Swansea College of Art showcases students’ talents at Design Week 2019


The BA Graphic Design and BA Advertising & Brand students at UWTSD’s Swansea College of Art have once again completed a dynamic industry event at the annual Design Week. Now in it’s 6th year, the event has attracted employers and powerful speakers who influence and support our staff and students.

This year we were delighted to have welcomed Lucienne Roberts. Lucienne is a London based designer and committed to making accessible, engaging Graphic Design with a socially aware agenda. A personal favourite of Donna Williams (BA Graphic Design, Course Director), who said:  “It was a pleasure to welcome such a powerful and dynamic female representative for our event. Many of our students had quoted her work in dissertations but there is nothing like having the person speaking before you, going into the depths and challenges of the projects that she is involved with. Her work truly does make a difference with meaningful design.”

Also joining us was Jonathan Barnbrook, graphic designer, filmmaker and typographer. Jonathan is one of Britain’s most well-known and a highly regarded independent creative studios. A favourite of Martin Bush (Course Director of BA Advertising &Brand). Jonathan’s visual responses to political events has also created a weapon for social change.   

The whole event was a smorgasbord of heart-felt and compassionate design. Nick Hand and The Department of Small Works gave a beautiful talk about the self-initiated projects, which sits alongside collaborations and commissions in Bristol. Nick has a new release of his book Journeyman. His way of working is the envy of all, as he always inspires others by his bicycle adventures, recording the lives of craftspeople around the UK, who have a passion for making. 

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

Gordon Young, probably the most energetic artist we have ever met. A loyal supporter of our values at Swansea College of Art, and a strong voice about the ethos of Art Schools. Gordon is one of the UK’s leading artists in the field of public art. With over 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. His talk was as colourful as the man that he is.

Sky Creative were on the look-out for prospective graduates to join them. They presented a challenging workshop which brought out healthy competition amongst our students. The winning team, Emily Marsh, Calum Lewis, Katie Jones and Patrick Glavee went on to make the trip to the London Sky News offices to pitch their idea and be part of the team for the day. Sky currently employs eight of our BA Graphics Graduates and it is quite an emotional meeting catching up once again and seeing all the fantastic projects that our graduates are involved with. Sky Creative always make our students welcome and create a positive working experience for our students. 

Our local companies Waters and Plum Design delivered fantastic workshops. Very different in style and content. Plum Design rewarded Laura Jones a £1000 internship and Waters are once again working with our third years with external briefs. 


Donna Williams, Course Director of The BA Graphic Design, said: “This is a dynamic and exciting week and we would like to thank everyone that was involved. The students, first, second and third years, benefited from the events by creating links and gaining valuable skills to go into industry. Not only to join industry, but to also lead the way forward. The staff would especially like to thank the speakers and workshop leaders. It is always a pleasure to receive their generous feedback about the ethos and passion that is shown at Swansea College of Art UWTSD.”

The School of Graphic and Digital Arts offers a range of BA and MDes Degrees in Graphic Design, Advertising and Brand Design. 

For more information visit:

BA Graphic Design, please contact Donna Williams

  1. williams@uwtsd.ac.uk
  2. bush@uwtsd.ac.uk

BA Advertising & Brand Design, please contact Martin Bush


Further Information

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