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 Production 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 Production, 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.


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.