Graduate Show 2018 Highlights

The University of Portsmouth, Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries is thrilled to share highlights from the 2018 CCI Graduate Show, which took place on Friday 1st June. 

The annual Graduate Show offers students an opportunity to showcase their hard work to families, creative professionals, academic staff, students, and members of the public. Throughout the evening over 1700 guests attended the show, witnessing remarkable talent from students in the Schools of Architecture, Art and Design, Creative Technologies, and Media and Performing Arts.

Before the doors opened to the public, there was a reception with pink fizz and strawberries to say thank you to CCI staff for all the hard work they do on a daily basis, helping students and the faculty to achieve great results.

Faculty Dean, Professor Trevor Keeble gave a short speech expressing pride in the Faculty, both staff and students, and thanking everyone who made the event possible.

The show truly began at 5pm, Show Guides stood outside of Eldon building, dressed in T-shirts that exhibited the Show’s identity, Connect. They welcomed guests and handed out maps for the show.

A DJ played music throughout the evening, and the warm weather meant guests were able to sit outside and socialise under the new sunbrellas, which sported the Graduate Show’s colours.

‘Connect’ was the concept and graphic identity for the 2018 Graduate Show, which was created by BA (Hons) Graphic Design students Dominic Edwards and Benjamin Thornton, who were commissioned and guided by Senior Lecturer, Dr Mike Harkins.

The designers said “Connect expresses the final point and commonality of where students have arrived, whatever their course and cross-disciplinary experience at University and where academia meets the wider world.”

Express FM and CCI TV broadcast live throughout the evening, interviewing students and staff and touring the show.  CCI TV, led by BSc (Hons) Television & Broadcast students, broadcast live on YouTube, with 57 third year students collaborating with each other to present a show that was incredibly professional, dynamic, and rich in creative content.  14 fascinating interviews with students about their final major projects and experience at the University were broadcast, see this one featuring Lauren Jean Jacques, BA (Hons) Interior Architecture & Design.

As well as being available to view online, the live CCI TV footage was shown on the Big Screen in Guildhall square, and on the LED video wall that took residence as the entrance of Eldon Building. You can see clips, and highlights of the show on the CCI TV YouTube Channel here.


Photo by Jaimes Ede

Course exhibitions were spread throughout Eldon’s north and west buildings, including a photography exhibition in the foyer, which had been transformed into a gallery, enticing guests to explore the building and witness the remarkable work created by final year CCI students.

Photography students exhibited their work work at Multorum Animis in London from 3rd July to 7th July.

BA (Hons) Fashion and Textiles students took guests on a journey from concept through to the finished product. The stunning showcase was then taken to Graduate Fashion Week in London, where a VR environment was created, for people to step inside the mind of the designers.

Work by Rose Dutton, Photo by Jaimes Ede

You can see the highlights from Graduate Fashion Week on the CCI TV YouTube channel here.

Some Fashion and Textile students who have been recognised for their remarkable final projects are:

  • Rose Dutton – Batsford Prize, Fashion Category Winner & John Barable New Media Award
  • Sidnie Brennan – TU Womenswear scholarship finalist
  • Lauren Chivers – TU Womenswear scholarship semi finalist
  • Sally Fry – Boux Avenue Swimwear finalist
  • Fiona Grafen – Fashion Clash Showcase Award

On the first floor of Eldon West Creative Technologies took over.

Over the academic year, Creative Technologies students have participated in a number of unique prototypes for external clients, across a diverse range of industries from games projects, including HoVR that was completed for XRobots YouTube Channel, educational games for those with profound learning difficulties, and VR training simulators for the Royal Navy.

You can view video highlights of the academic year from BA (Hons) Film Production here, BA (Hons) Computer Games Technology here, and BSc (Hons) Computer Animation and Visual Effects here.

BA (Hons) Animation students set up a screening in EW 1.11 for the Graduate Show, before taking their showreel to the Courthouse Hotel in London on 5th July and hosting an evening for students and guests to network, socialise, and watch the films in the glamorous location.

Andy Glynne, a triple-BAFTA winning director, producer from Mosaic gave 2 awards to Animation students:

  • Joel Gambleton, Jordan Crownshaw & Yincheng Liu – Best Animated Documentary, The Father (3.50 minutes in).
  • Eleanor Hunter – Paid Internship at Mosaic Films in London for, The Night I was on Fire.

You can watch the full showreel here, and the trailer can be seen here:

Work by Rebecca Wright, photo by Jaimes Ede

BA (Hons) Graphic Design opened up the basement to display all of their graduate work.

Following the Graduate Show, various Graphic Design students have won a series of awards with different organisations, some of the successful students are:

  • Alexandra Reading – Strong Island One’s to Watch
  • Yolande Rapela – D&AD New Blood “One to Watch” & ISTD
  • Simon Beasley – Platform Art Award (Aspex) & ISTD
  • Carl Frederik Wignernes – Guildhall Graduate Award & ISTD & RSPB
  • Megan Milum – YCN
  • Dominic Edwards – Outstanding Contribution to the Graduate Show & ISTD
  • Benjamin Thornton – Outstanding Contribution to the Graduate Show
  • Alex Harvey – UoP Startup of the Year 2017
  • Lucie Clarke – Visual Culture Award for Extended Research Project

Graphic Design senior lecturer, Dan McCabe, who attended the London Show at D&AD commented “One of the D&AD judges came to our stand during the Private view and said she felt the work on show was “mind-blowing” and that she wished she had studied on a course like ours. She also revealed that she had shortlisted 8 out of our 25 students for a one to watch award!  We had visits from McCann, Saatchi, BrandMe, Sky, Dyson, Conran, STB, River Island, Brand Opus and Harper Collins, who showed interest in specific students. Saatchi have invited 3 of our students for interview and both Dyson and Sky are once again looking to develop partnerships with our course.”

Photo by Jaimes Ede

The School of Architecture took residency on the second and third floor of Eldon West, with students displaying their hard work, including The Media Hub and Fluid City Studio which were created by students Michael Brewster and Patrick Ciemierkiewicz in collaboration with academics, where architecture is no longer defines an object as a unique and recognisable item.

Instead it will be the environment that defines architecture, and students have worked on research focused projects representing Utopian, and sometimes Dystopian visions concerning the future of architecture, and the world.

Photo by Jaimes Ede


The BA (Hons) Illustration studio was packed full of stunning final projects, and unique pieces of work that guests could buy.

Illustration students who have won awards for their work are:

  • Megan Macdonald – University Collection Award
  • Alex Sodinca – University Collection Award & Traditional Media
  • Georgia Underwood – University Collection Award
  • Carl Tai Thompson – University Collection Award, Strong Island Ones to Watch, New Designers offer of internship at Hallmark, and Artist Residence in Pentland & Platform Graduate Award.
  • Lauren Mills – School of Art and Design Student Achievement Award
  • Amber Redford – Visual Culture Winner

Selected Illustration students showcased their work at London’s New Designers between 4th July and 7th July, and you can check out the University of Portsmouth Illustration display in this panoramic photo at New Designers here.

A enhanced feature for the 2018 Graduate Show meant guests could buy student work, with the majority of the proceeds going directly back to the students, items sold included notebooks, T-shirts, posters, and postcards.

The Creative Industries Big Networking Night was introduced to welcome even more industry guests through the Eldon doors to see remarkable work from CCI graduates.  CCI Faculty received a great deal of positive feedback from this evening event, such as a member of staff commenting on “the opportunity to meet potential collaborators for future student projects and meeting business representatives who wished to promote the work of our students”.

As a direct result of the networking event, an industry partner, the Dockyard Property Trust met with the School of Architecture.  They will be allowing access to the dockyard for a series of architecture tours during induction week, and is also making plans to collaborate on a live project in which students will be invited to re-imagine the Boat House currently home to the Battle of Jutland exhibition.

A welcome lunch for fellow staff across the University was held during Graduate Show Week to allow colleagues to view the work of CCI Faculty.  Outreach events were held for school and colleges with CCI staff providing creative workshops and tours, giving inspiration to the next generation of creatives.

Social Media about the Graduate Show was shared on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and a film by UoP Social Media Champion on Facebook Live reaching a broad audience globally.

To access more information about the show contact or you can view the Graduate Show website to enjoy the engaging student profiles and showreels.

Katie Clarke

Katie Clarke is a Media Studies Student, currently on her Placement Year, working as Promotions Assistant for the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries, at the University of Portsmouth.

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