Our links with industry partners are second to none, with placement opportunities, live projects, and visits to and from industry, all on offer to enrich your studies.
You will be taught by tutors who are experienced practitioners in their fields and bring with them an array of expertise and networks.
Below you will find some of the industry partners with which Bucks students have collaborated on different projects.
In 2016/17, mentoring was offered to Creative Advertising students by Saatchi & Saatchi. They also worked with the third years on a creative brief for their Industry module and held a workshop.
Wieden + Kennedy, an American advertising agency best known for its work on Nike, offered mentoring to Creative Advertising students in 2016/17.
The marketing consultancy based in London, Partners Andrew Alridge, offered placements and work experience in 2016/7 to our students.
Award-winning Lucky Generals is a creative company for people on a mission. In 2017 they worked with the third years on their competition module – we picked up both yellow and graphite pencils at the D&AD New Blood Awards.
Mother is a leading independent creative agency network. Our Creative Advertising London Show was hosted at Mother. Mother regularly hold workshops and offer mentoring.
Droga5 is a New York City-based global advertising agency with an office in London. In New York, Droga5, Sparks & Honey, Tribal, 360i and Exposure hosted the Creative Advertising students for talks and workshops by top creatives.
Creature of London is an independent creative company, that makes UK, pan-Euro and global creative work for a whole host of clients. In 2016/7, they offered placements and work experience to our students.
Additionally, every year, the Creative directors at Creature hold an intense conceptual week-long workshop for our final year students.
Bartle Bogle Hegarty is a global advertising agency, they offered our students placements and work experience in 2016/7.
Agency of the year for the past four years, Adam&eveDDB offered mentoring to Creative Advertising students in 2016/7, They also hosted a workshop for first years students and worked with the second year students.
Lara Jensen is a costume designer and milliner who has worked with some of fashion and film's biggest names, including Karl Lagerfeld, Jonas Akerlund, Peaches, Jessie J and Lady Gaga. Lara is a visiting lecturer who will be running workshops with our Fashion Design students.
Jane Bowler has established herself as a celebrated international Fashion Designer. Her work has been featured in some of the world’s most respected publications, has been photographed by Nick Knight and Rankin and has gained a significant celebrity following of the likes of Little Mix, Lianne La Havas, Ariana Grande and Katy Perry.
The Jane Bowler studio has led Live Industry projects over both Fashion Design and Textile Design at Bucks New Uni.
London based Fashion Stylist and Creative Director, Twinks Burnett champions and celebrates innovative fashion with a unique narrative. Diverse and direct, Twinks directed campaigns for fresh and emerging designers such as: Katie Jones, Sadie Clayton and Jane Bowler. She is also a former Fashion editor for UPRAW Magazine, contributing fashion editor at Noctis with work that has featured in multiple publications such as: Vogue.com, Wonderland, i-D online
Twinks is a visiting lecturer to our Fashion Design programme, and she has also worked with the final year students on final line ups and styling ahead of our fashion show and lookbook shoot.
The Fashion Design course is a member of the British Council collages organisation which allows the students to work on Industry led briefs and competitions for brands such as Burberry, Topshop and Armani.
ArtiCAD is a key course supporter which provides generic form of their kitchen design software and software training (face to face and remote) facility for students. They also offer the use of their training facilities.
Blanco UK sponsors student course fee bursaries and offers market course through dealer networks. They also offer the use of their training facilities.
Blum UK hostes course and industry meetings at their Milton Keynes Head Quarters. DS sits on Course Industry Advisory Panel. Blum UK offers the use of their training facilities and sponsors student course fee bursaries. Market course through dealer networks.
Sponsor student course fee bursaries. Market course through dealer networks.
Sponsor student course fee bursaries. Market course through dealer networks. Provide speaker for Residential Blocks.
Sponsor student course fee bursaries. Provide staff to present at Residential Blocks.
Created Young Kitchen Designer of the Year Award for our Course (which has ArtiCAD as a corporate sponsor). Supporter.
Key course supporter. Part of team that helped to develop course programme for validation. Provide access to HQ cooking facility/ training for students. Sponsor student course fee bursaries. Market course through dealer networks.
A key role in the development of the course and liaison with all industry partners. Facilitates visits to its studios and factory.
Puma is one of the world leading sports apparel and accessories companies and have offered work experience and placements to Bucks Graphics students.
In 2015 Graphics students were invited to work on a live project, a brief set by recent Bucks Graphics graduate Jay Nagra to come up with concepts for a range of T-shirt designs. Jay secured a work experience at Puma London in his final year that led to him becoming a junior graphic designer at Puma in 2008.
Faber & Faber is one of the world’s greatest publishing houses based in London. It has published some of the most well-known literature in the English language, including William Golding’s Lord of the Flies.
Graphics students at Bucks have benefited from a long and beneficial relationship with Faber & Faber who offer placements and work experience.
Williams Murray Hamm is a brand innovation, design & strategy agency with over 20 years of winning creative expertise of inventing and reinventing brands.
Bucks students have secured work experience internships and worked on live projects, most recently in 2015 when Garrick Hamm came into University to run a one week live project to create ideas for healthy eating campaigns for 2 Jamie Oliver restaurants, one in London and the other in Brighton.
Graphics students ran a live project with The Partners and British Heart Foundation last year. L4 students pitched ideas to designers at The Partners to come up with fundraising campaign ideas for The British Heart Foundation.
Our Graphics and Illustration courses have collaborated with creatives and external agencies on short design projects. For example, S-T, which is a London-based creative design agency and Rob Flowers, an illustrator.
Bucks has a long tradition of student success in D&AD's annual New Blood student awards, winning yellow pencils for their creative responses to industry set briefs.
The current D&AD president Bruce Duckworth and his predecessor Mark Bonner, have both been long term visiting lecturers at Bucks, coming in to show their own award winning work to inspire the graphic designers of tomorrow.
The International Society for Typographic Designers have worked closely with education and industry to inspire interest in typographic communication. Bucks Graphics students enter the annual student awards. Darren Beard was successful in the 2008 awards and went on to secure positions at Design Friendship and more recently at JWT, setting up internships and work experience placements for Bucks students
Bucks have enjoyed a long and rewarding relationship with the Royal Society of Arts. This involves an annual visit to the London offices in John Adam Street when the final students receive a briefing and presentation from the head of the student design awards scheme, plus a guided tour of the amazing building and insights into the society’s history as one of the key places of innovation and design worldwide. Bucks Graphics students James Washington and Will Dover have won commendations in 2015 and 2016.
Young Creative Network (YCN) was established in 2001 and has ran an annual student awards scheme with industry partners to set briefs. Bucks Graphics and Illustration students have enjoyed major successes in winning commendations, most recently in 2016 when two final year students were commended and won awards.
YCN invite Bucks students up to their London headquarters for an annual launch of their student award industry briefs.
In September 2016, all third year Interior and Spatial Design students undertook a project with Murray Chalmers Public Relations to redesign the company’s offices and studios in Kensington. MCPR has a roster that includes some of the most exciting recording artists in the world such as Radiohead, Coldplay and Muse.
Briefed by Murray and his team, the students spent their first term of the new academic year redesigning all of the company’s spaces, as well as producing mixed media pieces that the client requested to represent ‘Music and Architecture’.
With two of our teaching course team for Interior and Spatial Design having designed and curated exhibitions at the V&A in South Kensington, we also involve our students in projects and opportunities at the museum. In 2014, Eleanor Stuart was selected to install a multi–media installation that she had designed for the Shakespeare in a Suitcase event. Eleanor now has a successful company specialising in homeware designs.
Students were commissioned by Bouygues, one of the largest building development companies in the world, to produce designs for an ideal student halls of residence room, under the banner of subsidiary company Uliving.
Drawing upon their own personal experiences, they produced data and designs whilst working in two separate design teams, presenting their ideas to their clients at various stages. The winning design was due to be replicated all over the world, with the project receiving press attention.
In 2017, our second year Interior and Spatial Design students worked on a project with The Showroom arts and community centre in central London. Responding to its socially and culturally diverse surroundings, the students produced designs for alterations and installations within the arts centre.
In September 2016, all third year Interior and Spatial Design students undertook projects at the prestigious design offices of the Pentagram practice in central London. Briefed by professionals there, the students embarked on an exciting design programme using the offices as their site.
When a church in High Wycombe was decommissioned to become a new arts centre in the town, Interior and Spatial Design student Patricia Grasham became involved in the design process for what is now a flourishing arts centre. Patricia now works as an exhibition designer and her work has included ‘Make Believe’, an exhibition of theatre and rock music set design that was launched at Nottingham Trent University before moving to the V&A in London.
Working with the National Trust within the glorious grounds of Hughenden Manor, our final year Interior and Spatial Design students applied their multi-disciplinary skills to create installations that formed a sculpture trail for visitors to the park. Mindful of sustainability, the students recycled renewable timber that had been cleared from areas of woodland as part of on-going maintenance.
Second year Interior and Spatial Design student Klaudia Sawicka redesigned a wing in the Gateway building of Bucks New University to house the National Disability Arts and Collection Archive. The £1 million project has funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund as well as Arts Council England. Klaudia’s designs cater for physical items, a new website and live events.
Product Design students participated in Diamond’s competition involving the creation of a football training mannequin.
The winning work is now in production, with £1,000 prize awarded to the student.
This is a current live project for Product Design students to redesign Hearing Dogs’ collection tin with a 3D printed design.
This Knowledge Transfer Partnership involved the design of new photographic panels. Our Textiles and Surface Design students are also currently working on the design of a 3D relief sound absorbing panel.
Our Product Design students designed a vandal resistant door entry system for Key Management Systems.
This partnership involved the redesign of low voltage lighting system for product designers, and a Knowledge Transfer Partnership exploring new manufacturing techniques.
Our collaboration with Pure H20 involved the redesign of a touch screen kitchen tap by our Product Design students.
This partnership involved a design competition exploring new uses of Corian in jewellery, product and furniture design.
We have worked with Ercol in various furniture and product design projects, including the integration of technology into furniture and the participation in furniture design competitions.
Our Product Design students worked on the prototype design of Imogen Heap’s Mi.mu digital interactive gloves
Dulux have worked with our Textiles and Surface Design course since 2015 and have set a live project/competition connected to their Colour Futures trends. Our students have developed innovative interior outcomes across print and surface in a variety of materials. Dulux have also given work placements at their head office to the winning students.
Tengri designs innovates and creates naturally sustainable premium fashion, fabrics and yarns from noble fibres. This partnership began in 2016 with a live brief and resulted in our students being asked to develop the ideas into fabric production that was then seen on the catwalk at Vancouver Fashion week.
Pitti Filati is one of the world's leading yarn fairs for the knitwear industry. Our students have worked closely within the research area and have worked on live projects to interpret key trends into innovative and conceptual fabrics that have been exhibited alongside designers and manufacturers within the trend research area of the exhibition.
Gerflor is a world leading company in vinyl flooring solutions for consumers and professionals. Bucks New University was the only UK university selected to participate in an international design competition to design new innovative flooring solutions.
The British Fashion Council (BFC) is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to further the interests of the British fashion industry. The BFC helps designers at various stages of their businesses through its support initiatives.
As a BFC colleges member, our students have access to a number of design opportunities including the Burberry prize.