We know the path to success doesn’t always go smoothly, so we asked our lecturers about the ups and downs on their path to the University of Brighton. Today it’s Johanna Bramli, who runs our digital music and sound art degree and says: “it’s a cliché story but it was thanks to a fantastic music teacher who saw through my quiet ways and believed in me that I found my confidence.”
Louise Colbourne who leads the University of Brighton’s graphics postgraduate degree has created a lush visual celebration of Pulp’s sixth album, This Is Hardcore, featuring unseen photography, behind-the-scenes interviews and visuals.
Third-year student Alex Adams was employed to help at Make It Happen, a craft skills-based project at Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft with Adults with Learning Disabilities from St Nicholas Centre, Lewes.
The influential style magazine focuses on the work of painter Sola Olulode who graduated from our Fine Art Painting BA(Hons) in 2018 and is enjoying success in the UK and abroad. Read More
Tanya Gomez has spent four years planning and making the installation which is in a historical exhibition at the Palace of Versailles.
The new series of young people’s mental health podcast The Rez – produced by University of Brighton lecturer Lance Dann – is the first podcast to be accredited for teaching in schools.
We know the path to success doesn’t always go smoothly, so we asked our lecturers about the ups and downs on their path to the University of Brighton. Today it’s Phil Tyler who runs our fine art printmaking degree and says that as a boy he was told “get a trade and a proper job” but the school art room and inspiring teachers meant art college was where he found his solace.
Sport Journalism BA(Hons) and MA students were invited to report from the press box at The AMEX Stadium during England’s recent match against the Czech Republic.
Fine Art Painting BA(Hons) graduate Sola Olulode has been named as one of 10 artists to watch at this year’s Contemporary African Art Fair in London.
Jordan Hogan has won a TV reporting Emmy award, considered the Oscars of US TV.
Come and see work by University of Brighton Photography lecturers including Martin Seeds, Zoe Childerley, Daniel C Blight and Fergus Heron in the Telling Pictures show at our Edward Street building, open until 14 October.
The University of Brighton is one of three universities in the UK to have a ‘Painting Fellow’ on campus – here we hear from current fellow Daniel Petitt on his experience of working with our painting students and developing his practice in the studio on campus.
Chloe Hook and David Lily are both currently appearing on our screens on C4’s Handmade – Britain’s Best Woodworker and All That Glitters Series on BBC2. Read More
A new exhibition of work (open until 15 October) by little-known painter Lynch at the Brighton Centre for Contemporary Arts, based at the University of Brighton’s Grand Parade building, has been given a rave review by the Guardian. Read More
University of Brighton staff explain what you should include in your portfolio for art and design courses when applying for uni – and students give TIPS on what they included in theirs.
Eva Malley’s art business took off while she was studying at the University of Brighton – her work, mostly line drawings, are “inspired by the beauty of the mundane.” Read More
Graphic Design Alison Haigh graduated from the University of Brighton in 2009 – read an interview with her in Creative Boom and listen to the related podcast on her start in the industry and her career since graduating.
Haniyyah Nauzeer, Vince Mosti and Lexie Rhys-Jones added to their Animation BA (Hons) studies with hands-on experience at PigBird studios, who specialise in stop motion animation. The placements were arranged by course lecturer Kate Jessop after PigBird’s Trevor Hardy did a Q&A session at the inaugural Brighton International Animation Festival, which Kate created and ran earlier this year.
Lydia Stonehouse and Megan Hack have won the annual prize which helps graduates kick-start their artistic career with free studio space in central Brighton.
“Brighton as a city is the perfect hub for young creatives to meet like-minded people and start a career in any creative space. I am going to be so sad to leave!” Read More
Our Fashion Design with Business Studies BA(Hons) students presented their final collections in a catwalk show in the University of Brighton’s new Elm House building. Read More
Check out the online show instead, now open!
“The course has taught me how to explore my ideas in depth and transform those ideas into textile products. I have found my course very inspiring, gaining knowledge from the tutors and practical skills from the technicians.”
The Graphic Brighton festival returns with two days of talks and workshops on 27-28 May – including the debut of Michael Rosen’s new graphic novel.
“As soon as I saw some examples of students’ work, I knew this course was what I wanted to do. It was the first time I’d seen a degree that allowed such an interdisciplinary approach to art and design, and it was perfect for me.”
“Being surrounded by like-minded people was a beautiful experience. The course helped me to understand various methods of developing my work – from traditional to digital processes – via diverse workshops and briefs. My time spent at Brighton has really helped me to find what I’m really interested in when it comes to graphic design.”
“I have always been fascinated by typography and branding. I come from a financial and architecture educational background, which means that my work is often attributed to being precise and meticulous… I tend to take a minimal approach to design, with focus on photography and type.”
raphic”I have absolutely loved the course and am so sad that it’s slowly coming to an end. Brighton enables you to have so much design freedom as well as be able to learn skills via the many workshops which are on offer.”
University of Brighton student Jo Cooper has won an award for her innovative chairs combining traditional wood craft skills and recycled plastic.
“I chose History of Art and Design at Brighton because it did not just teach Renaissance painting and classical sculpture – the inclusion of design into the curriculum has given me a very well-rounded understanding of art history. Following graduation, I will be working in the Estates, Appraisals & Valuations department of Christie’s Auction House.”
The style bible has profiled the recent graduate of the University of Brighton’s Fashion Design with Business BA(Hons) degree, calling her “a visionary designer making avant-garde pieces.” Read More
“I loved my time in Brighton is a beautiful and vibrant city where to study. My influences for my final project are Tina Barney, Richard Billingham, Philip-Lorca di Corcia. However, I admire the work of photographers such as Nan Goldin, Alec Soth, and Ren Hang, which are the photographer which always inspire me.”
University of Brighton students worked with participants from the charity which supports people with learning disabilities, autism and/or mental health issues on the Working Together project, a response to the recent Brighton Centre for Contemporary Arts Lloyd Corporation exhibition. Read More
See the latest posts from the University of Brighton’s masters course on which students learn to initiate and manage inclusive arts projects with diverse and marginalised groups.
“I chose Fashion Design with Business Studies here at Brighton purely because the graduate collections looked to me intimidatingly strong, and the statistics of Fashion Design graduates going straight into the industry after graduation.”
“I have had the opportunity here to develop my practice in ways that I never could have foreseen. This is thanks to the amazing teaching staff we have on the DMSA course, as well as my fellow students, who I’ve learned at least as much from!”
As part of the Brighton Artists Open Houses event, fine art students Sara Paowana, Melanie Woodward, Finn Gayton and Megan Ryan are showing work at the Regency Townhouse.
Kate Jessop who teaches on our Animation BA(Hons) has set up Brighton International Animation Festival, the city’s first ever animation festival. Read More
Congratulations to Sports Journalism students Emillia Hawkins and Colin D’Cunha who have been nominated in the FWA Unheard Voices Football Writer of the Year Award.
“I have loved the course so much – it couldn’t have been a better fit for me! It’s been the perfect mix of theoretical discussion and practical exploration around the vast and yet specific subject of contemporary painting.”
See work by four of our current students: Shirley Archibald, Oriana Yates-Butcher and Liz Schwarz. Open until 10 March 2022.
Brighton Rocks is a new exhibition at Pop Gallery in Brighton’s North Laines, a space run by Fine Art MA graduate Lucy Delano. Read More
Want to win a FREE studio space for a year in central Brighton? School of Art and Media final year students have the opportunity to apply for this award which sees Cass Art sponsoring a Phoenix Art Space studio for a 2022 graduate. Read More
Following the award of a £3,000 bursary for Textiles Design with Business Studies BA(Hons) student Lauren Rowell, the Framework Knitting Company praised students and staff at the University of Brighton.
Craft MA student Chloe Hook, who also studied 3D Design and Craft BA (Hons) at Brighton, is featured in the Surface Design Show in London as part of the new talent area. Read More
Phil Tyler, Printmaking BA(Hons) course leader, Sara Lavelle, Illustration BA(Hons) graduate, and Morag Kaister, Fine Art Painting BA(Hons) graduate are all in the Portrait Artist of the year show at Compton Verney which opened last weekend.
Leon Imber has just earned a paid 12 month internship at ESPN’s London office as a sports editorial staff member. As course leader Owen Evans says, “this is a highly-competitive position that is auditioned once a year.” Read More
Work by graduate Lisa Barnard and tutor Xavier Ribas is featured in this show in Bristol which opens on 27 January.
Check out third year student Maisie Woodley’s #Doggust illustrations.
Watch these two short films where art students talk you through how they put theirs together. Read More
Maddie Lock has won a Gold Medal in a national competition to improve training and skill levels for young people across the UK. Read More
Students were tasked with previewing, live-blogging, match reporting and interviewing as Chelsea beat Arsenal 3-0 in the Vitality Women’s FA Cup final, which also marked 50 years since the first Women’s FA Cup Final. Read More
Media lecturer Dr Dann has won two awards at the leading industry showcase for podcast, radio and audiobook production. Read More
Tanya who works with students on our 3D Design and Craft BA(Hons) has been interviewed and filmed creating one of her undulating pieces for the latest issue of Ceramic Review. Read More
Nina Fisher who graduated this year in Illustration BA(Hons) has been chosen as a finalist at the Toronto Indie Filmmakers Festival, following her final year animation Mr Bird Watcher being awarded Best Animation at the Match Box Film Festival, and an Honourable Mention at the Roma Short Film Festival.
Visit Vanessa Marr, course leader on the University of Brighton’s Design for Digital Media degree pandemic quilt project at the Grand Parade building.
The illustrator’s work which uses tongue-in-cheek humour to deliver powerful messages is the focus of a feature in the arts mag. Read it here. Read More
Two University of Brighton academics, Frank Gray and Sophie Dixon, feature in the annual CINECITY film festival (5-14 November), and the region’s biggest celebration of cinema. Read More
Graphic design students at the University of Brighton have created 100 climate-related art works at Brighton Marina, to mark the COP26 conference in Glasgow. Read More
Beyond the Pale is a touring exhibition that explores territory, land and belonging on the Anglo-Scottish border and beyond – it runs 15 October – 27 November at Solaris in St Leonards-On-Sea. Read More
Our 2021 Photography BA and MA graduates have produced outstanding work – see their photography on our Summer Shows website. Read More
Three recent University of Brighton graduates from our Textiles, Product Design and 3D Design courses are exhibiting at a pioneering London exhibition showcasing work driven by principles of sustainability.
Nina Fisher, Anja Blau and Ainoa Burgos Gonzalez will be exhibiting at Brighton’s Phoenix Art Space after being shortlisted for a major South East art award.
Check out the brilliant work by the 2021 graduating students. Read More
Three students (Olivia Gallichan, Anna Mika and Naomi Ross-Mason) recently worked with the University of Brighton Outreach team on Photography Club, a nine-week initiative run with Photoworks and artist Lindsey Smith which enables young people to meet regularly, develop their camera skills alongside a professional photographer, produce photography and gain an Arts Award qualification. Read More
“It’s the people you meet at University which I find is the most important part of the university experience whether its tutors and technicians or friends who I will forever remain in contact with and collaborate with in the future.”
“I chose Printmaking because I love print, I think its magical. I love the alchemy and I love the process-led way of working. The pandemic completely changed the direction of the practice, but I am still excited by the outcome. The course has been a very important time in my life and my tutors and technicians have been such an important support, that I am so grateful for.”
“No matter how difficult it was for me to get out of my comfort zone and handle my study and life under the pandemic at Brighton, I found it worth taking the chance of moving from my home country to a completely new place for a new beginning… I was given huge support and encouragement from my course leader, lecturer, and a beloved mentor who taught me numerous valuable lessons and helped me become more confident in my path”
“Brighton is a fantastic place to study a creative subject being such a vibrant city this definitely is reflected within the university. I have started working in the interior design industry since finishing my degree and I hope to continue developing my textile and design skills within interiors.” Read More
Sculptor Liberty Cheverall, a graduating fine art student, is the recipient of this year’s Cass Art & Phoenix Studio Award and will enjoy a free studio space at Phoenix Art Space for one year from September! Well done Liberty.
“Brighton’s Fine Art MAhas a very wide brief and it has been gratifying both for myself and other
students to witness the emergence of more nuanced and layered thinking realised in
new techniques and approaches to work.”
“I have been aware of this course for a while, visiting the summer show in 2019 convinced me to apply. I wanted to give my work some depth and surround myself with other artists.”
“I’ve met a brilliant group of like minded creatives that I know I will be in touch with regularly in the future. Amy Cunningham has been a great support and mentor to me and she really helped me to find my language as an artist.” Read More
“Many courses in this area seemed more focused on the technical considerations within a recording studio whereas Brighton allowed me to interpret the course how I wanted to and take it in my own direction.”
“I love combining different techniques in order to achieve the most accurate expression of my concept. I have always gravitated towards sound and music and when I learned more about this course and its experimental and often multimedia approach I decided to give it a shot and it was totally worth it!”
“Graduating in 2021 was obviously not without its challenges. That said I am incredibly proud of the bodies of work both I and my peers have produced in response to the pandemic. We couldn’t have done it without the brilliant support of our technical and lecturing staff.”
Two teams of University of Brighton design students have won awards in a prestigious global competition run by the Royal College of Art.
“Coming from a science and engineering background I wanted a course that would allow me to focus those skills alongside an arts practice, and the new MA at DMSA seemed to fit the bill. The reputation of the lecturers and previous students too was a draw, the quality and breadth of work emerging from DMSA makes it a really exciting place to study.”
In fantastic news for our Photography department, current student Kate Rosewell and graduates Dulcie Wagstaff and Richard Boll, have all made the list of 31 finalists in the prestigious award.
“The second I stepped foot into the studios I knew this is where I wanted to be. I fell in love completely with the course, the studios, the general feeling of the University and Brighton too. It ticked every box.”
“I thoroughly enjoyed my course and the autonomy it came with. I got a sense of owning my work and with that came a new confidence about my work. The virtual studio was challenging but I found that it was far more imaginative and with that came many successes.”
“I chose textiles as there is more variety on what it can be used for – not only fashion. The great thing about Brighton is that you can experiment and explore different textile specialisms, which help you choose what you are most interested in- mine being print design.”
“My final project is called ‘Extinction Rebellion HQ & Clandestine Network of Tunnels for Protests’. Sustainability is the key theme. The narrative is told through an unlikely partnership between two characters: Gail Bradbrook, co-founder of Extinction Rebellion, a global environmental movement, and Ken Quantick, a Brighton-based bin man.”
“Working from home during the pandemic was difficult, but I felt inspired by new-found intimacies and sensations of confinement. Tutors and technincians remained committed and dedicated and I was motivated to work diligently by my talented peers. My experience at Brighton wouldn’t have been the same without my incredible coursemates, whose smiling faces I look forward to seeing every day!”
“The course has helped me bring my love for fashion and fine art together… The technicians are incredibly knowledgeable and great at problem solving, and the academic staff take a great interest in each students interests within the specialism. Together this has made the learning experience at Brighton one of a kind.”
“The course really opens you up to opportunities and ideas. I came to Brighton thinking I would be a print designer, however the first year rotation allowed me to discover that I was a natural weaver… My advice to any new students would be to experiment with techniques and styles.”
“Brighton is such a lively city full of fun, kind, crazy people. The course has the same atmosphere and it’s been a great environment to develop my practice, bouncing ideas off of like-minded creatives and some really inspiring tutors.”
ApplyToUni has named our long-running Illustration degree as in the top five for the subject – the course was started in 1983 by John Vernon, the UK’s first Professor of Illustration. Read More
I feel like Architecture chooses you. It is a long process, high stress, with many hoops to become an architect – 7 years minimum. Read More
In another great year at Graduate Fashion Week for our Fashion Communication and Business Studies course, Izzy Wells has won the 2021 Fashion Illustration Award. Read More
“I have been through the last three years with a group of diverse and talented people who I now call some of my closest friends. The last year has obviously presented some unique challenges, but also an opportunity to extend my work and identify what is actually fulfilling and what is not.”
“After attending the open day and seeing previous students’ work, I thought that the course at Brighton would be the best place to create work that was varied, experimental and purposeful.” Read More
Kate Jessop is presenting a masterclass, on the international jury and has also curated a programme at the AniFilm Animation Festival in the Czech Republic.
“My time in Brighton has been a complete rollercoaster but I would not change a thing! I wanted to come here because my country is extremely homophobic, so I wanted to be in a space completely different from that.”
“The narrative of the project was crucial to understanding the spatial needs – what happened, why, and how. To understand this, I created a short three minute animatic-style short film describing the process of applying for the exhibition.”