brand Design

Having been advised by the likes of BBC Creative, Moving Brands and Studio Moross, this year’s advertising and brand design cohort at Ravensbourne have teamed up with BUILDHOLLYWOOD’s agencies to create an exciting interactive billboard that a select few can connect to via their smartphones. You can also have a look at all the work online.

Location: Hassard Street, Hackney Road, E2 7RD
Dates
: From Sunday 18th July 2021

Website

Mish Mash – Kingston University, BA Graphic Design

As well as having their designs featured on their minisite (listed below), the graphic design students at Kingston University will be exhibiting their hard work physically at the Old Truman Brewery in East London. They're even holding a screen printing workshop throughout the exhibition!

Location: Dray Walk Gallery, Truman Brewery, London, E1 6QL
Dates
: Friday 6th – Sunday 8th August 2021

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Instagram

Fuse – University of Brighton, MA Graphic Design

The MA Graphic Design students at the University of Brighton are exhibiting their work in London this year. You can also purchase prints, T-shirts and tote bags from their Indiegogo page.

Location: Espacio Gallery, London, E2 7DG
Dates
: Tuesday 10th – Saturday 15th August 2021

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Instagram

🖥 Online Shows

A selection of courses hosting virtual shows, experiences and events online.

Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts London, Various Courses

Students over at Camberwell College of Arts are showcasing a great range of work from graphic design, illustration and photography through to fine art courses specialising in everything from drawing and painting to photography and sculpture.

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Chelsea College of Arts, University of the Arts London, Various Courses

Browse work from the students at Chelsea across courses like graphic design communication and fine art all the way through to work from the textile and interior design courses.

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Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, Various Courses

With a huge range of work to scroll through, CSM have graduate work on show from courses like architecture, MA graphic communication design, performance, fashion design menswear and womenswear and many more.

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London College of Communication, University of the Arts London, Various Courses

Wimbledon College of Arts, University of the Arts London, Various Courses

The smallest of the UAL colleges, students from Wimbledon are exhibiting a fantastic range of work across courses like painting, print and time-based media to sculpture.

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London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London, Various Courses

There’s a great selection of projects on show from the 2021 class at LCF. Check out work from courses including fashion photography, fashion sportswear and MA fashion futures.

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Exhibition as Process – Central Saint Martins, BA Fine Art

The fine art students at CSM have reimagined the traditional degree show and turned it on its head. This year’s graduating students have devised over 50 public events, exhibitions and activities, taking place over three months in locations across London, the UK and internationally. The show runs up until 31st August 2021.

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Upload21 – University of Lincoln, BA Graphic Design

From typographers and communicators to problem-solvers and motion graphics designers, the graphic design students at the University of Lincoln are showcasing their versatility and skills. You can also check out vlogs made by some of the students on their YouTube channel.

Website
YouTube

Third Culture Collective – University of West London, BA Advertising and Public Relations

The graduates of the BA Advertising and Public Relations course at the University of West London ‘breathe passion’, ‘exhale creativity’ and ‘change the rules’. The collective have answered some attractive briefs from Disney+, Absolut and Hertz.

Website
Twitter
Instagram

Preston’s Class of 2021 – University of Central Lancashire, BA Graphic Design

Featuring work across typography, motion graphics, UX design and branding, all 26 graphic design graduates at the University of Central Lancashire showcase both self-initiated projects and live briefs for Coors and Spotify, amongst others.

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Ravensbourne University, London, Various Courses

Design school Ravensbourne has a wealth of work on show from newly-graduated artists and designers in disciplines ranging from product design, communication, graphic design, motion graphics, fashion, digital photography, animation and many more. An outdoor exhibition of all the work will also be held outside its Greenwich campus in October.

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RADAR 2021: Rise – University of Huddersfield, Various Courses

Happening all year round with workshops and talks in the summer, the students of the University of Huddersfield’s School of Art, Design and Architecture are exhibiting work by students in illustration, graphic design, contemporary art, photography, costume with textiles and fashion creative direction, amongst other courses.

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We Are Creatives – Nottingham Trent University, Various Courses

The ‘innovators’, ‘communicators’ and ‘radicals’ at Nottingham Trent University are showcasing how innately creative they are. Courses on show range from animation, graphic design, fine art, fashion design, textile design, fashion communication and promotion and many more.

Website

unmuted – University of West London, BA Graphic Design (Visual Communication and Illustration)

After being ‘on mute’ for over a year with lockdowns, the graphic design students at the University of West London wanted to give something back. So, in addition to exhibiting their work, they have created video tutorials to showcase a wide range of their favourite tips, tricks and techniques.

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21 Point – Southampton Solent University, BA Graphic Design

The students of Southampton Solent University’s graphic design course have ‘reached across the globe this year’, managing to create a degree show that reaches not just Southampton, but Portugal, China and the Czech Republic as well.

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EVERYTHING IS DIFFERENT – Middlesex University, Various Courses

EVERYTHING IS DIFFERENT is a digital showcase presenting the graduates of Middlesex University’s fashion programme, through the lens of their experience, stories and work. Areas shown include design, texture, communication and visual cultures.

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Ruskin School of Art, Oxford University, BFA/MFA/DPhil Fine Art

Ranked the #1 school for art in the UK in The Guardian’s league tables, the students of the Ruskin School of Art, as well as showing their final pieces, have also written poetry for their website and ‘produced a catalogue for a show that never happened’.

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Tomorrow Starts Today – Shillington Education, Graphic Design Course

Launching throughout the second half of July, Shillington Education invite you to check out out the range of work produced by their students. The London campus’ class will be featured on the site from the 21st, with students in Manchester, New York City, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and across the UK to follow.

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KSA Show 2021 – Kingston University, Various Courses

Kingston School of Art have put on display work by students from a wide range of courses, ranging from fine art, filmmaking and fashion design, to dance, popular music and product and furniture design. There are also virtual Q&As and performances being held until the 22nd July.

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Spectrum – Arts University Bournemouth, BA Graphic Design

With their show ‘Spectrum’, Arts University Bournemouth aim to highlight both ‘the broad range of designers that make [their] course unique and exciting’, and their students’ own individuality.

Website to be released end of July
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Is your degree show missing from this list? Contact us at [email protected] with all the details!

Written by Creative Lives in Progress