Thursday, 7 July 2016

University of Wolverhampton 96% Employability

Students at the University of Wolverhampton are among the most employable in the UK after a new report revealed more than ever are going into jobs or further study. The Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Survey is a national annual survey of everyone who has recently graduated from university or HE college.

Each year universities, on behalf of the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), contact graduates six months after they have completed their studies to find out their employment status.

Overall, 96 per cent of students who graduated from the University of Wolverhampton in 2015 were in work or further study six months after they had left – impressively positioning the University in the UK and outperforming the UK average for all universities - This is a record high for Wolverhampton.

To find out more about employability at the University of Wolverhampton visit here

Monday, 27 June 2016

Congratulations to Daniel Unger

Many congratulations to Daniel Unger, who has been selected as one of the winners of the Mander Centre's City of Secrets competition. MA student, Daniel's designs will be used during the redevelopment work within the Mander Centre.
To see more of his designs visit here

Looking Forward to New Designers

New Designers Showreel from New Designers on Vimeo.

Visual Communication staff and students are busy preparing for New Designers, which is taking place at the Business Design Centre London, 6-9 July. New Designers is consistently the UK's most important exhibition of emerging design, showcasing the talent of 3,000 artists and designers and providing an essential conduit to UK creative industries.

Come visit and support Visual Communication students and staff at stand VC3

Thursday, 16 June 2016

Museum of Witchcraft posters week 2

The second poster design by Visual Communication students to be showcased by the Museum of Witchcraft in Boscastle, Cornwall is by Mary Philips. Over the next seven weeks, visitors to the Museum and their blog will be asked to vote for their favourite design and the winning poster will go in to production and be sold in the Museum shop.
Congratulations Mary

Thursday, 9 June 2016

Level 4 Museum of Witchcraft posters go live

Encouraged by the research interests of Visual Communication Senior Lecturer, Dr Louise Fenton, Level 4 illustration students have created a series of posters for the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic in Boscastle, Cornwall. 

These designs are going on display over the summer and will be featured on the Museum's blog over the next 8 weeks. The first design to be showcased is by Ricky Bruce. Over the next eight weeks, visitors to the Museum and their blog will be asked to vote for their favourite design and the winning poster will go in to production and be sold in the Museum shop.

Congratulations Ricky.

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Marie Muzhuzha - Artfest design success

Marie Muzhuzha, final year graphics student, decided to enter the competition to design the main Artsfest logo as part of her current degree. Marie has been praised for her winning entry, a design that is currently being seen by thousands.

Out of 16 original designs, Marie chose one depicting a female figure with a myriad of creative ideas escaping from her mind.

The design was inspired by collage and montage pieces with every symbol connecting and influencing another.

The artwork, which has been used as the main design for the Artsfest event has been printed on thousands of flyers, posters, banners, t-shirts and used within other media outlets.

Marie said: 

“I am so honoured that my design was chosen, I worked really hard and it is a great feeling to know that all of that hard work paid off.

“For the past few months I realised in order to excel within the industry, I am going to have to dedicate the majority of my time to it. It is not a 9 to 5 for me; it is more of a lifestyle.

“It might sound cliché but hard work definitely pays off! Dreams really don't work unless you do.”

Marie’s main hope for the future is to be independently successful within the design industry, with her next step being, to continue with further education.

Marie plans to study an MA in creative management whilst also running a freelance business alongside it.

Congratulations Marie

Thursday, 2 June 2016

Countdown to Visual Communications degree show

The 2016 Visual Communications degree show is part of The second University of Wolverhampton Artsfest festival  and celebrates the creative and cultural life of our region, highlighting the huge impact that the arts make in our everyday lives. 

The degree show begins on June 11 and runs until 23 June (10am-4pm Weekdays, 11am-4pm Saturdays)

Each year students celebrate their time at the University by showcasing their work to local schools, colleges, businesses and the wider public. This year Visual Communication students will also be exhibiting in the Bessant Gallery where work conveying a range of responses and interpretations to the theme of the kiss will be on display.

The School has exhibited over 8,000 students' work since opening its doors at the first degree show in 1969, and features some of the brightest new artists and designers in the country.

Entrance is free

For more information about the degree show and Artsfest look here

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Penguin Random House design awards - Lisa Wilson

Many congratulations to Lisa Wilson final year Visual Communications student who has been shortlisted for this years Penguin Random House design awards. Lisa's design, highlighting her passion for paper cuts, is for Wolverhampton born journalist and author Caitlin Moran's How to be A Woman

This is the second year running that Visual Communications students have achieved success in the Penguin Random House Design Awards - last years winner of the children cover award was Lucie Williams with her work for Carries War

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Daniel Unger - Student success

The Mander Shopping Centre in Wolverhampton is currently being redeveloped to introduce a fresh 21st century aesthetic. The Centre is commissioning four artists to create site specific work on a selection of hoardings acting as barriers between corridors and building work. The theme of the work is 'City of Secrets' a concept which visually portrays a little know event, movement, or aspect of the forgotten culture or history of the city. This competition has been open to MA students and graduates from the Faculty of Arts.

Daniel Unger, current Visual Communications MA student has been shortlisted - congratulations Daniel.

"As a German in Wolverhampton, my experience of the city differs from those who have been living here for years. Combined with my love for the surreal and abstract I perceive Wolverhampton differently. Colours, shapes, people, buildings, they all look quiet different in my 'reality'. I live in a 'secret version' of Wolverhampton that no one else sees - A colourful and expressionist version of the hidden Wolverhampton, 'City of Secrets'. The idea is to capture 9 different scenes, depicting seemingly ordinary life in and around the city in a way that an artistic mind perceives it." says Daniel

Friday, 6 May 2016

Just have to Share - Geometric Pop-Up Book By Tauba Auerbach

Tauba Auerbach and Printed Matter have published [2,3] a large-scale book mixing children’s pop-up and sculptural object. The project folds into its sleeve and contains six separate paper sculptures that spring to life when opened. Director Sam Fleischner filmed the project’s unboxing.