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Degree Shows 2012 to open to the public

Over 400 new creative talents will be unleashed on the real world after graduating from Norwich University of the Arts this summer and the public will get the first chance to view their work from Wednesday at the Degree Shows 2012.

Framed canvas with prices cut out

Studium, by BA Fine Art graduate Andrew Reeve, which has been awarded the Vernon Crowther Prize 2012. Studium comprises found artworks that are sold for the price cut, in written form, from the canvas.

Every year the University College opens the doors of its campus on St Georges Street, Duke Street and Elm Hill to the public to view an exhibition of the final works of its graduating cohort of students. Works on display will include paintings and illustrations, sculptures, photographs, short films and animations, portfolios of graphic design work and video game demos.

As well as being a public celebration of their achievements, the shows offer students graduating with degrees in subjects such as Fine Art, Graphic Design, Photography and Animation an opportunity to showcase their work to a host of employers, buyers and curators travel from all across the country to find the next big talent. Many students will sell their work at the event, while others will receive job offers or commissions.

Repackaging for Old Spice product range

Old Spice by Graphic Design graduate Samantha Kerr, which was the overall winner of the national Design Bridge Student Awards 2012. The judges praised its fresh angle, with great tone and copywriting. Samantha was also a runner up in the same competition for her rebranding and repackaging of Angel Delight.

Professor John Last, Vice-Chancellor of NUA, says: “It is a pleasure and a privilege to share the work of our graduating students with the public and this year’s crop of creatives are putting on an exhibition of impressive breadth and quality. The shows are a celebration of our students’ achievements, but also offer a bridge into the professional arena where many will go on to make their mark.

“We invite the city of Norwich to enjoy and be impressed by the creativity, innovation and ideas of the next generation of artists, designers and media makers.”

The shows commence on Wednesday 27 June and will be open every day from 10am to 4pm (excluding Sunday) until Tuesday 3 July. A late viewing will take place on Thursday 28 June with the campus staying open to the public until 9pm. Campus maps and price lists will be available from a reception desk in The Gallery on St Georges Street.

Framed illustration of birds

Endangered Birds by Illustration graduate Stacey Knights, which has been highlighted by Creative Review magazine as “one of the most striking displays” in the show. Stacey has been nominated for a D&AD Yellow Pencil award this year.

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