Ex-Foundation Degree Photography student wins Student Sustainability Research Prize

This year our student Nicky Woods progressed to Plymouth for her third year and went on to win the Student Sustainability Research Prize. Now in its third year, the Student Sustainability Research Prize, awarded by the Sustainable Earth Institute, celebrates the exceptional research underway by students of Plymouth University, looking at creating a better future.

We spoke with Nicky about her award winning project, her time at Exeter College, and what she has planned for the future.

"In 2016, the United Kingdom voted to withdraw its membership with the European Union, bringing an unpredictable future for farmers and modern agricultural traditions. Whichever side of the fence you sit on, one thing is for certain: British farming is going to see a dramatic change. This project studies the day-to-day life of lamb and beef farmers on Dartmoor, a vast moorland situated in the heart of Devon. Famous for its more traditional methods of husbandry, 'To Pastures New' celebrates the devotion of the farmer to his livestock and landscape."

"When making the decision on choosing where to do my degree, I decided to go to Exeter College as it appeared to have a very friendly, cooperative atmosphere, and I certainly wasn't disappointed. The smaller class sizes meant we had a lot of contact time from our lecturers who went above and beyond to make sure we were getting the best experience from our time on the course. With the city right on the doorstep, there were plenty of opportunities outside of the course that enriched my education. Even now that I have moved on from Exeter, the support is still there. I loved every moment on this course, and my experience at Exeter College is one I will never forget."

"I worked as a self-employed photographer throughout my degree, and at present I am trying to develop this into my own business. I enjoy the variety that comes with each commission, and having the opportunity to travel around the country. In my spare time, I plan to keep working with rural and farming communities to document the changes in culture and traditions. I also have plans to improve my skills in alternative methods of photography and see where this may take me in the future."

In her time here at Exeter School of Art Nicky was an exceptional student (in fact she was University Level Student of the Year!), creative, dedicated and hard-working, and it looks like nothing has changed! We wish Nicky all the best with her career ahead and hope to see her winning more prizes in the future!

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Nicola Woods in front of some of her photographs

One of Nicola Woods photographs

FDA Graphic Communication student "wins over" top design company

World renowned graphic design company, Design Bridge, set a national student competition for 2016 entitled, "WIN US OVER". Exeter School of Art’s 2nd year FDA Graphic Communication student, Debbie Spencer, did just that. Her concept and design work for an awareness campaign to promote the Save The Children charity was based on the Top Trumps card game. Debbie’s idea was aimed at children in the UK to draw greater attention to the plight of less fortunate children throughout the world (such as Syrian refugees). The Design Bridge judges were clearly impressed with Debbie's entry and awarded her the runner-up prize.

Debbie was told the great news when she was invited to Design Bridge’s prestigious London studios for an interview on 7th July – giving her the opportunity to show more of her portfolio of work – and a guided tour of the premises.

Deb's commented,

"I was so thrilled to receive the news that I had been awarded the runner up prize for the 2016 Design Bridge 'Win Us Over' completion. Since then my life has been quite exciting!

At the beginning of the summer interviewed by the Creative Directors at Design Bridge, London, and meetings with the Design Manager at Save The Children.

One of the advantages of the FDA Graphic Communication course at Exeter School of Art is that we were working in a relatively small group and therefore had a great deal of access to excellent support and advice from the lecturers.

Also we were set several design assignments that were related to national student design competitions (such as the Design Bridge and D&Ad New Blood Awards). Our lecturers were really encouraging and instilled a great sense of belief in our abilities, giving us the confidence to present our work in the design industry. One of the great advantages of entering such design competitions as part of the course is the potential recognition that can be gained at a national level."

The result of Debbie’s Design Bridge visit is that she now has a very promising contact at Taxi, another highly successful design company in Bristol, who include Save The Children amongst their long list of clients. A meeting will now be set up so that Debbie can show her work to Save The Children representatives, with a view to them using her concept.

Debbie with her award

Exeter School of Art at New Designers, London July 2016

The FDA Graphic Communication students’ exhibition at New Designers in London was a resounding success. The prestigious exhibition for emerging design ran from 6th – 9th July at the Business Design Centre in Islington.

Completing 2nd year students, Bobby Plows, Debbie Spencer and Lee Burwood, had clearly worked incredibly hard to design, build and “dress” the stand to an extremely professional standard. Their efforts paid great dividends as there was a constant flow of visitors to the stand, from the design industry as well as other educational institutions. The feedback and comments from visitors about the design, layout and high standard of work were very positive and complimentary.

Many design industry people approached the students with a view to offering them paid design work.

Sky Creative expressed great interest in Bobby’s work and they interviewed him about it on the spot.

Lee’s work was selected as a “Show Highlight” by KTN (Knowledge Transfer Partnership). He was one of only 20 others throughout the whole exhibition to be acknowledged in this way. Also, the Editor of Blueprint magazine really liked Lee’s typographic work and left a message asking Lee to send a copy to them for judging with a view to it featuring in September’s issue.

The Design Manager from Moonpig.com left his business card for the students as he was impressed with their work and was keen to contact them to discuss future design projects.

Representatives from Oakdene Designs, a home and personalised gifting company, paid particular attention to Lily Bedingham’s re-design of the Lush Handmade Cosmetics identity.

Over the four days, the students made many excellent contacts so all their hard work had really paid off. New Designers had given the students the opportunity to showcase their talents for a massive, national audience as well as putting the recently launched Exeter School of Art well and truly on the map.

Please click here to vist the New Designers website.

Bobby Plows with the exhibition

Lee Burwood and his alphabet design

Showcase of student creativity at Summer Art Shows 2016

Student creativity and works of art will come to life at a series of summer art shows open to the public at Exeter College.

The shows will celebrate the creativity, talent and innovation of students across the broad range of art and design courses on offer at the college.

Photography, fine art, sculpture, fashion and textiles, graphics and other discipline areas will be represented, showcasing the huge efforts of the students and dedicated staff.

The shows are taking place at the Yard Gallery, and other locations in the Centre for Creative Industries, Victoria Yard (opposite Central Station), Queen Street, Exeter.

A launch event, entitled the Summer Show Open Evening, is taking place on Thursday 26th May between 6-8pm.

The season of shows start with the Foundation Degree Show (Photography, Graphics and Fine Art) and University of the Arts Foundation Diploma Art and Design show from 6th June to 14th June.

Helen Burak, Exhibition Co-ordinator and Deputy Head of Faculty of Art and Design, said:
"Absolutely not to be missed, another visual feast of truly imaginative, intelligent and inspiring work will be on display, produced by our very talented students many of whom are progressing onto further courses at Exeter College or to some of the very prestigious universities renowned for excellence in the arts.

"We wish our graduating students a very fulfilling and successful future and welcome you to join us in giving them a good send off."

For more information and dates, please visit the Yard Gallery page.

Summer art show invitation

Five Fine Art Specialism students offered places to study at prestigious Art School

Five Fine Art Specialism students at Exeter School of Art, part of Exeter College, have been offered places to study at a world famous arts college in London.

The five have all gained offers to go to Central St Martins in London, a world-class art and design college which is part of the University of the Arts London. Alumni of Central St Martins include artists and designers who have gone on to win the Turner Prize, the Oscars, as well as a number of Royal Designers for Industry and Royal Academicians.

The students who offered places at Central St Martins are all currently studying the Diploma in Art & Design (Fine Art Specialism) - Foundation Studies, validated by the University of the Arts London.

They are:

  • George Prew;
  • Claudia Etherington;
  • Isobel Jobbins;
  • Troy Harris;
  • Daisy Morey.

Nigel Watts, Head of the Faculty of Art and Design and the Exeter School of Art, said: "We have an excellent relationship with the University of the Arts London, of which St Martins is part.

"I would like to congratulate these students for their achievement. I am sure this is the start of a very exciting journey for them all."

The Exeter School of Art, which is part of Exeter College, provides outstanding education in the arts and design. As well as the Diploma in Art & Design, the School offers Two Year Foundation Degree courses in Fine Art; Graphic Communication; Photography and Digital Arts.

There are still places available for entry for September 2016. For more information, please contact visualarts@exe-coll.ac.uk or phone 01392 400500.

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Exeter School of Art Launched

In an exciting development for the city, Exeter College has recently launched the new Exeter School of Art – reviving more than 150 years of tradition.

Since 1854 there has been a strong history of art and design education in Exeter. Sited in Queen Street, very close to where the original Art School was established all those years ago, Exeter College has worked with partners to bring Exeter School of Art back to the cultural heart of the city.

The launch of the new Exeter School of Art was celebrated at a recent event held at Exeter College’s Centre for the Creative Industries and saw the unveiling of a new identity for the School. The branding was created and designed by two former Exeter College students Robert Boyd and Jimmy Ginn who worked on the project while at the College last year as part of their University level course.

The launch event was attended by Professor Dafydd Moore, Executive Dean of Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Plymouth University, Ross Anderson, Acting Director, University of the Arts Awarding Body, members of the Senior Leadership Team from Exeter College, Governors, Staff, current and former students and many others from the wider art and design community in Exeter.

Richard Atkins CBE, Principal of Exeter College, said: “I am delighted that Exeter College has launched the new Exeter School of Art, which celebrates our links with Plymouth University through our Foundation Degree partnership and the University of the Arts London, and brings back more than 150 years of creative heritage. We are very proud to be able to play our part in developing further the artistic and cultural life of the city and our community.”

Professor Dafydd Moore, Executive Dean of Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Plymouth University, said: “It was great to be a part of this important event in the life of the College. The Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Plymouth University is very proud both to trace its roots back to 1854 and the Exeter College of Art and Design, and also of our continued involvement in Arts education in Exeter in partnership with Exeter College. The reassertion of that heritage and tradition in the shape of Exeter School of Art opens an exciting new chapter in the cultural and educational life of the city.”

Ross Anderson, Acting Director, University of the Arts Awarding Body, said: “I was delighted to be asked to speak at the launch of the Exeter School of Art on behalf of the University of the Arts London (UAL)

“It's an extremely exciting initiative and hugely positive for the arts in Exeter. Exeter College - and now Exeter School of Art - are a fantastic partner for UAL and we value the relationship hugely.”

The Exeter School of Art will be located within the Faculty of Art and Design at Exeter College. The School of Art will be an integral part of the existing dynamic faculty and will be the home for Art and Design University Level provision and the UAL Foundation Diploma in Art & Design. We will also continue to work with partners across a wider artistic community within Exeter and the South West, with Plymouth University and with the University of the Arts London, Awarding Body.

Nigel Watts, Head of the Faculty of Art and Design at Exeter College, said: "This is a very exciting time for us. We hope that the launch of the new School of Art will build on the growing sense of pride within Exeter in which creativity and art is flourishing. We have some very exciting plans for the next few years taking the new School of Art forward. I would like to thank our former students Robert Boyd and Jimmy Ginn for their fantastic work in producing the dynamic branding for the Exeter School of Art."

As part of the launch event we were delighted to show works by Ruth Carpenter, Volkhardt Muller and Peter Randall-Page.

The Exeter School of Art has lots of exciting courses on offer to potential students and there is still time to apply for September 2016.

The courses include two year University Level courses in Fine Art, Graphic Communication and Photography and Digital Arts, as well as a one year Foundation Diploma in Art & Design.

To find out more about studying at the new Exeter School of Art, please contact: Exeter School of Art, Centre for the Creative Industries, Exeter College, Queen Street Exeter, EX4 3SR, telephone 01392400500, or email visualarts@exe-coll.ac.uk

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