Graphic Design and Animation Graduates 2012

Online portfolio and print on demand catalogs for Graphic Design and Animation graduates from the Department of Design 2012. On this page you will find our conference presentations, and by hovering over the menu groups on the left you can read contextual documents. You are welcome to attend our Grad Show, opening on 29 November 2012 at 6pm, and daily from 30 November to 6 December 9.30am – 4pm.


Within the Graphic Design and Animation pathway of the Department of Design we have a proud history of e-Learning that has provided an important platform for our students. The site you are currently looking at, is part of our third year learning strategy that aims is to expose  soon to graduate Graphic Design and Animation students to as wide an audience as possible as they progress through their last year of study. This site was designed to accelerate the students understanding of professional design contexts and to promote their strengths and abilities both to those inside and outside the department; and of course to you.

The purpose of this site is to provide a public facing space that operates on two distinct tiers for the students’ final and self-initiated projects. The first is to provide a map of their theoretical and reflective practices as designers, the second is as a showcase of their final year projects. The first is reflected in the front page blog entries, the second is in each of the students individual pages. The student pages are organized into specific practices that are separated into Hybrid Practices, Community Engagement, Promotion and Branding, and Information Design.

The  final Studio Project is a course of study drawing theory and practice together in a single paper. It supports critical reflection by the students on their significant studio project, in a manner that reflects the creative life they will encounter in a design studio  outside the degree. Conceptually and culturally framing their ideas, and presenting them to others is a key part of professional life as a designer. The work on display offers an insight into the students working process, ideas, influences and interests.

This site preempts the graduate exhibition at the end of the academic year to which designers, industrialists, the public, friends and family are invited. Over the years, the ‘GradShow’ has attracted much praise from all observers. It is intended that student work will attract the interest of employers and art professionals. The quality of the students Studio Project says a lot about what they are like as a designer or artist, and as a student or a potential employee. In interviews for employment, design graduates are nearly always asked about their final year project; the quality of which often has a determining influence on the employer’s decision, therefore this site operates as a bridge toward the students entry into the professional design arena.

Sue Jowsey
William Bardebes
Lecturers, Graphic Design and Animation