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 learning experience. The site you are currently looking at, is part of our third year learning strategy our aim 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 by us in order 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 that draws together theory and practice into a single paper. The course is designed to support critical reflection on the students significant studio project in a way that is not separate to or different from what they might do to support your practical and creative life in a studio situation outside of 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 here offers an insight into the students working process, ideas, influences and interests.

This site preempts the graduate show exhibition at the end of the academic year to which designers, industrialists, the public, your 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, as a student or as 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
Final Year Lecturers, Graphic Design and Animation