The 2015 Design Week graduate show guide


Thinking of visiting your local graduate design shows this summer? Check out our comprehensive guide to this year’s exhibitions.

New identity for Kingston's Art & Design campus, by TEMPLO
New identity for Kingston’s Art & Design campus, by TEMPLO



Until 5 June. Knights Park campus, Grange Road, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT1 2QJ

The show features work from graduates at the Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture.


6-8 June. Old Truman Brewery, Ely’s Yard (F Block G4), 91 Brick Lane, E1 6QL London

The Goldsmiths design show promises “design practice which acknowledges, engages with, enjoys and acts upon the complexity of the world”.

London College of Communications

4-27 June. Elephant & Castle, London SE1 6SB

LCC promises “a diverse range of work on show, including photography, sound arts, graphic design, animation, illustration, games and film.”

The Cass

12-20 June (part 1) and 26 June-4 July (part 2). The Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture & Design, London Metropolitan University, Central House, 59-63 Whitechapel High Street, London E1 7PF

Part 1 of the Cass show will display work from the Art, Film, Visual Communications and Music Courses and then the Architecture, Interiors and 3D Design courses will take their turn for Summer Show Part 2.


17-19 June. 6 Penrose Way, Greenwich Peninsula, London SE10 0EW

Ravensbourne’s Degree Show features work from courses including Graphic Design, Product Design & Interactions and Web Media.


18-21 June. Brunel University, Kingston Lane, Uxbridge, UB8 3PH

Brunel’s show is run by Made in Brunel, a “student led collaborative platform focused on showcasing good design from Brunel”. The show coincides with launch of the Made in Brunel book; a record of the work from Brunel.

Chelsea College of Art

19-27 June 2015. Chelsea College of Arts, 16 John Islip Street, London

The undergraduate show will feature work from courses including Graphic Design Communication, Interior Design and Textile Design. The postgraduate show will follow in September.

Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design

25-28 June. Granary Building, 1 Granary Square, King’s Cross, London N1C 4AA

CSM Show Two will cover courses including Product, Ceramic & Industrial Design, Graphic Communication Design and Spatial Practices.

Royal College of Art

25 June-5 July. Show Battersea: Howie Street, London SW11 4AS. Show Kensington: Kensington Gore, London SW7 2EU

The RCA’s graduate shows take place simultaneously across the college’s two sites. Architecture and interior design will be at the Battersea campus, while the School of Communication, School of Design and School of Materials will be at the Kensington campus.

End of year publication by Norwich University of the Arts
End of year publication by Norwich University of the Arts

The South East

University of Portsmouth

Until 5 June. University of Portsmouth, Eldon Building, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth Hampshire PO1 2DJ

Work from the Graphic Design and Illustration courses features as part of Portsmouth’s wider degree show.

University of Brighton

6-14 June. Grand Parade Bldg, University of Brighton Brighton, The City of Brighton and Hove BN2 9TS

For the Made It show, the university says: “For nine days this summer the entire Grand Parade campus will be open to the public – a huge gallery showing a wide range of work by students from art, design and architecture courses.”

Sussex Coast College Hastings

13-17 June. Hastings Arts Forum (visual communication design / contemporary craft) 36 Marina, St. Leonards-on-Sea TN38 0BU

The SEE degree show will feature work from the Visual Communication Design and Contemporary Craft Practice courses.

Arts University Bournemouth

From 18 June. AUB University House, Wallisdown, BH12 5HH

The AUB Graphic Design degree show is titled 990 days, which the students say “is the number of days from day we started at AUB to the day we graduate”.

Winchester School of Art

18-21 June. Winchester School of Art, Park Avenue, Winchester, SO23 8DL

Winchester’s show features work from the Graphic Arts and Fashion and Textile courses, among others.

Norwich University of the Arts

1-7 July. Francis House, 3-7 Redwell Street, Norwich NR2 4SN

The university says: “Works on display will include paintings and illustrations, fashion garments and textile patterns, architectural drawings and models, sculptures, photographs, short films and animations, portfolios of graphic design work and video game demos.”

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Falmouth Degree Shows website

The West and Wales

Cardiff School of Art & Design

Until 5 June. Cardiff Metropolitan University, Western Avenue, Cardiff CF5 2YB

The CSAD Summer Show features work from courses including Graphic Communication and Product Design.

Falmouth University

5-8 June. Woodlane, Falmouth, Cornwall TR11 4RH

Falmouth’s School of Communication Design show will feature work from Creative Advertising and Graphic Design courses, among others.

University of the West of England

5-10 June. Bower Ashton Campus, Kennel Lodge Road, off Clanage Road, Bower Ashton, Bristol BS3 2JT

UWE says its Creative Industries Degree Show will “showcase the outstanding work of more than 500 new graduates from undergraduate and postgraduate art, design, filmmaking and media courses”.

Bath Spa University

6-14 June. Sion Hill Campus Sion Rd, Bath, Bath and North East Somerset BA1 5SF

The Bath Spa graduate show features work from the Graphic Communication course, among others.

Plymouth University

12-24 June. Roland Levinsky Building and Scott Building at Plymouth University and Mills Bakery and Slaughter House at Royal William Yard

Plymouth’s Hot 15 show will feature work from courses including 3D Design, Illustration and Graphic Communication with Typography.

Bournemouth University

19-22 June. Bournemouth University, Fern Barrow, Poole, Dorset, BH12 5BB

Bournemouth University’s Festival of Design and Technology will showcase work and feature guest lectures and an open exhibition complete with a treasure trail competition.

Inspired festival at Birmingham City University
Inspired festival at Birmingham City University

The Midlands

Nottingham Trent University

29 May- 6 June. Nottingham Trent University, Burton Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU 

There will be 20 exhibitions in total by nearly 1,200 students from the School of Art & Design, School of Architecture and Design and the Built Environment.

Loughborough University

12-16 June. Loughborough Design School, Loughborough University, Epinal Way, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 3TU

This year for the first time Loughborough is featuring work across all of its undergraduate degrees – Industrial Design & Technology, Product Design & Technology, Design Ergonomics and Ergonomics (Human Factors Design).

Leicester De Montfort University

12-18 June. De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester LE1 9BH

De Montfort’s Art and Design Graduate show features work from courses including Interior Design, Product Design and Design Crafts.

Birmingham City University

15-20 June. Birmingham City University, University House, 15 Bartholomew Row, Birmingham B5 5JU

BCU’s Visual Communication Graduate Show is part of the wider Inspired Festival, which showcases the university’s graduate work and runs throughout June and July.

University of Lincoln

Until 21 June. Brayford Pool, Lincoln, LN6 7TS

The University of Lincon’s end-of-years shows cover courses including Interactive Design, Graphic Design, Design for Exhibitions & Museums and Interior Architecture & Design.

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The North West

Liverpool John Moores University

Until 12 June. John Lennon Art and Design Building, Duckinfield Street, Liverpool L3 5RD

Students studying Architecture, Fashion, Fine Art, Graphic Design and Illustration, Popular Music Studies and Spatial Design will be showing work across five different floors.

The University of Central Lancashire

13-20 June. University of Central Lancashire, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 2HE

The Uclan degree show will feature work from the Architecture, Design and Fashion and Fine Art courses.

Manchester School of Art

13-24 June. Manchester School of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University, Cavendish Street, Manchester M15 6BR

Work from courses including Graphic Design and Interior Design will be on show at the exhibition. Students will also be showcasing their work on the MSA website.

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Yorkshire and the North East

Sheffield Hallam University

13-26 June. Various venues, Sheffield Hallam University

Sheffield Hallam says its exhibition will show work by “artists, makers, designers, photographers and filmmakers”.

Leeds University 

15-20 June. School of Design, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT

The Leeds show will feature work including graphics, fashion, textiles, knit, weave,  sculpture, painting, moving image, sound-art, photography, print and drawing.

Northumbria University

16-27 June. Northumbria University, Various Locations, City Campus, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8ST

Northumbria’s Reveal graduate show will showcase work from the Graphic Design, Interior Design and Design for Industry courses, among others.

Leeds College of Art

Until 18 June. Blenheim Walk Leeds LS2 9AQ and Vernon Street Leeds LS2 8PH

The College says: “Our buildings will be transformed into large scale exhibition spaces and you can even purchase prints and artwork at ‘The Art Market’.”


Scotland and Northern Ireland

Edinburgh College of Art and Design

Until 7 June. Edinburgh College of Art, 74 Lauriston Place, Edinburgh

ECA says its show will “display the work of 435 emerging creative talents from the Schools of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, Art and Design”.

Belfast School of Art

8-15 June 2015. York Street, Belfast, BT15 1ED

The show will feature work by students from the Belfast School of Art and the Belfast School of Architecture.

Glasgow School of Art

13-20 June. Reid Building, Renfrew Street, Glasgow G3 6RQ

The show will feature work from courses including Communication Design, Interior Design and Product Design.

If you’d like to add your graduate show to the listings, please email with details.

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