Showcase to reveal tomorrow's UK leading artists and designers

The 2015 Nottingham Trent University Degree Show is open to the public from 29 May to 6 June. The 20 exhibitions collectively form one of the most wide-ranging displays of student art and design in the country.

The 2015 Nottingham Trent University Degree Show is open to the public from 29 May to 6 June. The 20 exhibitions collectively form one of the most wide-ranging displays of student art and design in the country.

Inspiring works produced by almost 1,200 students from the renowned School of Art & Design and School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment will go on display across Nottingham Trent University's City site.

The annual shows repeatedly feature graduating students who go on to claim prizes at some of the most prestigious competitions in the UK including top awards at Graduate Fashion Week, New Designers London, D&AD and Free Range.

Works on show span diverse subject areas - from fine art to fashion, knit and textiles, photography to furniture design, and decorative arts to architecture (please see notes for full list).

Onward career paths for graduates include positions at creative companies and brands on a global scale and across the world - from Burberry to the BBC, Philip Treacy to Alessi, the V&A to Sony, and Dior to Doctor Who. Many set up their own craft and design enterprises and importantly a number stay in the region and contribute to the vibrancy of Nottingham's arts and cultural environment as well as the UK's famous creative industries.

"When you consider that our alumni include artists Dame Laura Knight, Jon Burgerman and Simon Starling, as well as director Jonathan Glazer and All Saints founder Stuart Trevor, it's inspiring to see how far this University's graduating students can go," says Ann Priest, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Art & Design and Built Environment.

"Our degree shows provide a platform for some of the country's most talented students, and they also highlight how creativity in art and applied through design can transform our perception of issues and our experience of the world around us. Art and Design education is at the centre of this.

"People who visit these shows gain an understanding of how our students can change the society we live in. It's a great opportunity to meet them, discuss their work and get a glimpse of the future."

The University is one of few institutions in the UK to be accredited across multiple course areas by the Chartered Society of Designers.

Many of the works on show are the result of industry placements in which students have worked on live projects, creating products destined for the high street, while others are the culmination of several months of intense preparation and academic research.

Events begin with the catwalk shows on 20 and 21 May for Fashion Design and Fashion Knitwear Design students, which will include fashion accessories designed to complement certain collections. Works being unveiled take inspiration from a wide range of areas, including paper dolls; atomic particles; metallic forms; ice structures; the 1970s; ska music culture; living gardens; insects; the military and the barber shop choir.

From the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment will be a range of innovative products and furniture, and interior architecture designs - including a coffee table made from a 100-year-old lock-gate; an innovative acoustic speaker designed for tablet computers; revolutionary packaging solutions and creative project work focused on the reinvention and re-use of old buildings.

These will be followed by an exhibition of design work from architecture students, including final-year project work undertaken in Milan, between 5 and 12 June.

Photography will take the spotlight when the 19th annual Nottingham Trent University photography festival – the Fifth Wall Photography Festival – starts across city venues from 26 May to 6 June.

Work in progress can be followed in the run up to the shows via social media, as the students share photos on Twitter and Instagram via #NTUdegreeshow.

Details about the shows are available on the Degree Show website.

  • Notes for editors

    Press enquiries please contact Helen Breese, Media Relations Manager, on telephone +44 (0)115 848 8751, or via email.

    Preview event, 28 May, 5 pm – 9 pm: This is an opportunity for professionals and representatives across the creative industries to attend an early evening preview event just before the shows open to the public. It will be held at the University's City site. To register for attendance please go to the Degree Show website. Exhibiting students will be on hand throughout the event to meet visitors and talk about their work.

    The work on show includes: Decorative arts, fine art, fashion accessory design, fashion design, fashion knitwear design and knitted textiles, fashion communication and promotion, fashion marketing and branding, costume design and making, theatre design, textile design, photography, design for film and television, graphic design, architecture, architectural technology, interior architecture and design, product design, furniture and product design.

Showcase to reveal tomorrow's UK leading artists and designers

Published on 20 May 2015
  • Category: Press office; Research; School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment; School of Art & Design

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