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Sunderland Creatives: our Art and Design degree shows

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Each year, the University of Sunderland’s School of Art and Design holds degree shows for the graduating class. This is an opportunity for students to exhibit their work publicly, which for many is their first major public exhibition. The degree show is a culmination of the hard work and dedication our students put into the final year of their course, where they build their professional practice, skills and experience. It is also a celebration of their creativity and the beginning of their exciting new journey as creative professionals.

Upcoming degree shows

This summer our undergraduate class of 2022 are showcasing their work from 11 June to 31 August. Please see below for details, including which courses are showing, dates, times and locations. There is no need to book, all are welcome.

BA (Hons) Fine Art, BA (Hons) Photography, Video and Digital Imaging, Foundation Diploma in Art, Design and Media Practice: 11 – 20 June, 10am-3pm Saturday 11 June, 10am-5pm Monday – Friday

Our Fine Art, Photography Video and Digital Imaging, and Foundation Diploma in Art, Design and Media Practice students will showcase their work in our Priestman Building, which is a five-minute walk from the city centre. These shows will be situated in our galleries and studio spaces across three floors of the building so there will be lots of great work to see.

BA (Hons) Artist Designer Maker: Glass and Ceramics: 11 – 20 June, 10am-5pm

National Glass Centre is home to the University’s prestigious glass and ceramics department. Students graduating from BA (Hons) Artist Designer Maker: Glass and Ceramics will be showing their work in the brand-new Sunderland Creatives Gallery.

BA (Hons) Animation and Games Art, BA (Hons) Fashion Design and Promotion, BA (Hons) Graphic Design, BA (Hons) Illustration and Design: 18 June – 31 August, 10am-4pm Monday – Saturday

Our undergraduate design students will be showing their work in Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens. This year we are extending the show throughout the summer, so visitors can enjoy the work of students from Animation and Games Art, Fashion Design and Promotion, Graphic Design and Illustration and Design until the end of August. We’ll also be presenting work from our design students who study in our partner colleges in Hong Kong and Uzbekistan.

Previous degree shows

Art and Design undergraduate class of 2021

Art and Design class of 2019

MA Design 2019

 Illustration and Design 2019

Fashion Design and Promotion 2019

Graphic Design 2019

 Animation and Games Art 2019

Sunderland Creatives website

During the Covid-19 pandemic, staff and students had to do things a little differently, as restrictions meant the degree shows couldn’t be held in person. Instead, the artwork was collated and presented in a different format: through the Sunderland Creatives website.

We will continue to use the site to present catalogues and examples of student work, alongside the live degree shows.

Learn more

For further information about our Art and Design courses, sign up for our next Open Day or explore our Virtual Campus Tour

Published: 13 April 2022

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