With degree shows season now in full swing, this week’s selection from the a-n degree shows online listings includes shows in Plymouth, Manchester, Northampton, Belfast, Canterbury, Leeds, Bristol, Wolverhampton and Loughborough.

As part of our What Makes A Great Degree Show? feature in this year’s Degree Shows Guide, Steven Paige, senior lecturer and course leader, BA fine art at Plymouth College of Art, had these words of advice: “The work should not attempt to be a complete answer, how can it be? The show should be pointing, or at least leaning towards, what we should be paying attention to next.”

Magnus Quaife, senior lecturer and programme leader of undergraduate fine art at Manchester School of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University commented: “It is important to get a sense that the students’ own ideas and vision are central to the work and not just mirrors of their tutors’ thinking.”

With 20 universities to choose from in our selection, there are plenty of opportunities this week to discover new voices and ideas.

Wrexham Glyndwr University
This annual show features graduate artists, designers, makers and performers presenting work for public display for the first time. Courses include: Animation, Visual Effects and Games Art, Applied Arts, Film and Photography, Fine Art, Graphic Design and Multimedia, Illustration, Graphic Novels and Children’s Publishing.
3-14 June 2019, School of Creative Arts, Wrexham Glyndwr University, 49 Regent Street, Wrexham, LL11 1PF.

University for the Creative Arts, Farnham
Farnham’s Graduation Shows feature a selection of the best work from each course, including new work in art, design, architecture, media and communication. These showcases offer visitors ‘the chance to spot the creative talent of the future’.
6-15 June. UCA Farnham, Falkner Road, Farnham, GU9 7DS.

Kingston Onstage 2019: Kingston University Performing Arts Showcase
The best of the year’s work and a new collaborative piece based on William Blake’s The Book of Thel, specially commissioned by the Performing Arts Community Engagement (PACE) team at Kingston University. The festival will also feature a selection of drama, devised theatre, physical theatre, hip hop, contemporary dance, pop, rock, singer-songwriters, musical theatre, creative use of music technology and more.
6-7 June 2019, Rose Theatre, 24-26 High Street, Kingston upon Thames, KT1 1HL.

Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin University
Over 200 graduating artists from Cambridge School of Art present the culmination of three years of study to the public.
6-15 June 2019, Ruskin Gallery, Anglia Ruskin University, East Road, Cambridge, CB1 1PT.

The Slade School of Fine Art, UCL
A showcase of artworks by graduating MA, MFA and PHD students from the UCL Slade School of Fine Art.
6-16 June 2019, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT.

University of Plymouth
The School of Art, Design and Architecture Graduate Show features the work of almost 500 final-year students working across a wide spectrum of disciplines, from architecture and design, to media and photography. Fine Art student Olivia Jones (pictured above) is one of ten students featured in the Class of 2019 feature in the a-n Degree Shows Guide 2019.
7-15 June 2019, Fine Art: Royal William Yard (Mills Bakery), Plymouth, PL1 3GE; Media Arts and Photography: Scott Building, Plymouth, PL4 8AA.

University of Northampton, Waterside campus
This exhibition showcases the work of final-year students on University of Northampton’s creative courses, including: Architectural Technology, Fashion, Fine Art Painting and Drawing, Games Art, Graphic Communication, Illustration, Interior Design and Photography.
7-14 June 2019, University of Northampton Waterside Campus, University Drive, Northampton, NN1 5PH.

Belfast School of Art, Ulster University
‘We Are’ is Belfast School of Art’s annual degree show, which showcases ‘exciting, unexpected and innovative work’ made by its students in the heart of the city’s Cathedral Quarter.
7-15 June 2019, Ulster University, York Street, Belfast, BT15 1ED.

University for the Creative Arts, Canterbury
These graduation shows feature a selection of the best work from each course, allowing visitors to get a sense of the type and level of work the students produce. Included is new work in art, design, architecture, media and communication.
7-14 June 2019, UCA Canterbury, New Dover Road, Canterbury, CT1 3AN

Manchester School of Art
Over 1,000 graduating students from across architecture, art, design and media courses, featuring ceramics to sculpture, fashion to filmmaking, and textiles to typography.
7-19 June 2019, Manchester School of Art, Cavendish Street, Manchester, M15 6BR.

University of Leeds, School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies
The 56 artists graduating from the University of Leeds’ School of Fine Art present the BA Fine Art Degree Show for 2019, titled ‘Cut the Mustard’.
7-22 June 2019, School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies, University Road, University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT

University of the West of England
A showcase of work from over 500 graduates from undergraduate and postgraduate art, design, film and journalism courses. A real highlight of the year and an opportunity to see exceptional work across UWE’s City Campus locations at Arnolfini, Bower Ashton and Spike Island. This year’s theme, ‘Fresh off the Block’, was developed by students Megan Alderson and Anna Quarrie, who drew inspiration from the physical ideas of blocks representing students as shaping and building the future.
7-12 June 2019, Spike Island, 33 Cumberland Road, Bristol, BS1 6UX; Bower Ashton Studios, University of the West of England (UWE Bristol), City Campus at Bower Ashton, Kennel Lodge Road, Bristol, BS3 2JT; and City Campus at Arnolfini, Narrow Quay, Bristol, BS1 4QA.

University of Northampton
One of the biggest events in the University’s calendar, the final-year exhibition will showcase work from courses across the Faculty of Arts, Science and Technology, including: Architectural Technology; Fashion, Textiles for Fashion and Footwear and Accessories; Fine Art; Fine Art Painting and Drawing; Games Art; Graphic Communication; Illustration; Interior Design; Photography; and Product Design.
7-14 June 2019, St Georges Avenue, Northampton, NN2 6JD.

Bath School of Art and Design, Bath Spa University
This nine-day exhibition includes work by graduating students from courses including Contemporary Arts Practice, Ceramics, Fashion Design, Fine Art, Graphic Communication, Photography, Textiles for Fashion and Interiors, Three Dimensional Design.
8-16 June 2019, Sion Hill, Bath, BA1 5SF.

University of Wolverhampton, The Wolverhampton School of Art
Artwork from students across 16 BA (Hons) and BDes (Hons) courses will be on display, embracing the areas of applied arts, digital media, fashion and textiles, fine art, graphic communication, illustration, interior design, photography and product design.
8-19 June 2019, George Wallis Building, Molineux Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 1SB.

Loughborough University
A showcase of work by final-year Fine Art, Graphic Communication and Illustration, and Textiles students, plus an exhibition by Art and Design Foundation students.
8-16 June 2019, Edward Barnsley Building, Epinal Way, Loughborough, LE11 3TU.

Hereford College of Arts: College Road Campus
A summer showcase and celebration of Hereford College of Arts’ talent featuring live music, performance, film exhibitions, talks, pop-up shops and an art auction including work by artist Yinka Shonibare CBE.
8-15 June 2019, College Road Campus, College Road, Hereford, HR1 1EB.

University of Plymouth 
Featuring work from nearly 500 final-year students across the University of Plymouth School of Art, Design and Architecture. The Graduate Show exhibition showcases students from 3D Design, Architecture, Digital Media Design, Fine Art, Graphic Communication with Typography, and Illustration.
8-15 June 2019, Roland Levinsky Building, Plymouth, PL4 8AA.

University of Brighton
Graduating architecture, interior architecture and product design students from the School of Architecture and Design present their work at the University of Brighton’s Moulsecoomb Campus.
8-14 June 2019, Advanced Engineering Building, University of Brighton, Cockroft Building, Brighton, BN2 4GJ

Leeds Arts University
Work by graduating students from BA (Hons) degree courses.
8-13 June 2019, Blenheim Walk, Leeds, LS2 9AQ.

a-n Degree Shows Guide 2019:

a-n Degree Shows Guide 2019 is available on a-n.co.uk/degree-shows alongside more news, views and pictures from this year’s shows.

You can view on Issuu here or join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #andegrees19.

1. Parham Salimy, studio view, 2019
2. Hannah Jackson, experiment, 2018. Courtesy: the artist
3. Noelle Genevier, 2019, BA Fine Art
4. Kingston School of Art poster, designed by Nina Carter
5. Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin University, degree show 2017. Photo: Brand Anonymous
6. Slade School of Fine Art, UCL. Courtesy: Slade School of Fine Art. Photo: Mick Farrell
7. Olivia Jones, out on Union Street, Plymouth, 2019, with the sound equipment recording the area
8. University of the West of England: Spike Island
9. Hannah Ball, graduating student, BA (hons) Fine Art 2018
10. WLV Degree Show 2018

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