Earlier this year students from the BA (Hons) Graphic Design programme at Arts University Bournemouth had the opportunity of showing their work to industry professionals at a Network Event. The event was documented and the film is subsequently being exhibited in the AUB Knowledge Exchange Exhibition, North Gallery, 14th December 2017 until 16th February 2018.
The Network Event took place at the university and offered an opportunity for second year students to present their new hand-coded, website portfolios to industry professionals. The event enabled students to receive feedback on their work and begin to build their industry contacts. Fifteen agencies participated in the event with companies coming from Bournemouth, Poole, Bristol and London. Many of the students were subsequently offered internships as a result of the contacts they made at the event.
The event, organised by Alice Stevens, has run for the past two years and sits at the mid point of the BA (Hons) Graphic Design course. This encourages students to reflect on their learning to date, review their current skills and create an action plan for their individual, future ambitions. Prior to the event, students created business cards and memorable artefacts, reflecting on how they wish to present themselves to industry. Students also had the opportunity of undertaking training sessions in presentation skills and authentic leadership with Tara Dominick, a visiting lecturer from BA (Hons) Acting.
In addition to this, Graphic Design students created an identity for the event itself. Max Wright and Jacob James took up the challenge in 2017, creating a logo, invites and posters. Wright also animated the logo and this was subsequently used in the film documenting the event. BA (Hons) Film Production students, Suzie Sherlock and Natalie Taylor, were responsible for the cinematography, supported by Will Broomfield, Lewis Hales and Oliver Gear. Sherlock edited the final video.
The website portfolio project is led by BA (Hons) Graphic Design staff, Mark Osborne and Alice Stevens with support from technical demonstrator, Daniela Mela. All students hand-coded their websites using HTML/CSS. Freelance photographer and AUB alumni, George House, ran workshops in photography and took professional portraits of the students. Additional support for written elements and storytelling came from Dr James Cole, Course leader in BA (Hons) Creative Writing and copywriters, Richard Spencer and Chris Silberston from the writing specialist company, A Thousand Monkeys.
We would like to thank the following companies for giving their time, sharing their experience and inspiring the next generation of graphic designers: Bond & Coyne, Bright Blue Day, Createful, Digital Storm, Forpeople, Holey and Moley, Make Studio, Redweb, RLA, Salad Creative, 3 Sided Cube, Sideshow, Smart Labs, Thinking Juice and the Walker Agency.