Bucks courses give a design for life
Date: 7th Jun 2019
Buckinghamshire New University is proud of the wealth of graduates from its Art and Design courses pursuing successful careers having benefited from industry-focused degrees rich in hands-on experience and imaginative thinking.
Award-winning graduates of courses ranging from Graphic Design to Product Design and Interior and Spatial Design are working for household names like Microsoft, Google, and Nissan, having often made strong contacts while still studying.
These successes all contribute to why the Guardian University Guide 2020, published today (Friday), has announced that Bucks New University's Art and Design courses are in the top ten, ranked eighth, eighth nationally.
Kartini Leet, Head of School for Art, Design and Performance, said she was extremely proud of the recognition.
She said: “We are hugely proud of our academic teams and the excellent range of facilities and career-focused opportunities we offer students across our art and design courses.
“This ranking is due credit for the professional and creative education we provide and the industry links we embed in our courses to provide the best possible opportunities for graduates.”
An example of the calibre of graduates from Bucks New University include Olivier Rabenschlag, Head of Creative at Google, who studied BA (Hons) Graphic Design And Advertising and graduated in 2002.
He returned to the University to receive an Honorary Master’s degree in 2016, for his outstanding achievements and continued work with the University.
“I made connections while studying at Bucks New University which I am still benefiting from today,” said Olivier, who is based in Los Angeles.
The work space for BA (Hons) Creative Advertising students is typical of the way Bucks looks to mirror the environments students will work in in the creative industries.
The studio atmosphere sees classrooms replaced with a creative space to work, rest, and play, enabling a home for the students and providing a sense of community.
Course Leader Julie Wright says it is aimed at ensuring Creative Advertising at Bucks New University has a distinct attraction:
“I want people to think, ‘this isn’t just any Creative Advertising course, this is the Bucks BA (Hons) Creative Advertising course," said Julie.
Successful alumni from the course include Gina Ramsden and Freya Harrison who came up with the ideas behind car maker Audi's 'Synchronised Swim' ad. and the popular parody costume drama ad, called 'Pride and Breadjudice' for Warburtons, starring comedian Peter Kay.
Many graduates boast award success on their CVs thanks to competitions entered while studying at Bucks, including D&AD New Blood and New Designers, as well as Pewter Live, run by the Worshipful Company of Pewterers.
This year’s winners at Pewter Live were BSc (Hons) Product Design students Connor Wall, who won first prize for his piece Silence of the Land; Greg King who won third prize for a pewter and cherry bowl, and Alex Eyles, who was highly commended for a repousseé dove bracelet.
In Product Design, graduates include Jimmy De Ville, who has starred in his own television programme, Engine Addict with Jimy De Ville, on Quest TV, and graduated in 2000. Jimmy received an Honorary Master’s Degree from Bucks New University in 2017 in recognition of his achievements.
Graphic Design graduates enjoy a dedicated purposely-designed space, and have gone on to work in typography, illustration, web design, advertising, and publishing. Many start their own companies, having studied a broad curriculum from editorial design, to
branding, identity and campaigns.
Graduate Tilly Haley, a graphic designer at MCC Design, said: “I don’t think I would have been as well-equipped for the outside world if I had studied anywhere else.”
BA (Hons) Illustration has seen many graduates go on to forge successful freelance careers, including Sara Groborz, Director of Graphics at The Yard Creative, who also works as a freelance designer and illustrator.
“The best thing about my time at Bucks was being surrounded by passionate people from different backgrounds who had different opinions,” said Sara. “It helped me grow, see things in a different light, and ultimately grow as an illustrator.”
BA (Hons) Interior and Spatial Design graduates enjoy great opportunities to work on live briefs with companies and have gone on to work for firms including Pentagram Design Ltd, the in-house interior design team at Ted Baker, and for the Micasa Group.
David Reading is a store designer at Ted Baker and said a Bucks degree had contributed to his success.
“The atmosphere at Bucks was great," he said.
"I knew I was doing something really important for my future but never felt pressured. There was a lot of support and I think that was one of the reasons I was able to grow so much throughout my time at the University.”
Don't just take our word for it, though. Join us for the 2019 Art & Design Summer Show from 14-15 June and 16-19 June to see all the great work by our latest third-year students.