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Creative Talents on Show During University Exhibition

Some of the finest creative talents in Hastings will showcase their work during the final year degree show at Sussex Coast College Hastings’ Station Plaza campus next week.

Degree and Diploma students studying Art and Design at the college have been busy designing, preparing and curating their artwork for the four day exhibition.

Now in its 40th year, the Degree and Diploma show is a highly anticipated event in the Hastings arts calendar, and in the past, has featured work from students who have gone on to win international design awards such as D&AD, YCN, AOI, V&A and Pewter Live; and begin their careers with international companies such as Mother, Coley Porter Bell, Conran, Saatchi & Saatchi, and the Mill.

Taking place at the Station Plaza campus, the show will also give visitors an exclusive glimpse at the developing space on the fifth floor, which will be home to the new University Centre Hastings.

Ashley Hemingway the BA (Hons) Designer Maker Subject Leader believes that the degree and diploma show gives students a great platform to start their careers in the industry.

“The degree show is a celebration of the last three years, or six years for our part time students, to show off all of their hard work. They are able to put their knowledge, skills and experience that they have developed throughout the course, into action and put on a four day exhibition.”

“It has always been an exciting finale to the degree course, with everyone producing phenomenal work in something that they are passionate about, whether it is in creating stunning jewellery, producing magnificent paintings, designing and branding product packaging, capturing breathtaking imagery, animating cartoons or illustrating children’s books.”

“The show is a great springboard into the industry for many of our students. They have chosen to study with us, because, as lecturers, we’re able to offer more contact time and have more in-depth workshops and seminars with our students to encourage them to present ideas and critique their work.”

“Our courses are validated by the University of Brighton which means that students studying with us will not only get an enriching and rewarding experience, but also get a degree from the University. All of the elements of our degrees mean that students get fantastic value for money. We teach, as well as lecture, and we’re all practising artists, makers and designers.”

“We are a very attractive option for mature students too, because we are local and offer great quality. Many mature students study with us because they want a change of career, turning what may have been a hobby or interest, into something they are passionate about and able to make a living from.”

The Degree and Diploma show opens at 6pm on Friday 23rd June and runs Saturday 24th 10am-2pm, Monday 26th and Tuesday 27th 10am-5pm. It is open to all and a fantastic opportunity for friends, family and the local community to come and talk to emerging artists about their work.

There are still a few places left on the Art and Design degree courses starting in September and it isn’t too late to apply. So pop along to find out more, or email.

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