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Worcester Art Students Host Impressive Final Year Degree Show

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Final year students at the University of Worcester presented an impressive display of art work at the annual art and design Degree Show last week.

Graduates from Worcester’s art, design and media courses, including Animation, Illustration, Graphic Design & Multimedia, Creative Digital Media, Digital Film Production and Fine Art, exhibited their work at the University’s City Campus and Garage Studios, and were joined at the private viewing by some 500 visitors including their families, friends and industry professionals.

The Worcester Degree Show 2014 was the largest and most ambitious to date, with 150 students showcasing creative, inspirational and progressive work.  

At the private viewing, the high standard of student work was recognised by awards and prizes from Worcestershire County Council, The Elmley Foundation, The Duckworth Worcestershire Trust, Worcester Arts Partnership, Boffy Arts and Frances Lincoln Publishers.

Ashley Handley, a Graphic Design & Multimedia graduate, who received the Worcestershire County Council Design Award, said: “I honestly couldn’t believe that I had won an award. My school teachers doubted that I could achieve things in life. Thanks to my hard work and this award, I have proved them wrong and I’m very excited about my future.

“I am very proud to be graduating from the University of Worcester. The support from all my lecturers has been second to none. I have made some life-long friends at Worcester and have happy memories that I will never forget.”

A number of the students were also offered opportunities to undertake commissions and work placements and support to set up their own businesses.

Other talented art and design graduates this year have been successful in winning national and international competitions, as well as in securing places for postgraduate study at prestigious art schools.

Maureen Gamble, Head of Art, Design & Creative Digital Media in the University’s Institute of Humanities & Creative Arts, said: “I am delighted with the student aspiration and high standard of this year’s exhibition. It’s fantastic that the achievements of so many graduating students have been recognised.

“The students’ inspirational work is also a testament to the support that they have received from our academic team during their studies at Worcester.”

For more information about the Worcester Degree Show 2014, go to http://www.worcesterdegreeshows.co.uk, or to view more images from the event, visit the University's Facebook page.