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University of the Arts London

Degree show learning curves

Abstract

Degree shows are an integral part of a creative practice higher education, but sitting outside the curriculum, they remain a largely un-studied entity. After taking part in several of their own student exhibitions, two LCC design graduates undertook a summer residency with SUARTs, to investigate the concept of the degree show. By speaking to a number of key LCC stakeholders, the paper shares multiple perspectives on the purpose, drawbacks, value and future of the degree show, and offers advice for students about to undertake their own exhibitions.

Keywords

degree show, exhibitions, final year experience, student engagement, student research

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Author Biography

Rachel Littlewood

Graduate of BA (Hons) Design for Graphic Communication at London College of Communication (class of 2015). Freelance graphic designer.

Sean Wyatt-Livesley

Graduate of BA (Hons) Design for Graphic Communication at London College of Communication (class of 2015). Freelance graphic designer.


References

  1. Bryson, K. (2015), Communications Manager (London College of Communication). Interviewed by Rachel Littlewood and Sean Wyatt-Livesley, 21 August. Unpublished interview.
  2. Clark, A. (2015), Exhibitions and Gallery Coordinator (London College of Communication). Interviewed by Rachel Littlewood and Sean Wyatt-Livesley, 10 September. Unpublished interview.
  3. Jackson, P. (2015), ex-Course Leader on BA (Hons) Design for Graphic Communication (London College of Communication). Interviewed by Rachel Littlewood and Sean Wyatt-Livesley, 16 September. Unpublished interview.
  4. Kingston University London (2015) Showing off: the future of art and design degree shows. Available at: http://fada.kingston.ac.uk/research/design-research/showing-off/ (Accessed: 17 December 2015)
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  6. Littlewood, R. and Wyatt-Livesley, S. (2015). Interviewed by UAL Students’ Union for SUARTS Tumblr. Available at: http://suarts.tumblr.com/post/127229033589/high-holborn-gallery-space-summer-residency (Accessed: 17 December 2015).
  7. Oswald, K. (2015), Associate Lecturer (London College of Communication). Interviewed by Rachel Littlewood and Sean Wyatt-Livesley, 16 September. Unpublished interview.
  8. Wolf, B.K. (2015), Illustration and Visual Media graduate (London College of Communication). Interviewed by Ben Atkins, 16 June. Unpublished interview.
  9. Zeegen, L (2015), Dean of the School of Design (London College of Communication). Interviewed by Rachel Littlewood and Sean Wyatt-Livesley, 10 September. Unpublished interview.