The 2016 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.

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You can also read our top 10 round-up of this year’s upcoming degree shows here.



15-19 June. Candid Arts Trust, Torrens Street, London EC1V 1NQ.

The show features work from graduates studying Graphic Design BA(Hons). Other shows for illustration, animation, interior and furniture design run throughout June and July.


17-20 June. Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London E1 6QL.

The Goldsmiths design show promises to “explore territories we know are not understood”.

London College of Communication

17-25 June. London College of Communication, Elephant & Castle, London SE1 6SB.

LCC will present undergraduate work spanning graphic design, animation, illustration, photography, film, games, sound arts and spatial design.

The Cass

10-18 June (part 1) and 24 June-2 July (part 2). Central House, 59-63 Whitechapel High Street, London E1 7PF.

Part 1 of the Cass show will display work across fashion, fine art, furniture, graphic design and illustration, interior design, jewellery and textile design, and part two will present architecture, spatial planning and urban design.


15-17 June. 6 Penrose Way, Greenwich Peninsula, London SE10 0EW.

Ravensbourne’s Degree Show features work from more than 15 creative disciplines.


16-19 June. Bargehouse and gallery at Oxo, Bargehouse Street, London SE1 9PH.

Brunel’s show is run by Made in Brunel, a “student led collaborative platform focused on showcasing good design from Brunel”.

Chelsea College of Art

17-25 June. Chelsea College of Arts, 16 John Islip Street, London SW1P 4JU.

The undergraduate show will feature work from courses including graphic design, interior design, textile design and fine art.

Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design

22-26 June. Central Saint Martins, Granary Building, 1 Granary Square, King’s Cross, London N1C 4AA.

CSM’s show will feature work across product, fashion and graphic design, and jewellery and textiles.

Royal College of Art

23 June-3 July. Two destinations: Royal College of Art Kensington, Kensington Gore, London SW7 2EU. Royal College of Art Battersea, 15-25 Howie Street, Sculpture Building, London SW11 4AS.

The RCA’s graduate shows take place simultaneously across the college’s two sites. Architecture, animation, interior and product design will be at the Kensington campus, while ceramics, jewellery and metal will be at the Battersea campus.

The South East

University of Brighton

4-12 June. Grand Parade Building, University of Brighton, Brighton and Hove BN2 9TS.

Brighton’s show will present work across art, design, architecture, media and critical historical courses.

Sussex Coast College Hastings

11-18 June. Observer BLD, First Floor, 53 Cambridge Road, Hastings, East Sussex TN34 1DT.

The degree show will feature work from the Fine Art Practice and Designer Maker courses.


Winchester School of Art

11-18 June. Winchester School of Art, Park Avenue, Winchester, SO23 8DL.

Winchester’s show features work spanning fashion and textile design, graphic arts and fine arts.

The West and Wales

Bournemouth University

17-20 June. Bournemouth University, Fern Barrow, Poole, Dorset, BH12 5BB.

Bournemouth’s Festival of Design & Technology fill feature the work of final year students across disciplines including design, engineering and creative technology.

Arts University Bournemouth

17-24 June. Arts University Bournemouth, Wallisdown, Poole, Dorset BH12 5HH.

Bath Spa University

11-19 June. Sion Hill Campus, Sion Road, Bath, Bath and North East Somerset BA1 5SF.

The Bath Spa graduate show features work across creative arts, fashion design, graphic communications, textiles and interiors.

Plymouth University

11-23 June. Peninsula Arts Gallery, Roland Levinsky Building, Scott Building and the Royal William Yard: Mills Bakery.

Plymouth’s Hot 16 show will feature work from disciplines including 3D design, fine art, illustration, animation, digital design and architecture.

The Midlands

Loughborough University

14-12 June. School of the Arts, English and Drama, Loughborough University, Epinal Way, Loughborough, Leicestershire LE11 3TU.

Loughborough will feature work from disciplines including textiles, 3D design, graphic design and illustration and fine art.

Leicester De Montfort University

18-23 June. De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester LE1 9BH.

De Montfort’s Art and Design Graduate show features work across architecture, fine art, interior design, product design and textile design.

Birmingham City University 

11-18 June. The Parkside Building, City Centre Campus, Curzon Street, Birmingham B4 7XG.

BCU’s School of Architecture and Design Graduate show is part of the wider Inspired Festival, which showcases the university’s graduate work and runs throughout June and July.

The North West

The University of Central Lancashire

11-17 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

11-22 June. Manchester School of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University, Cavendish Street, Manchester M15 6BR.

Work from courses including fine art, architecture, illustration, animation, interior design and graphic design will be included.

Yorkshire and the North East

Sheffield Hallam University

10-24 June. Various venues, Sheffield Hallam University, City Campus, Howard Street, Sheffield S1 1WB.

Sheffield Hallam says its exhibition is “one of the biggest student exhibitions in the North”, and will span design, fine art, illustration, photography, film, product design and journalism.

Leeds University 

15-24 June. School of Design, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT.

The Leeds show, named Kapow, will feature work including graphic, fashion design, art and textile design.

Northumbria University

15-24 June. Northumbria University, Various Locations, City Campus, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8ST.

Northumbria’s Reveal graduate show will showcase work spanning disciplines including animation, architecture, fashion design, fine art, graphic design, 3D design, interior design and design for industry.

Leeds College of Art

11-16 June. Blenheim Walk, Leeds LS2 9AQ, and Vernon Street, Leeds LS2 8PH.

The exhibition, named Made Here, will look at animation, graphic design, illustration and fine art at Bleinheim Walk, and visual arts at Vernon Street.

Scotland and Northern Ireland

Belfast School of Art

3-11 June. University of Ulster, Belfast Campus, York Street, Belfast, Co. Antrim BT15 1ED.

The show will feature work spanning fine art, animation, graphic design, illustration, photography and textiles.

Glasgow School of Art

18-25 June. Reid Building and Bourdon Building, Renfrew Street, Glasgow G3 6RQ.

The show will feature work across architecture, design and fine art.

Collection shows 

D&AD New Blood Festival and Exhibition

6-7 July. Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London E1 6QR.

The first ever D&AD New Blood Festival hopes to “bring together students and industry professionals”, and showcases student work from courses from all over the UK. See the full line-up here:

Free Range

10 June-18 July. Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London E1 6QR.

Free Range aims to “provide new creative graduates with the opportunity to showcase their work on an international level”. Started 15 years ago, it aims to be a “launch pad” for young creatives to present work to industry figures and the public. Work will span disciplines such as fashion, art, graphics, photography and interior design.

New Designers  

Part 1: 29 June-2 July. Part 2: 6-9 July. Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, London, N1 0QH.

New Designers is set to showcase work from graduates nationwide, with Part 1 focused on jewellery, craft, textiles and fashion, and Part 2 on furniture, product, spatial and industrial design.

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

Also read our top 10 round-up of this year’s upcoming degree shows.

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