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Swansea College of Art, UWTSD is delighted to be launching its 5th annual Design Week.

This event is an intensive week of working with industry leaders and prospective employers who will be engaging with the students from BA Graphic Design and BA Advertising & Brand Design. Previous speakers have ranged from Lego, Sky and Saatchi & Saatchi, to Animal, Gordon Young and Creative Council. Many students have progressed to full-time employment and freelance design from this event.

Design Week 2019 is promising to be another exciting, challenging week with fantastic guest speakers: Lucienne Roberts, Jonathan Barnbrook, Sky Creative, Gordon Young, Nick Hand, Waters, Under the Skin and Plum Design. There will be paid internships and inspiring talks, with the aim of building connections within industry and education.

Design Week will run from Monday, January 21 to Friday, January 25, 2019. All applicants to Swansea College of Art, UWTSD and graduates are very welcome to visit.  

If you would like to receive the full schedule and a ticket to attend, please contact Donna Williams (Course Director, BA Graphic Design): donna.williams@uwtsd.ac.uk

Information about our 2019 speakers 

Lucienne Roberts is a London-based designer who is committed to making accessible, engaging Graphic Design with a socially aware agenda. We are delighted Lucienne is able to join us, as she is one of our all-time favourites, and has made an incredible contribution to meaningful Graphic Design. Students were inspired by the London exhibition: ‘Can Graphic Design save your life?'

Jonathan Barnbrook, graphic designer, filmmaker and typographer, is one of Britain’s most well-known and highly regarded independent creative studios. His visual responses to political events has also created a weapon for social change. We are thrilled he is able to join us as his influence features in many contextual practices lectures.

Nick Hand and The Department of Small Works is a company of self-initiated projects which sit alongside collaborations and commissions. Nick has a new release of his book Journeyman. His way of working is the envy of all as he always inspires others with his bicycle adventures, recording the lives of craftspeople around the UK who have a passion for making.

Under the Skin, of endangered animals, are back with us. A few years ago, Ed and James Harrison gave one of our most talked about presentations. Brothers by nature, brothers by design, their passion for print and raising awareness of sustainable living has evolved into a life adventure.

Gordon Young, probably the most energetic artist we have ever met and a loyal supporter of our values at Swansea College of Art, is making a visit. He is one of the UK’s leading artists in the field of public art. With more than 20 years' experience, he has created projects as diverse as The Comedy Carpet in Blackpool, a typographic granite pavement made up of jokes, songs and catchphrases, a forest of typographic trees in Crawley Library, and a cursing stone in Carlisle. We just love Gordon.

Sky Creative are on the lookout for prospective graduates to join them. They always create a fun workshop which brings out healthy competition among our students. Last year the winning team was invited to present at their London studios, which led to employment for our third years.

We are also supported by our local companies, Waters and Plum Design, who will be joining us for creative day workshops. There are opportunities for paid internships, with an announcement of a £1,000 branding winner.