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Art, Architecture & Design May Good News

The latest good news for the School of Art, Architecture & Design.

Graphic Arts and Design Students

Graphic Arts & Design Succes

This year BA (Hons) Graphic Arts & Design submitted five students to the International Society of Typographic Designers (ISTD) accreditation scheme.  This highly prestigious, international award is committed to the highest possible standards in typography – very few submissions are successful. 

We are delighted to be confirm that four of our five submissions were successful. Laura Oates, Callum Jackson and Shauna Wilkinson have all been awarded pass grades and Eleanor Wenham has been awarded a merit. 

In response to the ‘Writing Women into History’ project Laura Oates celebrated Lilo Ramdohr, a member of the World War Two, White Rose resistance group and Callum Jackson highlighted the work of rocket scientist Mary Sherman Morgan, who invented the liquid fuel Hydyne in 1957. In response to the ‘Mark My Words’ project, Shauna Wilkinson explored the word Whānau, which is Maori for family and Eleanor Wenham explored the phrase ‘Breaking the Ice’. 

Our success this year in ISTD is a phenomenal achievement for the students and for the course. 

New Soundwork for Tannoy, Liverpool 

A new one-hour public soundwork for Tannoy took place in Liverpool as part of Time Tunnel, reflecting on events in the streets of Paris in May 1968. The work included contributions from MA students across the north, including Christine Hinchliffe, Susanna Moore and Chloe Watson-Gaukrodger from our MA Art & Design course, Tom Hobson from BA Graphic Arts & Design and lecturer Dr Matt Green, alongside noted artists and musicians. 

Play the video below to see a clip of the soundwork in context.


Living in a Land, Sean Ashton

Sean Ashston

Senior Lecturer, Dr Sean Ashton, delivered a reading from his new book, Living in a Land in Berlin at MissRead: the Berlin Art Book Fair on May 5th.

Demonstrating the reach and significance of his new publication, Living in a Land, Sean was invited to read from his new book, Living in a Land at MissRead: the Berlin Art Book Fair in the stunning location of the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin. Later, the same night Sean was invited to read again at Hopscotch for an evening of poetry organised by his publisher, Dr Sharon Kivland of Ma Bibliothèque. His performances were very well received and every copy of the publication that had been brought to the associated book fair by his publisher was sold. Sean's book is written in the negative - he lists everything he has never done. You can order a copy from the publishers Ma Bibliothèque – it’s a truly brilliant piece of writing and comes highly recommended.

Fashion Marketing  

Internship success continues for first cohort of BA (Hons) Fashion Marketing students. Aaron Young, a student on the BA (Hons) Fashion Marketing degree, has successfully gained a three-month internship as a writer on the fashion and culture online publication Tenth Magazine.  Aaron has only just completed his first ‘Fashion Writing’ module, but applied to the nationally advertised position for ‘Features Editor Intern’.

Entrepreneur inspires BA (Hons) Fashion Marketing students 

Steven Watson, founder of Stack Magazines, presented an inspirational lecture to BA (Hons) Fashion Marketing students recently, as part of their level-five Fashion Writing modules.  Steve, an experienced magazine journalist, established Stack Magazines in 2008 and the company now has a global reach. Stack provides a subscription service, where subscribers are able to sign up for a year and are ‘surprised’ every month with an independent print publication, delivered to their door. 

Steve spoke to the students about his company and his experience as a writer, but gave a positive insight into the current state of the niche-magazine publishing industry. He also treated us to pitches he had received, giving the students a great snapshot of successful – and not so successful – brand concepts. One Fashion Marketing student said that she found the presentation inspirational, because of the ‘enthusiasm’ that Steve has for the company, and the industry as a whole. 

More information can be found here.

Placement successes for BA (Hons) Fashion Marketing students

ASOS Placement Success

The first cohort of level-five students on the BA (Hons) Fashion Marketing course have been considering placements for the next academic year and already there have been numerous success stories. 

The global fashion company ASOS has recruited not one but three students on its paid placement schemes: one student will be working in the PR department, a second in Buying and the third in Digital Marketing. Each student was involved in a lengthy interview process, including a full day of assessments.

In addition, one of our second years has already secured a paid Marketing placement with the iconic brand Barbour, and another with the department store House of Fraser, working on its digital content. Two other students will also be working together on placement within the marketing department of Leeds-based fashion company The Extras Group, and another has been offered a paid placement in London with the Wallis company.

And it’s not only UK-based brands that are snapping up the students: one of our second years, who is already an ASOS student ambassador, will be working for the fashion label Original Penguin, part of the Farah group, in its New York offices. 

The students aren’t officially on Placement until September 2018 but already, we’ve seen a third of the 24 students who have expressed interest in a Placement year gain a position – plenty of time for the remaining students to secure equally exciting roles.

BA (Hons) Fashion Marketing Industry Fieldwork

Fashion Marketing Field Work

Level 4 Fashion Marketing students were recently given the opportunity to take part in some exciting industry fieldwork at the landmark Liverpool ONE shopping and entertainment centre as part of their Fashion Brands module. 

The students were able to gain valuable insight into the inner workings of this busy retail space in the heart of Liverpool, from both the Liverpool ONE Corporate Social Responsibility and Business Performance teams. 

The day consisted of an insightful talk and tour from the Liverpool ONE team, during which the students were able to discuss branding and marketing activities in this busy and competitive retail environment.  

The students were then split into smaller groups to complete their own research, before presenting their findings back to the Liverpool ONE representatives. This was a valuable opportunity to receive industry led feedback and really helped the students to contextualise the themes explored in their lectures and seminars. 

Despite the April showers, the students conducted some excellent research and gained valuable insight into the inner workings of a large retail environment.

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