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What I wish I’d known about my Degree Show by NUA Alumni

Hear from two Norwich University of the Arts Alumni on their advice on your Degree Show experience.

Written by Denisa Ilie, BA (Hons) Photography, 2013, now a freelance Photographer based in Norwich.

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.

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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.

Norwich University of the Arts Degree Show 2017 logo

Degree Shows 2017

27 June – 5 July

The Degree Shows are an annual event which provide an opportunity for the public to see the work of 600 new graduates. Works on display will include paintings and illustrations, fashion garments and textile patterns, architectural drawings and models, sculptures, photographs, short films and animations, portfolios of graphic design work and video game demos. Work will be on sale throughout the exhibition with multiples, prints and editions available to buy in the shop, ‘Unexpected Item in the Bagging Area’.

Find out more about Degree Shows →

Denisa Ilie, Norwich University of the Arts Photography graduate

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“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.”

Denisa Ilie
BA (Hons) Photography, 2013.

Written by Billy Thorpe, BA (Hons) Graphic Communication, 2010, now a Graphic Designer in London.

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.

Denisa Ilie, Norwich University of the Arts Photography graduate

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.

Billy Thorpe Make It Touch it See It Degree Show work

– Work by Billy Thorpe

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