Programme Director: Kate McLean

This year we are sharing work completed by the first cohort of Stage 1 students.

Just as UV is energy-efficient, environmentally clean and the units are compact in size, so is the new BA (Hons) in Graphic Design; sharing design studio spaces with architects and spatial interior designers, creating work that re-uses, re-purposes and re-cycles and totalling just 15 student visual communicators.

It is both exciting and hard being the first cohort of a degree and requires concessions, compromise, and tolerance. We have discovered we work well together as a ‘design studio’ sharing our space and ideas (but never our lunch).  

The briefs have been numerous and the visuals on view demonstrate almost the full range. Students have designed logotypes, logomarks and signage, a photographic triptych about light and shadow, photography-inspired book covers, a celebrity charity fund raiser catalogue, hand-made books about the spaces and places of Canterbury, digital posters for design documentaries, explainer animations and typographic interpretations of an object in the local gallery, the Beaney House of Art and Knowledge.  

The work here can also be seen in conjunction with the research and prototypes in the End of Year Show – we look forward to your feedback.


Our congratulations to these amazing first years for their desire to learn and to constantly improve how they communicate visually to convey concepts and ideas through form, colour, scale, rhythm and layers. We look forward to seeing what they can achieve in the future.

It has been a pleasure to work and learn with you first year students, I look forward to the next two years.