This Way Up

Venue: Paintworks Event Space

Join this group of graduate graphic designers to celebrate the skills and talent they've gained through the combination of their studies and experience in the creative industry.

Wednesday 30th June - Thursday 1st July, from 10am to 8pm. Free entry.

‘This way up’ is the showcase of creative talent from students on the BA (Hons) Creative Industries: Graphic Design (Work-based) course at Weston College in association with Bath Spa University.

This new work-based degree course allows students to gain the commercial skills required by the industry for two days per week alongside academic modules in college including Creative Theory and Practice, Practice within the Creative Industries and Creative Freelance Management. The results are featured in this exhibition. It includes work from graduates who are entering the design industry with a unique combination of a BA (Hons) qualification and a wealth of commercial experience, giving a their careers a head start.

The students have all developed as designers in many different ways this year. Amy Goodyer has been involved in every aspect of running a successful design agency at Proctor and Stevenson. Hayley Fortune developed her editorial design skills with BBC Magazines. Tom Nation contributed to a range of successful creative solutions at Hive. Luke Fisher gained all round design and print knowledge at Kolor Skemes. James Bond combined his design skills with animation at Aardman. Lawrence Elliott and Amy Stone joined forces to work on a variety of projects under the freelance banner of ‘Squeeze’. Martin Jakeway, Ross Harrington and Adam Hastings made huge progress in the setting up and running of their design studio in Bristol – Drink Tea Eat Biscuits. Weekly opportunities were facilitated to share these industry experiences among this small group and have been hugely beneficial to all.

The course continues to build positively for next year with a new wave of promising designers whose work you can get a taste of at our Degree Show at Paintworks. If you are interested in collaborating with our students and Weston College or would like to know more information then please contact Vicky Norcross, Course Coordinator, on 01934 411655 or email vicky.norcross@weston.ac.uk.

As these students import their creative talent into the design industry in Bristol and the surrounding area, they will be very grateful to hear from potential employers and clients so please get in touch.