Blackpool and The Fylde College graduate design students display their creative skills at Winter Gardens show

Published on 07/06/2019 by nmoo

Over 50 students nearing the end of their final year of study at the Creative Arts and Digital Industries department of Blackpool and The Fylde College (B&FC) are showcasing the best of their work at the annual Graduate Exhibition, which takes place in Blackpool from 5 to 11 June.

Entitled ‘Panic’, this exciting show vividly demonstrates the high standard of creative output and skills achieved by students who come from across the North West to study at the B&FC University Centre on Park Road in the heart of Blackpool.

The ‘Panic’ event is taking place at the Winter Gardens, is open daily, and is free to visit from midday on Wednesday 5 June until 4.00 pm on Tuesday 11 June. 

Visitors will see the best examples of fashion, graphic and digital design produced by the final year students and which has been a key part of their studies towards a BA (Hons) degree awarded by B&FC’s partner, Lancaster University. Those whose work is on show will be returning to the Winter Gardens in July for a graduation ceremony at which they will be presented with their degrees.

Work in a variety of mediums is on display during the week-long exhibition and ranges from graphic design to photography, film and fine art. Fashion students will be showing-off some of their amazing creations in a catwalk show that takes place on Thursday, 6 June.

“This exhibition is the pinnacle of what our degree-level students have been working towards during their three years studying here at the Creative Arts and Digital Industries centre,” says Michael Lambourne, Programme Leader on the graphic design course.

“Once again the standard is exceptionally high and all our students, whatever aspect of design they are studying, are to be congratulated on the hard work they have put in and the great results they have achieved. I am confident that they will all go on to rewarding careers in the creative and digital sectors just as so many of our students have done previously.”

The department offers courses covering a variety of subjects that open-up career opportunities as graphic designers, in photography and film, as set designers, in web design, and in illustration and fine art.

One of this year’s exhibitors is Heidi Atkinson, a graphic designer who has already made her mark by winning a coveted international award for her work. Heidi was recently a winner in the ‘Yellow Pencil – New Blood’ category of the annual D&AD* Awards, which are regarded globally as one the most prestigious and difficult to win international awards covering the creative arts.

Ahead of the event graphic design students were able to demonstrate their skills by designing publicity material for the event. They also came up with the name ‘Panic’ based on the shared feeling of panic among all students as they near completion of their degree and showcase their work, with each knowing that this could have a hugely positive impact on their chosen career.