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NEWS FROM THE SCHOOL OF CREATIVE ARTS

OCTOBER 2017


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REVIEW OF 2016/17 Welcome to this review of the year’s activities of the School of Creative Arts. This is a bumper edition because we have had a bumper year, packed with awards, projects, visits, plans and new activities. Highlights of the year include our being accepted as members into CILECT, the International Association of Film and Television Schools, where we become one of only nine UK universities included. Graduates of Animation also continue to wow the world with awards and nominations at festivals from Vancouver to Rio de Janiero, Italy, and France. Our graduates’ entrepreneurial skills are coming to the fore: Sabina Radeva (MA Illustration) has raised £50,000 for her new project on Kickstarter and Olivia Berry (BA (Hons) Photography) won the University’s Best Start-Up at this year’s Flare awards.

Biennale in Colombo, Sri Lanka, among the activities undertaken by the team. The Fashion team is preparing for a new partnership in Shanghai, China, with programme leader Tony Rosella spending time teaching at Sanda University in the Chinese city, after Vivienne Fay from Sanda spent a semester working with the team here at Hertfordshire. Elsewhere in Design, students and staff ran a threeway project exploring design as business, with the Yale University School of Management and international fashion label Prada.

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And the international traffic is not just one-way. Visitors to the campus this year included international designer Eddie Opara, British Film Commissioner Adrian Wootten, director David Yates, a wide range of leading figures in the music industry, including a distinguished panel of women in music.

The latest Star Wars movies continue to pack the awards in, thanks in small part to the work of our Model Design graduates, who have contributed character and models, and to our VFX graduates who worked in post –production.

And that’s just the start… read on for more!

Globally, Architecture and Interior Architecture students are expanding their horizons, with joint projects with universities in Tokyo and Athens, and a visit to the

Judy Glasman BA MSc PGCE MBA FHEA Dean of School of Creative Arts University of Hertfordshire

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GRADUATES SHOWCASE WORK AT DEGREE SHOW Over 400 students from all creative disciplines – ranging from Graphic Design and Fashion to Photography and Illustration – showcased their work at the major exhibition, which was held across the Art & Design, Todd, Film, Music & Media and Mercer Buildings on the University’s College Lane Campus. The Degree Show was open for the general public to visit from Tuesday 30 May to Friday 2 June. The opening night was attended by over two-thousand guests, including friends, family and influential figures from the creative industries, providing graduating students with the chance to show off their finest work and forge valuable contacts in the industry. Several student award-winners will be displaying their work at the Degree Show, including Graphic Design

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student Kate Marlowe, who was recently awarded with a Design & Art Direction (D&AD) New Blood Award - the world's most prestigious design competition for students and young professionals. Isobel Evans also displayed her work, winner of the Hachette Children’s Group Carmelite Picture Book Prize 2017 - designed to recognise the most talented undergraduates with the aim of encouraging and inspiring the next generation of illustrators for picture books. Student fashion designers Annie Sophocleous, Zhou Lu, Sameeta Shrestha and Emma Green, who won coveted awards at the recent high-profile Graduate Fashion Show, presented by some of the biggest industry names also showcased their work at the annual Degree Show.

testimony to their significant efforts over the course of their studies.” “Industry links are key to a successful career in the creative industries and our end of year events give graduating students a unique platform to demonstrate the breadth of their talent and grab the attention of influential industry figures, who may well be key to their future career. We hope that many of our talented graduates will go on to have successful careers in their chosen field and we wish them every success for the future.”

Judy Glasman, Dean of the School of Creative Arts, said: “We are incredibly proud of all of our talented creative graduating students and this brilliant showcase is a

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RESOURCES

MAJOR INVESTMENT IN POST-PRODUCTION FACILITIES Over £250,000 has been spent to upgrade post-production facilities for the Film and Television programme. The flagship Walter Murch Post-Production lab now boasts 35 brand new 27” iMacs, and all 50 computers in the room now utilise the colourful backlit LogicKeyboard ASTRA for Avid Media Composer. The ASTRA keyboards, as used by Murch himself as well as a host of famous industry names, feature keyboard shortcuts so students can learn the tools of editing even easier than before. Four computers in the room have been transformed, along with our three individual basement edit suites in the Art and Design building, to become full finishing terminals for colour correction and grading. Each iMac now has an Avid Artist Color console attached for full precision grading control, and a third monitor featuring 10-bit colour output and broadcast HD colour monitoring. This means students will be able to grade their films to exact industry standards for output. Every computer also comes installed with the Hollywood gold-standard of colour correction, FilmLight Baselight, as well as Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve. Head of PostProduction and Senior Lecturer, Howard Berry, recently became one of the first Blackmagic Certified Trainers in the world, and we can now offer students professional accreditation in Avid Media Composer, Pro Tools and DaVinci Resolve. A second lab of 30 iMacs has also been installed in the Lindop Building. Both labs feature brand new software for working with dialogue and scripts installed. PhraseFind and ScriptSync are plug-ins for Avid, which allow editors to text search for spoken words in the dialogue of their film rushes and the software will phonetically find the exact place in which the word is spoken. Alternatively, when working with a drama script or interview transcript, students can select any word and the software will also be able to match to where it is spoken in the footage. These tools, used by film and documentary editors all over the world, will allow for instant review and playback in any dialogue-based content.

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INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN

WEI SENG NAMED FUTURE DESIGNER OF THE YEAR Wei Seng Tan, a recent Interior Architecture & Design graduate, won Future Designer of the Year 2017 at the NAS Design Partnership Awards. The NAS Design Partnership Awards celebrate the collaboration between shopfitters and interior designers. All entries were completed within the last 12 months and all shortlisted participants were visited by a judging panel made up of industry experts. Wei Seng said: “Wow, thank you very much! I never expected to win an award! I’m very appreciative and thankful to the tutors for their support throughout the competition. I’m now back in Malaysia, and adding this national award to my CV will be invaluable as I plan to work as an interior designer in Singapore.”

Wei Seng’s winning project was a creative office studio for a new film company based in Hackney, London. Erica Liu, Pathway Leader for Interior Architecture & Design, said: “We are very proud of Wei Seng’s NAS Future Designer of the Year 2017 win, it is a prestigious industrial award widely recognised in our industry. Wei Seng’s winning design envisioned how an effective workspace design could be used to foster ideas and interaction among users. The colourful palette set the tone of a creative company in an upcoming location in Hackney, London.” FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE COURSE: GO.HERTS.AC.UK/W251

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MUSIC TECHNOLOGY

TRAILERS MAKING NOISE THIS YEAR Lecturer in Music Technology Lee Richardson has provided audio for trailers of some of the biggest blockbusters over the last year. Lee, who owns Shutter Audio with Music Composition graduate Tom Ford, has provided the score for trailers including Doctor Strange, Spiderman: Homecoming, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back and Baywatch. The company also carried out composition and audio post production work on Channel 4’s hit show Random Acts, where they collaborated with renowned animator Margot Bowman. With a multi-award winning production team, Shutter Audio supply music agencies, publishers, advertising and songwriters. Shutter Audio has had a busy year, also winning an award for Best Folk Track at The Production Music Awards 2017.

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HANNAH SNAPS UP AOP AWARD BA(Hons) Photography student Hannah Fishwick won Best in Show at the Association of Photographers (AOP) Student Awards 2017. Hannah was one of 1400 applicants to the awards and her winning image was taken from a series of portraits of her family that were part of her folio for the BA Photography course. Hannah’s winning piece was a portrait photograph of her late grandfather, Barrie Proctor.

“The University of Hertfordshire was really supportive; our tutors encouraged us to enter as many competitions as we could to get our work seen outside of the University to set us up for entering the industry. Winning Best in Show at the AOP Student Awards is extremely encouraging and has begun to open up many other opportunities.” FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE COURSE: GO.HERTS.AC.UK/W641

Hannah said: “My project ‘The Golden Years’ is a short series of images that represent the senior community in Letchworth Garden City, exploring themes of memory, mortality and legacy. I wanted to capture my subject’s lives in the most natural way as I felt this was important to portray a true part of their identity. I visited whisk clubs, bowls clubs and homes to complete my project.”

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GRAPHIC DESIGN

KATE EXTENDS D&AD SUCCESS BA(Hons) Graphic Design student Kate Marlowe was awarded the ‘Graphite Pencil’ in the D&AD New Blood Awards 2017. The Graphite Pencil is awarded for “Stand-out work, beautifully executed with an original and inspiring idea at its core”. Kate’s winning idea was a rebrand for Crowne Plaza Hotels, which focused on connecting the hotel chain’s business travelling guests through technology - helping them to create new networks and business opportunities. The judges at D&AD said: ‘Kate’s project is a sophisticated solution that many professional design studios would be proud to say they’ve created. Her idea demonstrates a perceptive understanding of the intended audience as well as the client, whilst her technical and creative skills really make the proposal stand out. D&AD New Blood is the arguably the world’s most prestigious design competition for students and young professionals, so this is sure to put her on the radar of the best branding agencies.’

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Nick Lovegrove, Principal Lecturer & Programme Leader for Graphic Design & Illustration said: “Kate’s talent and creative flare is reflected through her designs and we are overjoyed that she has been recognised for all of her hard work. We wish her every success in her future endeavours and look forward to seeing what she does next!” Kate’s achievement follows fellow Hertfordshire students Yu-Chen Lin and Lilian Leung who both won coveted Wooden Pencil Awards at 2016’s D&AD New Blood Awards. FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE COURSE: GO.HERTS.AC.UK/W210

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MA FASHION

JOOHI LANDS FASHIONABLE JOB IN INDIA Joohi Mehta, an MA Fashion graduate, has secured a stylish job in Mumbai, India. After graduating, Joohi ran her own business before landing a high flying job as Fashion Merchandiser & Embroidery Designer at Chanakya International. Chanakya International designs embroideries for luxury brands including Dior, Prada, Fendi, Dolce & Gabbana, Chanel, Gucci, Marni and many more. Joohi is based in both the Sampling and Research & Development teams. Her role involves ensuring the system is updated when new orders are received, and interacting with the team in the Italian office to confirm the orders. Joohi said: “Clients provide just a picture or an embroidered swatch for us to develop a prototype or sample. Whilst creating a sample, I have to understand the client’s specific requirements and then order materials accordingly. We then get artwork made up and approved, and issue the kit at the factory to begin the embroidery process. “I am also responsible for supervising packing and shipping. Within the Research & Development team, I have to make swatches suitable for upcoming seasons. Sometimes clients will choose a theme for our swatches, but will give us leeway to combine our ideas. - it is an intensive learning opportunity.”

DESIGN CRAFTS

HARRIET FEATURED ON BBC NEWS

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Design Crafts graduate Harriet Riddell has been featured on the BBC News Facebook page. Harriet, who graduated in 2012, founded InStitchYou working as a performance textile artist specialising in observational stitched drawings. Travelling the world with her sewing machine, Harriet interprets the transient world onto a permanent tapestry. The video, posted on the BBC Facebook page in July, has now had over 1 million views, 4055 shares, 743 comments and over 14,000 reactions. Harriet told UHArts: “My work is produced live with an audience or in the public eye. By observing and responding to my immediate surroundings, I quickly and intuitively capture the moving world around me.’

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With her bicycle-powered sewing machine, Harriet captured Hatfield life in thread over the course of two weeks earlier this year. Harriet visited locations across Hatfield including the town centre, both University campuses and Hatfield House. She invited passers-by to pedal the bike which enabled her to machine-embroider observational stitched drawings of the landscape, people and conversations around her. Annabel Lucas, Head of UHArts, said: “Harriet is one of the most visible and successful of the University of Hertfordshire’s School of Creative Arts recent applied arts graduates and we were delighted to be able to offer her a significant professional opportunity.” FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE COURSE: GO.HERTS.AC.UK/W705

STUDENTS SNAP UP WORK PLACEMENTS

Second year Photography students have been embarking upon work experience alongside their studies. Ashleigh Jordan is currently completing an internship at PROUD Galleries in Camden, London. She told us: ‘I have been working as a gallery intern partaking in maintenance of the gallery and workings within including redesigning the layout of the gallery website, whilst revamping their social media outlets. I also get to speak to all different cultures and creatives which I love! ‘It has been amazingly beneficial to my exhibition project at university as I am learning how an exhibition runs and everything in the lead up to it, including press, networking, preparation, and launch nights. Meeting new people also provides me with opportunities into the industry in the future.’

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SONIC MUSIC FESTIVAL HITS ALL THE RIGHT NOTES UH ARTS

SLOW VIOLENCE COMES TO HERTS THIS NOVEMBER Slow Violence introduces work by eight UK-based artists to reconsider the ubiquitous and prevalent threat of climate change.

The School of Creative Arts was alive with the sound of music from 2-12 May, when it hosted its popular music festival Sonic Herts, featuring performances from talented students, staff and industry guests. This year the festival, open to the public for free, boasted an eclectic mélange of jazz, hip-hop, rock, piano recitals, world music including Gamelan and Caribbean tunes, as well as Q&As with veterans of the music industry. Award-winning cellist Kate Shortt performed her infamous one woman show of re-imagined music-making, joined by Shirley Smart (cello) and Robert Mitchell (piano) to perform a mixed set of world music, originals and gypsy jazz. Special guest Peter Wiegold, Professor and Head of Music Research at Brunel University London, made an appearance alongside his classy ensemble Notes Inégales. Including musicians from all over the world, Notes Inégales’ freewheeling style embraces a vision of the potential for music to collide across the world today, resulting in a unique brand of fusion ranging from luscious soundscapes to groovy beats. Music industry veteran Tony Platt, who has worked with many prominent bands and artists, including AC/DC, Iron Maiden, Foreigner and Motorhead, spoke about his constant desire to try new recording techniques, and how

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that has led him to work in many musical genres, including Jazz, Punk and Ska. Music producer Ross Landau retraced a music phenomenon of historical dimension. The sixties marked the start of the British Invasion into the US music market, with The Beatles, the Dave Clark Five, the Kinks, the Rolling Stones, Herman’s Hermits, and the Animals at the forefront. The event featured rare snaps, rare interview clips and rarely seen footage. The festival also featured a range of student-led events, including a selection of the finest songs, written and performed by students across all levels and programmes. Students also took on world music through tunes of Caribbean flavour played on the traditional steel pans of Trinidad and Tobago, arranged by Lecturer Dave Smith and performed by second and third year students. “This year’s Sonic Herts programme was one of our best ever, with an amazing range of performances across many genres lined up by our dedicated students, staff and special industry guests. Music at the University of Hertfordshire is vibrant and we invited the public to come along to experience the impressive talents of our musicians, many of whom we hope will go on to have a long and successful careers within the industry” said Dr Roberto Filoseta, MSc Music Programme Leader.

Featuring work by Ackroyd & Harvey, Adam Chodzko, Emma Critchley, Ellie Harrison, Tom James, Katie Paterson, Michael Pinsky and Thomson & Craighead, the exhibition invites us to reconsider the popular imagery around climate change. Working across film, photography, installation and sculpture, the eight contributing artists challenge us to rethink the prevailing climate change iconography - of melting ice caps or desertification. Rejecting the spectacular and immediate for disasters that are slow moving and long-term, their visual interpretations often draw attention to what is happening closer to home, within our own local environments. Slow Violence takes its name and impetus from Rob Nixon’s seminal book ‘Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor’ (2013). Nixon suggests we reject the idea of violence as explosive or sensational, and instead ‘engage a different kind of violence that is neither spectacular nor instantaneous, but rather incremental and accretive’. Slow Violence acknowledges that the violence of climate change can often be unrecognized, even invisible, incremental, localized, extended or durational. Slow Violence is launching at the Art & Design Gallery on the 29 November and will be running through to the 20th January 2018. Image: Seeing Red…Overdrawn (2016). Ackroyd & Harvey, Photographer: Gorm Ashurst

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STUDENTS SHORTLISTED FOR

PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE AWARDS Talented students Silje Bergum and Holly Knowles have beaten off competition from thousands of other students internationally, to be shortlisted for Penguin Random House’s prestigious Student Design Award. The young designers were shortlisted in the Adult NonFiction Cover Award (Silje) and Children’s Cover Award (Holly) for their striking book cover designs. Every year, University of Hertfordshire students enter the international award as an opportunity to build their portfolio and experience a real cover design brief first-hand. Graphic Design student Silje Bergum’s stunning redesign of the classic book In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote, ensured that she was chosen from over 2,100 submissions in the Adult Non-Fiction Cover category. Holly Knowles, a final year Illustration student, also went up against thousands of other students from across the country. She made the coveted shortlist with her striking re-imagining of the cover of The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13½, by Sue Townsend. The judging panel was made up of Art Directors from across Penguin Random House, as well as guest judges, including Sarah Hyndman, David Pearson, Chris Packham and Rathna Ramanthan.

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Commenting on her nomination Silje Bergum said: “I’m really excited about being shortlisted. As someone who would like to work with books, this means a lot to me. There are so many great designs that were shortlisted and I’m just really honoured to be one of them. What inspired the design of this book was the content - the amount of travelling that happens within In Cold Blood is incredible. I was also inspired by a book design that I really like - Air Mail. Brev 1964-1990 designed by Aslak Gurholt Ronsen. This was what led me on the path with using stamps in my design.” Holly Knowles said: “I’m very excited and honoured to have been shortlisted for this award, especially alongside such creative and beautiful entries! I felt that depicting Adrian Mole’s bedroom would be an effective way of capturing the book’s time period and the character’s personality, while also allowing me to showcase some of the many comedic details of Adrian’s life. I felt that rendering his bedroom as a miniature model would help to further express his awkward transition from childhood into adolescence, due to its connection to both childhood toys and “geek” culture.” Nick Lovegrove, Programme Leader - Graphic Design and Illustration at the University of Hertfordshire, said: “We are incredibly proud that not one but two of our students

have been shortlisted for this prestigious design award. The competition was tough and the quality of entries from thousands of young designers across the country – was incredibly high, so the success of our students goes to prove just how dedicated and talented they are. “Our aim at the University of Hertfordshire is to help nurture creative designers just like this, who have the skills and confidence to stand out from the competition and ultimately thrive in a wide range of industries.” In addition to Penguin Random House’s Student Design Award, Silje Bergum was also shortlisted for a competition asking entrants to propose a new design for the UK passport, following the triggering of Article 50. The competition, organised by Dezeen, was open to the general public and there were over 200 entries from 34 different countries. Her project was one of nine proposals shortlisted by the judges. The purpose of the competition was to provoke people into thinking about the UK’s identity after Brexit. The brief called for designs that represented all UK citizens while presenting a positive view of the country to the rest of the world.

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HERTS NAMED WORLD’S BEST FOR NEXT-GEN GAMING The University of Hertfordshire has ranked in the top five in all six categories entered at the Rookies Awards 2017, ranking first in the Best Next-Gen Gaming Schools category. The Rookies are international awards for young designers, creators, innovators and artists. They were created to showcase the outstanding talent emerging from higher education facilities and help launch them into careers at the world’s top studios. Students submitted their work to an international professional judging panel who awarded a score based on the students’ overall presentation, technical skills, creative skills, industry skills, variety of content, and how suitable their skills would translate into the real world or production. The University of Hertfordshire came first in the Best Next-Gen Gaming Schools 2017 category for their entry Nexus, an open world exploration and puzzle game created by third year students Chris Pereira, Soul Payne, Akira Yashiki, Fiona Tan and Rene Mitchell Lambert. The University also ranked highly in five other categories: Best Photography Schools (2nd), Best Film

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Making Schools (3rd), Best Illustration Schools (4th), Best Motion Graphics Schools (4th) and Best VFX & Animation Schools (4th). This is the second time the University of Hertfordshire has been successful at The Rookies, having won five awards in July 2016. Neil Gallagher, Senior Lecturer of 3D Games Art & Design said: ‘Lecturing to a group of passionate students in the art of real time video games creation is a great post to have in life. It’s made all the better when your students win your University the Next Gen category award. It is a huge honour. At the University, we try and encourage our students through a method of regular submissions, teaching and also allow the students creative freedom to tailor their artefacts in whichever direction they wish to go, through games, games design, simulation, visualization, edutainment, mobile, tablets, virtual reality and so on.

Students from Graphic Design, Animation, Photography and Film were also shortlisted for the September selection where they were offered internships, prizes and Scholarships worth over $52,000. 8725 projects from 627 creative schools entered, which included 81 countries worldwide. Finalists included Becki Goldsmith, Hannah Hickey, Stefan Misirdzhiev, Jordan Moss, Callum Tweedie-Walker, Jake Goode, Phoebe Warries, Brad Heally, Jordan Browne, William Jaravaza and Giorgio Pennisi. VIEW OUR ENTRIES AT GO.HERTS.AC.UK/ROOKIES

‘Real time video games is not only a new and evolving platform but it’s unique in so many areas with constantly new and emerging technologies but we never forget our classical roots in art and design culture and use the technology just as a tool of expression.’

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COMMUNITY

HATS OFF TO COMMUNITY PROJECT

Earlier this year, Hatfield House took delivery of 50 giant white top hats that were distributed across local schools, businesses and places of interest who were tasked with the job of decorating them.

FINE ART

LIL NOMINATED FOR

PLATFORM GRADUATE AWARD Lil Cahill, who recently graduated from the Fine Art programme, has been nominated for the Platform Graduate Award after exhibiting her work at the Platform 2017 exhibition at the MK Gallery, Milton Keynes.

Each organisation chooses graduates from their local university degree shows to exhibit at the Platform exhibitions, before nominating one exhibitor for consideration for the regional Platform Graduate Award.

Platform 2017 is an initiative led by CVAN South East, a network setup to raise the profile of the visual arts sector in the south east.

Recent Fine Art graduates Lil Cahill and Dominyka Barauskaite were both selected to showcase their work at the MK Gallery as part of the Platform 2017 exhibition.

The Platform Graduate Award was created in 2012 to help emerging artists after graduation, it is partnership between Aspex, Portsmouth; De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea; MK Gallery, Milton Keynes; Modern Art Oxford and Turner Contemporary, Margate.

As one of five nominees for the Platform Graduate Award, Lil will now face an interview in front of a board of industry professionals but is in with a chance of winning £2,500 and a mentoring scheme. The winning artist will be announced in December 2017.

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Earlier this year, local historic site Hatfield House took delivery of 50 giant white top hats in support of their #TopHatfield awareness project. Managers of local schools, businesses and places of interest, including the University of Hertfordshire, were asked to decorate the hats on a relevant theme, uploading images to social media to create a virtual tour of the town. The University commissioned BA(Hons) Illustration graduate Beth Arthur to lead the project, with other graduates, students and staff joining in. Beth told the University’s Faces magazine: “It was great to see so many people involved. It really brought together students and staff.” The University’s hat was decorated with illustrations of buildings from both campuses, the student community and even included the gallery cat! “We wanted to convey the strong feeling of community that exists at the University,” Beth continues. “It’s quite big and heavy, and it took three of us to carry it. We had to take it to the first floor so we took it up in the lift but couldn’t get it through the door, so we had to bring it down in the lift again, carry it up the stairs and through a different set of double doors. Not easy for three people to manoeuvre! “It was very satisfying to see it come together and I really hope it will be a talking point, particularly when the new students arrive in September!”

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ROBBIE SELECTED FOR BLOOMBERG NEW CONTEMPORARIES 2017 Recent Fine Art graduate Robbie O’Keeffe has been selected for Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2017 at the BALTIC Gallery, Newcastle. Bloomberg New Contemporaries is a national touring exhibition that was established in 1949 to support emerging contemporary artists at the start of their professional careers. Selections were made by a panel of influential industry professionals including curators, writers and artists. Alison Dalwood, Programme Leader for Fine Art, and Mike Wright, Senior Lecturer, said: “We are delighted to see Robbie’s distinctive vision is being acknowledged through his selection for Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2017. We’d like to say a huge congratulations to Robbie and wish him all the best for the future.”

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ROB WINS BEST HORROR AT BERLIN SHORT FILM FESTIVAL

The Black Bull Incident, a short film by Principal Lecturer in Music, Rob Wright, won the Best Horror Award at the 2017 Berlin Short Film Festival in July. Alongside ‘Best Horror’ the film also won an ‘Award of Excellence’ in the Summer 2017 Global Webisode Competition in association with WRPN.TV. It is also in the official selection at the forthcoming European Short Film Festival in Germany and The Sin City Horror Fest, Las Vegas. Rob said: “The Black Bull Incident is an original animated story presented on video in the style of a graphic novel, with narration, an original music score and a visual effect which blurs the boundaries between the ‘reader’ and the stories on the page. “Delivered over four short ‘stylised’ episodes, the series presents an account of what happens following the emergence of a sinister pathogen which leaves in its wake the full horror and malevolence of medieval England when it is released upon the unsuspecting, and ill-prepared, modern world.” Later this year Rob will be hosting a private screening followed by a talk about the aesthetic, technical and promotional aspects of the work, here in the School of Creative Arts.

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The national touring exhibition will launch at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead and BALTIC’s project space at BALTIC 39, Newcastle upon Tyne from 29 September to 26 November 2017. FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE COURSE: GO.HERTS.AC.UK/W100

MUSIC COMPOSITION

STEVEN LEADS SOUND WORK ON NEW PLANET OF THE APES GAME Steven Coltart, who lectures across our Music programmes, has been working throughout production as Audio Lead, Composer & Sound Designer on Planet of the Apes: Last Frontier, a standalone cinematic adventure game set between the events of 2014’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and this year’s War for the Planet of the Apes. The game is due for release this fall on both console and PC. Steven’s had a busy and highly successful few years, with feature length Horror ‘American Beast’, which he scored, distributed in America by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, production music being aired around the world including TV placements on BBC First and Foxtel, and being awarded a winning composition on the 8Dio Standout Competition. Next up is an original soundtrack

for sci-fi film ‘Ascendance’ which is being produced in L.A and is based on a super-soldier is hired by a corporation to hunt down an unknown assailant, unearthing past misdeeds.

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ELEANOR TAKES UP SUMMER RESIDENCY

PRODUCT & INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

KIRAN WINS AT NEW DESIGNERS Kiran Sunil, a final year Industrial Design student, won New Designer of the Year: Runner Up in the New Designers 2017 awards.

design for deserving companies so that my designs can empower, create opportunities and improve honest entrepreneurship.’

This summer, UH Arts played host to alumnus Eleanor Osmond in the temporary studio in the Art & Design Gallery. A recent Fine Art undergraduate and MA student, Eleanor worked on Mondays and Fridays throughout July and August juggling her part-time role at the Wellcome Collection. Eleanor said: “My work is about collecting, ritual and repetition. In the last year I have archived over 300 fragments of postcards, offcuts from collages made from a wider collection. I am interested in the mundanity of these usually discarded objects and the value collecting and archiving assigns to them. “The summer residency granted me valuable studio time to consider my practice and methods of working. Although I produced little new work, I found that I was able to re-evaluate the context surrounding my practice”

The New Designers Awards take place annually to support emerging talent and to celebrate the year’s most talented graduate designers. Kiran’s award entry, the Machhalee Basket, is a mobile fish vending unit for fish vendors all over the world, enabling them to keep their fish cool using locally produced, nonelectric phase change materials (PCM). Judges viewed Kiran’s design as ‘a sensitively designed product – an example of bottom-up, frugal innovation, demonstrating genuine social impact and purpose.’ Kiran, who also won a cash prize of £500 in addition to the prestigious award, said: ‘I’ve always been creatively inclined, but wanted to express this in a logical and helpful to the masses. So industrial design seemed like the right direction to go and I couldn’t have asked for a better place to study than the University of Hertfordshire. ‘Winning this award has proved that my unique approach to design has worked and has value; this will help attract attention from employers. After I graduate, I’m planning to go to India to join a company that specialises in

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LAURA’S FIRST BOOK EXPLORES POPULARITY OF THE SHINING

MUSIC INDUSTRY MANAGEMENT

RYAN NAMED AS FUTURE LEADER OF MUSIC INDUSTRY Ryan Penty, who graduated from our Music Industry Management programme back in 2011, has been featured in IQ magazine’s ‘New Bosses 2017’ article as one of ten future leaders. After graduating, Ryan joined Coda Music Agency as an intern, becoming a member of agent Alex Hardee’s team in 2013, working with acts including Sean Paul, Clean Bandit and Ella Eyre. Ryan tells IQ: “I originally wanted to be a promoter, but there is a lot more strategic planning involved in being an agent. I love being completely hands-on with the direction of an artist’s career [...] being an agent is becoming more and more about scouting new talent and that’s definitely a strength of Coda. “There is no better mentor than Alex Hardee. He’s done it all, seen it all, told some terrible jokes and still come out on top [...] I’m really proud of how I’ve helped Coda to become the company it is today. It is forward thinking, constantly adapting to the changing industry and a real testament to all the hard work everyone puts in daily.” FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE COURSE: GO.HERTS.AC.UK/WN32

Film and Television Lecturer, Laura Mee, is celebrating the release of her first book.

to frighten audiences and inspire filmmakers almost forty years after its release.”

A study of Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece The Shining, the book is published by Auteur as part of the Devil’s Advocates series of short titles on classic horror films.

The book covers Kubrick’s process of adaptation and his use of unusual style and dark humour. It provides an analysis of the film’s themes including issues of class, race and gender, as well a study of the film’s reception history and its impact on horror and popular culture.

Laura explains: “The Shining is one of the greatest horror movies ever made, but its place and status in the genre’s history has been overlooked, especially by academic studies which often focus on production contexts and celebrate Kubrick as the ultimate auteur. “Instead, I wanted to examine the film as an enduringly popular and highly original horror film that has continued

Laura’s project sits alongside production research undertaken by fellow Film and Television Lecturer Howard Berry as part of The Elstree Project. Howard made the documentary, Staircases to Nowhere, based on his interviews with crew who worked on the film when it was shot at Elstree studios in the late 1970s.

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UH ARTS TEAM JOINS SCHOOL OF CREATIVE ARTS The School of Creative Arts is delighted to welcome the UHArts team! UHArts, the University’s arts and cultural hub, has now been integrated into the School of Creative Arts. UHArts is your arts centre, and presents a programme of visual art, design, film, media, live art and other performing arts in locations across both campuses, including the Art & Design Gallery, Western Auditorium, Film, Music & Media Building and outside spaces. Programmes offer staff and students arts events of national quality on their doorstep. UHArts can also offer work experience and the opportunity to get involved behind the scenes in developing and delivering our programme. FIND OUT MORE AT: UHARTS.CO.UK

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GRAPHIC DESIGN / INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN

STUDENTS COLLABORATE WITH

YALE & PRADA School of Creative Arts’ Dr Shaun Borstrock and Yale School of Management’s Jessica Helfand initiated a cutting-edge collaborative project: Creative Design— Leads Business. The workshop was set to explore perceptions of luxury brands through an understanding and interpretation of luxury as an all-encompassing experience. The approach is one that leads by design, to inform the processes that underpin creative decisions, to create an aspirational shopping environment that challenges current conventions associated with Prada and luxury brands. As part of the project, a workshop was held simultaneously at Yale School of Management and UH School of Creative Arts, where students designed a three-dimensional environment to explore the customer experience in a proposed new Prada store. Subsequently, UH undergraduate students worked collaboratively with Yale MBA students and Milan Polytechnic MA students for the Prada Student Workshop: Design, Business, and the Future of the Prada Retail Experience. In the Milan workshop, organised within the context of the Prada Conference; Shaping a Creative Future, a Conversation on Sustainability and Innovation, students from Italy, the United States, and the United Kingdom worked on the question: Can Design-Led Proposals Lead to Coherent Retail Strategies? The challenge of this project was in the first instance to devise a design proposal, and then deliver a solution that informed the approach to business to create a coherent retail strategy. In the one-day workshop, students were asked to consider the Prada brand against competing luxury

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brands; look at the circular economy and ask themselves how they correspond to existing technologies. Perhaps most critically, students thought about the customer’s role as a core participant in a technologicallyenhanced retail experience. Working in mixed teams of business and design students led by Professor Mark Bloomfield, Dr Shaun Borstrock, Dr Silvio Carta and Nick Lovegrove from the School of Creative Arts, Professor Jessica Helfand from Yale School of Management, Dr Chiara Colombi and Elena Caratti from Politecnico di Milano, the teams reversed the typical process in which a designer visualizes a business strategy. In the workshop, the model was reversed, beginning with a vision—blue sky, utopian, technologically ambitious and progressive—from which a business strategy then emerged. The outcomes of the workshop were filmed and presented at the Prada Headquarters in Milan at the Prada Shaping Creative Futures conference to distinguished guests including the Chairman of Prada Group and industry leaders including Andrea Illy – President, illycaffè , Andrea Morante – President, Sergio Rossi and Anna Zegna – President, Fondazione Zegna and international press. As a result of the success of the project, the School has nominated five of the participants (Stephanie Brennan, Ty Taylor, Lana Stockton, Nafees Akhtar and Joshua Spinks) for a flare Ignite award for this international entrepreneurial project, proposing a series of technologically-led concept designs for the future of luxury retail experiences for Prada.

The flare Ignite launched in 2014 to run alongside flare, the University’s start-up competition for students and graduates with an existing business or innovative idea. The core aim of Ignite is to support and celebrate inschool entrepreneurial work by identifying and rewarding the most enterprising students from each school. Each School has nominated one candidate for the competition, with 10 Schools being up against one another for the Ignite prize. Hertfordshire design student, Stephanie Brennan, said: ‘It is exhilarating to be able to put my creative energies into imagining a concept for a brand as notable as Prada. It is also incredibly humbling that this opportunity has been presented to us while we are still students. Further, as we are students, we are not encumbered by the constraints of a working project. This gives us the freedom to generate wild and exotic ideas.’ Holly Rollins, agreed that learning from their counterparts at other universities was a huge benefit. She added: ‘Milan has been an unforgettable experience and the opportunity to work with two international universities has taught me valuable skills that I can carry through with me to my professional career.’ Ty Taylor, added that having his work shown to such highlevel figures in fashion can only bode well for the student’s futures. He said: ‘The connections that were made due to networking has the potential to be the start of something amazing in my journey into design. I can single handedly say it was the best trip I have ever experienced.’

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ILLUSTRATION

MODECLIX JEN HOLDS SESSION AT OPENS LEXUS CATWALK SHOW Modeclix, the 3D printed fashion range by Dr Shaun Borstrock and Prof Mark Bloomfield, was invited to open the 3D Print fashion show hosted by Lexus / Voxelworld in Dusseldorf on 22 July as part of the global Platform Fashion event. Eight garments were shown in front of an audience of 1,200 invited guests including a dress set with 18,000 crystals. Kim Laura Hnizdo the German model, and the 2016 winner of Germany’s Next Top Model, opened the show. Modeclix is the world’s first fully customisable 3D printed textile and has been nominated for three international 3D print awards, attracting interest from around the world. Dr Shaun Borstrock, Associate Dean of School for Business & Innovation, said: “It was an absolute pleasure to have been asked to open the Lexus Voxelworld 3D print fashion show at Fashion Platform in Dusseldorf. The team, the models and everyone involved made the whole event exciting. It was amazing to see our Modeclix 3D printed clothes coming down the runway at such a prestigious event.”

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APPLE’S FLAGSHIP STORE Illustration graduate Jennifer Leem-Bruggen hosts Live Art session at Apple Regent Street Jennifer hosted the ‘Today At Apple’ event where she took part in a Live Art session drawing with the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil. The theme of the workshop was ‘composing a narrative’ and involved audience participation. Members of the audience were each given an iPad to draw along too. A base sketch was loaded onto all iPads from which participants were able to add and extract elements, changing the narrative of the illustration. Using the numerous brush tools, participants worked in textures and colour to build atmosphere into the piece. Jennifer said: “The whole experience was fantastic! Interacting with the audience and seeing them get stuck in with the live art was a great feeling and it shows how illustration can bring people together. I had so much fun hosting this workshop, it has alleviated my initial fears

of live drawing! Seeing my work on a giant screen in the Apple Store for hundreds to see was the highlight of the whole experience! “This was my first time doing a public live art event and to be presenting in front of a large crowd and with a dream client such as Apple was a very daunting feeling, though I couldn’t say no! I prepared a Keynote about my inspirations, process to my work and some recent projects I’ve worked on. I wanted to show a journey of progression and really touch on my printmaking background that continues to inspire my work still. I come from a Photoshop background so getting used to Procreate was quite easy, they have a lot of similar functions.” Jennifer is kept busy as an Artist Agent at Folio Illustration Agency and freelance illustrator. FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE COURSE: GO.HERTS.AC.UK/W221

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ANIMATION

GRADS IN JUNGLE BOOK TEAM ARE

OSCAR-WINNERS! Several talented Visual Effects graduates were honoured at this year’s Oscars for their innovative work on Disney’s The Jungle Book, as part of a leading visual effects team. Former students Josh Shorland, Gianluigi Bevilacqua, Josh Parks and Chris Turner were part of the team at major VFX studio MPC, which won an Oscar for Visual Effects for its stunning work in creating The Jungle Book’s stunning CG environments and bringing the film’s iconic animal characters to life. In addition to winning the prestigious Academy Award, the MPC team also took home BAFTA and Critics Choice awards. Recent Visual Effects graduate Josh Shorland currently works as Show Production Assistant at MPC, while

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Gianluigi Bevilacqua, who graduated in 2014, works as a Digital Compositor. Josh Parks now works as Compositor at Lucasfilm’s VFX and animation studio Industrial Light and Magic.

visual effects on The Jungle Book, whose work was recently celebrated at the Oscars. It is a credit to our School and staff, who work hard to provide hands on experience within the industry and top-rate teaching, that so many students go on to illustrious careers.’

Chris Turner also graduated from the University of Hertfordshire with a BA in Visual Effects and was part of the Oscar winning team who worked on The Jungle Book at MPC. He now also works at Industrial Light & Magic as Paint & Roto Artist, where he has worked on films including Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Transformers: the Last Knight.

Other students to have won major industry awards in recent years have included Kaya Jabar, Virtual Production Supervisor at The Third Floor, Inc, who was part of the team awarded with an Emmy for Animation work on Game of Thrones. She graduated from Hertfordshire with a BA (Hons) in 3D Digital Animation in 2012.

Dean of School Judy Glasman said: ‘We are extremely proud of all of our graduates and want to congratulate all of those who have gone on to win industry awards, including the former students involved with the stunning

In 2015, BA Digital Animation graduate Will Burdett was part of a team to win an Oscar and Bafta for the Hollywood blockbuster Gravity, whilst working as a 3D Modeller at leading creative studio Framestore.

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INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN

STUDENTS DESIGN CONCEPTS FOR MOBILE MUSEUM Final year Interior Architecture & Design students have been awarded in a design competition for the St Albans Mobile Museum. A temporary exhibition stand will tour Hertfordshire and London’s King’s Cross in the summer of 2017. The installation is a prelude to the refurbishment of the St Albans Town Hall, due to re-open as the new Museums of St Albans in 2018. The project is a collaboration with St Albans Museums, UH Galleries and artist-in-residence Lyndall Phelps. Architecture and Interior Architecture & Design lecturer Eva Sopeoglou said: ‘I have been working with students on this project since January 2016, and very much look forward to the temporary exhibition and the permanent museum itself!’.

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RESEARCH

DHERITAGE STUDENT SUCCESS AT HISTORY DEPARTMENT ANNUAL CONFERENCE

ALISON EXPLORES ‘WONDER’ IN NEW BOOK

The Doctorate in Heritage Programme at the University of Hertfordshire is now in its third year, with three cohorts of part-time students working in heritage roles professionally and on new research into heritage-related issues for their professional doctorates.

Wonder has an established link to the history and philosophy of science. However, there is little acknowledgement of the relationship between the visual arts and wonder. Wonder, as a book, presents a new perspective on this overlooked connection, allowing a unique insight into the role of wonder in contemporary visual practice. Artists, curators and art theorists give accounts of their approach to wonder through the use of materials, objects and ways of exhibiting. These accounts not only raise issues of a particular relevance to the way in which we encounter our reality today but ask to what extent artists utilize the function of wonder purposely in their work.

Campus-based DHeritage students meets for four or five bespoke heritage workshops during each academic year, and in addition are encouraged to attend three residential programmes. The programmes include the Spring and Summer Schools which are hosted by the Doctoral College’s Researcher Development Programme, and the annual History Department conference held each year in February at Cumberland Lodge in Windsor Great Park. Dr Grace Lees-Maffei, Reader in Design History, says: ‘The History Department conference this year saw a wealth of information shared about material culture, not only in the papers presented by DHeritage students and by Prof Rebecca Houze for TVAD, but also by the members of the History Dept. who are not directly involved with the DHeritage Programme.’

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Senior Lecturer in Fine Art, Alison Dalwood, explores the connection between ‘wonder’ and the visual arts through a chapter in new Routledge book, Wonder in Contemporary Artistic Practice.

To experience wonder, mustn’t you be fully aware? And in our too-casual replication of the world, isn’t the experience of wonder lost? Alison Dalwood’s essay in Claude Glass Re-visited explores practice-led research from 2006 to the present which is concerned with the possibility of experiencing wonder through the poetic transformation. For example, that conjured through Alison Dalwood’s reinvented version of the 18th Century Claude glass; or Time Visible as Moving Light (2017), a series of largescale photographic panels, in which objecthood is static and it is the world around it which changes, no matter

how slightly, as images enter and leave the work’s field of vision. Wonder has already met with positive acclaim, as in this review by Christopher Smith, University of the Arts London, UK, and Editor of the Journal of Visual Art Practice, who feels that the book: ‘bring[s] a much neglected attention to the topic of wonder and the visual arts in this edited collection of reflections drawn from a diverse range of distinguished scholars and practitioners. The emphasis on practice is to be welcomed. It goes beyond theory into the studio and the role wonder has in the production and reception of visual arts. This stimulating volume is a must read for academics and practitioners in the visual arts.’ Alison said: ‘I found the process of writing the chapter useful, in itself. The past and present and works yet to be made but already imagined are all joined together in the text and what seemed contradictory and fragmentary in my research at the time, makes sense in retrospect. ‘It’s a very different experience from making artwork, because that process depends so much on your perspective at that moment in time. In terms of how my research is received and understood, following the book’s publication I’ve had a very good reaction with new opportunities to write and exhibit in the future.’

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FASHION & FASHION BUSINESS

SPORTWEAR MANUFACTURER TALKS BUSINESS Lionstar Global Business Development Manager Grant Popham has visited our first and second year Fashion & Fashion Business students this year. Grant spoke to students about supply chain, logistics and compliance within the clothing industry. Lionstar are a large scale manufacturer in China working with Under Armour, Puma, Canterbury, Musto and many more top-end sportswear brands. Recent graduate Bethany Varty, landed a job with Lionstar last year. Corrine Metcalfe, Senior Lecturer in Fashion & Fashion Business, said: ‘This talk and workshop gave the students live information and examples of how the current climate of political change is already impacting on their business and the struggles surrounding compliance to the exacting standards of large brands.’

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IZZY WINS PRESTIGIOUS ILLUSTRATION PRIZE

GOING GLOBAL

The School’s Graphic Design & Illustration programme has recently celebrated the success of final year student Isobel Evans, who won the Hachette Children’s Group Carmelite Picture Book Prize 2017. The Carmelite Picture Book Prize, which launched in 2015, is an award designed to recognise the most talented undergraduates with the aim of encouraging and inspiring the next generation of illustrators for picture books. Isobel Evans, an Illustration student, outshone contenders from Central St Martins, Cambridge School of Art and Leeds College of Art to take away the top prize first prize of £1,000 and the opportunity to publish a book with acclaimed author and artist Rachel Bright. For this year’s competition Ms Bright wrote a picture book text called Free-range Freddy and the Hachette Children’s Group invited illustration and design students to submit illustrations for the book. Entrants submitted four colour spreads and a visual plan and these were judged by a panel of industry professionals including the senior creative team at Hachette Children’s Group and Rachel Bright.

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Isobel said: “Rachel’s text appealed to me because it’s about accepting who you are, and that it’s okay to be different. That’s something that will always be relevant, particularly for children, as growing up can be really tough on those who don’t fit the mould. I really enjoyed illustrating Rachel’s text and it’s a huge privilege to be part of the 2017 Carmelite Prize.”

The British Higher School of Art and Design was established in 2003 in Moscow to teach and train students according to the highest international standards.

Sophie Stericker, Group Creative Director at Hachette Children’s group added: “The standard of entries was extremely high. It was wonderful to see such stylistically diverse interpretations of Rachel’s text, by students from so many universities around the country. The finalists demonstrated tremendous competence and creativity in visual storytelling, their approaches unique and entertaining. Isobel delivered a story beyond the words, with subtle visual subplots and masterful characterisation.”

Since then the School has gained a reputation as the most important educational centre in Russia within the spheres of Art and Design. BHSAD works in close partnership with the University of Hertfordshire in the UK and offers franchised degrees from the School of Creative Arts in the following areas: BA (Hons) Fashion, BA (Hons) Fine Art, BA (Hons) Graphic Design & Illustration, BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design, BA (Hons) Photography, BA (Hons) Product Design.

Cathie Felstead, Senior Lecturer of Illustration at the University of Hertfordshire, added: “Izzy has a great understanding of narrative, skilfully introducing audiences to imagined places and intriguing characters. Her illustrations are already attracting attention from industry and interest from agents. There’s no doubt that Izzy has a great future ahead of her and we are all incredibly proud.”

‘BHSAD are proud to work with the School of Creative Arts, we value the partnership and link with the University of Hertfordshire. We wish the graduates success in the end of year show and their future careers.’ Alexander Avramov, Director

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FASHION

GRADUATES WOW INDUSTRY AT FASHION SHOW Four University of Hertfordshire fashion students were presented with awards for their innovative designs, by some of the biggest names in the fashion industry, at the annual Graduate Fashion Show, held on 16 May 2017 at Chelsea Old Town Hall. Annie Sophocleous won the Ted Baker Award for Designer of the Year, for her snow queen inspired collection, featuring rich textures and laser cuts. The prize is a two-week internship at Ted Baker. Annie said: “I am overwhelmed to have won this award - I can’t believe it. I am really looking forward to my internship with Ted Baker and can’t wait to start.” Award sponsor Catherine Scorey from Ted Baker gave the award to Annie for the outstanding quality of her work, commenting during the show: “Her collection was so strong, it was such a good combination of grey with cream, flannel, chiffon, organza and fur. It was beautifully put together.” Zhou Lu received the Maria Grachvogel Award for Best

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Use of Colour and Print. Maria said she selected Zhou for her well thought out and well considered collection: “The colour combinations were really eye catching and beautiful, but it’s not so much print but what Zhou did with the embroidery details on the back which made it really new, interesting and fresh. I think it was overall just beautifully executed and beautifully made.” Zhou’s hand-stitched collection was inspired by military uniform, embroidery and handmade crafting. She commented: “I’m really excited and surprised but happy to have won this award.” The Ally Capellino award for Most Creative Use of Fabric was presented to Sameeta Shrestha for her use of matte and colour combinations in her collection, inspired by architecture - particularly buildings in Dubai. She then went into soft tailoring drawing inspiration from Delpozo which encouraged her use of colour. Sameeta added: “It feels great to have received this award. All the hard work - investing the time and money in the fabric - has all paid off. To see it come to life is just brilliant.”

The Most Commercially Viable Collection award from F&F, which included a two-week placement with the brand, was awarded to Emma Green. Emma’s collection was based on the fresh and crisp architecture in Portugal. She said: “It’s amazing to have won this – I didn’t expect anything like this so I’m over the moon. The two-week placement is great as industry experience is key and F&F is so commercial; it will give me lots of experience and knowledge that I need to move forward.” Programme leader at the University of Hertfordshire and show co-ordinator, Tony Rosella, said: “This year’s Graduate Fashion Show once again truly showcased the amazing talents of our young designers. We hope that these visionary young people will go on to have successful careers in all areas of the fashion industry.” “We particularly want to congratulate our four award winners, who have been recognised by some of the most high-profile names in the industry for their outstanding collections, innovation and hard work.”

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GRADUATE FILM SELECTED FOR

PINEWOOD FILMMAKER SHOWCASE BA(Hons) Film & Television Production graduates Oliver Cosbie Ross and Liana Failla were invited to Pinewood Studios after their short film ‘Commissioned’ was selected for the First-Time Filmmaker Showcase, hosted by the co-founders of Lift-Off Film Festival. The Lift-Off Global Network holds film festivals across the world, offering a showcasing platform for emerging talent. Filmmakers were greeted with a tour of the studios, before being introduced to the Lift-Off team including cofounders James Bradley and Ben Pohlman. Visitors were offered the opportunity to test new filming equipment in the RED Digital Cinema office, before making their way to the Rotolight offices where they were given demonstrations of some of the newest advancements in lighting technology. ‘Commissioned’ was showcased in a private preview theatre along with the other entries, allowing the audience to provide feedback and complete scorecards. Film Producer, Oliver Cosbie Ross, said: “This was such a great start to what hopefully will be a successful run within the film festival circuit for ‘Commissioned’. We’d like to thank the Lift-Off Film Festival team for inviting us to such a wonderful event, it’s really exciting to know there are people out there who are investing in new and young filmmakers, as it can be really daunting heading into an industry that heavily relies on experience.

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“The day was an amazing experience itself and incredibly insightful and beneficial to us as new and young filmmakers. We’d also like to thank the University of Hertfordshire, for providing us with the opportunity for us both to have this experience; it was one we’ll never forget. We’re proud of our graduate film and happy to have made it as a part of the Film & TV Production course at Herts!” FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE COURSE: GO.HERTS.AC.UK/W602

STUDENTS SUPPORTED BY INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS 2016/17 saw a wave of workshops from some of the best in Animation, Visual Effects and Game Design, including speakers from Sony Interactive Entertainment, Rocksteady and Double Negative. Eleven speakers from various companies were invited to inspire students and advise on what could be expected after graduation. Final year BA(Hons) 3D Games Art & Design student Mel Muhina, said: “I think the talks and workshops we have had have been invaluable. It’s amazing to see that these were people in the same position as us and have got so far. “They provide key information about getting into the industry and show us the reality of being there. Being able to speak to these professionals and ask for critique on your work is incredibly helpful. I’m really grateful to have such amazing networking opportunities with some of my favourite artists!” Senior Lecturer Neil Gallagher said: “With the games industry now worth an annual £70 billion, and the film and animation industries also bringing in huge profits, there is always a need for new talent. A wide range of digital artists from across the community has come together for an incredible group of talks for our students and lecturers this year. With weekly industry talks followed by portfolio reviews, we guide our students to build portfolios targeting particular industry practices. “It really benefits the students to hear where the jobs are. Depending on industry demand, this could be focused skillsets within their discipline from character development, explosive particles, environment creation, hair grooming, animation and many more areas of digital art creation. For those students a more independent approach to their own creations and career options, it helps them see what those possible areas might be. In this age of convergence, innovation, and technological acceleration, new career options and areas of specialty are opening up on a daily basis.” A big thank you to Double Negative, Creative Assembly, Sony Interactive Entertainment, Rare, Roy Nesbitt, Animate Projects, Rebellion, Autodesk, Framestore, Rocksteady and Natural Motion for visiting our students this year.

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DESIGN CRAFTS

AMANDA’S WORK AUCTIONED IN PHILADELPHIA Contemporary Design Crafts student Amanda Charles has auctioned off work to raise money for the National Liberty Museum’s Character Education Programme for Youth. The Museum, based in Philadelphia, asked Amanda to donate a piece after seeing her glass work on Instagram. A piece from Amanda’s ‘Just a Sliver Please’ collection sold for an incredible $600. The charity auction also included works from internationally renowned artists Dale Chihuly and Lino Tagliapietra. Amanda’s work will be showcased later this year at the British Glass Biennale 2017 Exhibition, the UK’s major contemporary glass exhibition. Subject Leader, Antje Illner, said: ‘Amanda progressed rapidly and through her hard work on the course has earned recognition and the opportunity to exhibit her work.’

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GRADS MEET UP FOR

ALUMNIGHT In February 2017, the Graphic Design and Illustration programme held a reunion for its alumni in Central London. The event was held at renowned advertising agency JWT in Knightsbridge and was attended by many former students who are now working in the design industry. It was a chance for graduates to catch up with old friends and members of staff but also network with former students who they might not have previously met.

Programme Leader Nick Lovegrove said: ‘The course has been producing top quality graduates for many years now, so this was a great opportunity for us to keep in touch with them and build a professional network for our current students. It was brilliant to see how many of our alumni have developed incredibly successful careers and that they are still happy to support the course.’

Importantly, final year students were invited to the event, giving them a chance to get advice from graduates, discuss their career goals and show off their work. Plenty

Students, staff and graduates carried on chatting long into the night and it’s hoped that this becomes an annual fixture in the calendar.

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LANDSCAPES GO ON SHOW AT FIELDER CENTRE

The UH Arts Collection team has recently curated a new selection of artworks at the Fielder Centre exploring the theme of landscape. Nature has been a vehicle for artists to express themselves throughout the ages. The showcased works fit aptly in the light-filled, open-plan spaces of the Fielder Centre, which is surrounded by the beautiful Hertfordshire landscape – providing wonderful opportunities of reflection for visitors. The University of Hertfordshire Art Collection was established in 1952 and comprises around 500 artworks. A wonderfully eclectic collection, it features 13 impressive external sculptures and a portfolio of paintings, prints, drawings, photographs, ceramics and mixed-media works.

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of business cards were exchanged, as well as offers of placements and further portfolio reviews.

Another new hotspot for the Art Collection is the recently refurbished Lindop Foyer. Showcasing a range of artwork comprising photography, drawing and painting, each intriguing piece deals with the subject of portraiture in a fresh, innovative way. Works are acquired to enhance the university environment, introducing modern and contemporary art into places where people study, live and work. The University is committed to providing not only an attractive education setting, but one which informs, enlightens and enhances the life of its students, staff and local community. The UH Art Collection is deliberately dispersed in publicly accessible sites across the College Lane and de Havilland Campuses, as well as Bio Park and the Fielder Centre. Image: Coverack I and II, 2002, Oil on Canvas by Anne Allanson

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DIGITAL ANIMATION

INDUSTRY AWARDS AT

ANIMATION EXPOSÉ The University of Hertfordshire’s world-famous animation festival, celebration and exhibition, Animation Exposé, took place on Thursday 25 May. Now in its fourteenth year, the ever-popular event was streamed live around the world, featuring inspirational talks from industry leaders about the latest blockbusters, as well as showcasing the very best work from the University’s degree courses in 3Dand 2D animation, Games Art and Visual Effects. In the morning guests were treated to a great lineup of industry speakers from leading visual effects, games and animation industries, such as Frontier Developments, Outpost VFX, Karrot Animation and MPC. The afternoon saw the prestigious animation film showcase, containing the very best 3D, Games, VFX and 2D animated movies from the graduating class of talented students. Films were in stiff competition with each other to win top prizes decided upon by a distinguished panel of industry judges including staff from Disney, Blue Zoo, Burrows CGI, Foster and Partners, Darkside Studios, Rewind, Random 42 and many more. Nick Rodgers, Head of Animation at Frontier Developments said: “We’ve had a fantastic day today. The quality of the work, as always, has been incredible – we’re seriously impressed with everything we’ve seen today, it’s been fantastic!”, while Principal Programmer Owen McCarthy added: “I was completely blown away by everything. It’s the quality of what you would expect from someone doing a masters degree”.

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Sol Rogers, CEO of VR production studio Rewind commented: “It’s always a pleasure to come back and see what the University of Hertfordshire produces. Their talent for 2D animation, 3D animation, games and also visual effects goes up and up and up every year.” Head of Rigging at Milk VFX, Neil Roach said: “The quality of the work today was amazing. We’re really, really impressed with the high quality of all of the work here and I think the students should be proud of everything they’ve achieved.” “This year our popular animation festival has to be our best ever. We run an internationally renowned and awardwinning animation course and this event is the culmination of months of work for our students, providing them with the chance to showcase their huge range of talents,” commented Martin Bowman and Daniel Goodbrey, Joint Programme Leaders. “We believe that the combination of exceptional technical and art skills, coupled with high level industry links, will open doors for an artist, and the University works exceptionally hard to help graduates attain successful careers in the industry. “Our graduates have worked on Hollywood blockbusters such as Star Wars: Rogue One, Avatar, Inception, Gravity and Prometheus, and the Digital Animation Programme is now ranked #1 in the world for Next Gen Gaming and #4 in the world for Animation and Visual Effects by the prestigious CG Rookies Awards.”

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UNIVERSITY APPOINTS FIRST PROFESSOR OF DESIGN HISTORY Grace Lees-Maffei has been appointed Professor of Design History following an external process of peer review, by a University panel headed by Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research and International), Professor John Senior. Grace is the first Professor of Design History at the University of Hertfordshire and the School of Creative Art’s first female professor. Grace has been working in the School since 1995, when she started as a Visiting Lecturer, before becoming a Lecturer in 1998, Senior Lecturer in 2000 and Reader in 2010. Grace is also Chair of the Theorising Visual Art & Design research group. Professor Lees-Maffei said: “This is very good news for the School and the University, for the field of Design History, and for women academics and I am personally very heartened by this appointment.” Grace has recently returned from the University of Oslo, Norway where she chaired a strand celebrating 40 years of the Design History Society and 30 years of the Journal of Design History at the annual DHS conference Making and Unmaking the Environment. FIND OUT MORE ABOUT TVAD AT GO.HERTS.AC.UK/TVAD

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MODEL DESIGN

ART TEACHER IS SIMPLY THE BUST! Model Design student Naomi Hargraves has thrilled her former Art teacher with a black graphite life-size portrait bust of himself. Naomi, in her final year studying Model Design (Character & Creative Effects), delighted John Pearson-Phillips as she returned to The Bishop’s Stortford High School. Naomi showed promise from a young age, winning a prize from the Bishops Stortford Decorative and Fine Arts Society (BSDFAS) who recognised her work during her final year at school. Mr Pearson Phillips said: ‘When Naomi popped in last term and told me of the task set by her tutor, I was flattered. She took some photographs, made a few measurements and then off she went with all of the information she needed. Two months later she turns up with what is in effect a fantastic image, beautifully modelled and all of the teachers and students frankly keep gawping at it as it is so utterly tremendous. I keep looking at it and can’t believe I share an office with my twin! ‘Once she’d left and I started to take it in, I was utterly overcome. Knowing a thing or two about sculpture, and having taught her a range of modelling and casting processes at A-Level it is wonderful, truly wonderful to see that she has progressed so much further and has created such an astonishing image. Naomi has a glittering future. She is brilliant, utterly brilliant and I am so grateful that she chose to sculpt me for this task.’

RESOURCES

CREATIVE ARTS PARTNERS WITH LYNDA.COM In 2017, the School of Creative Arts partnered with online tuition website Lynda.com to give our students access to over 5000 online courses. Ranging from business and marketing skills to in depth software training, Lynda.com is the market leader in online courses. In the first two months of its launch, students from across the School of Creative Arts have viewed over 5200 videos, totalling 355 hours of additional learning outside of their taught classes.

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UH ARTS

FLYING HIGH IN THE ART & DESIGN GALLERY This November, contemporary circus company UpSwing will be resident in the Art & Design Gallery, offering workshops, drop-in performances and life drawing sessions to both students, staff and local primary school children. As part of their performances UpSwing will be flying an aerialist in the Art & Design Gallery – an amazing visual experience not to be missed! Melissa Alexander, Programme Manager for UHArts is working with UpSwing to develop a new touring show. Based upon research into the ‘Science of Compassion’ by Theo Gilbert from the School of Humanities, it will use circus skills to physicalise the research and emphasise the elements of trust and risk. UHArts will be working with the company throughout the year offering a variety of on campus experiences for both staff and students. Upswing’s vision is to explore

the potential of circus to tell stories relevant to our society and make work that has a broader cultural resonance. Artistic Director of UpSwing Vicki Amedume said: “we will use physicality to illuminate and excite interest, to expand the ideas beyond emotional and visual impressions”. UHArts and UpSwing will also be working with final year Animation student Nathan Wilkes to create the transmedia work to support UpSwing’s new touring show ‘See you Fall’ (working title). FIND OUT MORE AT: UHARTS.CO.UK

Image: © UpSwing

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ANIMATION

JUMBO SUCCESS FOR BERTIE AT

RTS AWARDS Recent graduates from the University of Hertfordshire have won an award from the Royal Television Society’s Student Television Awards 2017. Zak Boxall and Chris Turner, who both studied Visual Effects for Television and Film at the University of Hertfordshire, picked up the award in the Short Film Category for their film Bertie the Elephant. The jury awarded this prize for the sheer scale of the production’s ambition. Bertie the Elephant is a short visual effects film using computer-generated imagery. Set in London, it follows a baby elephant on his journey to return a lost toy to its owner. The successful film has now won a series of awards, picking up Film of the Year and a CG Internship at the ‘Rookies’ awards in July last year, as well as winning the Innovation in Film Award from PETA in the same month for helping to prove that ‘the use of abused captive animals on screen is obsolete’. ‘We wanted to capture the beauty and innocence of a living elephant without using a real elephant and looked to the work of various filmmakers and post houses for inspiration. Although shooting at night proved challenging, we were intrigued by the city’s magnificence and colours, and the doors it opened in terms of a unique visual style. I headed

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up the 3D aspects of the film whilst Chris took care of all things 2D. We brought the film from concept to delivery and it was a collaboration of many talented artists at the University of Hertfordshire’, said Zak Boxall. Martin Bowman, Joint Programme Leader for Animation said: ‘We are extremely proud of Zak’s and Chris’ success. Their film pushed the limits of visual effects for the integration of a computer generated animal with live action footage. ‘Zak and Chris were both excellent students, creating work that enabled them to stand out as advanced practitioners and also as very desirable graduates. It is little wonder that both were offered employment within two weeks of graduating and are now working for Industrial Light and Magic, the most famous visual effects company in the world, responsible for Star Wars, Pirates of the Caribbean, Jurassic Park.’ Andrea Gauld, BBC Producer and Chair of the RTS London Student Awards 2017, said: ‘Students are the future of our industry. The range and quality of many of the entries were equal, if not better, than a lot of what gets broadcast on our televisions every night and I offer huge congratulations to this year’s winners, nominees, and of course, to their tutors, whose help and guidance is immeasurable.’

RESEARCH

PAUL DELIVERS INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTES Dr Paul Cureton, lecturer in Architecture, has this year delivered two keynote lectures at national and international conferences. The first, titled Time, Technology, Ageing and Landscape Futures was delivered as part of ‘Art and the Environment in Britain’ at the Université Rennes, France, while in February 2017 Paul presented Time, Medium and Message: Strategies for Landscape Representation for the Sustainable Landscape Series: Innovation for Sustainable Living. Paul has also recently been appointed as an Academician at the Academy of Urbanism and has appeared in their ‘Spotlight’ section discussing City Visions, a theme that was addressed when he invited Dr Ray Lucas (Head of Architecture at the University of Manchester) to meet second year Interior Architecture & Design students and give a talk entitled ‘Future Cities Unit on Architecture Research Methods’.

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PARRIS MEETS HATFIELD

UH Arts brings contemporary artist Janette Parris’ Hatfield Conversations to campus. Janette Parris’ work has been exhibited across the UK and internationally and is based upon everyday people. Janette is launching a new animated film and comic this Autumn, celebrating everyday life in Hatfield and taking inspiration from the characters, lives and daily interactions of the residents. Following intense research in situ over the summer, Parris will create a new visual portrait of the town’s communities, places and activities, accompanied by a soundtrack composed by the artist. This snapshot of Hatfield will seek to make visible what is sometimes hidden and overlooked. Parris has embedded herself in the town for several weeks and aims to capture the local stories and protagonists of Hatfield with affection, poignancy and humour, fictionalising them to make relevant comments and observations about the state of this Hertfordshire town, and perhaps our entire nation, in 2017. She visited local cafes, shops, supermarkets and the library, and attended community group meetings and events.

FINE ART

LILY NAMED FREE RANGE

HIGHLIGHT Fine Art student Lily Rankine is named one of the emerging artists to look out for at Free Range this year by Culture Trip. As one of the fastest growing media startups, Culture Trip attracts up to nine million readers each month, globally. Across their site, social media and apps Culture Trip has published almost 48,000 articles across various genres, ranging from travel to art. Culture Trip’s Art & Design editor Freire Barnes chooses the artists to keep an eye out for among the 3,000 exhibitors at Free Range 2017.

Freire said: “Driven by understanding the material world around us and the element of chance, University of Hertfordshire Fine Art student Lily Rankine creates painterly sculptural installations that are heavily imbued with abstract symbolism. The highly kitsch sits alongside cartoon icons such as Homer Simpson in Rankine’s cacophonous work, which attempts to distil the artist’s quotidian experiences.” Free Range takes place at the Old Truman Brewery each year to showcase the best of emerging talent in Fine Art, Interior Architecture & Design, and Photography.

Hatfield Conversations will be screened concurrently in the town centre and on the University of Hertfordshire campus from the 7th October to the 8th November, where it will be accompanied by an exhibition of related films, drawings and publications. ​ Image: Hatfield Train Station (2017). Janette Parris

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FASHION-TECH FILM OPENS AWOW Over 3,000 people gathered on the European Capital of Culture waterfront in Aarhus, Denmark, to witness the worlds of 3D printed fashion, digital technology, film and performance collide in an hour-long multimedia event. ‘Aarhus Walks On Water’ (AWOW) opened with a specially commissioned film, directed by Professor of Film Peter Richardson, which was projected onto Denmark’s largest outdoor cinema screen. The film opens at night on bleak post industrial landscape. We see an enigmatic young woman signaling to a distant unseen person. The woman leads us barefoot on a surreal journey through a brutalist architectural world of corridors, stairways, and skyscrapers. Ending in a virtual meeting with another in Aarhus’s iconic Arne Jacobsen designed town hall. It becomes clear that the women’s signals have caused a chain reaction of events which culminate in a shot of 10 meter diving board stranded in the middle of the North Sea. A lone diver somersaults off the board and into the sea.

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Shot underwater in Hatfield Swim Centre and using cutting edge visual effects, the final scene sees the diver morph into a thousand tiny fish signaling the start of the Modeclix catwalk show. Visual Effects were created using Nuke, Maya and Houdini by David Tree of the School’s Games and Visual Effects Research Lab (G+VERL). The film was edited by Howard Berry, Head of Post Production, who edited the final scenes, shot on the day of the event, into the film just three hours before the screening. Shot on the School’s brand new BlackMagic Ursa 4.6K cameras by DOP Richard Craske and the University of Hertfordshire’s Matthew Welch the film was graded by Howard in Baselight. The film’s enigmatic soundtrack was composed by Rob Wright, Principal Lecturer in Music. Two specially commissioned 3D printed dresses were made for the film by Modeclix designers Dr Shaun Borstrock and Professor Mark Bloomfield and were printed in the School’s Digital Hack Lab.

The G+VERL team collaborated with digital artist and Cocreative Director Signe Klejs to develop visual scenes to support the performance elements of the show. G+VERL set up the 360o Video stream which enabled viewers from across Europe to tune in. Placement of the camera afforded the 1,000 plus viewers worldwide a close-up of the clothes being presented. The project was funded through a pan European partnership involving University of Hertfordshire’s Games and Visual Effects Research Lab, E.U Create Converge, Aarhus University, Interreg VB North Sea Region, Interactive Denmark, Filmby Aarhus, Via University, Headstart Fashion and Aarhus European Capital Of Culture 2017. WATCH THE LIVE STREAM AT: AWOW2017.DK/AWOW-LIVE

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RESEARCH

SCHOOL OF CREATIVE ARTS HOSTS WORLD’S FIRST GAME OF THRONES CONFERENCE The world’s first international conference examining HBO’s phenomenally popular TV series Game of Thrones took place at the University of Hertfordshire on the 6 and 7 September 2017. Based on George R. R. Martin’s best-selling book ‘Songs of Fire’, Game of Thrones is filmed in Northern Ireland, Croatia, Iceland, Morocco and many other parts of Europe. It was first broadcast in 2011 and continues to attract record audiences. The two-day conference included contributions from international scholars addressing the series’ overwhelming success and provided scholarly insight into some of the most prominent themes including the representation of gender, motherhood, politics and power, death and trauma as well as explorations into its international popularity, the diversity of its fan base, its impact on heritage and tourism, transmedia, game play and world-building as well as the series’ historical backdrop. There were keynote speeches from prominent Game of Thrones scholars - Professor Anne Gjelsvik – ‘The Hall of Faces in Game of Thrones: Facing the Changes from Words to Images’, Associate Professor Rikke Schubart - ‘Broken Things, Women and Change: Game of Thrones and Playing with Existential Explosive Plasticity’ and Professor Martin Barker who reported on the first stage of his International Game of Thrones Audience Project. The conference also hosted the launch of the George R.R. Martin Society. Kim Akass, conference organiser, Leader of the Media Research Group and Senior Lecturer in Film and TV at the University of Hertfordshire, said: ‘We had organised the conference to coincide with the seventh season of the globally successful HBO series. International delegates investigated the series’ success and the conference was the ideal opportunity to celebrate its place in TV history.’

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ARCHITECTURE

STUDENTS EXPLORE

SCRIPTED SURFACES Under the remit of the School’s Design Research Group, a research project in advanced architectural computational design and digital fabrication was undertaken in March 2017. The ‘Scripted Surfaces’ research project and weeklong student workshop was the initiative of Architecture Lecturer, Eva Sopeoglou. The project was a collaboration between the School’s Digital Hack Lab and the research cluster Innovation and Transdisciplinarity in Architectural Design in the School of Architecture of Thessaloniki, Greece. Computational design and digital fabrication is a means of involving both the designer and the fabricator to collectively produce a playful collection of manufactured and hand-crafted prototypes.

The project explored design and fabrication within the limits of set tools and techniques and by creatively engaging with standard industrial fabrication machines. Eva commented: ‘This project also worked with a standard top-quality industrial punching machine, kindly made available by the fabrication company METALSO Sheet Metal Design, to design and fabricate sheet metal components for a small 1:1 installation’. Pattern design can be developed after tests with generative, parametric tools and image manipulation. Using agent-based scripting and programming with Rhinoceros (a commercial 3D computer graphics and computer-aided design application), and Grasshopper (a graphical algorithm editor), a surface pattern emerged with a ‘narrative’ potential, creating distinct ‘characters’ that moved across the surface, interacting with each other, the material and the light.

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MUSIC

BEN NOMINATED FOR GRADUATE CONTRIBUTION TO MUSIC AWARDS BA (Hons) Audio Recording & Production graduate Ben Spurgeon has been nominated for the Outstanding Music Academic Partnership (MAP) Award for Graduate Contribution to Music 2017. Part of industry-funding body UK Music, MAP is a groundbreaking collaboration between a select group of educational institutions, of which the University of Hertfordshire is one, with a focus on preparing individuals who want to build careers out of their passion for music. The Outstanding MAP Graduate Contribution to Music Award nominees were judged by UK Music’s Skills Programme Board, (chaired by Paul Latham, COO of Live Nation) which has representations of all UK Music members. The aim of the award is to identify and recognise some of the most dynamic and successful graduates to come through MAP institutions.

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As part of Ben’s University of Hertfordshire degree, he took a year out to work with Sound Technology. This placement year developed his industry knowledge and experience and he continued to work with the company whilst finishing his final year. After graduating with a first class degree in Audio Recording and Production he became a full-time Application Engineer with Sound Tech. His role sees him supporting, designing and mapping sound systems for a range of venues across the country. Specialising in highend studios, he is the UK technical representative for both Apogee and Solid State Logic which leads to him working with many high-end clients. Ben says: ‘My degree with Hertfordshire taught me a vast quantity of knowledge and being able to apply this within the industry is something I’m really grateful for’.

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ROB MAKES WAVES WITH JOINT PROJECTS Reader in Music Rob Godman has been busy with a variety of live performances, screenings and installations throughout 2016/17. His audio-visual work ‘Faraday Waves’ (in collaboration with Senior Lecturer in Fine Art Sam Jury) formed part of the Ritual in Transfigured Time tour with performances at Cardiff University, University of York, Stapleford Granary, Cambridge and OVADA, Oxford. It was also presented at the Art & Science Days 2016 Concerts, Concours Bourges and Diffrazioni Festival 2016, S. Maria Novella, Florence. ‘Batum’ (a film by Kamila Kuc with music and sound design by Rob) has been shown widely throughout the world with screenings including the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London; Alchemy Moving Image and Film Festival, Hawick, Scotland; Bucharest ShortCut Cinefest, Bucharest; and Cinememory: Negotiating the Past Through Film, Grand Illusion Cinema, Seattle, USA.

awarded a new commission to develop a work for the UK Canal and River Trust.

In collaboration with Professor of Sculpture Simeon Nelson, they are continuing to develop their Artichoke Wellcome Trust funded project ‘Cosmoscope’ (Durham Lumiere, November 2017) and have recently been

In addition to his creative musical work, Rob is writing a chapter for A Companion to the Reception of Vitruvius (Brill 2018). The publication – edited by Professor Ingrid Rowland, School of Architecture, University of Notre

Dame – provides a major partner work for Vitruvius’ De Architectura (also edited by Professor Rowland), the most significant treatise on architecture dating back to Roman times and a major resource for architects to this day. His chapter is centred on Echia – the earliest known example of assisted resonance used in Roman Theatres to acoustically improve the clarity of sound.

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LEARNING & TEACHING

STUDENTS DEVELOP SKILLS WITH LOCAL ARTS CHARITY

TONY & JAYNE FASHION THE FUTURE OF TEACHING

Once again, Fine Art students have curated and mounted an exhibition at Courtyard Arts, a visual arts charity in Hertford. This year, as part of their second year ‘Art in Context’ module, students were given a brief to explore an external environment and make a work in response to, or as an intervention of, the space.

Michael Wright, Programme Leader for Fine Art, said: ‘Every Fine Art student needs to develop skills and confidence in selecting and presenting their work and recognising the distinctive relationship their practice has in relation to their peers, and the impact their work has on an audience.

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We are grateful to Heather, one of our successful alumni who runs Courtyard Arts, for the opportunity to use this gallery which fulfils a significant part of the students’ development of professional practice.’ Each year, Courtyard Arts hosts an open entry three-month residency and exhibition for an artist in the region. The School have been lucky enough to be frequently offered this residency, which is a major opportunity for graduates to develop their practice post-university. The most recent residency was offered to sound-based artist Sarah Anderson, whose work was subsequently shown in the prestigious London based Frieze Art fair.

Fashion Programme Leader Tony Rosella and Senior Lecturer Jayne Smith will be co-presenting a paper entitled ‘We need to talk about (our) teaching: The benefits of a multi-disciplinary conversation group’ at the University’s annual Learning and Teaching Conference in June 2017. Tony will also present a paper entitled ‘Rough Guides, Grand Tours and Fantastic Journeys: using maps and narratives to understand processes of learning in higher education’. This, along with many other projects, is part of the University’s dedication to furthering teaching staff’s knowledge through contemporary research.

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GRAPHIC DESIGN / INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN

STUDENTS DESIGN PROTOTYPES FOR LUXURY STORES Associate Dean of School Dr Shaun Borstrock initiated a collaborative project with Brooklyn College and Associate Professor Veronica Manlow to look at the impact of technology in luxury retail environments. The project is at its heart design led and aims to explore the perception and production of luxury in high-end fashion stores where the idea of luxury is pursued by in-store technology and interactive experience, as opposed to the use of traditional images and symbols of luxury. In February 2017, Shaun Borstrock, Silvio Carta and Nick Lovegrove held a workshop in Brooklyn where local business students collaborated with Architecture and Graphic Design students in the redesign of retail spaces. The brief considered the study and design of a prototype for a luxury retail experience, focussing on brands such as Prada, Bang & Olufsen and Vertu. The challenge of this project was to start with a design proposal, and provide a solution that informs the approach to business to create a coherent retail strategy. Students examined the luxury brands, the circular

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economy (materials), the user and their role in creating an experience that is innovative and clearly captures the changing world and the impact of technology. Marketing students from CUNY selected second year Graphic Design student George Nerkowski’s concept for the interior graphics and branding, which he explained as being based on: ‘Technological advancements that enable us to create virtual realities indistinguishable from our own. A future where humans coexist within virtual-networking mega cities. The design explores the idea of human modification and computer learning. A future where machines are capable of creating anything. Including new life and design’. George’s creative ideas were applied to final year Interior Architecture student, Tan Wei Seng’s ‘Vertu’ designs to create an innovative retail experience. CUNY’s marketing students will now work alongside George and Tan Wei to develop a business model and marketing plan for the store.

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FILM & TELEVISION

STUDENTS TO ATTEND LEADING DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL Students are planning to take Sheffield DocFest by storm as they attend one of the world’s leading documentary festivals. This will be the students’ first visit to DocFest and many are volunteering or have applied to be on the youth jury. Both of these experiences will provide an insight into the industry and open up opportunities to network with professionals. Students will also be able to attend industry sessions where virtual reality and its effect on documentaries is likely to be a hot topic of debate, as well as the habits of audiences increasingly switching from scheduled programmes to box sets and on demand viewing. Senior Lecturer in Film & TV, Lovejit Dhaliwal, said: ‘It’s here where drinks in a bar can often lead to a commission or some money changing hands for a project. I’m very excited that this is the first year students will be going up to Sheffield DocFest. It’s a fantastic chance for them to really find out what the documentary community is like and how it operates. To have something like this on students’ CVs is a real career booster.’ The University of Hertfordshire is also actively forging closer links to Sheffield DocFest and this year is a sponsoring partner. Programme Leader for Film and Television, Lyndsay Duthie, said: ‘Sheffield DocFest is important in the festival calendar. We’re delighted to have the University of Hertfordshire there and see our students immerse themselves in the documentary world. We’re also looking forward to connecting to industry colleagues at our event in June’.

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THE DISCRETE MIST: GIVING PHYSICALITY TO DISCRETENESS Dr Silvio Carta, Programme Leader for Architecture and Interior Architecture & Design designed an installation for Clothes Show Live in Birmingham in November 2016. The Discrete Mist is part of Silvio’s long-standing research on the use of digital technologies into spatial environments. The project is characterised by a system of acrylic rods connected by 3D printed connectors. The design is the result of a scripted process that includes a series of algorithms where the space given for the exhibition has been discretised and then materialised.

The acrylic rods generate visual effects that, together with the spotlights and LEDs used in the installation, blur the appearance of the structure. Shadows, reflections, and refractions become part of the structure making it difficult to identify both the elements and their extent in the overall composition. Depending on light conditions, the acrylic rods create deceiving perception of fore and background, generating a misty effect to the observer. FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE COURSE AT GO.HERTS.AC.UK/K100

PHOTOGRAPHY

STUDENTS COLLABORATE WITH WOODLAND TRUST FOR ONE-DAY POP-UP EXHIBITION First year Photography students will showcase their unique approaches to the theme of ‘landscape’ at ‘Unearthed’, an exhibition in partnership with the Woodland Trust. The one-day exhibition gave students a chance to exhibit their work and for it to be viewed by the public in the unique location of St Albans’ Heartwood Forest. Lecturer in Photography, Diane Bielik said: ‘Staging this photography exhibition has offered the first year BA Photography students lots of really valuable challenges and opportunities. They have been asked to respond

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to a theme, work with an external client, produce exhibition work and stage a pop up exhibition in an unconventional outdoor space. All fantastic experiences and achievements for this group of ambitious young photographers.’ Louise Neicho, site manager for the Woodland Trust, said: ‘We’re thrilled to have Hertfordshire students display their work at Heartwood Forest again; it’s always a pleasure to see the art scattered throughout the site. I hope people take the opportunity to visit Heartwood, and explore this wonderful pop-up exhibition.’

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MA ILLUSTRATION

EIMEARJEAN’S WORK FEATURED AT

CORK PHOTO GALLERY

GOING GLOBAL

Eimearjean McCormack combined her skills in print, design and photography to reinterpret scenes depicted by photographer Noud Aartsen. A collaboration between Tilburg University and the Barbant Collection, Cork Photo Gallery showcased work from the archive of Noud Artsen with response by Eimearjean. When asked where she finds her inspiration, Eimearjean told CorkPhoto.com: “Informed by appropriated imagery that is re-contextualized through the print process my work explores how visual experimentation of existing material can further develop how we regard printed matter. “Combining traditional and digital processes is central to my practice because it allows me to work intuitively overprinting images and text. This mainly involves cutting and pasting by hand before scanning and manipulating the image to generate positives for printing.” Lecturer Dr Barbara Brownie said: “Eimearjean studied

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the MA online, studying with Hertfordshire from her home in Ireland. Her exhibition with the Cork Photo Gallery is the latest of several engagements with venues around Ireland, and she has shared and displayed her work in a variety of locations including museums and galleries. “It is great to see online students, who are located away from the University, and their fellow students making the most of opportunities in their own location.” FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE COURSE: GO.HERTS.AC.UK/ILLUS

The School of International Education at the Tianjin Academy of Fine Art (TAFA) have been running the BA Digital Media Arts programme in partnership with the School of Creative Arts for four years now. The four year course is delivered jointly in China for the first 3 years of a student’s study by a mix of TAFA and University of Hertfordshire lecturers. Students can then come to study at Herts for their final year to complete their degree. Devised and led by Dean Li, an eminent painter and arts educator, this year the programme saw the first cohort of students come to Hertfordshire for their final year. Here, they are taking advantage of the resources and opportunities and working on a range of interesting projects including a VR training system for paramedic students, a Hungry Panda platform game and an immersive installation exploring the transition from night to day set on a boat!

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TECHNICAL

KAREN THROWS HERSELF INTO CERAMICS COURSE Karen Ann Newman, Senior Technical Officer in 3D Crafts, has completed a two day throwing course with internationally renowned potter Kevin Millward. The course was held at Potclays in Stoke-on-Trent where Karen also had the opportunity to meet two contestants BBC Two’s The Great Pottery Throw Down. Contestants Cait and Richard took part in a tour around the Potclays Factory where they were able to see the manufacturing of raw clay into the clay used for throwing, slab building and coiling. Karen said: ‘I am really looking forward to passing on my newly refined techniques to our talented students at the University of Hertfordshire. It was also lovely to get the chance to meet Cait and Richard from the Thrown Down, they urged us all to keep going with the crafts and offered helpful advice on throwing’. Karen had the opportunity to throw different forms such as cylinders, vases, bowls and platters.

RESEARCH

DIGITAL HACK LAB COLLABORATES WITH HEADWORKS Dr Silvio Carta (Programme Leader for Architecture), Mark Bloomfield (Visiting Professor of Design) and Dr Shaun Borstrock (Associate Dean of School) have collaborated with Dominic Faraway of Headworks, the inventor of the world’s first intelligent holographic mannequin. Shaun says: ‘This interactive experience allows the user to engage with 3D printed technologies and holograms that have speech recognition, and address the physical environment through the use of big data. The user is immersed in an interactive and responsive experience

engaging with, and asking questions of, the technologies used and future applications.’ The project brought together holograms, 3D printing, fashion and architecture to showcase how technology is becoming increasingly interwoven and how interdisciplinary working captures the imagination of designers as well as users.

PRODUCT & INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

STUDENTS COLLABORATE WITH HCL Product & Industrial Design have this year continued their relationship with the HCL Technologies Experience Design team. Visiting Professor Les Wynn, Manager of Experience Design, Managing Consultant at HCL set our final year students the challenge of using the established technology of 3D printing to the benefit of the socially disadvantaged. The project had three distinct phases: problem identification; creative response; and resolution of design proposal. A subtext introduced by Prof. Wynn was to

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explore through ‘design tools’ how decisions are made within the design process. More specifically, how do you differentiate which ideas to develop from a broad range of possibilities generated in the creative response stage? Aligning this to the Design Council’s Double Diamond Design Process, a gap was identified for further research into how designer validate decisions within a business arena. The project was used as initial research data for a Conference Paper co-written by Prof. Wynn and Product & Industrial Design lecturers Julian Lindley and Richard Adams.

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HARRY POTTER DIRECTOR AND THE SIRIUS-LY GOOD TALK Students on the MA Film and Television Production are no strangers to industry coming in to talk to them about how the business works, production techniques and strategies for developing and financing creative projects. Semester A was hardly underway when British Film Commissioner and CEO of Film London Adrian Wootton came to Hatfield to give a sector overview and outline support available for filmmakers in the capital. Since then a series of illustrious figures have graced the corridors of the Lindop Building to share their passion for film and television.

team can bring to bear. MA programme leader Chris Chandler first met David through a mutual friend – and David’s former employer in the glitzy film metropolis of – Swindon. As a young filmmaker, David worked at Swindon Media Arts, where he made his breakthrough short When I Was a Girl (1984). Chris recalls a dinner with David in 2004, when David had only just been recruited to direct Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: the visit to talk to the postgraduate class was only one result of that encounter!

However an industry visitor in March caused even the most cynical and hard-bitten postgraduate (and, yes, the teaching staff) a flutter of starry-eyed, fan-based excitement. David Yates, director of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, both parts of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and a further two of the Harry Potter movies came to give a directing masterclass.

In the masterclass, David talked about his career as a director in film and television. He touched upon his work in television in the early 2000s, and his littleknown first feature The Tichborne Claimant (1998). He explained in detail the experience of directing the Harry Potter films, including the challenges of working with a very large crew. His thoughts on casting, rehearsal, and finding creative collaborators to take on head of department roles on his films were all illuminating. He revealed that of all of his work for cinema and television, he was most proud of the 2004 Channel 4 series Sex Traffic!

David took a break from the pre-production of the next installment of the Fantastic Beasts franchise to visit the campus. His visit to the campus was a testament to the depth of industry contacts which the Film and Television

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The postgraduate students were joined by a group of final year undergraduates intending to build careers as directors. David answered questions from the group on the creative process behind the shooting of key scenes in his films, his approach to working with green screen (a key technique in effects-rich films like Fantastic Beasts) and his top tips for building a career as a director. Chris said: ‘It is very rare that the key creative team on such big studio-funded pictures (the budget for the first Fantastic Beasts film was estimated at $180 million) is able to take time out to talk to film students. David Yates’ only other recent film school visit was to the National Film and Television School. The contribution of such figures to students’ understanding of how the industry works and how careers are built is inestimable.’ David’s visit comes as part of a series of industry masterclasses for the MA Film and Television course which has included Eve Gabereau (CEO of film distributor Soda Pictures), Paul Brett (founder of Prescience Film Finance) and Phil Clapp (CEO of the UK Cinema Association).

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BEST IN WORLD The University of Hertfordshire has been recognised as one of the world’s leading institutions for film and television courses after being awarded full membership to The International Association of Film and Television Schools (Centre International de Liaison des Ecoles de Cinéma et de Télévision – CILECT). CILECT is a global umbrella organisation for some of the world’s most reputable film and audio-visual related higher education institutions. It ensures collaborative partnerships and industry best practices are shared and maintained via global events, conferences and through its international network. The University is now one of just 175 film schools across the world that has been officially recognised by the organisation and awarded full membership. It is only the 8th institution in the UK to be allowed to join. Such is the calibre of the organisation’s members, 65% of all Academy Award winners come from a CILECT partner institution. Professor of Film and Subject Group Leader for Screen Media at the University, Peter Richard said: ‘I am incredibly proud of the staff and team who worked

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tirelessly to make this happen we are really looking forward to operating on the world stage.’ To win membership, the University had to go through a rigorous application process that lasted 18 months and saw its reputation in the area scrutinised by a panel of international experts from the CILECT network. The University received a unanimous vote from the 83 film schools taking part in the ballot. The CILECT submission process was led by Film and Television Programme Leader, Lyndsay Duthie. She added: ‘We are incredibly proud to have become members of CILECT. It is yet another endorsement of the University of Hertfordshire’s excellent Film and TV programmes. We are also looking forward to collaborating with CILECT’s global partners and extending employability links for our students working with this stellar organisation.’ The announcement was made at a gala ceremony at CILECT’s biannual global congress which took place in Brisbane, Australia. The event was attended by some of the world’s leading film and television academics and executives.

Renowned British film producer and multiple Oscar and BAFTA award winner, Lord David Puttnam, delivered the event’s keynote address and said: ‘I’m delighted to welcome the University of Hertfordshire to the worldwide organisation that is CILECT. I was born on the Hertfordshire border so have a special connection to the region and very much look forward to visiting the University to share my knowledge of more than 40 years in the industry with your students.’ As well as joining the 175 partner institutions from 60 countries on six continents, CILECT boasts a global network of more than 10,000 teachers and staff that annually train more than 60,000 students. It also means the University of Hertfordshire’s students and graduates will have an alumni network of more than 1.6million fellow filmmakers to engage with and learn from. Prof Stanislav Semerdjiev, Executive Director of CILECT, added: ‘We are delighted to welcome to CILECT new members the School of Creative Arts at the University of Hertfordshire. We were very impressed with the facilities, quality of student work and commitment from the staff team. We are looking forward to working with them over the years on the global stage.’

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AIGERIM REACHES CATWALK STAGE OF INDUSTRY AWARDS Final year BA (Hons) Fashion student Aigerim Kaziyeva was selected for the 2017 Golden Shears Finalists’ Catwalk Show in March 2017.

The Golden Shears and £3,000 are awarded to those who receive highest marks in both the stages. The runner up received Silver Shears and £2,500.

Aigerim went through to the Catwalk Final stage due to the high quality, design and style of her garments.

Aigerim said: ‘I’m so proud to have been selected as one of the finalists for the Golden Shears Awards competition. It took a lot of hard work and dedication. I have to thank my tutor Jayne for introducing me to this amazing opportunity and I’m also grateful to the teaching staff for supporting and pushing me forward.’

The prestigious event is a biennial competition designed to support tailoring students and apprentices throughout the country. Entrants compete for the top fashion award and cash prizes. Contestants were required to make a tailored outfit for the first stage, which was judged by leading bespoke tailors, marking on the design, cutting and tailoring of the garments. Aigerim was one of 24 entrants to receive the highest marks from this stage and therefore selected for the final catwalk show of the competition. Here the finalists’ garments were presented by professional models to an audience from the City, fashion, tailoring and education worlds. Five VIP judges marked the garments for style.

Tony Rosella, Principal Lecturer and Programme Leader for Fashion, said: ‘Aigerim is a very talented student who possesses a great deal of fashion design ability with a rewarding design future ahead of her. She epitomises the philosophy of the Fashion programme at the University, demonstrating both excellent creative and technical abilities. I am delighted that Aigerim was shortlisted as a finalist.’

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STUDENTS ON A ROLL AS RTS CONFIRMS BURSARIES FOR THE 4TH YEAR RUNNING 2017 marks the fourth year our Film and Television course has been eligible for exclusive bursaries from the Royal Television Society (RTS), and also the first year bursary recipients from the School of Creative Arts have graduated and gone on to start careers in the creative industries. The University of Hertfordshire is passionate about giving students of all backgrounds equal opportunities, and RTS shares the same philosophy, investing over £75,000 each year to support passionate and talented students on accredited Film, Television, and Broadcast Journalism degrees. Bursary recipients will be awarded a £1,000 per year of their studies, which, coupled with our free professional

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Equipment Loan Store, can really help students’ ideas take flight. On top of the money, students who receive the bursary also get free membership with the RTS each year (including one extra year after graduation), mentoring from other RTS members and partners including BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Sky, plus affiliate membership of The Hospital Club, a private members’ club for those in the creative industries.

Lyndsay Duthie, Programme Leader for Film and Television Production, said: ‘The bursaries allow our students to secure finance to bring their creative ideas to life. In addition, the students gain access to a network of experienced film and television professionals who share the very latest in cutting-edge industry practice. The bursaries represent a truly amazing opportunity’. FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE COURSE AT GO.HERTS.AC.UK/W602

Last year, three lucky students from our Film and Television Production course (Aaron Dimes, Hannah Spary and Alicia Newing) were awarded the bursary.

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STUDENTS SMASH JAMJAR Students on the BA (Hons) Music Industry Management (MIM) were given full management control of the longrunning JamJar events for the first time in 2016/17. JamJar, held monthly at the Forum Hertfordshire, sees performances from student and local emerging artists with support from Music Technology students and tutor Simon Morgan. Final year students worked in two groups, each organising 2 events. One group was led by Stella Wan and the other by Kristine Kleina. They were supported by teams of classmates and together they liaised with the venue, coordinated the marketing, liaised with the tech team and of course, booked and worked with the acts. The A&R team, Simon Neal and Joe Wilson, were responsible for the acts for all but one of the events.

Maria Thomas, Programme Leader of the BA (Hons) Music Industry Management degree said: ‘JamJar is a fantastic opportunity for the MIM students to get practical experience in running events. The three teams worked really hard and acted professionally throughout. Even when an act cancelled 24 hours before the first year, the team stayed calm and found a replacement. We look forward to developing the relationship between the MIM and Music Technology students at next year’s events’. In the meantime we look forward to the Best of JamJar in May 2017 at the Attic, Forum Hertfordshire, showcasing some of the best acts from the year. VIEW HIGHLIGHTS FROM JAMJAR AT VIMEO.COM/UHCREATIVES/JAMJAR

The March event was run by first-year students, giving them an early opportunity to have hands-on live event experience, and it was great to see MIM alumni Jenni Vodden in Killatrix and Aoife Gumbs as Lundun, supported by Kieran George, performing.

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CELEBRATING WOMEN IN MUSIC In March 2017, the BA (Hons) Music Industry Management (MIM) degree hosted a Women in Music Masterclass. The event was led and hosted by first year students who wanted a panel event that celebrated women’s success in the industry and addressed some of the challenges women face. The panel members were invited by MIM Lecturer Andy Saunders and Founder of Velocity Records and were Vick Bain, CEO of BASCA; Kanya King, MBE Founder of the MOBO Awards; Martha Kinn, Machine Management; and Alison Wenham OBE, CEO and President of WIN. The panel shared their experiences during a lively discussion, ably led by students Vivica Christopher and Carolina Gomes. The discussion covered the panellists’ careers, the highs and lows of launching new organisations, particular challenges for women in the industry and career advice.

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STUDENTS SUBMIT ENTRIES TO SUSTAINABLE DESIGN AWARDS In Semester B, second year Fashion students have been submitting their entries to the EcoChic Design Awards. The EcoChic Design Award is a sustainable fashion design competition organised by Redress, inspiring emerging fashion designers and students to create mainstream clothing with minimal textile waste. Each competition cycle takes designers on an education and design journey lasting several theory and design-packed months. EcoChic educate designers about the fashion industry’s negative environmental impacts and the sustainable fashion design techniques, zero-waste, up-cycling and reconstruction that can combat this. These also provide designers with the tools - via lectures, videos, articles and recommended links - to develop their understanding of sustainable fashion design.

cycled capsule collection for BYT, an exciting new fashion brand. The brand will retail on BYT’s future e-commerce platform and at Lane Crawford, Asia’s leading iconic luxury department store. They will work with the design team in the dynamic city of Hong Kong for three months, sourcing fabric waste from Asia, working on the designs, travelling within Asia to assist with production, presenting to buyers, supporting the marketing efforts learning all aspects of launching a brand, with mentorship from top experts in fashion, business and sustainability. All ten finalists will present their sustainable collections at HKTDG, Hong Kong’s Fashion Week, during an all expenses paid trip where their designs will be shot by a renowned photographer and styled by influential stylist Denise Ho. FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE COURSE AT GO.HERTS.AC.UK/W233

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IN UK TOP 10 Design and Crafts courses at the University of Hertfordshire have risen to 10th in the country in the national Guardian University League Table 2017. This new ranking puts the University in the top 10 in the subject area, and is a jump of 19 places since the 2016 league table was published. The Design and Crafts courses include BA Graphic Design, BA Illustration, three BA Model Design courses covering character, creative, model and special effects, BA Interior Architecture & Design, BA Industrial Design, BA Product Design and three BA Contemporary Design Crafts courses including Textiles, Ceramics and Glass, and Jewellery. Graduates of Design and Crafts courses have gone on to work for Karen Millen, Fosters and Partners, Jaguar, Merlin Studios, Madame Tussauds, and design agencies such as The Partners and The Team, and have worked on international blockbuster films such as Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Avengers: Age of Ultron and the Harry Potter series. Dean of the School of Creative Arts, Judy Glasman said: ‘I am delighted to see that our Design and Crafts courses continue to rise in the national rankings and that our students continue to benefit from our growing reputation of excellence. This year’s Guardian league table results are a true reflection of the continuous hard work and dedication the Creative Arts team have put into improving the experiences students have during their time at Hertfordshire’.

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Interior Architecture & Design students have recently participated in an introductory workshop on code-led design led by architects from world renowned Zaha Hadid Architects.

Stefano Paiocchi and Arian Hakimi Nejad led the workshop which used simple making techniques to introduce a complex parametric design method to the students; which enabled them to understand the method and continue to develop the techniques through experimentation.

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Programme leader for Architecture, Silvio Carta, said: ‘Working with Zaha Hadid Architects is a fantastic opportunity for our students, where cutting-edge design, space manipulation, and technological innovation are combined into an incredible experience.’ FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE COURSE AT GO.HERTS.AC.UK/W251

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JEN AND KATY SELECTED FOR NEW DESIGNERS

ONE YEAR ON Illustration graduate Jennifer Leem-Bruggen and Contemporary Design Crafts graduate Katy Gillam-Hull have been selected to exhibit as part of New Designers’ One Year On. One Year On presents young, entrepreneurial designers who are in their first years of business. Jen and Katy will be showcasing a range of projects and commissions undertaken since graduating from the University, following in the footsteps of Contemporary Design Crafts graduate Scott Carter Wilson who was selected for One Year On in 2016. Jen told us: ‘I was selected for New Designers One Year On through their application process. It’s a great honour and very exciting to be featuring my illustration work there again as a freelance Illustrator since my first time with the University! ‘Since graduating, I’ve been kept very busy working as an Artist Agent at Folio Illustration Agency and as a freelance Illustrator working with clients such as Oxford University Press, Wayfair and Cass Art. In December of last year, I showcased work at The London Illustration Fair 2016. It was a fantastic experience and opportunity to meet clients and like-minded creatives. In June 2017

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I’ll be exhibiting at the East London Comic Arts festival (ELCAF). It’s organised by the guys behind the genius of Nobrow and it has been a dream of mine for years to exhibit alongside such a talented bunch of artists. I have a few other projects in the works that I can’t reveal, yet but definitely watch this space!’ Katy added: ‘I’m delighted to be exhibiting at New Designers again, and am looking forward to showing a new collection of objects and jewellery that transform found objects with silver and felt additions. Despite these pieces being quite different and more functional than my previous work, they still play with a similar concept to my degree idea that I initially showed at New Designers two years ago, which is a pleasing bit of symmetry.

‘For me this meant a year long residency with the Museum making work inspired by an extensive collection of tools in their archive, all of which culminated in an installation in the St Albans Clock Tower in October 2016.’ VIEW JEN’S PORTFOLIO AT JENLEEM-BRUGGEN.COM VIEW KATY’S PORTFOLIO AT KATYGILLAMHULL.CO.UK

‘Since graduating I have worked on a number of projects, one of which with a collaboration with UHArts. I volunteered on ‘Abundance’, and exhibition in partnership with St Albans Museums, and in doing so met the curators and main artist Lyndall Phelps. From there, I became one of three artists that were selected to make work during the interim period between the Museum of St Albans vacating their old premises and the new site development.

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SRI LANKA Students from the University’s Architecture and Interior Architecture and Design programmes have taken part in the 2016 Colombo Art Biennale, an international art festival in Sri Lanka. The Art Biennale aims to strengthen and enhance awareness of Sri Lankan contemporary art and culture both within the country and around the globe. The exhibition and events took place between 3-12 December 2016 in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The students took part in the Architect’s Programme of the event and worked throughout the week on a series of projects from art installations to model-making, papercrafts and installations. The project provided a unique opportunity for the student teams, tutors and the local community to interact with each other and collaborate daily. Together they carried out the workshops and modelmaking on-location, on the street, in the residents’ homes, inside the community centre and outside the local multifaith religious centre. The theme for the Biennale was ‘Conceiving Space’ seeking to provide possibilities for creative production, exploration and contestation of the diverse meanings of space. Gihan Karunaratne, the Biennale’s Architect’s Programme curator and a Visiting Lecturer at the University of

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Hertfordshire said: ‘I have always been interested in how people in Sri Lanka use spaces with such limited resources. Most of the art and architecture exhibitions and education platforms in Sri Lanka are only available to a certain type of demographic. We wanted to make something that is accessible to anyone and everyone.’ The nine-day programme saw an architectural model produced of the proposed Nawala Community Centre, developing ideas for the future of the centre. A series of workshops were also carried out for the making of objects from street decorations to costumes, all inspired by the material culture and craft of Sri Lanka. A rooftop canopy was set up where locals and visitors interacted as well as a complex three-dimensional mural in a street corner in Slave Island. The project’s location was Slave Island, an informal settlement neighbourhood in the heart of Colombo. It is close to contemporary and commercial developments in the City and was chosen because of its complex ethnic history and layered material culture. The Hertfordshire students joined students from across the UK and New Zealand working alongside internationally renowned artists and architects and the local community. The team of award winning practitioners included Sri Lanka-based and UK-based architects, such as Studio Assemble (2015 Turner Prize winners), artist Madelon

Vrisendorp (founder of seminal architecture practice OMA), Professor Will Alsop OBE RA, as well as Professor Juhani Pallasmaa from Finland and Professor Alberto Foyo from Columbia University. At the end of the programme the collaborations were showcased in and around the community area, culminating in a ‘Great Feast’, bringing together around 500 members of the local community, visitors, artists, organisers and students. The student team was made up of architecture students Ablaye Ndour and Ryan Jessop, interior architecture students Ana Celpanova, Andrea Pattalis, Coralena Pattalis and Mia Leontic, exchange student from Australia Elise Hodgson. Eva Sopeoglou, Lecturer in Architecture and organiser of the Hertfordshire team, said: ‘We want our students and programme to be part of an international network. The students’ diverse backgrounds and previous experience in community projects and volunteering contributed to a team that got to know each other and how to work together.’ The participation was sponsored by the University of Hertfordshire Diamond Fund Opportunity Award, and the School of Creative Arts’ Global Perspectives in the Curriculum initiative.

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LOAN STORE LAUNCHES ONLINE CATALOGUE The School of Creative Arts’ Equipment Loan Store has launched an online catalogue of its audio/visual, photographic and digital equipment available to students. The comprehensive listing includes a short description of each item, peripheral equipment and usage guidance.

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The aim of the catalogue is to encourage students to experiment with new hardware and techniques, both within their specialism and beyond.

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During the coming months full user guides for high-end equipments will be added, which will be downloadable for all students. SEARCH ‘LOAN STORE’ AT CATOOLKIT.HERTS.AC.UK

Propeller Creative is a unique design agency based within the School of Creative Arts that undertakes commerciallyfacing work, drawing on the combined talents of students, graduates and staff. The agency works across multiple design disciplines, providing the flexibility to take on cutting edge, unusual or large scale projects that cross boundaries. From branding, to architecture and interior architecture and design, film production and interactive experiences, Propeller Creative draws on the experience and expert knowledge housed within the School to create inspirational, innovative professional design solutions. Associate Dean of School Shaun Borstrock says: ‘Staff within the School are experts within their fields and have a multi and trans-disciplinary approach which encourages

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collaboration and innovation. Propeller Creative draws on this rich pool of talent to meet each client’s specific needs.’ With access to the University’s state-of-the-art facilities, Propeller Creative is comprised of highly talented team that forms the backbone of each project. The diverse research interests of the team create an environment which encourages and celebrates cutting edge responses, whilst a background in commerce and enterprise means projects are delivered on time and on budget.

‘With consistent success in every major international student award scheme, they supply enthusiasm, originality and unconventional thinking, backed up with cutting-edge skills and a professional attitude.’ Clients can work with students in a variety of ways, from briefing an entire class, to conducting focus groups, to employing individuals on a freelance basis. To work with world leaders in the creative industries and the future stars of tomorrow, contact Tricia Bryan at p.bryan@herts.ac.uk

Shaun continues: ‘The School of Creative Arts has a rich history of producing students of the highest calibre, who go on to work with some of the highest profile creative companies in the world.

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GOING GLOBAL

The One Academy (TOA) was established in 1991, bringing together a panel of practising creative gurus and education professionals to address the acute shortage of a quality creative work force at that time. TOA is a private limited company led by the awardwinning design directors, creative directors and educationentrepreneurs Tatsun Hoi and Veronica Ho. Today, the academy is already one of Asia’s most versatile and resultsorientated institutions of communication design. ‘The One Academy are proud of the partnership with the University of Hertfordshire. The One Academy cultivates its students through its Masters Train Masters teaching philosophy to emerge as outstanding worldwide creative leaders.’ Chin Wee Tan, Group Executive Director

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MILES’ RELAXATION STONES FEATURED ON TRADE BLOG Second year Contemporary Design Craft student Miles Hathaway, had had his work featured by Resin8, supplier of resin to the jewellery industry.

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POLLY TALKS KITSCH Senior Lecturer in Creative Design gives talk on Culture of Kitsch.

Miles said: ‘My work draws on my own mental health issues to develop concepts. I formulate my designs in the area of contemporary jewellery and explore the innovations in Computer Aided Design (CAD) along with 3D print to create unique form. My second year project, entitled ‘Close to the Edge’, is based on exploring the technique of distraction. ‘This technique is used to ‘distract’ the user from the

Celebration, defensiveness, disgust and amusement were all responses from a reflective audience at a talk on the Culture of Kitsch hosted by Hertford Museum on Thursday 21st September. Polly Palmer, Senior Lecturer in Creative Design, provided a wide selection of artefacts that might be classified as kitsch, retro, nostalgia or camp. Critical opinion ranges from ‘witless adaptation and relentless cheapening’ and ‘the worst excesses of populist commercial atrocities’ to Umberto Eco’s assertion of the significance of ‘inferior manifestations of our culture’. Polly said: “The audience reflected on different estimations of the value of kitsch as a barometer of cultural change. The popularity of designers such as Stefano Giovanonni, Toord Boontje and Cath Kidston testifies to the health of the market for contemporary kitsch. A stimulating discussion explored definitions and considered the part played by media and postmodern disregard of boundaries.”

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immediate mental stress, concentrating the mind and enabling the user to focus on something other than the perceived danger. Taking influences from ancient rune stones, meditation crystals and healing stones and mental health treatments, I have been able to translate this by combining the use of 3D print with resin and resin casting to achieve a distinct and unique set of stones. With the careful consideration of colour, material textures I have been able to maximise the emotional attachment and comfort of these pieces’. VIEW MORE OF MILES’ WORK AT MHJDSTUDIO.COM

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MASTERING THE MAGIC OF SOUND Tom Bailey, a recent MSc Music and Sound Technology graduate, has gone from student intern to management in a matter of months. Using skills developed as a Postgraduate Music student, he now heads up technical support at Sample Magic, the leading global soundware company. FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE COURSE AT GO.HERTS.AC.UK/MST

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A cross-disciplinary collaboration between staff and students in the School of Creative Arts has produced London’s first ‘Singing Boat’, to be launched on Grand Union Canal in October 2017. The boat, named Meanwhile Hydrosiren, is a floating, acoustic sculptural boat that will be moored at Meanwhile Gardens in Kensal Town from 14-28 October. Created by Professor of Sculpture Simeon Nelson, it will play a soundscape by composer, and Reader in Music Rob Godman. Rob is interested in how sound behaves acoustically, he has developed many techniques for controlling and building virtual spaces for use within live performance and installation. The work was commissioned by the Canal & River Trust, the charity that cares for the canal, and has been curated by Modus Operandi. The project is part of the Canal & River Trust’s Arts on the Waterways programme which provides artists with space along the waterways where they can slow down, research, make and display ambitious new work. Over ten metres in length and carved in the shape of an acanthus lily motif to reflect the local flora, the boat will make its inaugural voyage along the Grand Union Canal on 14th October. Meanwhile Gardens is a community garden on the edge of

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the Grand Union Canal and was established in 1976 by the artist Jamie McCullough, replacing a derelict wasteland. Tim Eastop, executive producer of the Canal & River Trust’s Arts on the Waterways program comments: “We’re so pleased this amazing partnership project is coming to the canal. We hope it encourages people to reconsider and rediscover one of London’s secret waterway sanctuaries. It draws together the natural, cultural and social influences along this stretch of the Grand Union. It is an undoubtedly urban area, but discovering the peace and rich mix of Meanwhile Gardens and the waterway will be a real delight for many people. That is what Simeon, together with Rob and all those who have helped to build the boat, are reflecting. I can only encourage people to take a moment to step onto the towpath and discover it for themselves.” Together with Simeon, and boat builder Martin Cottis, Canal & River Trust volunteers and our own students were instrumental in the boat’s construction and decoration. Simeon, adds: “It has been an extraordinary creative process offloading and stocking piles of plywood sheets and timber in a corner of the enormous semi-circular shed that covers the maintenance dock at Adelaide Yard, then experiencing it magically transform over a few short weeks into a boat that feels as large as a London bus. The camaraderie of the wonderful team of volunteers, assistants and builders has been inspirational. The hundreds of hours of cutting and joining has resulted in a truly stunning ornamental barge that will “sing” its way along the Meanwhile reach of the Grand Union Canal.”

TIM’S ALBUM EXPLORES STRUGGLES OF MODERN LIFE

Professor of Music Tim Blinko has taken a step away from composing music for choirs, like Christ Church, Oxford, or ensembles, like Berlin and New York-based sax quartet Claire-Obscure, to write and produce his new album ‘Neon Noir’ which releases later this year. Songs include ‘21st Century’ which pokes fun at the modern day lifestyle, and ‘Amen for Ted and Lucy’ dedicated to anyone who has ever lost a loved one. ‘Gothic Night’ comes from memories of a head trauma, total amnesia and all that followed. Tim said: “Living in the 21st Century is pretty crazy. This album, Neon Noir is dedicated to all of us who’ve survived the tech revolution, social media and dysfunction so far, and those who haven’t. I didn’t want to use a drum kit on this album, there are beats on every album and I wanted to try something different. Instead, it’s an acoustic-style sound world, to get closer to the music and the words. To be more intimate with the audience.”

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HOLLIE IMPRESSES INDUSTRY PANEL IN SEARCH FOR A STAR After being selected from 800 competitors, two talented Hertfordshire students kicked off the 2017 Easter weekend at the Search For A Star finals. Character artist Georgia Jeffries and animator Hollie Whitehouse saw off competition from the University of Hull, Buckingham New University, and a number of other universities to get through to the final stages of the competition, which involved collating a portfolio to be assessed by industry experts, a specialisation project from a typical industry art brief, and a final interview with leading industry representatives. Hollie Whitehouse impressed industry professionals from Grads in Games, Codemasters, Sumo Digital, Playground Games, Creative Assembly and Boss Alien, and was awarded runner-up place in the Sumo Digital Rising Star Animation category. Neil Gallagher, Senior Lecturer in 3D Games Art and Design, said: ‘Search for a Star is a brilliant chance for our students to build connections with real industry names, and to grow both artistically and as a person through the range of technical and professional challenges covered. ‘We encourage our students to get involved in industryled competitions like this as they get a real taste of what the industry is looking for in a graduate, and gain valuable experience that will be vital when applying for jobs. ‘We’re really proud of Hollie and Georgia, whose hard work and talent has stood out amongst 800 other contenders’. FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE COURSE AT GO.HERTS.AC.UK/W280

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DREW TO PRESENT PIECE ON CALAIS JUNGLE AS UNIVERSITY CHALLENGES MEDIA RESPONCE TO REFUGEE CRISIS Final year Songwriting & Music Production student Drew Egan will show his interactive visual art installation ‘Leaving the Jungle’ as part of the University’s ‘Changing the Narrative’ week of events challenging the portrayal of refugees in the media. Drew told us: ‘My piece ‘Leaving The Jungle’ is a commentary on the very current issue of the Syrian Refugee Crisis, with a focus on the Calais migrant camps (also known as the ‘Calais Jungle’), it explores the key themes of isolation, alienation and immigration. One of my aims within this piece is to present a very direct, stark and damning portrayal of the British media’s approach to the Calais refugee crisis, as well as the extensive checks put in place by the British government that leads to months of delay on the entry of refugees into the country. Furthermore, these delays are not helped by the poor living conditions and mounting pressure from the French government. The contrasting images shown by projection and on screens work to juxtapose the crisis with the stance the British televised media has taken. ‘The primary aim of this piece is to create discussion and engage people in questioning where they stand on the Syrian Refugee Crisis. The material in the presentation leads towards a sympathetic subjective standpoint, however with a topic such as this it’s difficult to present

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anything other than a subjective opinion, especially as I personally have a very strong stance on this. ‘The piece begins with the audience stood outside the performance space for 5 minutes, where they are recorded without their knowledge. After the 5 minute wait the audience are selectively let in by a doorman. The doorman has been instructed to let people in selectively; initially based on how old the person looks and their perceived gender. This is reflective of the British immigration system in which families and communities are split up due to the current policies that are in place for refugees. This is also intended to be a comment on the media’s outcry at the perceived age of the refugees where it was argued refugees looked too old to be allowed entrance into the country, as shown in two of the video samples used within the performance.’ Drew adds his project was born from ‘A deep care in the affairs of the Middle East after spending 3 years in Kuwait, of which 2 of those years were spent in a Kuwaiti school.’ FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE COURSE: GO.HERTS.AC.UK/W3T4

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STUDENTS VISIT F&F MOCK SHOP BA (Hons) Fashion and Fashion Business students have been keeping up the relationship with industry supporter F&F through a series of work placements and site visits.

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Second year students spent a day at F&F’s Head Office in Hatfield, just a stone’s throw from the University, gaining an insight into the roles of Buyer, Merchandiser, Designer and Visual Merchandiser through a series of workshops and seminars set within their expansive ‘mock shop’.

PIXEL PERFECT Final year Illustration student Isobel Evans successfully completed her work experience with the digital games company Mighty Box in January 2017. Izzy contributed concept art, character designs and art assets for the prototype of a 2D puzzle-platformer currently titled ‘Just Another Recon Mission’. Izzy said: ‘To begin with, I couldn’t believe my luck. It was like someone had just plonked my dream job in my lap. The game itself played to my strengths, as science fiction and video games are both things I like and know a fair bit about, so I had a lot of references already that I could use for inspiration. ‘Working to such a tight turn around, and to very exacting specifications was quite a learning curve, but I was lucky enough to be given a lot of creative freedom, which I know is a rare luxury when it comes to commercial design work. Doing concept art has always been an ambition of mine, and I can’t thank everyone enough for giving me this opportunity. I’d love to make a career out of it in the future.’

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The game, which draws inspiration from classic 8 and 16-bit gaming titles such as Metroid and Castlevania, is currently under production having recently been awarded a game development grant of €35,000 by the Malta Arts Council – thanks in no small part to Izzy’s efforts.

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Lecturer Thom Cuschieri, who art directed the game, said: ‘Izzy was a joy to work with. Her concept art helped us figure out important aspects of the game’s narrative, and she consistently delivered high quality work on time and often at very short notice.’

Under the lead of Lecturer in Architecture Dr Paul Cureton, second year Interior Architecture & Design students have been collaborating with EPR Architects on the Shredded Wheat Factory Masterplan in Welwyn Garden City, designing schemes for the refurbishment of the factory production hall and silos as well as the station footbridge and community centre.

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STUDENTS IN UNIQUE COLLABORATION WITH

TED BAKER Visiting Professor Catherine Scorey, Director of Womenswear at Ted Baker, visited the School in November 2016 to brief second year students from the Graphic Design & Illustration (GDI), Fashion, and Contemporary Design Crafts (CDC) programmes on a live project for the leading fashion retail brand. The brief, conceptualised by lecturers Rich Mitchell and Nicola de Main in collaboration with Prof. Scorey, required second year students from the three programmes to create an ‘on-brand, production-ready, print-based series of outfits that communicated Ted Baker’s clear, unswerving, focus on quality, attention to detail and a quirky sense of humour’.

Textile designs were developed by GDI and CDC students before being presented to Prof. Scorey at Ted Baker’s headquarters in London’s Kings Cross. Two prints were selected by the fashion design guru, which were sent to students on the Fashion programme, who then produced a range of womenswear designs that incorporated the prints to create a ‘single, seamless vision’. FIND OUT MORE ABOUT DESIGN AT GO.HERTS.AC.UK/CREATIVEARTS

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X FACTOR SONGWRITER SHOWS STUDENTS HOW TO MAKE A HIT SINGLE A multi-platinum selling songwriter who has worked with some of UK’s biggest pop acts, including Leona Lewis and Little Mix, has been teaching students at the University of Hertfordshire the secrets to creating a hit single. Jez Ashurst, a multi-instrumentalist songwriter, producer and programmer based in London, came to the University to deliver a hands-on workshop and music session with the University’s music production students on Tuesday 21 February. He was the music programmer for The X Factor in 2011 and 2013, programming two number one singles during his time on the show. He says working on the show was extremely busy but also very exciting: ‘It was hectic. For both series. It is definitely the hardest work I have ever done in the music business. ‘We were working 20 hours a day. But the results were always fantastic – it is the only thing I have ever done where you can be given a song on a Monday, not knowing what it is, and then see it being performed on live TV the following Saturday. Crazy.’ Whilst the pressure of work was huge it was something that Jez learned to thrive on and channel. Something, he

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says, the students must also do to succeed in the industry. He added: ‘If I am scared of doing something, I will do it. That’s because I know it will challenge me and keep me sharp. It is important to channel that energy in a positive way. It is a good way to succeed.’ As well as his connection to The X Factor Jez has written and produced hits with other UK pop royalty such as Boyzone and the former Spice Girl, Mel C. And beyond his numerous writing credits, he has programmed records for world-renowned US superstars such as Celine Dion and Earth Wind and Fire. When not collaborating with other writers and artists, Jez fronts his own band, Farrah, who he has been touring internationally with since 2001. The band have received critical acclaim and had sell-out gigs in Japan, Europe and Australia as well as releasing four studio albums. During his time performing with Farrah Jez says the music industry has changed massively in many different ways. These range from how music is promoted, the evolution of technology and even the decline in popularity of albums.

to produce a single. No one really listens to albums anymore. There are lots of different reasons, such as the prevalence for streaming music these days, but another reason is that for a long time there were a lot of rubbish albums being made. And the industry has to take some responsibility for that.’ Jez also says the growth of social media and music sharing platforms have had a big impact on the business, both in positive and negative way. He added: ‘Building a brand is so important for new artists in today’s music scene. Some major labels will even expect new acts to already have a really strong presence and following on social media before they even look at signing them. And this can be an added pressure for new acts. ‘But for others it is good. Today people can make a track on a laptop upload it onto the web and generate interest that way. When I first started, I remember photocopying flyers and handing them out or having to make a physical demo in a studio, which cost a lot. You really had to believe in a song to do that. But times change.’

He added: ‘These days there is a lot more focus on artists

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BREXIT PASSPORT Final year Graphic Design student Silje Bergum has been shortlisted for a competition asking entrants to propose a new design for the UK passport, following the triggering of Article 50. The competition, organised by Dezeen, was open to the general public and there were were over 200 entries from 34 different countries. Her project was one of nine proposals shortlisted by the judges. The purpose of the competition was to provoke people into thinking about the UK’s identity after Brexit. The brief called for designs that represented all UK citizens while presenting a positive view of the country to the rest of the world. Silje, from Norway, focused on Britain’s infamous weather for her design. Each visa spread features an interpretation of different weather types – a page filled with blue dots represents hail while a page of simple intersecting yellow and blue stripes represents a sunshine and showers. The minimal cover design, meanwhile, is inspired by fog, featuring blocks of grey, blue and white, while the perky yellow stitching on the spine is a reminder of summer.

Dezeen competition at all, but after getting some very good feedback from students and tutors I decided I really don’t have anything to loose. I showed up at their offices an hour before deadline and I’m glad I did. I’m so happy I got shortlisted and it came as a total surprise – almost as big as a surprise as the mood swinging weather here!’ Although an unofficial competition, the shortlist was featured on featured on BBC TV and in publications including The Daily Mail, The Telegraph, The Guardian and the Evening Standard.​​

MAPPING URBAN RENEWAL IN BARCELONA

Eighty students from BA (Hons) Architecture and BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design completed a week-long research and study trip in Barcelona in March 2017. The research undertaken extends the scope of work the programme has been pursuing in studying public space, previously in Tokyo, Athens, London and Copenhagen. Barcelona is a city that in its long history been marked by urban regeneration and renewal schemes. The original master plan and city grid was laid out in the 19th century regeneration, while the most recent such project was carried out as the city prepared for the Olympic Games in 1992. Prior to the Olympic regeneration, Barcelona’s oldest neighborhoods were home to illicit activity and marginalised communities. Lecturer Eva Sopeoglou said: ‘Students’ research focused on how the original neighborhoods function under extreme constraints for space, light, wind, and the exclusion of traffic. They reviewed how new cultural buildings, like food markets, museums, libraries, and cultural centres inserted in the old fabric have created new attraction points for people and new public spaces. They explored the times of occupation and types of activities, day or night, documenting the juxtaposition of old and new.’ The study trip to Barcelona included a visit to the architecture office of Ricardo Bofil, a presentation at the innovative Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalunia (IAAC) and visits to the city’s monuments by Antoni Gaudi and Mies Van Der Rohe.

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KERRY’S STUDENTS GET IN A SPIN Second year Graphic Design & Illustration students visited a renowned design studio as part of their Critical and Cultural Studies (C&CS) module in March 2017. Over the last twenty years, Spin has been one of the UK’s leading graphic design studios, working with such clients as Channel Four, AGI, British Council, Jigsaw, Nike, and many more. Creative Director Tony Brook has created a studio culture that is designed to facilitate creative communication and ideas. Spin are also actively involved in promoting graphic design, be it through giving lectures, participating in events, staging exhibitions or through the books produced by their in-house publishing company Unit Editions. Lecturer Kerry Purcell said: ‘It was with great pleasure that a select few of the C&CS class paid to visit to Tony and his studio. The subsequent discussion ranged from what happens when a new brand design causes controversy, to the trials and tribulations of working with clients. ‘Surrounded by the many of the latest Unit Edition publications, Tony also chatted with the students about the importance of self-generated projects. Overall, it was a wonderful opportunity to visit one of the most exciting studios around.’

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DISASTERS OF PEACE Artist, filmmaker and Creative Arts researcher Sam Jury, in partnership with filmmaker and theorist Kamila Kuc, will present a special screening of the Disasters of Peace curated film programme at the renowned media arts space, The Horse Hospital, London, in May 2017. Disasters of Peace tours from the Experiments in Cinema Film Festival in Albuquerque, USA, and will later travel to the Grand Illusion Cinema, Seattle. The programme includes Jury’s latest film Popehelm featuring a soundscape by Reader in Music, Rob Godman.

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JOE RECEIVES £10,000 FROM

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For the fourth year running, students from Film & TV have been offered a place on Warner Bros. Creative Talent Scheme, which gives students £10,000 towards film making and access to facilities and mentoring. This year, budding cinematographer Joe Hewitt was awarded the prestigious scholarship. Warner Bros. Creative Talent is about finding and supporting the next generation of UK creative industries’ talent. It offers a wide variety of opportunities to study, train and gain invaluable experience and insight right across the entertainment industry, through scholarships at some of the country’s most respected higher education institutions; three Prince William scholarships in Film, Television and Games in partnership with BAFTA; apprenticeships ranging from set-lighting to post-production; trainee positions on every Warner Bros. film production in the UK supported by Creative Skillset; and twenty-five, year-long training course places at Chickenshed theatre company. Programme Leader for BA (Hons) Film & Television Production, Lyndsay Duthie, said: ‘We are delighted to be part of the Warner Bros Creative Talent programme for the 4th year. Previous scholars have gone on to work on blockbuster films such as Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Wonder Woman. Joe is a worthy recipient and we are really proud of him. He is an excellent cinematographer and has the drive to succeed. We are looking forward to seeing his name on film credit rolls we’re sure soon.’

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ACTS OF UNDRESSING: BARBARA REVEALS NEW BOOK Visual communication and Online Learning Lecturer Barbara Brownie published a long-awaited book in 2016. ‘Acts of Undressing: Politics, Eroticism, and Discarded Clothing (Dress, Body, Culture)’, released late last year, contrasts the act of undressing in a variety of locations including domestic spaces, shop fitting rooms, prisons, and sports pitches, and contexts including performance art, striptease, streaking, and mooning whilst also examining what we do with clothes once we have removed them – for example, using coats as territorial markers to reserve seats in public spaces.

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Barbara explains: ‘My research considers the relationship between clothes and the body, including the ways in which we separate our bodies from our clothes, the character of the gestures that we use in the process, and how context informs those gestures.’ Most recently Barbara appeared on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Thinking Allowed’ exploring the many meanings of public disrobement, from the playful to the criminal.

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AFTER SCORING 100% EMPLOYMENT, WE

CATCH UP WITH OUR 2016 MUSIC TECH GRADUATES After graduates from the Music Technology programme achieved in 2015 (100% in employment or further study within six months of graduating), the class of 2016 looks certain to be up there too when the Destination of Leavers in Higher Education (DLHE) statistics are published later this year. Here’s a small selection of what Music Technology, Sound Design Technology, and Audio Recording & Production students are doing in the first 6 months since graduating from the University of Hertfordshire in 2016.

TOM ROUNTREE BSc (Hons) Audio Recording & Production ‘Things have been going well since graduation, I’ve continued recording, mixing and mastering under my own studio and I currently have three albums on the go. I still work with The Reload Sessions YouTube channel, often recording audio for video shoots at Resident Studios in London, usually with full bands. We’re also in the process of exploring a possible endorsement deal with Focusrite.’

skills to make your songs sound the way you want them to, with an added level of sparkle and sheen. Joe is a calming presence in the studio with a level of dedication and musical knowledge of an engineer twice his age.’

DAVID SOBLINSKAS BEN PANTELIS BSc (Hons) Sound Design Technology ‘I won a pitching contest that involved presenting an idea to very high ranking members of the BBC’s games, products and children’s departments, for a game aimed at their CBeebies audience. It should be resulting in some sort of placement at one of the BBC locations soon, however details are still to be finalised. I am also currently in the second semester of the Games Development MProf (Masters of professional practice) at Abertay University in Dundee, Scotland. My first semester, included working with BAFTA to develop a game for the PlayStation VR platform!’

BSc (Hons) Sound Design Technology Ben is a Production Operator at Amina Technologies the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of invisible speaker products.

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BSc (Hons) Music Technology Viktorija is currently freelancing with Vortex Events. ‘I’ve been involved with working on various stages at various music festivals throughout the UK (including Secret Garden Party and Wilkestock), providing audio video and lighting for corporate events, sound system installations, lighting design, visual content and video mapping creation, creative installation production and implementation, automation (QLab), sound design and lighting for immersive experiences - I love my job, it’s hectic, rewarding and always changing!’

BSc (Hons) Music Technology Kane currently works alongside engineers as part of new Recording Studio / Rehearsal Rooms development in Epping called ‘Cosmic Audio’.

JOE DUDDING BSc (Hons) Audio Recording & Production Joe is working at Silver Street Studios in Reading, recording, mixing and producing projects. ‘As part of my job I also go around the local music scene and meet all the bands, getting them in to record.’ Silver Street Studios says: ‘Joe is a fresh face on the recording scene with the

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BSc (Hons) Music Technology David is a Sound Engineer for the National Theater and State Musical Theater in Kaunas, Lithuania. ‘It’s a lot of fun since the setup and size of it changes almost on a daily basis. One day I might be working with a 5 man performance with only a couple of mics, the next day it’s 15 people on stage and percussion section and the band, moving stages etc. It’s very unpredictable, fast-paced, and hours can be tiring sometimes (well, most of the time), but I do get to see the best performances from all over - it never gets boring as the problems and solutions we deal with require some ingenuity.’

BEN SPURGEON MESACH WILLIAMS BSc (Hons) Audio Recording & Production Mesach is the In-house Audio Visual technician at The Forum and part time at Red Bull Studios. ‘I am also currently starting my own record label and am in the process of signing my first artist - the record label is an entrepreneurial project I’ve been wanting to start for some time.’

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‘Since graduating I’ve mostly worked on short films but also but in a range of positions including Boom Op, Sound recordist and Sound Designer/Foley Artist.’

BSc (Hons) Audio Recording & Production Ben is Application Engineer at Sound Technology in Letchworth, the role crosses between the Project Team and Marketing Team. ‘My work is mainly focused in the following areas - system design (preliminary design, amplifier matching, loudspeaker management, DSP design, acoustic modeling). Rigging and installation (full line array system design and rigging, distributed PA setups, studio and live room installations, surround sound cinema installations) and providing training, demonstrations and technical support to UK retailers and end users for all Harman brands including JBL, AKG, Soundcraft, SSL and BSS.’

HOWARD SMITH NADIA COPPELMAN BSc (Hons) Audio Recording & Production Nadia is a Graduate Assistant / Technical Officer at Middlesex University Music Department. ‘My duties involve doing live sound, recording, teaching logic and studio workshops, organising events, providing one to one support for students and assisting lecturers in the delivery of their lectures.’

MATTHEW WILLIAMS BSc (Hons) Sound Design Technology Matthew currently freelances as a Sound Recordist and Sound Designer for film, TV and Video games, mostly based in London though occasionally back in Herts.

BSc (Hons) Music Technology Howard is now an Assistant Engineer following a successful internship at SohoSonic Studios, based in London, he also continues to work as a DJ Promoter.

PAUL HOUGH BSc (Hons) Audio Recording & Production Paul is Field Service Engineer for AVMI – A Global Video Conferencing, Installations and Digital Media Company. The UK’s largest integrator of audio visual, video conferencing and digital media solutions.

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TEAM RESTORE ARCHITECTURAL MODELS FOR MK50 Milton Keynes City Discovery Centre commissioned the Creative Ideas Office and Digital Hack Lab to renovate and restore architectural models, created in the 1950s, for the 50th anniversary of Milton Keynes exhibition. The team used both traditional model making techniques and 3D printing to restore the original models of some of the iconic city landmarks to their former glory. Associate Dean of School, Dr Shaun Borstock, says: ‘The challenge faced by the team was to ensure the the restoration of the models, some of which had been lying

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in a shed for many years in a state of disrepair and with missing pieces, was not intrusive and or noticeable. We simply had to restore them to their former glory’. Led by Professor Mark Bloomfield, the restoration team included Principal Technical Officer Pete Brownhill, Senior Technical Officers Justin Warnes and Antoine Proust ,and 7 students from the Interior Architecture and Design programme, along with many others behind the scenes.

team, under the guidance of Dr Borstrock, have shown the sensitivity and creative dedication needed to restore and repair the historically significant architectural models of Milton Keynes to an exceptionally high standard. The Milton Keynes City Discovery Centre is very happy with the enthusiasm shown by the whole team and the results so far, especially as most of the models will be on display during the 50th celebrations of Milton Keynes as a New Town in 2017.’

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ALYSSA WINS AT BUSINESS AWARDS Alyssa Smith, 2008 graduate of Applied Arts, won in the Best Retailer of the Year category for her jewellery design firm Alyssa Smith Jewellery. The award was open to any multi-national chain or independent high street shop able to demonstrate excellent knowledge and a passion for the products they sell, as well as understanding their customer base and demonstrating a ‘can do’ attitude.

are really pleased for her. On our Design Crafts courses, we teach students not only the practical, theoretical and creative skills, but also the business acumen and professional knowledge students need to begin a successful career in the creative industries.’ FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE COURSE AT GO.HERTS.AC.UK/W704

The biz4Biz Awards are for anyone involved in a business in Hertfordshire. They seek out examples of excellence in the county, and awarded Alyssa for embodying these values. The ceremony took place at Tewin Bury Farm on 3rd March and was hosted by the Rt Hon Michael Portillo. Alyssa said: ‘Having the company’s commitment to outstanding customer service, exquisite jewellery designs and our bold and innovative marketing strategy recognised in this way is hugely rewarding to us.’ Antje Illner, Programme Leader for Design Crafts (formerly Applied Arts), said: ‘This is brilliant for Alyssa, and we

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PRODUCT & INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

NEW WAYS OF SEEING AT THE MUSEUM OF THINGS Product Design Senior Lecturer, Polly Palmer’s research journey to explore learning outside the lecture room, has recently focused upon museum collections of artefacts and how they might directly inform the design processes and contextual understanding of students of 3D Design.

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RECORD NUMBER UP FOR VICE CHANCELLOR’S AWARDS IN 2017 Across the University, individuals and teams put an enormous amount of effort into realising its values, mission and strategy. For staff of all levels, the Vice Chancellor’s Awards (VCAs) acknowledges those who embody these values, the credibility and integrity of their work and their working relationships. In a wave of positive recognition from students and colleagues, the School of Creative Arts has received an amazing wealth of nominations through the VCAs. With 49 nominations across all 10 categories, we’re pretty sure this sets some kind of record! Dean of School Judy Glasman said: ‘I am very proud to see that around 45% of staff of the School have been nominated in a variety of categories showing that we often go the extra mile - including 10 lecturers for ‘Tutor of the Year’ and 16 people have been put forward for ‘Colleague of the Year’. This is a great reflection of the community spirit of staff and students who contribute to the academic life of the School and care about our students!’ A full list of nominees from the School of Creative Arts appears below: COLLEAGUE OF THE YEAR Adam Halabi / Andrew Parker/ Adam Rushton / Alex Baxter / Antje Illner / Antoine Proust / Ben Davis / Chris Clark / Ian Willcock / Justin Warnes / Karen Coombs / Peter Brownhill / Rhianna Campbell / Richard Adams / Robert Wright / Silvio Carta MANAGER OF THE YEAR Claire Hartridge / Katie Parkash / Lyndsay Duthie / Richard Kelly / Timothy Blinko

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STEPS OF CHANGE Alex Baxter / Jak Kimsey PROFESSIONAL STAFF MEMBER OF THE YEAR Adam Ladlow / Kelly Hall / Malcolm Chance / Robert Phillips TUTOR OF THE YEAR Barbara Brownie / Bruce Aisher / Eva Sopeoglou / Frank Victoria / Lewis Guarniere / Mark Broughton / Martin Bowman / Neil Gallagher / Paul Cureton / Silvio Carta STUDENT EXPERIENCE IMPACT AWARD Alex Baxter / Jak Kimsey / Julian Lindley / Kiran Bains / Natalie Cook-Grigg TEAM OF THE YEAR 3D Workshops Technical Team / Animation Teaching Team / Loans & Digital Media Technical Team / School of Creative Arts Technical Team BUSINESS FACING IMPACT Shaun Borstrock CONTRIBUTION TO THE COMMUNITY Erica Liu / Eva Sopeoglou RESEARCH SUCCESS Grace Lees-Maffei

Polly said: ‘Students are not fans of didactic teaching styles and earnest academic endeavour. They favour hands-on activity over passive absorption of information, and so it was something of a surprise when my first year Creative Product Design group returned from a study visit to Berlin in a state of missionary fervour about a museum experience. ‘They described a curatorial guided tour of the Museum der Dinge (Museum of Things) and waxed lyrical about both the expertise of the guides and the telling narrative of the displays. They told me I had to go and see for myself, and so I did. How could I not? ‘The Museum of Things is hidden away to the rear of a charming old textile factory in the vibrant Turkish quarter of Berlin. The museum was established there in 2007 to house the Deutshe Werkbund Archive (an internationally important pre-Modernist collection) and for our students, the most significant collection; everyday objects, collected with revolutionary fervour since the early 1970s by social reforming art historians who emerged from the ‘68 revolutionary movement in Europe. ‘They have established a new archive and museum that documented everyday culture and included ephemera and ordinary products of mass manufacture. These are exhibited in a long narrow room with tall wood and glass display cabinets dating from the 70s; a difficult constraint that invites more traditional display and curatorial approaches. ‘The usual conventions of classification and meticulous labelling are dispensed with here. The students especially enjoyed the jumble of items chaotically mixed in seemingly random piles. Classifications included yellow objects, things with holes in, stuff made of wire and plastic body parts. ‘The display reflects an acceptance of democracy and the vernacular and a rejection of notions of quality and elitist selection processes, embracing ambiguity and humour. It allows the viewer to interpret the artefacts with almost no mediation. ‘This suggests many diverse avenues of inquiry regarding the use of objects in teaching Critical and Cultural Studies to Creative Design students, but inclusive participation and the reflection of cultural and demographic change must be paramount.’

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SEAN TO SHADOW COMPOSERS AT LONDON GAME DEVELOPER MSc Music Composition for Film & Media student Sean Wragg, has been selected for a work shadowing experience at games developer Splash Damage, the London-based studio best known as the creators of Wolfenstein and Enemy Territory. Splash Damage, founded in 2001, develop genreleading AAA experiences that are highly regarded among reviewers and gamers alike. Splash Damage are best known for 6 consecutive number one hits and more that 330 awards and nominations in some of the world’s most famous universes. Sean is delighted by this invaluable opportunity, and is very much looking forward to round off all he has learned on his Masters with real-life industry experience. FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE COURSE AT GO.HERTS.AC.UK/MSFG

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STUDENTS TO EXHIBIT IN GRADE 1 LISTED RESIDENCE Contemporary Design Crafts students will exhibit work in the historic setting of 15th Century Grade 1 listed 132 Piccotts End in May 2017. Property owner Karen Murphy has opened the doors to the cottage outside Hemel Hempstead for this unique exhibition entitled ‘Revealing/Concealing’. First year students will exhibit work especially designed for the site, while second year students will showcase their year’s work.

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KAREN WINS RISING STAR AWARD The video games industry has become a vital part of the creative economy and the UK is estimated to be the sixth largest video game market, worth nearly £4.2billion in consumer spend. However, despite the continual rise of women gamers, the games industry remains a male dominated environment with women making up just 19 percent of all employees in the UK, although this does represent immense progress since 2009, when women represented a mere six percent of the total workforce. The University of Hertfordshire believes that women have a crucial role to play in shaping and strengthening the video games industry. It is committed to encouraging diversity in Games Art and supports the inclusion and advancement of women in the games industry. Course leaders strive to foster a supportive and inclusive environment to enable all undergraduates to thrive and become an inspiration to others in their field. One such inspirational student is University of Hertfordshire alumnus, Karen Stanley, who graduated in 2014. Karen won the ‘Rising Star’ award 2016’s Women in Gaming ceremony and is testament to the central role women play in the games industry. ‘I was quite surprised to be involved in the finals, let alone win an award! The other people nominated are very talented and I’d love to work with them one day,’ said Karen who now works at Sony Interactive Entertainment, recently contributing to Playstation VR Worlds.

‘The awards were an opportunity for me to begin to give back. I want to support others who want to join the industry as it can be very difficult to start. There is such a diverse range of career paths even within the same disciplines, so I want to help by giving advice on options available to younger people who are in the process of making their career choices,’ continued Karen. Neil Gallagher, Senior Lecturer in 3D Animation Games Art at the University of Hertfordshire, saw Karen’s potential early on in her studies: ‘Karen was an amazing student and I was delighted to hear that she had won this award. She walked straight into a job after graduating and this was down to her hard work and dedication to Games Art creations. Despite working full time, Karen still finds time and energy to push her creations with various studies in a range of expanding software tools. She has an ability to keep driving forward in games art creations and never shies away from entering competitions against the big guns of the games industry world. For someone so young in games development sector, Karen really is one to watch for in the future’. FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE COURSE AT GO.HERTS.AC.UK/W280

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GRAPHIC DESIGN

WORLD-LEADING AGENCY DELIVER BESPOKE BRIEF

One of the world’s leading branding agencies launched a live brief with final year BA (Hons) Graphic Design students earlier this year. Based in London and San Francisco, Design Studio work with clients all over the world but are perhaps best known for their recent rebranding of Airbnb, the Premier League and Deliveroo. The company gave students an open brief to ‘make a meaningful difference to something around them’. Designer Charlie Hocking explained that an important part of the company’s approach is immersing themselves in the organisation they’re designing for. He encouraged our students to do the same, treating research as a creative endeavour in its own right. Programme Leader Nick Lovegrove said ‘the experience has given students a real insight into a company that is at the forefront of their field. For an agency of Design Studio’s stature to write a brief especially for us is a good sign that the reputation of the course and its students is respected by industry leaders.’ The company invited students to present their work in progress to the company’s staff at their offices over pizza and beer during an evening event in April 2017.

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NEW SCULPTURE WALK SHOWCASES ART COLLECTION ACROSS CAMPUSES The walk introduces 13 outdoor sculptures that form part of a collection established in 1952, that continues to grow over the decades. The collection presented on the walk consists of an eclectic group of works that map the changing characteristics of British Sculpture. Walkers will encounter a stone relief by the iconic Barbara Hepworth, a bronze torso by John Farnham and Land Art by Andy Goldsworthy. The University of Hertfordshire’s total Art Collection features 500 artworks displayed across both campuses. Elsewhere the walk reveals sound sculptures, interactive works, assemblages and ambitious steel interventions.

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ARCHITECTURE / INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN FINE ART

INSPIRING TEACHER PETER ARNOLD HONOURED THROUGH ANNUAL AWARD As a memorial to the late Peter Arnold, former Deputy Head of School (Design and Media), his wife Rosie has made a very generous commitment to the School of Creative Arts. Peter made a long-standing and major contribution to the School, and Rosie has now donated a substantial amount to fund an annual prize for a graduating Fine Art student, to be used to travel or purchase art materials. Judy Glasman, Dean of the School, has also generously matched Rosie’s commitment to enhance the value of the prize. Peter studied at the Slade School of Fine Art, going onto teach at Bournemouth School of Art. He then moved onto St. Albans School of Art and Design, as Head of the Foundation programme. After the merger with the University, he was integral in the development and expansion of the School of Creative Arts. Peter kept up his practice as a painter and after retiring produced a very beautiful suite of paintings which were subsequently exhibited at the Slade in the summer of 2015. Peter was much appreciated as an inspiring teacher whose legacy is felt by a great many students who benefited from his commitment and care. It is a fitting legacy for Peter to be honoured through this annual award.

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REIMAGINING HATFIELD The brightest design talents from the University of Hertfordshire will reimagine The Parade in Salisbury Square, Old Hatfield, as a community pop-up space for a new conceptual design project. A joint initiative between Old Hatfield Residents Association, Gascoyne Cecil Estates, the University of Hertfordshire and Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council, students will use The Parade as part of their first year of study on the BA (Hons) Architecture & BA (Hons) Interior Architecture & Design degrees. Around 50 students visited the Square in March 2017 to tour the space and experience how it features in the wider area. Councillor Roger Trigg, Executive Member for Corporate Property at the Council, said: ‘Our work focuses on bringing the community together and it was fantastic to learn the students’ ideas for using creative design to attract all different kinds of people. We’re always encouraging of the borough being used to help develop future talent, and I’m sure these students will come away with even greater inspiration for their projects.’ Eva Sopeoglou, Lecturer in Architecture, said: ‘Students on our course have been researching Hatfield and making proposals for many years and this is the second year that our students projects’ are based in Old Hatfield. Even though the outcomes may never be realised, the spaces we engage and the people we meet and consult with are very much real.

‘In Old Hatfield, we have a very good working relationship with everyone; Gascoyne Cecil Estates, the WHBC and especially the Old Hatfield Residents Association. This has given our projects an additional role, as we are discovering, like today where everyone came out to greet us at Salisbury Square. We are very pleased to be part of the long history of Hatfield as well as play a role in its future legacy.’ Chris Goward, Chair of the Old Hatfield Residents’ Association, said: ‘We are very pleased to see Eva and her colleagues and students from the University taking an interest in Old Hatfield, and it has been good to visit the University and see the students’ work as it develops. We look forward to an exhibition of the end results of this project later in the year, and to developing the relationship with the University in the coming years.’ Anthony Downs, Director of Planning & Development at Gascoyne Cecil Estates, said: ‘This is an exciting project. We work regularly with the University of Hertfordshire on a number of initiatives. It is always heartening to see UH working within Hatfield, and enabling enthusiastic students to consider how bricks and mortar shape the town itself. More encouraging, this ties in with the Estate’s long term plans to regenerate Old Hatfield. These were forged by the local community and other stakeholders at the 2008 Charrette. We continue to collaborate closely, working towards making that vision a reality.’

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STUDENTS HELP BREAK GAME JAM RECORD Sponsored by Unity, Intel, Facebook, Unreal Engine and other huge names from the world of technology, the University’s ‘Game Jam’ was part of the eighth annual international Global Game Jam, held in January 2017. The University of Hertfordshire site saw a team of nearly 50 artists, programmers, and enthusiasts get together to make brand new video games from scratch in just 48 hours. Over 36,000 jammers participated, and over 7,000 game projects were created. Jam sites were organised in sites across 95 countries, breaking all of last year’s records and becoming the biggest Game Jam ever. Ian Sturrock, organiser and Critical and Cultural Studies (Animation) Lecturer, said: ‘This is our third year as a Global Game Jam site, and things seemed to go better than ever. We had almost fifty jammers taking part, including students, staff, alumni, and members of the public, and between us we made seven playable video games in a variety of genres.

game from a second-year team, and a decidedly original take on the first-person shooter genre from a first-year team whose members had never made a game before! For the first time, we were joined by a large number of students from the Music Composition for Games course, and it was fantastic to see this cross-subject co-operation between them and our usual games artists and animators. As ever, my favourite thing about the Game Jam is watching students’ self-confidence and creative abilities skyrocket over the course of the weekend.’

‘We had a highly ambitious virtual reality game from a Level 6 team of Game Jam veterans, a very cute Llama-shooting

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PRODUCT & INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

PRODUCT-IVE ADDITION TO PRODUCT TEAM Director and cofounder of Materials Council, Ian Hunter, has joined the Product and Industrial Design team as a Visiting Lecturer. Ian has been leading the second year module ‘Materials, processes and technology’ as well as providing support to final year students in their studio work. His ambition is to improve the students’ knowledge, enthusiasm and engagement with materials and manufacturing processes, developing their excellent concepts into producible designs. Ian co-founded Materials Council in 2012 after working as a materials researcher at Foster+Partners architects. A creative materials consultancy, Materials Council work with architects and designers to develop innovative material solutions on projects. Past clients include Squire+Partners, Softroom, Design Museum, C.F Møller, Nike, Selfridges and Conrad Shawcross.

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FASHION STRIKE NEW PARTNERSHIP IN CHINA Programme Leader for Fashion, Tony Rosella, will be spending time at Sanda University in Shanghai, China, as part of a new University teaching agreement. Tony said: ‘I am very excited at the prospect of forging a strong bond between the two programmes where students from Sanda will be able to study in the final year of the Fashion and Fashion & Fashion Business awards, progressing onto an MA at Hertfordshire. In return, Sanda will support students from the Fashion programme in securing work placements and internships in Shanghai.’

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YES WE CANNES! Over thirty BA (Hons) Film & Television Production students will be jetting off to the south of France in May for the 70th Cannes Film Festival. Hertfordshire is the only university from the UK currently taking undergraduates to Cannes, which attracts appearances by leading film practitioners from across the globe. For final year student Jamie Sims, 2017 will mark his third visit to the festival: ‘Cannes is a fantastic opportunity to mix and network with industry professionals. This is a particularly vital activity for those of us about to graduate and get our first jobs in film.

Film & TV lecturer and trip organiser Andrew Parker said: ‘What better place for film students to rub shoulders with leading writers, producers, directors and actors? This is a wonderful opportunity for our film students to observe the industry at work. With a huge range of international talks and screenings to attend, it’s a very busy but valuable three day visit.’ FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE COURSE AT GO.HERTS.AC.UK/W602

‘There are also a range of new movie releases to watch,

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ROLL OVER BEETHOVEN

Postgraduate Music students enjoyed a totalimmersion mix and production session at Beethoven Street Studios. Hosted by top-flight producer and studio owner Mark Ralph, students had the opportunity to take a closer look, and listen, at how current hits are crafted. Mark Ralph is a Music Business World Producer of

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plus there’s always the chance to make it onto the red carpet at the celebrity gala screenings. Last year, a smartly dressed Level 4 student found himself being papped as he followed Jessica Chastain into a premiere!’

The Year, and is responsible for the sound and shape of Clean Bandit’s number one record ’Rockabye’, and the Pete Tong album ‘Classic House’, amongst many others.

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3D PRINTED MODELS VIRTUALLY READY

Across the School, students have been creating artwork in a Virtual Reality platform to be 3D printed and exhibited in May 2017. Students from Animation, Fashion, Fine Art, Design Crafts, Graphic Design and Illustration are being trained on using the HTC Vive virtual reality headset. Using the Google Tilt Brush, students have been creating virtual sculptures which will then be 3D printed ready for the exhibition. The Tilt Brush allows the user to paint in 3D space within virtual reality. Using three-dimensional brush strokes, stars, light, and even fire, the room becomes the canvas. Programme Leader for Creative Media & Digital Cultures, Doros Polydorou, said: ‘It has been fantastic collaborating with students from across the School of Creative Arts on this unique project. The hope was that students would use the technology to further express their creativity and I think we are all blown away by the breadth and diversity of the 3D virtual artworks they have produced.’ FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE COURSE AT GO.HERTS.AC.UK/W212

EVENTS

HEAVYWEIGHTS FROM WORLD OF DESIGN VISIT STUDENTS FOR DESIGN TALK SERIES This year once again saw a very successful series of Design Talks. The Talks, open to all students, are an opportunity to understand the Creative Industries and hear from key designers pushing forward the frontiers of their profession. Students and staff were engaged, informed, provoked by a wide range of professional designers and design commentators:

insights into how Graphic Design is used in one of the most creative and fast moving cities in the world.

I-AM, discussed her extensive interior design portfolio, spanning bookshops to bars.

Oliver Kugler gave a summary of how his career developed to being a leading illustrator for reportage, including documenting social issues, war zones and refugees.

Claire Richmond, Senior Interior Designer in Hospitality at Gensler, discussed her transition from a product designer to leading a range of Interior Design projects including high-end residential, commercial, retail, mixed and entertainment.

World-renowned designer Sebastian Conran talked about, among many themes, how design and technology can address the challenges within an aging population.

Sustainable couturier Lucy Tammam discussed sustainability in the fashion industry, encouraging students to consider their future roles and how they can positively change our planet through ethical means.

Eddie Opera, Partner with Pentagram in New York, gave

Award-winning Tanya Fairhurst, 3D Design Assistant at

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Ewan Ferrier, of Brand Union gave an insight into assisting clients to re-orientate and understand their business profiles.

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DENNIS EXPLORES THE EFFECTS OF SOCIAL MEDIA ON COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT In May 2016, Dennis Collopy discussed the value of research into the music industry at Liverpool’s Sound City Conference. The panel discussion included Jo Dipple, CEO of UK Music, and discussed the power of data and research, and what it means for both lobbying and British music as a whole. Dennis’ music industry career spans 40 years including stints at Chrysalis Music, RCA Records, Riva Music (running the US companies for 5 years and signing The Clash, Rod Stewart and John Mellencamp), and BMG Music Publishing. He has also served on the board of a number of music industry bodies including the PRS and the MPA. Dennis has taught music management, music publishing and IP Law at the Academy of Contemporary Music, Bucks New University, and the University of Westminster before joining the School of Creative Arts, where his research has included themes of ‘Music Experience and Behaviour in Young People’. In 2011 he co-founded EMBRA (the European Music Business Research Association) and he also co-edits the International Journal of Music Business Research first published in April 2012. Dennis has led two EU FP7 research bids on music and IP issues in 2012 and 2013, as well as two commissioned studies for the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) in 2014 and 2016 on IP Rights Infringements, focusing on measurement methods and the impact of social media. He is also a member of the IPO’s research experts advisory group. His research interests encompass International IP and contract law, economics and management science covering the demand and supply sides of the modern music value chain; emerging new business models and increasing challenges to organisational structures within the music industry; global copyright law, the rights of creators and the international administration of music rights. BA (HONS) MUSIC INDUSTRY MANAGEMENT GO.HERTS.AC.UK/WN32

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EXCEPTIONAL INDUSTRY INPUT FOR MUSIC TECHNOLOGY STUDENTS 2016/17 has seen a bumper crop of excellent industry professionals giving guest sessions in a series of events for Music Technology, Sound Design Technology and Audio Recording & Production students at Hertfordshire. George Shilling (Mixing & Mastering Engineer, Cellist and Studio Owner) talked to students about ‘Lightbulb Moments – Diversifying and Surviving in the Music Business’. George has worked with many noteworthy musicians including Slade, Mary J. Blige and James Brown. Students were also able to attend a panel discussion with George Shilling, Matt Ingram and Alan Branch. Matt Ingram is a Drummer, Producer and Engineer from London, and runs Urchin Studios where he is the Cofounder, and Alan Branch is a Grammy Award winning Engineer, Producer, Writer and Musician based in London. Gareth Jones talked to students about his approach to electronic music. Gareth makes noise in the Art Lab at Strongroom in London. He is a huge modular analogue synth enthusiast, and has worked with a massive selection of artists, including making 5 LPs with Depeche Mode, and another 5 with Erasure. Programme Leader Alex Baxter said: ‘Following Gareth’s morning session, he took over one of our studios and plugged together a vast array of synthesisers and kit for a hands on jamming session with the students.’ Commercial Director at Focusrite, Mike Warriner, spoke to students about placement opportunities for next year. Mike was accompanied by current Audio Recording & Production student John Holt who is currently undertaking a year long placement at Focusrite.

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Alex continues, ‘It was great to see how well John is doing since he successfully beat off competition to secure his placement for this year.’ Award-winning sound engineer, mixer and producer, and the other half of Urchin Studios, Dan Cox, talked about what goes on in his head when working with recording musicians and gave an insight into his recording processes. Dan won Breakthrough Engineer of the Year at the MPG awards in 2014, is now an Executive Director of the Music Producer’s Guild. His credits include Laura Marline, Lianne La Havas and Florence and The Machine. After giving his talk, Dan took over our studio spaces to offer masterclasses to our students, offering his advice on student works in progress and also unpicking some of his produced tracks in Pro-Tools. The last event saw sound designer, sound effects editor and FX recordist Bernard O’Reilly visit our students. Bernard has experience in all aspects of audio postproduction, including sound effects recording, sound editing, sound design, and the final mixing process. He now works freelance in sound design after having previously worked at Air Studios as an assistant engineer, and also at Videosonics Cinema Sound as Supervising Sound Editor. Alex said: ‘Bernard gave a great morning class showing how he approached sound in a range of films, delivering his session in surround sound, before working with individuals from the Sound Design programme in small group masterclasses.’ There are many more exciting speakers to come in 2017 including Neil Coomber, Nick Watson, Richard Pryke, Tony Platt and Dan Lancaster.

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MODECLIX SHORTLISTED IN

3D PRINTING AWARDS The Modeclix 3D printing project, led by Dr Shaun Borstrock and Professor Mark Bloomfield from the School of Creative Arts, was announced as a finalist for the 3D Pioneers Challenge (3DPC) 2017 competition.

continuing with the aims of enhancing the functionality and assembly options.

3DPC is aimed at designers who are breaking new ground in the field of 3D printing and who understand the key trends in the industry. It aims to uncover specialists from around the world who are thinking outside the box and pushing boundaries.

Shaun says: ‘Working with Covestro, a subsidiary of Bayer, we started to develop new polymers to be used to manufacture Modeclix. These were shown at the world’s largest plastic and rubber fair, K-Fair in Dusseldorf, as part of Covestros fashion exhibit. We have also collaborated with Ben Eine, the prolific street artist, to develop his iconic typographic designs into Modeclix products.’

There are currently no other products in the market that address the construction of garments using 3D printed technology in this way. Modeclix is a simple system which enables the construction of an array of garments according to the needs of the consumer and their body shape.

‘We are delighted to have been shortlisted for these awards. International recognition is incredibly important as is the opportunity to showcase our work amongst other seeking to push the boundaries of what 3D printing can do.”

The innovative solution proposed combines both traditional construction techniques with advanced technologies to test and demonstrate the technical feasibility of the product and its commercial applications. Prototyping is still underway and has proven to be successful, whilst further research and development is

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HERTS TO HOST ULTIMATE ARTISTS FOR THIRD YEAR The School of Creative Arts is proud to once again be the official host of the Ultimate Artists Music Development Programme. The event, which takes place in August 2017, provides aspiring artists with the ultimate platform to learn, network and develop a 360 degree skillset in the key disciplines of artist development. The School of Creative Arts, in collaboration with Conference Hertfordshire, provide the technical support and state-of-the-art studios and event management for the residential experience. This is the third year we are hosting this event that has included Ali Tennant, Carrie Grant and David Grant as mentors. Between them they have worked with Jessie J, David Guetta, JLS, Olly Murs, Take That, and on the X Factor, The Voice UK and Fame Academy.

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MA GRAPHIC DESIGN / MA ILLUSTRATION

ONLINE STUDENTS DESIGN THEIR F UTURES Graduates from our Online MA Graphic Design and Illustration courses are making a mark in their fields with recent successes. Eimearjean McCormack, who studied Graphic Design, recently had some of her work shown at exhibitions in the UK and even as far afield as China. The exhibitions, entitled No Time for Hysteria, Halftone and Impress, covered a range of topics, from printmaking in the postprint age to critical thinking around photography and the visual arts. MA Illustration student Jane Griffiths Jones recently published a beautiful bilingual book entitled Peta’s Magic (or Swyn Peta in Welsh). Published by Gomer Press, Jane wrote and illustrated the most recent addition to the popular Peta Penguin series from her home in Llanddaniel, Anglesey. The story follows Peta Penguin, who discovers a magic secret in the Antarctic one night when he can’t sleep. The book is the third in the series, following 2012’s Peta Penguin and 2013’s Peta Gets Lost, both of which have been bestsellers for Welsh and English readers. EIMEARJEANMCCORMACK.COM JANEGRIFFITHS-JONESART.COM

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MODEL STUDENTS HELP RECONSTRUCT CASSIOBURY PARK GATES Three Model Design (Model Effects) students have collaborated with Watford Borough Council to create architectural models of the proposed rebuild of Cassiobury Park Gates. Felix Burke, Tom Jackson and Paulina Grenda have based their models on original floorplans featured in John Britton’s 1837 book The History and Description of Cassiobury Park, as well as recent architect drawings and digital renderings of the proposed reconstruction. Felix has also been working with A-models on an architectural model of the Alexandra Road Estate in St John’s Wood, London.

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IT’S ABOUT TIME!

AND SPACE. AND MONSTERS: IVAN FINISHES HIS DOCTOR WHO BOOK PRODUCT & INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

DESIGN STUDENTS ADDRESS SOCIAL ISSUES AROUND MANUFACTURING IN INDIA Product & Industrial Design students have continued the course’s long-term relationship with award winning furniture designers Herman Miller. Product Enhancement Manager, Peter Butt, has repeatedly set challenges to students and given insights into the complex world of the ‘office’ in the 21st century. Last year our final year students responded to a challenge of designing furniture for schools in India.

After many exciting cliffhangers and several regenerations, Dr Ivan Phillips has finished writing his book about Doctor Who. It’s taken a little longer than was intended but Ivan, Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching, expects it to be published before the end of 2017. This means that it should be available before Peter Capaldi and his astonishing eyebrows depart the TARDIS at the end of this year’s Christmas episode – at which point Steven Moffat, the showrunner since 2010, will also head back into the vortex to make way for his successor, Chris Chibnall, creator of Broadchurch. Entitled Once Upon A Time Lord: The Myths and Stories of Doctor Who, Ivan’s book will be published by I.B.Tauris as part of its ‘Who Watching’ series. Looking at the various kinds of tale told about the Time Lord since his first appearance on television screens on 23 November 1963, it is concerned with both ‘classic’ and ‘new’ Who and considers not only the television series but also the expansion of stories into other media forms, including novels and audio dramas.

come from the enthusiasm of students on my modules – there are quite a few Doctor Who fans among them – and alumni who keep asking me when it’s going to be published. Colleagues have also been very encouraging. ‘To those students who don’t share my obsession, of course, but who have put up with endless Doctor Who references in my lectures, I’d like to say thank you and I’m very, very sorry.’ The book has its origins in the Walking in Eternity conference held at the University of Hertfordshire in September 2013 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who. The conference, co-organised by Film and Television tutor Kim Akass, followed on from the Visions from Behind the Sofa symposium convened by fellow Film & TV lecturer Howard Berry two years previously, and brought together academics from across space and time. Kim is hoping to attract a similarly enthusiastic crowd of scholars from the realms of Westeros with a conference on Game of Thrones planned for September of this year.

Peter said: ‘The ‘India’ project for me was one of the best I have been involved in. The students really engaged with the idea, and took it to a level I did not expect, but felt humbled with the designs they proposed. It was not easy, they had to imagine a world that was different to ours, literally back to basics. They had to think of the available materials as well as the skill levels required to convert it, and as the ideas grew, so did their confidence. ‘The whole group had an emotional attachment to the concept of bringing joy to learning. This was clear they gave their final presentation at Herman Miller. At the end, I felt very proud of each of them, for a short time they were ‘My team’ but I had to let them go, and face the other challenges that their futures will set them.’ Senior Lecturer, Julian Lindley, said: ‘Herman Miller have both manufacturing and design capacity in India and are concerned with social issues within the region. Choosing appropriate materials and manufacturing processes was as important as understanding the issues and problems within the brief.’ Peter has set an equally challenging brief this year, the results of which will be featured in our next issue. FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE COURSE: GO.HERTS.AC.UK/W242

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DIGITAL HACK LAB HOSTS THIRD ANNUAL EVENT

CONTEMPORARY DESIGN CRAFTS

Working with leading industry partners, the Lab seeks to develop real-world experimental projects to dissolve boundaries between design, production, distribution and consumption, and forge communities through collaboration across disciplines and industry, upgrading traditional practice using digital tools, artisanal process and design thinking.

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Shaun Borstrock, Associate Dean of School, says: ‘The Digital Hack Lab is a cutting edge research project that explores the possibilities of design, 3D printing and additive manufacture, creativity, technology, science, business, art and everything in-between.

Katy Gillam-Hull’s October exhibition ‘Rescued, Retained, Revered’ at St Albans Clock Tower celebrated the culmination of the residency as she introduced artefacts from St Albans Museum’s celebrated Salaman Tool Collection with her own hand-crafted objects.

‘We take existing problems and issues faced by organisations and redefine them. The diverse expertise of the Digital Hack Lab team enables specific research areas to be tackled while realising the opportunity for innovation, encouraging change through the broad scope of new thinking offered by digital technologies.

Katy showcased new artworks inspired by the remarkable Salaman Tool Collection; a vast collection of trade tools united by local resident Raphael Salaman, now belonging to St Albans Museums.

The Design Research Group’s Digital Hack Lab (DHL) holds its annual industry event in May 2017 to showcase the work of the DHL team with the intention of building collaborative partnerships. The focus of the Lab is to foster a unifying, cross disciplinary approach and work collaboratively, removing the silos that exist within design and other disciplines whether it be with fashion and engineering, medical, the sciences, architecture and product or industrial design.

‘We believe that collaboration requires all involved to re-think the way they think, be adaptive to approaching things differently to creating solutions to complex issues. This outward facing approach encourages diversity that is forward thinking and challenges the norm.’ FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT HERTS.AC.UK/DIGITALHACKLAB

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This project was part of an Arts Council England funded project to engage artists and new audiences in fresh aspects of St Albans Museum’s collections. This was particularly important following the closure of the Museum of St Albans, in anticipation of the opening of the New Museum and Art Gallery at the Town Hall.

A recent graduate in Contemporary Design Crafts at the University of Hertfordshire, Gillam-Hull creates exquisite jewellery and objects that often act as contemporary relics. She works in copper and often incorporates found objects into her work. For this exhibition, the artist presented delicate, meticulously crafted objects inspired by the tool collection, inviting fresh interpretations of the familiar. The project was another collaboration in the ongoing relationship between St Albans Museums and UH Galleries. FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE COURSE AT GO.HERTS.AC.UK/W700

During a twelve-month period as artist-in-residence at St Albans Museums, Gillam-Hull was drawn to the beauty and craftsmanship within the Salaman Tool Collection, seeing the tools as treasured artworks in themselves.

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SOUND PROGRESS FOR POST-PRODUCTION LECTURER

Sound Post-Production Lecturer, Adele Fletcher, is continuing to raise the University’s profile in the creative industries, having been elected to the council board of The Association of Motion Picture Sound (AMPS). With strict entry requirements, this highly respected craft guild has a membership of world-class creative sound technicians including many BAFTA, Oscar and Emmy winners. Adele plans to use her new role to further strengthen the University’s links with the Film and TV industry. In March, Adele was nominated for the Jules Wright Prize 2017. Named in honour of the founder of London’s Wapping Project, this annual prize is presented to a female creative technician who has played a significant role in the area of artists’ moving image production in the UK. It champions female technicians whose talent and commitment supports a wide range of the UK’s filmmakers. The awards ceremony will be held in November 2017. Looking ahead to May, Adele will be working in Berlin on a major new feature film titled In Darkness. The thriller stars Natalie Dormer, the English actress known for her leading roles in Game of Thrones and The Hunger Games. Adele will be editing the dialogue sound and recording dialogue lines with members of the cast, including James Cosmo and Joely Richardson.

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DESIGN STUDENTS TAKE BERLIN Students from the Graphic Design & Illustration programme visited Berlin this year as part of their annual study trip abroad. Accompanied by tutors Kerry Purcell and Thom Cuschieri, students from all three years braved the single-digit temperatures to experience the best of the Berlin art and design world. Visits included trips to the Museum of Things, the Bauhaus Archiv, the Ministry of Illustration and the Jewish Museum, as well as a studio visit and lecture by the graphic artist Patrick Thomas.

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MUSIC MASTERS BOOK PUBLISHING SUCCESS

Recent graduate Joe Lonsdale will shortly be releasing his first book. MSc Music and Sound Technology graduate Joe developed his book as part of his postgraduate studies, presenting it as his major project. The book is a thoroughly researches alternative recording techniques, reflecting on his modest studio, Joe Public Studios, which he runs from his home in north London. Building a Band in the Bedroom: Creating a Record at Home with Real Instruments aims to help the typical home music producer create the sound of a real band in a home-based recording studio, even though they may be working alone and not have the facilities or musical skills to handle the elements themselves. It will lead the reader through the process of taking a raw song idea through a finished, impressive, mixed and mastered record within the confines of a typical home or project studio and within a self-funded budget. The book will be accompanied by online video tutorials to demonstrate some of the described processes. Building a Band in the Bedroom is due to be published by Focal Press, a major UK technical publication group and a division of Routledge, in 2018. FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE COURSE AT GO.HERTS.AC.UK/MST

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MODELS OF SUCCESS Five graduating students from the University of Hertfordshire’s Model Design Programme scooped seven out of 12 prominent industry awards at the recent New Blades exhibition, held in London. The winners were: Alex Robinson – ‘Best of Show’ sponsored by 4D Modelshop/Fox Silver and ‘Dyson Precision Award’ sponsored by Dyson; Karla Thomas – ‘Best Architectural Model’ sponsored by Foster + Partners; Kirra Harvey – ‘Best Sculptural Model’ sponsored by Merlin Magic Making; Max Chases – ‘Asylum Creative Prize’ sponsored by Asylum Models; Pavel Viatkin – ‘Best Lateral Thinking’ sponsored by Machineshop and ‘Best SFX Model or Prop’ sponsored by Artem. This year’s show, organised by 4D Modelshop, a model making material and services supply company based in East London, was the largest ever with 120 model makers exhibiting from five universities. The show has a proven track record for graduate recruitment, and has become the major networking event for the model making community. Nick Morgan, Programme Leader for Model Design, commented: ‘I am very proud to say that this is our best New Blades so far. Many of these graduates have already

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been offered jobs or freelance contracts. The wide variety of work displayed at this year’s show reflects the flourishing nature of the model making and special effects industries and the outstanding quality of Hertfordshire’s students. I congratulate all that have exhibited; they are an inspiration to other students in the years to come and a source of great pride to the Model Design staff team.’ The University of Hertfordshire’s Model Design Programme is the only Special Effects course in the world to have been accredited by Creative Skillset. The programme boasts over 20 years of successful collaborations with the creative industry. This has resulted in high profile work experience and permanent employment opportunities for students with leading figures in the creative industries and a host of companies such as ATOM, Foster + Partners, Pinewood Creative, Propshop modelmakers, Madame Tussauds, Merlin Studios, and Zone Creations. University of Hertfordshire students have also worked on major feature films at leading UK studios, including making action props on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, James Bond: Spectre, Cinderella, The Huntsman, Fantastic Beasts, Assassins Creed and Beauty and the Beast. In 2015, an outstanding 92% of its second year students undertook work experience on four major feature films at Leavesden, Pinewood, Shepperton and Twickenham Studios. Chris Corbould – one of the world’s leading Oscar winning Special Effects Supervisors, based at Pinewood Studios - also employed three of the University’s graduates on Skyfall, Spectre and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

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GRADUATES CAPTURE @PHOTOHERTS

Want to see what our Photography graduates are up to? Check out the BA (Hons) Photography Instagram! Alumni have been working with current students to ‘take over’ the Instagram account, providing a snapshot into current and past projects.

collaborate with. The photos of their various ranges are used for their social media, blogs and the new website which is launching soon. It’s pretty much the exact job I dreamt of getting after uni!’ Sarah describes her style as ‘clean, colourful and graphic’ in keeping with the company’s vision.

One of the first to be involved in the takeover was alumnus Damelza Cristall who graduated with first class honours in 2016 and now works as a content creator for an advertising agency.

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Demelza said: ‘The fun part is following clients to events with my camera and documenting their venues, products and employees. Some highlights this year are the Ideal Home Show and Cowes Week in the Isle of Wight. I use my copywriting and social media skills to run my own photography and lifestyle blog/website, including Instagram and Facebook!’

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Recent graduate Sarah Bennett also took part in the Instagram takeover. Having gone on to work at T.M. Lewin’s Head Office, she said: ‘I also work part time as a photographer for a small London company called Bookblock who manufacture and design stationery. I actually met their Creative Director when I saw him looking at my work at our Free Range show, which is part of the end of year shows the School of Creative Arts runs for graduating students every year.

Dr Silvio Carta, Programme Leader for Architecture and Interior Architecture & Design, published his notes on the position of the architect in the discipline of architecture in the article: Transdisciplinarity: A New Generation of Architects and Mediocritas.

‘I get to research, plan and manage both still-life shoots and on-location shoots with some of the designers they

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system of areas of knowledge has been extensively discussed during the postmodern period as a tendency of searching for meaning outside of the conventional disciplinary boundaries. The article connects the scenario described by Murray Fraser and Mark Wigley where architecture needs to be considered in an expanded field as a consequence of the post-critical period, to the work of a new generation of architects whose interest lies on questions that are peripheral to architecture strictly speaking. The type of architecture that emerges in this scenario is characterised by a proclivity towards other disciplines, including politics, economics and social studies, resulting in a form of design outside of traditional architectural disciplinary boundaries and diluted into a generalised idea. The article presents a series of examples of recent projects and discusses the impact of their approach to architecture, offering a cautionary note. As a conclusion, the paper proposes the notion of mediocritas to establish a right balance between architecture as an autonomous discipline and its disciplinary dislocation with other cultural fields.

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THE US IN MUSEUM

Creative Product Design students took over a swathe of glass display cases in the Todd Building to demonstrate their newly developed curating talents. The students paired heritage artefacts with their 21st century equivalents to find new ways to engage audiences and discover new insights. The project began during last year when we ran a highly successful workshop exploring heritage agricultural tools from St Albans Museum as part of a garden tool project in Product Design. Students chose artefacts from the museum website and spent a morning handling and exploring them, resplendent in blue rubber gloves, under the watchful eye of curator Sarah Keeling and education officer Eleanor Payne. Working in groups, they researched social, cultural, technological and theoretical aspects to provide a key focus for their displays. Polly Palmer, Senior Lecturer, said: ‘The students were thoroughly engaged in the project and there was considerable competition to be chosen for a Degree Show Week display. Curator Sarah Keeling complimented the students on their original and highly professional displays, noting particularly the layers of meaning they managed to convey.’ The event was part of an ongoing collaboration between Level 5 Critical and Cultural Studies on the Creative Product Design programme and St Albans Museum, beginning in 2016 and continuing into summer 2018, when they hope to exhibit in the new museum in the town centre. Polly continues: ‘Next year we intend to integrate studio projects in Product Design and Contemporary Design Crafts into the mix. We have been hugely encouraged and excited by the students’ curatorial talents and their evident enthusiasm. We will continue to develop research and practical activity within Critical and Cultural Studies as part of ongoing research into learning outside the lecture room.’ FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE COURSE AT GO.HERTS.AC.UK/W242

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FASHION STUDENTS TARGET MILLENNIALS As an alternative to undertaking an industry placement module, Fashion Design and Fashion & Fashion Business students worked collaboratively with company Apatchy London. Apatchy are a gifting company based around luggage and accessories and have had product in Topshop and Fenwick’s as well as being one of the UK’s fastest growing female led companies. The project set to the students stemmed from the company’s need to get into the apparel market and target a new customer base. Fashion Business students developed a design brief highlighting key customer profile, demographics, trends and product requirements then briefed the Fashion Design students who researched and designed a range of clothing for men and women which were presented in a design selection meeting to the Apatchy team.

structure and presented marketing and PR, visual merchandising and styling ideas to appeal to their new Millennial audience both in-store and online. Apatchy have taken the design ideas into production for launch in A/W17 alongside the student-produced promotional campaign. Senior Lecturer in Fashion & Fashion Business, Corrine Metcalfe, said: ‘It has been incredibly successful. With students enjoying the close link with an industry partner with prompt feedback and realization of their ideas into production, it has been as live as could be possible within a University environment. The industry standard equipment at the University has made it possible for the students to create the outcome required of the business and highlighted the true end use of it to the students participating.’

The Fashion Design students created samples to support the technical packs and design work. Fashion Business students worked on a case study based on the business

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GEORGE RETURNS FROM AFRICAN ADVENTURE Second year Film and Television Production student George Nock returned to Hertfordshire this year after spending an amazing six weeks in Africa shooting films for a major sports charity. George was offered an internship as the official filmmaker for Buhbesi Pride, a charity that traverses Africa teaching children in underdeveloped regions rugby. Working in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa, the charity aims to make a difference to children’s lives by uniting them through sport and breaking down prejudices. ‘This was my first travelling experience and because of this, it certainly won’t be the last,’ explains George. ‘I enjoyed every minute of the journey. It was an amazing opportunity - I got to travel and see a beautiful part of the world while helping a charity and learning more about filmmaking.’ George now hopes to encourage fellow Film and TV Production students to take this opportunity and make films in Africa in 2017.

POSTGRADUATE MUSIC

MUSIC STUDENTS ELIGIBLE FOR BAFTA SCHOLARSHIP The British Academy of Film & Television Arts (BAFTA) has recently announced a prestigious scholarship for studying on our MSc Music & Sound for Film & Games. The scholarship is awarded through a competitive process. Selected students will receive up to £12,000 to cover course fees, plus mentoring from an established industry practitioner and free access to BAFTA events and masterclasses across the UK. Programme Leader, Roberto Filosetta, said: ‘BAFTA endorsement is a significant recognition of the industry focus in our MSc Music & Sound for Film & Games – only nine similar courses across the UK have been nominated for BAFTA support. This means our students can be sure they

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will be studying on a course that has been recognised as fully industry-relevant by the leading organisation in the sector.’ There is also the possibility of winning a funded work placement with Warner Bros. FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE COURSE AT GO.HERTS.AC.UK/MSFG

GOING GLOBAL

The Interactive Design Institute has been successfully delivering recognised UK qualifications since 2005 and have enabled more than 500 students from 46 countries to develop their creative art skills, prepare for art college, or study towards a career in Graphic Design, Illustration, Interior Design, Product Design, Multimedia or Photography. ‘The Interactive Design Institute has enjoyed a fruitful, collaborative partnership with the School of Creative Arts at the University of Hertfordshire since 2008. With the School’s support, encouragement and enthusiasm we provide academic excellence in art and design BA (Hons) degree courses through online distance learning.’ Arlene Stewart, Director

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ANIMATION

ALL IN A WEEK’S WORK: STUDENTS CREATE BRAND NEW GAMES FROM SCRATCH

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STUDENTS EXPLORE SUSTAINABILITY IN THE FASHION INDUSTRY Second year Fashion & Fashion Business students have created a business plan around the concept of sustainability and re-purposing in the Fashion Industry. Following a business plan criteria, the students allocated themselves job roles, working to a critical path developing a product concept. Students from Animation, Game Art and Visual Effects took part in the Epic MegaJam, a worldwide event in which teams of up to five people have just one week to make a game from scratch, based on a theme released at the beginning of the week.

facing one direction, reaching for the gods and frozen in time - well, that was the plan! As the week progressed, we realised we would have to cut things down a lot. We made a playable game, but didn’t quite fit in all the elements from our original vision.

Considering game studios employ hundreds of people per project and each game takes several years to make, this truly was a challenge for the teams who took part.

This event was a massive learning experience and a very fun one too. I would recommend doing any kind of game jam!’

The event at Hertfordshire was organised by students, led by third year Games Art guru Aaron Blows, with support from tutors Daniel Goodbrey, Ian Sturrock, Neil Gallagher, and Peter Richardson. The two finished games, House of Small Lives and The Pilgrimage, were made using Unreal Engine 4, based on the given theme: ‘Standing on the shoulders of giants’.

Ian Sturrock, Lecturer on the Game Art and Animation programme, said: ‘I felt that we built very well on the success of last year’s Global Game Jam with this event, in particular with supporting the students, many of them veterans of that event, to organise their Epic MegaJam site themselves.

Second year Games Art student Mikey Blanchard said: ‘When I heard about the Epic MegaJam, I thought I should get involved, because it would be a new opportunity to work intensively with people I hadn’t collaborated with before, and with what was a completely new game engine to me (Unreal 4). My team did a fantastic job, despite our very different ways of working. ‘Our game, The Pilgrimage, is about an old woman traveling up a mountain to find peace and enlightenment before she dies. Once at the top, she sees that her town was built at the feet of a giant which they thought was a mountain. She also sees other giants in the world, all

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It was amazing to see how much hard work our game jammers put in, and the Animation staff have all seen how far the students’ regular classwork has progressed as a result of their participation. Congratulations to Team Whatever Works and Team Cena-Corp for going the distance and each making a game in a week! You can expect to see people from both teams making the hit games of tomorrow. Their drive, creativity, and sheer enthusiasm is unsurpassed.’ DOWNLOAD THE GAMES AT FORUMS.UNREALENGINE.COM

Working to the theme ‘Green Fingers’, students collaborated with peers on the Illustration course to create prints and produce designs that would be sustainable and applicable within a textile end use. The designs were presented to the Fashion Business students, who then selected those that they felt they could use within their clothing, replicating true industry experience, providing feedback as to why they had selected particular prints and what they were to be used for. The Fashion Business students formally presented their business ideas via group presentations, covering aspects such as customer, market and finance and the strategy management theories behind them. Corinne Metcalfe, Senior Lecturer in Fashion & Fashion Business, said: ‘As well as learning how to present in a business environment to industry professionals, they gained confidence in presenting content in a punchy and engaging manner to their audience. ‘We had the support of the School’s Bizops programme via the additional business support offered in mentoring to help keep the students ideas in perspective. Next year the project could progress into the actual manufacturing of product and retail!’

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GOING GLOBAL

TRANSIT 2017 Professor Kaoru Hirabayashi and six students from Nagoya Zokei University of Art and Design (NZU) visited the School to exhibit their work in the Art and Design Gallery and participate in a number of masterclasses.

improve collaborative working practice through innovative experimentation. Having developed a hybrid design process as a result of previous collaborations we are now looking to apply our findings within a global context.’

The collaborative workshops included sculpture, 3D printing, life drawing, illustration and sculpting with wire. Contact was first made with NZU in 2012 when a staff and student exchange agreement was set up between NZU and the School of Creative Arts to share knowledge and skills that would impact on and support our curriculum and the international student experience.

As part of the visit, and under the guidance of Illustration Lecturer Thom Cuschieri, the students monoprinted, collagraphed, stencilled and relief-printed their way to over 80 black & red prints celebrating this weird and wonderful British tradition. A selection of the prints are currently being prepared for permanent display within the School.

This was followed in 2013 and 2016 with masterclasses and workshops in Japan and the UK and most recently a collaborative exhibition in 2017.

Thom said: ‘It was great to see our students working so well alongside the students from Nagoya Zokei. There was a lot of frantic energy in the room – and the end result was a wonderful collection of exciting, bold prints.’

Shaun Borstrock, Associate Dean of School, says: ‘Through these collaborative ventures, we have identified challenges faced when addressing social and cultural differences. This project is important because the distance between countries can inhibit collaboration, but travel and cultural exchange remains crucial inspiring our creative activities and industries.

The collaboration will continue next year in Japan where the aim will be to combine the digital expertise of the School of Creative Arts with the traditional craft knowledge of NZU and reintroduce traditional making into digital techniques.

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FINE ART TEAM EXPLORE RHYTHM IN INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION

REWIND TO 8-BIT STYLE One of the world’s leading virtual reality specialists, Rewind, has tasked second year Graphic Design undergraduates with a live brief. Founder and CEO of the multi-award winning agency, Sol Rogers visited the University to brief students after being impressed by the quality of work produced on the course. The live brief included developing content for three giantpixel interactive display screens within their new offices that would ‘engage employees, impress clients and help further elevate Rewind’s brand perception’. Level 5 Year Group Leader Rich Mitchell, who arranged the collaboration and ran the project, said ‘Rewind were immediately keen to work with us due to the course’s growing reputation in industry for producing graduates that are industry-prepared and conceptually futurethinking. The brief provided an opportunity for students to conceptualise live creative work that utilised their visual

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and technical skills, as well as allowing them to put into practice their new-found knowledge of interaction design and conceptual storytelling’. Rewind will choose one of the student’s ideas and visual executions to put into production, which will take pride of place in the reception area of the agency’s offices. The winning student will also be offered a paid work placement with the company. Rewind’s clients include Playstation, Xbox, Red Bull, Jaguar and the BBC. FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE COURSE AT GO.HERTS.AC.UK/W210

Fine Art tutors and members of the School’s Contemporary Arts Practice Group Alison Dalwood and Michael Wright participated in an international symposium and exhibition organised by the artist group Auftakt Rhythm Section at the European House of Art in Upper Bavaria. Alison spent the week leading up to the symposium as a resident artist alongside other participating artists from The Netherlands, China, Germany and Turkey as part of the School of Creative Arts’ Going Global project. A variety of artists from different fields of art make up Auftakt Rhythm Section, who are devoted to exploring ‘rhythm’ in the visual arts. Their most recent project, and largest of its sort, aims to promote exchange between artists of different nationalities and form a network between countries. FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE COURSE AT GO.HERTS.AC.UK/W100

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ANIMATION GRADS HAVE BRIGHT FUTURE Graduating students from the Digital Animation Programme have been snapped up by industry, with demand for some skill areas completely outstripping the supply of certain types of artist. Even before the students graduated, eight were offered positions before completing their final animations in May, with students being offered work at companies including Industrial Light and Magic, Milk VFX, Framestore, The Mill and Foster and Partners, amongst others. Over the summer, traditionally a quiet time in the Games, Animation and Visual Effects industries, graduates poured into companies with four in total working at Industrial Light and Magic, three going to Rewind, three to Blue Zoo, two to Framestore, two to MPC and two to Adastra. Other UK employers of the graduates included Double Negative, Frontier Developments, Splash Damage, Random 42, and Studio AKA. Those farther afield than the UK included Bandai Namco Entertainment in Japan, Melios Games in Lithuania and Sperasoft in the USA all hiring University of Hertfordshire Digital Animation graduates.

Joint Programme Leader of Digital Animation Martin Bowman, said: ‘We are looking forward to seeing this number continue to rise and are dealing with regular requests for more of our graduates’. WATCH OUR STUDENTS’ WORK AT VIMEO.COM/UHCREATIVES

INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN

DESIGNER WINNERS AT BIID STUDENT CHALLENGE 2016

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Final year BA (Hons) Interior Architecture & Design students won first prize at the British Institute of Interior Design (BIID) Student Design Challenge 2016.

concept ‘Rebuilding the Community’ was optimised by a ‘beehive’ design strategy, which symbolised cooperation and teamwork.

The national student design competition was open to all final year interior design students in the UK. The project brief, refugee shelter design, challenged the students to use design to address current social issues, and make the world a better place.

Lana Stockton, Georgia Hayes, Shaun Attridge, Sanaa Aftab, Zahra A-Talib and Michaella Laniti created a concept that allowed maximum flexibility with minimal waste, was easy to assemble and transport, whilst being reusable and cost efficient.

Our student team, led by Principal Lecturer Erica Liu, wowed the judges with their sympathetic approach to the users both physical and psychological needs. Their

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LIFE ON DEAD STREET Second Year Interior Architecture and Design students have designed the ‘Life on the Dead Street’ exhibition for the British Schools Museum in Hitchin, in a project led by studio tutor Dr Paul Cureton. Erica Liu, Principal Lecturer for Interior Architecture & Design, opened the exhibition in February 2017, displaying the living conditions for Hitchin residents during the Victorian era. The exhibition was designed in partnership with 20 students, with three winners being selected and one student being highly commended Erica told the Hertfordshire Mercury: ‘We were approached in May 2016 with an offer to be part of the project. Poverty still exists in streets like Dead Street all over the world. When you walk around the exhibition, remember that this is not just a problem from history it is ongoing. ‘Many of our students are of international background, and some of them agree that education is the only escape from poverty. That is why we need more institutions like the British Schools Museum.’

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IPoL HEADS FOR

CAPE TOWN The third international In Pursuit of Luxury conference will be held in Cape Town in November 2017. This year’s theme focusses on academic and commercial perspectives on luxury with particular attention to luxury, sustainability and waste, and for the first time featuring fashion film. The Keynote Speaker will be Jessica Helfand, founding editor of Design Observer, Senior Critic at Yale School of Art, Lecturer at Yale School of Management and Artist in Residence at Yale’s Institute for Network Science.

and The New Republic. She is the author of numerous books on design and cultural criticism, including Paul Rand: American Modernist (1998) and Reinventing the Wheel (2002), which formed the basis for an exhibit in 2004 at the Grolier Club in New York City. Named the first Henry Wolf Resident in Design at the American Academy in Rome in 2010, she is a member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale and the Art Director’s Hall of Fame. She was also the recipient of the AIGA medal in 2013. The conference provides an interdisciplinary forum to examine the subject of luxury in all its forms with delegates coming from the disciplines of design, history, cultural studies, retail, architecture, business, communication studies, marketing and economics. This year’s conference will provide opportunity to have discussions and engage with the presenters and panel members in an open forum. Members of the IPoL Consortium will also be joining in alongside a contingent of MBA students from Yale School of Management. FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT HERTS.AC.UK/INPURSUITOFLUXURY

Helfand has written for many national publications, including the Los Angeles Times Book Review, Aperture

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STUDENTS EXPERIMENT WITH

3D SCANNING A team of students led by Eva Sopeoglou and Antoine Proust from the School of Creative Arts acquired 3D scans of interior spaces in the old St Albans Town Hall, a Grade-II listed building soon to be refurbished to become the new St Albans Museum. The historic interior spaces scanned included the great Court Room, the basement cells where citizens were kept before trials, as well as the historical main entrance lobby of the building. The capturing of existing structures and buildings using 3D digital scanning technology is becoming ever-more an accessible and ubiquitous activity. For designers and architects who are often called to intervene and propose new uses for existing buildings, this technology is proving a critical design tool. The 3D scans provided the team with the opportunity to reproduce the spaces virtually in renderings, and more creatively, to fabricate a pavilion replica and participate in an international student competition, the 2016 Fab Fest. Fab Fest is a new International Fabrication Festival hosted by the University of Westminster. It featured over 50 innovative pavilions designed and built by student teams from across the UK and around the world including Istanbul, Italy, New York, India, Hong Kong and Beijing.

The pavilion entry by the University of Hertfordshire was fabricated at half-scale from the original and was put together like a puzzle from more than 800 individual pieces. The complicated task of reconstructing the 3D scan required more than 20 hours of laser-cutting

fabrication time, and a week to put together. The final model, a half-scale replica of the original entrance lobby of the St Albans Town Hall, was well received when Fab Fest opened to the public on 2 July 2016.

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DESIGN STUDENTS HAVE BRIGHT IDEAS FOR NEW INDUSTRY PARTNER

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New collaborative partner Lumino Lighting set a challenge to the final year Product & Industrial Design students earlier this year. The brief involved developing a light that capitalises on the firelight, an ancient psychological effect in a contemporary way. Lumino provided the students with a range of components so that they could explore ideas and effects empirically. Design Director, Jago Wickers, said: ‘The Lumino design team are thoroughly impressed by the breadth of ideas

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and creative interpretations the students have applied to the brief we set them. It is an honour see their design work evolve during each phase of this project to capture the ancient magic of firelight in a contemporary lighting product. ‘Using ColorCORE candlelight-warm LED components, the students have presented designs that show a deep understanding of the brief including the photobiological effects of light on people. Each student has produced a unique design illustrating a clear path of independent and creative thought. We’re delighted the students found such inspiration in the challenge we set them and seeing the results is now inspiring us too!’ In the final phase students presented back to the company, prototypes and models supported by 2D presentations giving a situation of use for their lighting concept. FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE COURSE AT GO.HERTS.AC.UK/W242

Dr Pat Simpson, Reader in Social History of Art and School Research Tutor, who is currently researching Art and BioScience at the Darwin Museum, Moscow, has had her findings featured in two academic publications. ‘Beauty and the Beast: Imaging Human Evolution at the Moscow Darwin Museum in the 1920s’, features in Fae Brauer & Serena Keshavjee’s, ‘Picturing Evolution and Extinction: Regeneration and Degeneration in Modern Visual Culture’, published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing (2016). ‘Lysenko’s Michurinism and Art at the Moscow Darwin Museum 1935-1964’ features in ‘The Lysenko Controversy as a Global Phenomenon, Volume 1’, in William deJongLambert & Nikolai Krementsov (2017). Pat also delivered a paper at the Association of Art Historians’ conference at the University of Loughborough in April 2017, entitled ‘1917: Revolution, Art, and Darwinism’.

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MODEL DESIGN

A FORCE FOR GOOD BA (Hons) Model Design (Special Effects) graduate Neil Ellis has raised nearly £10,000 for national disability charity Sense. Neil, who graduated in 2008, has spent the last ten months collecting the autographs of the cast and crew of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, including Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega and JJ Abrams. The collection currently contains 150 signatures and counting. Alongside being a lifelong Star Wars fan, Neil is a freelance prop maker who has worked on projects such as Harry Potter and Gravity. Most recently, Neil was art department concept model maker, and a Costume FX prop maker on Star Wars films The Force Awakens, Rogue One, The Last Jedi and the currently untitled Han Solo anthology. The autograph book, contained within a bespoke bronze cast box created by Neil himself, will be given away in a raffle for those who have donated to Sense via Neil’s Just Giving page. Neil says: ‘It dawned on me that kids who are deafblind will never be able to appreciate all the things that make Star Wars so amazing. I know it’s the least of their worries, but it’s just another thing that they must miss out on. I’m working in such a creatively rich environment, I

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couldn’t imagine not being able to appreciate the visuals of movies and their soundtracks.’ Richard Kramer, Deputy Chief Executive of Sense added: ‘We’re incredibly grateful that Neil has chosen to support Sense. Not everyone will be lucky enough to win the prize, but they can be certain that the donations will go towards supporting people who are deafblind, have sensory impairments or complex needs, to enjoy more independent lives. We know that with the right support, people with complex needs can enjoy and experience many of the everyday things that we take for granted, such as going to the cinema. Accessible screenings, audio description dialogue that describes scene changes and subtitles can all help. We also have some big fans of Star Wars across Sense, so this has created a real buzz around our organisation’.

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BIG DATA & PUBLIC SPACE As part of his work on public space and big data, Dr Silvio Carta, Programme Leader for Architecture and Interior Architecture & Design, has published an article on The Conversation. The study revolves around the idea that if it is true that cities are increasingly becoming spatial social networks of interaction, we are all in front of a crossroad: then we can either continue to unthinkingly produce a deluge of data that will result in the space we live within, or we can start taking control of it. If we all use the power and potentiality of big data and ubiquitous computing in a clever way, we can actively contribute to the making of the public realm, by inputting data and generating information consciously. By being aware of, say, the wider impact of our Twitter feeds, Facebook responses or personal information sharing, we can make data analysts and brokers go in one specific direction or another. If members of the public are aware that their (data-producing) actions are listened to, collected and used to shape decisions, then they can become an active part of that process. The article has been retweeted around the world, and reached 5,000+ readers in the first weeks.

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THE NIGHTLY SHOW: WHY A DAILY SATIRE TV SHOW IS SO DIFFICULT TO GET RIGHT

Lyndsay Duthie, Programme Leader for BA (Hons) Film & Television Production has gained national attention for an article published in the Independant, Huffington Post and the Conversation discussing why it is so hard to get a daily satire TV show right, in response to ITV’s The Nightly Show. Read the full article below: It was a bold scheduling move on the part of ITV, the UK’s main commercial television channel. Shifting the nightly news programme to make way for Britain’s latest attempt at a US-style late night talk show was always going to be risky. And so far, critics and viewers seem united in their response to The Nightly Show: they can barely watch. Taking ITV’s 10pm slot on weeknights, The Nightly Show has a 40 episode run with a revolving array of hosts, starting off with comedians David Walliams and John Bishop in the opening two weeks. (Mel and Sue, the duo who presided over The Great British Bake Off, have apparently changed their minds about appearing.) Recorded ‘live’ at 6pm each day, the 30 minute programme aims to mimic American shows like CBS’s The Late Late Show with a mix of topical monologue and satire, celebrity chat and entertaining sketches. But this is a demanding format which is difficult to get right. Achieving successful year round high profile chat shows requires huge resources, commitment and funds. Ahead of the ITV’s version’s debut in February 2017, Peter Davey, the channel’s head of comedy entertainment said: ‘We’re really excited about launching this bold new show, and delighted that David [Walliams] will kick off what will be an eight week entertainment treat for viewers.’ But it would appear to not be such a treat. Ratings dropped sharply from 2.8m to 1.2m in the first week. Even worse hit were the viewing figures for the rescheduled news bulletin, which went to a record low.

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Despite occasional interventions, ITV’s nightly news programme has been a staple of British TV screens for nearly 50 years. Other channel controllers have previously tried to move its slot in the schedule, leading to it being mockingly dubbed the ‘News at When?’. But there is a good commercial case for the schedule change. ITV is desperate to appeal to younger viewers and wants to create a clear alternative to BBC’s own news programme, which also airs at 10pm and has a far larger following. As Kevin Lygo, ITV’s director of television, explained to the Guardian newspaper: ‘The truth is that when you’re up against a 50 times resourced juggernaut of BBC1 news, you won’t get more viewers.’ So one can understand ITV executives looking at the success of British presenter James Corden in his nightly show on American TV, and thinking, why not do the same here? But while the late night chat genre has long been a a staple of the US schedules, it is a format which has always been hard to translate in the UK. So far, The Nightly Show has tried to stick to the formula of the successful American versions, opening with a host’s monologue, before moving on to celebrity interviews. But producing a daily program which reacts to news events every 24 hours is tough. It requires big writing teams if it is going to appear slick and effortless. Famous presenters Jonathan Ross and Graham Norton have both been at the top of the talk show tree in the UK for many years. But they host short series of weekly programmes. They are not performing five days a week, 52 weeks a year. Nor do Norton and Ross try to mimic the US model of David Letterman and Jay Leno model. Instead, they stick to the chat and concentrate on the guests. US late night talk shows are executed to perfection, and have a large pool of potential Hollywood A-list guests to

choose from and keep viewers watching. It is much tougher for ITV to find high profile guests five times a week. After the first shows aired, some commented on Twitter that the guests all seemed to be merely publicising their own latest ITV shows. Perhaps The Nightly Show is getting off to a rocky start because it is trying too hard to be too many things. Why experiment with different presenters every week? Wouldn’t it be better to stick with one big name host and let the audience develop a relationship with them? According to author and historian Joe Moran: ‘Part of the problem is that in the US there’s a complicit way in which the host interacts with the audience to give an almost conspiratorial mood that doesn’t quite translate over here.’ So is it just a matter of finding the right tone and the right host? CBS gave Corden time to develop in his new role. The channel bosses also understood that although ratings were important, the impact of what Corden was able to do on social media, with viral hits like Carpool Karaoke, gained them water cooler moments and talking points which helped develop the brand globally. But Carpool Karaoke would probably not have worked any where near as well if not for the quality of celebrities (including then first lady, Michelle Obama) taking part. It is barely conceivable that ITV would be able to deliver that sort of impact on a daily basis. The question now is whether ITV will be brave enough to keep going with this genre, and to let it bed in. I don’t think the News at Ten will be back anytime soon. But I think viewers of the channel at that advertising peak time of 10pm will soon be enjoying the return of expensive 90 minute dramas. For now, the television cliffhanger is whether the faltering The Nightly Show will last its full eight weeks. It’s hard to put it better than Walliams himself, who turned to the camera during one broadcast to comment dryly: ‘And they moved the news for this …’

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COURSE DIRECTORY UNDERGRADUATE COURSES

POSTGRADUATE COURSES

ARCHITECTURE / INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN

ART

BA (Hons) Architecture BA (Hons) Interior Architecture & Design

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MA Contemporary Crafts MA Contemporary Textiles MA Fine Art

go.herts.ac.uk/w700 go.herts.ac.uk/w704 go.herts.ac.uk/w705

ART THERAPY

DESIGN CRAFTS BA (Hons) Design Crafts (Ceramics & Glass) BA (Hons) Design Crafts (Jewellery) BA (Hons) Design Crafts (Textiles)

DIGITAL ANIMATION BA (Hons) 2D Animation & Character for Digital Media BA (Hons) 3D Computer Animation & Modelling BA (Hons) 3D Games Art & Design BA (Hons) Visual Effects for Film & Television

MA Art Therapy go.herts.ac.uk/at University Certificate in Arts Therapies & Wellbeing Foundation go.herts.ac.uk/atwf

DESIGN go.herts.ac.uk/w616 go.herts.ac.uk/w617 go.herts.ac.uk/w280 go.herts.ac.uk/w614

MA Fashion MA Graphic Design (also available online) MA Illustration (also available online) MA Interior Architecture & Design MA Product Design

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FILM & TELEVISION

DIGITAL MEDIA DESIGN BA (Hons) Digital Media Design

go.herts.ac.uk/cc go.herts.ac.uk/ct go.herts.ac.uk/fineart

go.herts.ac.uk/fash go.herts.ac.uk/gd go.herts.ac.uk/illus go.herts.ac.uk/maiad go.herts.ac.uk/pd

MA Film & Television Production

FASHION DESIGN BA (Hons) Fashion BA (Hons) Fashion & Fashion Business

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FILM & TELEVISION BA (Hons) Film & Television Production

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FINE ART BA (Hons) Fine Art

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go.herts.ac.uk/w210 go.herts.ac.uk/w221

MODEL DESIGN BA (Hons) Model Design (Character & Creative Effects) BA (Hons) Model Design (Model Effects) BA (Hons) Model Design (Special Effects)

MEDIA MA Animation MA Digital Media Arts MA Experience Design MA Games Art & Design MA Photography

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MUSIC MSc Music & Sound Technology MSc Music & Sound for Film & Games

GRAPHIC DESIGN & ILLUSTRATION BA (Hons) Graphic Design BA (Hons) Illustration

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MUSIC COMPOSITION & TECHNOLOGY BSc (Hons) Music Composition & Technology for Film & Games go.herts.ac.uk/w392 BSc (Hons) Songwriting & Music Production go.herts.ac.uk/w3T4

go.herts.ac.uk/mst go.herts.ac.uk/msfg

RESEARCH DEGREES For information about research degrees offered in the School of Creative Arts, visit: go.herts.ac.uk/doctoral-college.

SHORT COURSES For information about short courses offered in the School of Creative Arts, visit: go.herts.ac.uk/creativeshortcourses.

MUSIC INDUSTRY MANAGEMENT BA (Hons) Music Industry Management

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MUSIC TECHNOLOGY BSc (Hons) Audio Recording & Production BSc (Hons) Live Sound & Lighting Technology BSc (Hons) Music Production BSc (Hons) Music & Sound Design Technology

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CREDITS

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Design by Jak Kimsey Edited by Kiran Bains and Jak Kimsey With thanks to staff and students in the School of Creative Arts

PHOTOGRAPHY BA (Hons) Photography

PRODUCT & INDUSTRIAL DESIGN BA (Hons) Product & Industrial Design

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