Graduate 2019 Show ident of multicoloured 3D pipes and geometric shapes, with a 2D pipe in the foreground reading the show name

Highlights from the annual Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries Graduate Show

  • 18 July 2019
  • 7.5 min read

A record-breaking 2,000+ guests filled out Eldon Building for the 2019 Graduate Show, which opened on Friday 7 June.

The Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries' annual show offers students an opportunity to showcase their hard work to families, creative professionals, academic staff, students, employers and members of the public. Throughout Friday's preview evening, guests viewed and sampled remarkable talent from students in the Schools of Architecture, Art, Design and Performance, Creative Technologies, and Film, Media and Communication.

The evening kicked off with a staff reception hosted by Professor Trevor Keeble, Dean of the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries, where staff were recognised for their commitment to this year’s Graduate Show. Staff celebrated the success of University of Portsmouth students and were thanked for all of their hard work and effort put into getting students to the point where they are ready for employment. The show was then opened to the public from 5pm with a celebratory performance by Batala Portsmouth.

A high-quality Digital Big Screen was positioned in the cafe area showcasing student work throughout the evening. Guests were able to watch showreels from many CCI courses including Fashion and Textile Design, Film Production, Animation, Television and Broadcasting as well as interviews with staff and students.

Express FM broadcast live during the preview evening with a run-up of pre-recorded interviews and then 11 live interviews with CCI students who spoke about their final year projects and experience at the University. Listen to the interview with Courtney Hoare, Fashion and Textiles student.

Jessica Burton’s graduate show design, ‘In the Pipeline’, was visible across the building. She is a BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design student and has spent the last 6 months designing the concept after she won the Graduate Show Design Competition. This included designing the show’s brand identity in posters, invites, signage, maps, t-shirts and inspiring the animation created by Ryan Brady.

Watch a highlights film of the preview evening by Jonny Smart and Sam Birmingham (CCI placement students).


The School of Creative Technologies filled Eldon foyer and drew people in with their brand new pillar display. Five pillars were handmade to showcase student work from Computer Animation & Visual Effects, Computer Games Technology, Computer Games Enterprise, Digital Media and Creative Media Technologies. Alongside these, guests also had the opportunity to experience real life simulations made by our students collaborating with the Royal Navy and Novatech simulators.

Novatech sponsored a very successful CCI networking evening called the Creative Industries Big Networking Night, attended by industry partners and cultural organisations, during Graduate Show Week. Other activities taking place during Graduate Show Week were a number of tours for groups, such as the VC’s Exec team, UoP staff tours and international student tours. Regional schools and colleges were inspired by the shows and enjoyed exciting demonstrations and talks by academics and technicians. There was also an academic screen-writing symposium finishing off the week.

Computer technology pillars showcasing games, visual effects, and computer animation at the 2019 CCI grad show
Digital projects displayed at the 2019 CCI grad show

The School of Architecture showcased student work in their studios on the second and third floor of Eldon West. BA (Hons) Architecture, Masters Architecture, and BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design, displayed 3D models and posters including their Beyond Earth: Moon and Mars project which was also exhibiting at this year’s Portsmouth Comic Con in the Guildhall.

BA (Hons) Photography exhibited final year exhibitions in the hallway and gallery space on the first of Eldon West. This year, as well as showcasing an outstanding range of photography, the exhibition also experimented how photographs can also be materialised into 3D images, projections and sculptures.

Eldon Building hosted screenings by BA (Hons) Animation and BA (Hons) Film Production throughout the evening. View trailers of selected work for the Portsmouth and London showcases – Film Production and Animation.

The Graduate Show exhibited an interdisciplinary project by a group of BSc (Hons) Computer Animation and Visual Effects and BSc (Hons) Music and Sound Technology students, who came together to create an interactive soundscape installation. Visitors could interact with the exhibition by pressing different buttons which would determine different sounds and projections in the room. In addition, a BSc (Hons) Digital Media student created a solo installation and visualisation of his brand Studio Han.

Architecture projects displayed at the 2019 CCI grad show
Architecture and design projects displayed at the 2019 CCI grad show

The School of Film, Media and Communication presented a showreel of outstanding work by students across their school in a screening room on the Ground Floor in Eldon North.

BA (Hons) Journalism showcased their best projects on bespoke posters specially designed for the show. Next door, BA (Hons) Creative Writing, presented the work students have done with Portsmouth independent news channel Star and Crescent.

A collaborative project of CCI students working with local design company Anglepoise was shown in the cafe in a display highlighting the work of five winning students.

BA (Hons) Fashion and Textile Design studio featured collections and a VR film following a successful London showcase at Graduate Show Fashion Week. Katherine-Jayne Watts won the Graduate Fashion Week’s Sports and Leisurewear Award for her final year collection, The Last Breath. Furthermore, Courtney Hoare was shortlisted for the Graduate Fashion Foundation TU Scholarship, one of the most prestigious prizes at Graduate Fashion Week.

BA (Hons) Illustration invited guests up to the studio on the 3rd floor of Eldon North where this year’s graduating students exhibited their projects. This year’s collection presented artistic work using a broad range of materials and techniques, such as fabric prints, drawing, sculpting, stenciling, painting and even digital illustrations using VR.

The BA (Hons) Graphic Design studio in the basement of Eldon North showcased a diverse range or typography, digital and graphic design skills. Hannah Coulson’s ‘Heave Ho’ project brought together graphic design and motion capture for the first time to mimic sea shanty dances. Furthermore, ‘Heave Ho’ was selected as one of the CCI exhibits in the year’s Graduation VIP exhibition.

Fashion and textile projects displayed at the 2019 CCI grad show
Print and design projects displayed at the 2019 CCI grad show

A number of CCI graduating students have had work bought from their final major projects for the University of Portsmouth Art Collection. This a prestigious honour, resulting in their work being part of the permanent collection, with the opportunity to showcase the work in the Library and other spaces across the University, including the Vice-Chancellor’s office.

Selected works are then taken to the London Shows to showcase at prestigious industry design festivals and venues, such as Graduate Fashion Week, Old Truman Brewery, D&AD New Blood, British Film Institute (BFI), Soho Theatre, Cody Dock. Other external showcases included the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and New Forest Wildlife Park.


154 students from across the faculty have been selected for awards both internally and externally by creative industry organisations and partners, such as RIBA, Hays, Strong Island, D&AD New Blood, Graduate Fashion Week, Aspex Gallery, the Guildhall Graduate Award, The Arts Society, Adobe, IBM, TIGA, Sponge UK, Sky, Avid, Rain Dance Film Festival and The London Magazine, to name a few.

Many congratulations to the students who won awards presented at the London Shows and Graduation ceremonies.

Interact with this Instagram post to take a tour of the Graduate Show.

With the success of this year we are already looking forward to the Graduate Show 2020, stay up to date with the show’s preparations via our news and social media channels, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Dates for next year will be announced October 2019.