The Graduates 2017
The Graduates is our chance is showcase the most exciting students graduating from UK art and design courses, presenting a range of talented graphic designers, photographers, illustrators and more.
We’re back for a ninth year and to kick off our call for applications, we’ve got an array of advice articles and opinion pieces to tell you all you need to know about applying and to inspire you as you get to the final stages of your degree.
As we get ready to announce the 2017 class of It’s Nice That graduates, we caught up with three more of the talented bunch that made it into last year’s line up. Below, you can find out what they’ve been up to and gain some sound advice about that first daunting year out of university.
No matter how hard you work, the road to success is never straightforward. If you want to make it in the creative industry, you’ll need to not only get used to being rejected (a lot), but work out how to harness short-term set backs and transform those soul-crushing “didn’t get the job” moments into life lessons.
Graduating university is a big transition. You go from hanging out with your friends all day creating cool work to wondering how you’re going to make any money from the skills and experience you’ve picked up over the last three years.
It is no news that graduating from university is a very daunting experience, but can be even more so if you have an aching feeling that you may have studied the wrong course, creatively or academically. It is important to remember that creativity, in its many realms and job roles, can easily be made to suit you.
Once you’re free from the bubble of uni, the “real world” of the creative industry can seem daunting, and going it alone can be even more so. For many creatives, however, it’s the freedom they’ve been craving, a chance to finally show the world what they’re made of, and many establish a solid career having never stepped into a “normal” job.
You’ve done the work, but now you need to stand out from the crowd by presenting it in the best light. To help make the most of your assets, and avoid common mistakes, we spoke to creatives from top studios including Pentagram, ustwo, Wieden+Kennedy and Moving Brands to get their advice. Each of them has seen countless portfolios, and here they pass on their wisdom.
Most creative courses have an assessment process that sets it apart from the other degrees. The name alone can strike fear into the hearts of the even the most experienced creative. The crit is a formative experience in education, or, without being too melodramatic, life and tales often emerge of the most bizarre interaction between students and tutors.
As we open the call for entries for the 2017 edition of The Graduates, we caught up with three of the rising creative talents who made it into the The Graduates 2016 line-up from nearly 1,000 entries that we received last year, to find out what they’ve been getting up to in the year since they graduated.
The annual graduate show season is a very exciting time for us at It’s Nice That. Each summer we try to visit as many graduates shows as possible to check out the bright young things who keep the industry churning.
The deadline to apply to It’s Nice That’s The Graduates 2017 is very soon, with submissions closing at midnight on Friday 2 June.
If you’re a student in the UK about to complete an art or design-related undergraduate course then we want to hear from you!