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Creative Industries degree show crowns a season of arts triumphs for Middlesex

Art and design courses' versatility, student-centred approach and tutors' excellent industry links strongly in evidence at Old Truman Brewery

Middlesex is proud to present the 2018 Creative Industries degree show at the Old Truman Brewery in Brick Lane.

Entitled Emerge, the exhibition showcases the work of more than 500 graduates in animation, fashion communication, fine art, graphic design, illustration, interior architecture and interior design, photography, film and television production, and in product design and design engineering: electronics, robotics and mechatronics. It will be seen by around 5000 people including leading employers and key figures in the creative industries, giving Middlesex students the opportunity to network and celebrate their achievements. The exhibition is open from 10am-7pm Friday and Sunday, from 10am-5.30pm on Saturday and 10am-4pm on Monday.

Carole-Anne Upton, Dean of Arts and Creative Industries at Middlesex, said “This is a really important moment for students as they present their work to professionals in the creative industries they are looking to join, as well as the opportunity to celebrate the culmination of their achievements over three years of study. The degree show brings together a wide range of disciplines, skills and expertise, showing the scale and breadth of activity in Middlesex’s Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries and associated departments”.

"Middlesex was the first and the only university that saw potential in me" says Fine Art graduate Sabrina Collares, who says she had a weak portfolio when she applied for the course. "I have learned how to think for myself, how to research, how to contextualise. All my professors left me free to express myself.

RaĆ­zes do Brasil (Roots of Brazil) by Sabrina Collares

"We had so much tutor time" said Graphic Design graduate Matt Burgess, who is now applying for Masters programmes in games design. "If you needed to find a tutor, there is always someone about who will happily speak to you"

"I'd done a lot of research before I started applying, because I'm very particular in that" says Interior Design graduate Rosa Angela Bonetti, currently working for Park Royal-based The Sofa & Chair company. "I found out a lot of people teaching at Middlesex are working in the industry themselves. They were people who knew what they were doing and knew how to push you further. That's exactly what I got. And I couldn't be happier".

The show comes after a string of successes for Middlesex arts and creative industries students and alumni in awards ceremonies and other prestigious forums. Printmaking Master's student Wai Wong had a work chosen for the Bainbridge Open, at the ASC Gallery on Southwark's Aylesbury Estate - the exhibition runs until Friday 15th June. Graphic design students Catarina Rao and Misu Murata won major prizes at the high-profile D&AD and RSA awards, Rao receiving three separate prizes. Two Middlesex Illustration students were nominated for the 2018 Macmillan Prize for children's book artwork by young illustrators.

Construction B by Middlesex alumnus Liz Collini, acquired by the British Museum

Among Middlesex fine art alumni, Manual Remeggio was shortlisted for the 2018 Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize; Lina Avramidou was selected for the Platform 18 event at the Leyden Gallery off Petticoat Lane; and Liz Collini's typographic drawing Construction B was accepted into the British Museum's collection of prints and drawings.

In the performing arts, Theatre Master's student Simone Giustinelli has had a work accepted for a festival this summer in Rome, while his coursemate Munotida Chinyanga won a place on the Young Vic's Fresh Direction project and was selected for a residency at the North Wall Arts Centre in Oxford.

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