Ice breaking – by breaking eggs

On their first day on the course, BAGCers were split into group to devise a contraption that could hold an egg safely when dropped from height.  Through a process of elimination (increasingly higher heights and more throwing than dropping) one team were victorious, their egg remaining perfectly intact, no matter how hard Theo threw it down the stairs!


Welcome to our new students!

Yes it’s that time of year once again when we welcome a batch of talented new designers to BAGC. The studios have been dusted and polished – they’re looking spick and span!


BAGC nominees attend Penguin student design awards

BAGCers Joel and Charlotte were both nominated for the Penguin Student Design Awards so they headed to London with lecturers David and Ian for the award ceremony.

Drinks flowed and canapes were consumed in the glorious sunshine, and a great time was had by all.

Big congratulations to Joel on being awarded 3rd place for his book cover design for ‘In Cold Blood’.

Graphic Communication students face-to-face with commercial print

Level 4 and 5 students enjoyed a visit to Zenith Media‘s print factory in Pontypool today.

The trip afforded a fascinating insight into the world of commercial print. On one site, Zenith have Lithography and digital printing as well as print finishing techniques including perfect binding, saddle stitching, laminating, embossing spot varnishing and foil blocking.

Many thanks to Zenith Sales Executive, Alun Philips, who led the visit, providing guidance and insight on the printing processes encountered during the tour.

BA Graphic Communication award success from 5 international competition juries!

Students from BA (Hons) Graphic Communication have been recognised for outstanding practice by FIVE international design competition juries this year.

Programme Director David Wrenne said “Opportunities to tackle industry-set competition briefs and to pursue professional accreditation both play an essential part in readying our students for the real world, and this year they have excelled. Accolades including commendations and competition shortlistings all reflect the hard work, creativity and attention to detail of BA Graphic Communication students”.

International Society of Typographic Student Assessment (ISTD)
Tom Temple and Callum Richards were both accredited by the International Society of Graphic Designer (ISTD) for their editorial typographic practice surrounding the topic of Fickle Fads and Followers of Fashion. Tom explores the rise and fall of the fallout shelter within his work for “Duck & Cover” while Callum documents the currently political “Rise of the Right” landscape.

Dan Davies received a Highly Commended from the Royal Society of Art for his project “Connect”, a response to the Mind Your Money RBS brief. Current trends in payment are through contactless and Apple Pay. Dan’s project focuses on the exploration of the tangibility of money through an innovative digital wallet which asks people to reconnect with and manage their money by reclaiming money’s real value and bring back the feeling of actually spending it.

Penguin Random House International Student Book Cover Competition
Three students have been shortlisted by the judges for their interpretations of two Penguin Classics. Level 6 student Charlotte Davies developed a politically charged cover for ‘The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole: Aged 13 & 3/4’ while Level 6 student Connor Lyon and Level 5 student Joel Williams individually explored the Capote classic ‘In Cold Blood’ through both typography and illustration.

Level 6 student Jess Burrough has received the top honour of Commendation from the juries of the YCN Student Awards for her response to the Greenhall’s Gin project (Instagram post below). Jess celebrated typical British moments through typography and photography and the final packaging outcome collapses to reveal the Union Jack, the true representation of Britain.


Creative Conscience
Level 6 student Seb Summers has been awarded a Creative Conscience Award in the Film & Television category for his project “When We Met” a moving and thought provoking film which deals with male domestic violence (view video below). “The film personifies the voice of a man who reminisces over his first impression upon meeting his partner through three different couples” and “aims to create an effect that makes the audience feel unpleasant and scared as to mirror the trauma of abuse”:

Summer Show 2017: the student awards

The opening day of the CSAD Summer Show 2017 (Sat 27th May) was a roaring success with hundreds of visitors, family, and friends streaming through our doors to marvel at the fantastic work created by BAGC students.

Winners of awards this year are:

Zuzanna El Tanbouli: ‘Best dissertation’ & ‘outstanding contribution to the life of the programme’.

Callum Richards: Zenith Media Award for ‘outstanding studio practice’.

Charlotte Murray: ‘outstanding contribution to the life of the programme’.

Congratulations to all our graduating students on your achievements!

Final Cut: films condensed into a single frame

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This is a great idea: using a camera with a really long exposure, Jason Shulman captured every frame of a film, creating eerie abstract images, some with shadows of scenes from the film, others with nothing but beautiful washes of colour.

Read more on the Guardian website.

Featured Image:  Alice in Wonderland (1951)