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Things I wish I’d known about my Degree Show

Things I wish I’d known about my Degree Show

Hear from two Norwich University of the Arts graduates on their Degree Show experience.

NUA Degree Shows

Written by Denisa Ilie, BA (Hons) Photography.

What tips would you give this year’s graduating students when it comes to their show?

I’d advise this year’s grads to really think about the work they’re going to include in the degree show. It is the finished product that people see, and not the hard work, sweat and tears that went into making it. Be proud of what you’re showing, and if you’re not sure about it, leave it out. Always choose quality over quantity.

What did you enjoy most about putting together your degree show?

My work in the Degree Show was made out of three framed photographs and I thoroughly enjoyed the selection process. Which images are the best, but also which ones sit better together? I put together a lot of combinations before reaching my decision. But the best thing about it is working together with your peers and creating a show what your whole year is proud of.

What advice would you give on creating a really engaging show?

I think a really engaging show is one that makes its visitors interact with it. I’d think about the experience of the visitors as soon as they enter the show space and how that can be made as interesting as possible.

Any other tips?

The degree show is a massive opportunity for networking. Come armed with business cards, a smile on your face and prepare a pitch to sell yourself to future employers! And of course, enjoy it! It is after all the culmination and celebration of so many years of hard work.

Billy Thorpe

Written by Billy Thorpe, BA (Hons) Graphic Communication.

What tips would you give this year’s grads when it comes to the show?

Be prepared to be more exhausted than you could ever imagine. You’re going to be working until there’s nothing left in the tank…and then you’re gonna work some more.

What did you enjoy most about putting together your degree show?

It was incredibly stressful trying to do a stressful thing, surrounded by people just as stressed as you. However, there was a great sense of relief and accomplishment when it was all done and up on the walls.

What advice would you give on creating a really engaging show?

Think about who is going to be looking at your work – they’ve not seen anything you did before. K.I.S.S. Keep it simple, stupid! What are you best at? Does your part of the show, show this off? Do you stand out from the rest? Remember, no gimmicks, just good work.

Any other tips?

Help your friends and fellow students – everyone needs a hand or a favour while you’re putting up your show.

portrait photo of alum Denisa Ilie looking off screen with long hair and rolled sleeve top

Denisa Ilie

"From cameras and computers to software and printers, everything we needed was there to facilitate a professional approach to our projects."