The latest news from BA (Hons) Graphic Communication

We wanted to give you a quick update on all the latest news from our BA (Hons) Graphic Communication course. Keep reading to see what our students have been up to over the last few months.

30.01.20 | Patrick Thomas Workshop

Our students took part in an Open Collage Workshop with Graphic Artist Patrick Thomas. The web-based platform enables real-time collaboration between creatives and was developed by Patrick and Jonathan Auch. Students excelled in the opportunity to work on such an exciting and renowned international project. The workshop was organised by the BCU Typewrite initiative, coordinated by BA (Hons) Graphic Communication Lecturer, Rebecca Howson, and enabled students to further expand their practice skills. In the evening, Patrick joined us at BCU Type Talks to discuss his work to a full-house of staff, students and local design agencies.

20-21.02.20 | Glyphs Workshop

We recently hosted a two-day workshop with Rainer Erich (or who we now affectionately refer to as Mr Glyphs). Accompanying Rainer was his partner and equally talented designer, Sol Matas. Students had an opportunity to design their own font from beginner to intermediate and Rainer spoke to them about the political usage of typefaces. The audience participated in a game of Rock, Paper, Scissors with an artificial intelligent font – yes you read that right! What next?! It was a fantastic opportunity to have Rainer and Sol with us with and we are looking forward to welcoming them both back in the future. 

20.02.20 | Two+Two | Manchester

Third year students attended Two+Two, a collaborative industry day in Manchester. Working in groups of four with two industry creatives and two marketing professionals, students were asked to create ideas for charity. Two of our students groups were shortlisted to the final five and they presented their pitches to the audience and a panel of industry judges. BA (Hons) Graphic Communication student Jessie Jamieson’s group won and were awarded a trip to Manchester (all expenses paid) to turn their idea into a reality and learn about Lab11.

'Congratulations indeed to the winners of #twoplustwo 2020 with a great creative solution'
Julian Grattion, Managing Director at OTB.

10.01.20 | Friday Night Lights

Our first, second and third year BA (Hons) Graphic Communication students showcased their work at our well-established BCU and design industry networking event, Friday Night Lights (FNL). All students were invited to participate and it was a perfect opportunity for students to connect with the wider design community and show off their talent. Graphics Lecturer and curator of FNL, Jane Anderson said:

'We had such a fantastic turnout, which secured some exciting internships opportunities, including two commissions and live briefs from industry clients. The feedback from local agencies was great (The Mighty Shed, Radley Yelder, Big Cat, HDY), they thought the work was of really high standard and we have opened the doors for future industry collaborations.'

And there was more where that came from..


Typography workshop with Toshi Omagari


Type Talk with Rod Judkins


Graphics trip to Design Manchester


Print Club: Truth to Power - A collaborative project with Extinction Rebellion, Design Manchester and Graphics at the University of Salford


Type Talk with Professor Ian McLaren


Careers+ Jane McAllister delivered two workshops on CV and letter writing


Type Talk with Andy Altmann: Why not Associates


Portfolio workshop with School of Visual Communication employability co-ordinator, Tracy Allanson-Smith’