Lots of action going on in this elaborate illustration -- a detailed work by Martin Tomsky, who just graduated the illustration course at Camberwell College of Arts.

London Grads 2008 Pt 2: Be Playful!

Last week, we gave you a glimpse of London’s graduate exhibitions in June. Here is our second part with tons of eye candy from the shows by Camberwell College, London College of Communication, Royal College of Art and New Blood! If you are seriously considering studying in London, we hope this will give you some ideas on what it’s like… Enjoy!

Written by Chiemi
Translated by Natsumi

Camberwell College of Arts

Camberwell College of Arts situated slightly off the centre of London is another college constituting the University of the Arts London, as were Saint Martins and Chelsea College that we introduced to you before. Since many of the students apparently live in rented accommodations nearby, you can make out the college’s close connections with the local community.


The venue, Peckham Rd. site of Camberwell College…

… crowded with visitors and graduates in the room of the illustration course.

When we visited on the private view day, the venue was bustling with graduates and visitors! And it was the Illustration Course that is presently attracting the most of the buzz – and had a particularly striking display of works. See for yourself how much the students are enjoying to be playful in the creation:


A source of joy: the collection of Jenny Hobson’s drawings left people smiling.

And a sexy object by Japanese student, Naoko Taketomi.

Interesting illustration on a shirt as embroidery.

A huge doll hanging from the ceiling — it lifted the atmosphere of the room.
The portraits by Stephanie Haddow could be used for some magazines straight away!

One of our favourite! A humorous illustration by Camilla Katharine Easton.

To stir our imagination: Alice Marie Knowelden’s piece with no head.

Snap! Fancy dressed graduates happily walking around in the site. Congrats, guys!

Looks like some music festival, but it’s just in front of a pub after the private view!

London College of Communication

London College of Communication near Elephant and Castle Station is also one of the six constituent colleges of University of the Arts London. Previously known as London College of Printing (LCP), its new name might not be familiar to many people yet. And as the name suggests, this institution is renowned for its in-depth lessons on perspectives of communication and the ways of conveying images by leading creators.


We enter the site…

… eager to see the show. It went on for three weeks.

The show by the Graphic and Media Design Course was held in the main college building. As soon as we got off the tube, the sight of students ardently taking photos in the passageway brought smiles to our faces. However, as you can tell from the men’s underpants hanging from the ceiling greeting the visitors, the show had a playful approach as that of Camberwell College!


Art on several levels — visitors need to look up not to miss any of the exhibits.

Horse trophies as colourful handmade decorations by Alexander Smith.

So well made! Sorry to miss their faces! By Emma Swinhoe.

A little creature by Emily Woodard.

Kids would love to get their hands on them! Made by Seif Alhasani.

Standing out: an eye catcher by Jon Stace.
Smiling people shot – with headshots by Hye-Sun Kira Chang.

Matryoshka dolls as monster objects by Freya Harrison.

Nifty idea! Paper typography by Elin Svensson.

Simply beautiful! Poster by Louise Matell.

Simple and great! Linnea Mahlen’s pink ice cream is even dripping on the bench.

Royal College of Art

You surely must be a little bit familiar with the Royal College of Art (RCA) since we featured them so many times already, such as Platform 11 by Design Products Course students. RCA is considered to be the pinnacle of British art colleges, and naturally we were pretty excited to see their summer show!

Showtime – not to miss! The entrance under the ‘H’ letter is very busy with people lining up to get in.

Apparently, tickets for the private view day are hard to get and there were several kids looking for folks who would be willing to give away theirs. However, somehow we managed to find our way inside only to stand in a place which had more the spectacular atmosphere of a Hollywood blockbuster premiere with a dazzling collection of works! As tutor Noam Toran had mentioned to us before, most of the students are either graduates of another institution or have actual work experiences in the industry so the level of perfection meets (and sometimes overtakes) professional standards. To our disappointment we can’t show you some magic today since photography of the works displayed was strictly prohibited (according to a rumour, it was to prevent plagiarism…) However, here are some pics we managed to take by kind courtesy of the students that will give you an idea of the buzz.


Busy venue full of friends, family and people from the industries.

Let’s see how it works! Check your pride of being Greek with this “Dr. Zorbas” made by Dr. Zorbas. How nice that at the private view you can talk to the students directly.

Simply beautiful! The Fastest Light in the World II is made by Freddie Yauner.

How would the kids do it: Dash Macdonald’s “Imagine Being a World Leader” was quite an inspiration!

Do you remember his from our piece on Platform 11? This is the upgraded version of Marc Owens’s Avator Machine.

The RCA book containing graduate works, descriptions, contact addresses and websites was selling like freshly baked cake.

Appendix: “New Blood,” a Forum for Students and Professionals

This year, more than 150 colleges participated in New Blood organised by D&AD. At this event, each college holds a small booth to display their works so it’s not an ordinary graduate exhibition but a two-day event offering a chance for students and industry professionals to get in touch.


Earls Court in south west London where New Blood was hosted. © Christine Donnier-Valentin

Constantly packed with creatives. © Christine Donnier-Valentin

The booth by Kingston University, where its Illustration Course was pretty popular.

The proudly posted mark of “Best New Blood.”

During this event, students had a rare opportunity to show their works to leading industry professionals and ask for their valuable advice. Of course, it’s possible to research the companies suited to yourself and make an approach. Conversely, industry insiders can look around the booths carefully and chat with students to discover talented future creators — making this an extremely beneficial event for both sides.


Industry professionals look seriously at students’ works. © Christine Donnier-Valentin

No doubt it’s a valuable opportunity for both sides! © Christine Donnier-Valentin

Incidentally, the Illustration Course at the Kingston University, the Design for Moving Image Course at the Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication and all courses of the Buckinghamshire New University were highly reputed.
New Blood will be hosted annually so don’t miss next year if you’re in town!


The graphic department of the Edinburgh College of Art appealed with paper hats that looked like Kabuto (samurai helmets.)

A display entitled “100% Graphic Design Solution,” with a selection of can-badges in the centre.

The neon sign in front of the booth of the University College for the Creative Arts at Epson jumps to the eye.

Sweet works by the students of the Arts Institute at Bounemouth — ready to be sold at any time.
A collage work by Adam Newton, a student of the Illustration Course at the Kingston University.

Can you read the hidden characters? A work by Eugen Pua of Lasalle.

A typography work using elastic bands by Edward Nugent, a Graphic Design Course student at the South East Essex College.

Congratulations to everyone who graduated this year! Beloved readers, we hope that your own graduate exhibition had an equally happy atmosphere as that of these London shows. Now, do check out the graduate shows by your local colleges too!

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