UK degree show guide 2018

Degree show season is almost upon us. Here's your guide to when and where each of the UK's art and design schools are holding their shows this year, plus links to the website for each. Read on for May's shows, or jump to the listings for June or July

Degree shows are the best place to spot up-and-coming talent from any creative discipline. For a taste of the level of work you can expect, take a look at our picks of the hottest talent from last year's shows in London (opens in new tab) and outside of London (opens in new tab). If you're a student gearing up to show off your work, see our tips for how to shine at your degree show (opens in new tab).

These listings were created for Computer Arts magazine issue 280 (on sale 29 May), which also features a special feature on how to impress at your grad show. Be sure to keep an eye on upcoming issues to find out CA's pick of the best student talent from 2018's shows (subscribe here (opens in new tab)).


University of Reading: Art Education Degree Show (opens in new tab)

Institute of Education, L19, G03, London Road campus, University of Reading, Redlands Road, RG1 5EX

17 May-7 June

Leeds Arts University: Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (opens in new tab)

Vernon St, Leeds, LS2 8PH 

18-23 May 

This open show will transform the university’s buildings into a large scale exhibition space, giving you the opportunity to view the latest work from its creative, talented students.

Edinburgh Napier University: Showtime 2018 (opens in new tab)

Merchiston Campus, 10 Colinton Road, Edinburgh, EH10 5DT 

18-27 May

University of Lincoln  (opens in new tab)

Art, Architecture and Design Building, Brayford Pool Campus, University of Lincoln

21 May-4 June 

BA and MA shows for the university’s students of graphic design, product design, architecture, interactive design, advertising, illustration, animation, visual effects, fine art and fashion.

Central Saint Martins: Show One (opens in new tab)

Granary Building, 1 Granary Square, London, N1C 4AA

23-27 May

The prestigious London college’s first show includes its BA and MA Fine Art courses, as well as photography and moving image work. 

Liverpool John Moores School of Art and Design (opens in new tab)

The John Lennon Art and Design Building, Duckinfield Street, Liverpool, L3 5RD

25 May-8 June

Cardiff Metropolitan School of Art and Design (opens in new tab)

Llandaff Campus, Cardiff, CF5 2YB

26 May-1 June 

Canterbury Christ Church University: Fine and Applied Arts BA Degree Show (opens in new tab)

Sidney Cooper Gallery, 22-23 St Peter’s St, Canterbury, CT1 2BQ

28 May-11 June

London College of Communication: Show 1 (opens in new tab)

London College of Communication, Elephant & Castle, London, SE1 6SB

31 May-2 June (Media School)

LCC invites you to celebrate work by students from its School of Media’s advertising and photography courses.


University of Portsmouth (opens in new tab)

Eldon Building, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth PO1 2DJ

1-8 June

University of Derby: The Big Show (opens in new tab)

Markeaton Street, Derby, DE22 3BD and Britannia Mill, DE22 3BL

2-3 June

University of Westminster: Mixed Media Fine Art (opens in new tab)

Ambika P3, University of Westminster, 35-100 Marylebone Road, London, NW1 5LS

2-5 June

University of Cumbria (opens in new tab)

Brampton Road campus and Caldewgate, Carlisle, CA3 9AY 

2-8 June

Glasgow School of Art (opens in new tab)

Glasgow School of Art, 167 Renfrew Street, Glasgow, G3 6RQ 

2-8 June

The annual undergraduate degree show runs across the GSA campus. Afterwards, the graduates will showcase their work in a range of events in London including New Designers and Free Range and, for the first time, on the catwalk at Graduate Fashion Week.

University of Brighton (opens in new tab)

University Galleries at 58-67 Grand Parade 

2-10 June

Edinburgh College of Art (opens in new tab)

Lauriston Place, Lauriston Street, West Port, Chambers Street and Bristo Square

2-10 June

For nine days in summer, Edinburgh College of Art is transformed into a public showcase of the work of its graduating students, most of whom are completing undergrad degrees. This year, the work of students from Art, Design, Architecture and Landscape Architecture will be on show.

Nottingham Trent University: Art and Design Show (opens in new tab)

Arkwright, Barnes Wallis, Bonington, Newton and Waverley buildings, Nottingham Trent University, City Campus, Goldsmith Street, Nottingham

2-10 June

Newcastle University: Fine Art (opens in new tab)

Newcastle: Hatton Gallery, University of Newcastle, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 7RU

2-16 June

Kingston School of Art (opens in new tab)

Kingston School of Art, Kingston University, Knights Park Kingston KT1 2QJ

3-8 June

The 2018 Undergraduate Degree Show at Kingston School of Art is a celebration of its students' achievements. Work from the film-making, fine art, photography, product and furniture design departments are on show at the Knights Park campus, while that of the illustration and animation students appears at River House, with graphic design, interior design and fashion exhibiting at Portland Road.

University of Hertfordshire: Headlines Degree Show (opens in new tab)

Art & Design Gallery, University of Hertfordshire, College Lane, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, AL10 9AB

4-8 June

University of Westminster: BA Animation Graduation Showcase (opens in new tab)

Regent Street Cinema, 309 Regent St, London, W1B 2UW

7 June, 5.30-8pm

University for the Creative Arts: Farnham (opens in new tab)

Falkner Road, Farnham, GU9 7DS

7-15 June (closed Sunday 10)

Goldsmith’s University of London (opens in new tab)

Unit 8, Copeland Park/ Bussey Building, Peckham

8-11 June

The annual BA degree show moves to a new home for 2018, Bussey Building. Come to Peckham and see the latest design emerging from the Goldsmiths BA course.

Belfast School of Art (opens in new tab)

Ulster University, York Street, Belfast, BT15 1ED

8-12 June

University of the West of England: The Creative Industries Degree Show (opens in new tab)

City Campus at Bower Ashton Studios, Kennel Lodge Road, Bristol, BS3 2JT; City Campus at Arnolfini, Narrow Quay, BS1 4QA; and City Campus at Spike Island, 33 Cumberland Road, BS1 6UX

8-13 June

The annual Creative Industries Degree Show, Con-form, will showcase work from over 500 graduates from the undergraduate and postgraduate art, design, film and journalism programmes.

Arts University Bournemouth: BA Summer Show (opens in new tab)

Wallisdown, Poole, Dorset, BH12 5HH

8-15 June 

Plymouth University School of Art, Design and Architecture degree show (opens in new tab)

Roland Levinsky Building, main campus (Illustration, 3D Design, Architecture, Graphic Design); Scott Building, main campus (Media Arts, Photography); Royal William Yard, off campus (Fine Art)

8-15 June

Running alongside the degree show, there will also be an alumni show, Synesthesia, from 9-23 June at the Peninsula Arts Gallery.

University of Salford Degree Show (opens in new tab)

New Adelphi, University of Salford, University Road, Salford M5 4WT

8-15 June 

The University’s annual degree show celebrates the work from across the School of Arts & Media, plus Architecture from the School of Built Environment. 

Cambridge School of Art (opens in new tab)

Ruskin Gallery, East Road, Cambridge, CB1 1PT

8-16 June

Plymouth College of Art: Degree Show (opens in new tab)

Plymouth College of Art, Tavistock Place, Plymouth

8-21 June (not Sundays) 

University of Gloucestershire  (opens in new tab)

Hardwick Centre for Fashion, Art and Photography, St Paul’s Road, Cheltenham, GL50 4BS

8-22 June

University for the Creative Arts: Rochester (opens in new tab)

UCA Rochester, Fort Pitt, Rochester, Kent, ME1 1DZ

8-22 June (closed Sundays)

University of Westminster: Graphic Communication Design and Contemporary Media Practice (opens in new tab)

Ambika P3, University of Westminster, 35-100 Marylebone Road, London, NW1 5LS

9-11 June

Leeds Arts University (opens in new tab)

Vernon St, Leeds, LS2 8PH and Bleinheim Walk, Leeds, LS2 9AQ

9-14 June 

This open show will transform the university’s buildings into a large scale exhibition space, giving you the opportunity to view the latest work from their creative, talented students. Degree work is on show at Blenheim Walk, while Vernon Street houses work by those on the Extended Diploma in Art & Design, HE Diploma (Art & Design) and Level 2 Diploma in Visual Arts. You can also purchase prints, cards, stationery and artwork at the Art Market, which will be open at Blenheim Walk (cash payments only).

Buckinghamshire New University Arts & Creative Industries End of Year Show (opens in new tab)

High Wycombe Campus, Queen Alexandra Road, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, HP11 2JZ

9-15 June

Courses displaying include Animation and Visual Effects; Foundation Degree Art, Design & Media; Graphic Arts; Interior and Spatial Design; Foundation Degree Kitchen Design; Mechanical Engineering; Product Design; and Textiles and Surface Design. A film illustrating work in the School of Arts & Creative Industries will also be running throughout the show.

Staffordshire University: Show and Tell (opens in new tab)

College Road, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST4 2DE

9-16 June

Hereford College of Arts Degree Show: Synthesis (opens in new tab)

College Road campus, Hereford, HR1 1LT

9, 11-16 June

Bath Spa University: School of Art and Design Undergraduate Degree Show (opens in new tab)

Sion Hill campus, Bath BA1 5SF

9-17 June

Loughborough University (opens in new tab)

Edward Barnsley Building, Epinal Way, Loughborough University, Leicestershire, LE11 3TU

9-17 June

University of Wolverhampton (opens in new tab)

MK Building, City Campus, Wulfruna Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 1DT

9-20 June

This year, artwork from over 300 students across 16 BA (Hons) and BDes (Hons) courses will be on display, embracing the areas of applied arts, digital media, fashion and textiles, fine art, graphic communication, illustration, interior design, photography and product design.

Manchester School of Art (Manchester Met) (opens in new tab)

Benzie, Grosvenor, Chatham and Old Student Union Buildings, MMU All Saints campus, Oxford Rd, Manchester, M15 6BH

9-20 June

University of Reading: Department of Typography & Graphic Communication  (opens in new tab)

TOB2, 2 Earley Gate, Whiteknights, University of Reading, RG6 7BE

11-16 June 

Degree shows in BA Graphic Communication, MA Book Design and MA Information Design.

Plymouth College of Art: Foundation Diploma in Art & Design Summer Show (opens in new tab)

Ocean Studios, Royal William Yard, Plymouth

13-16 June 

Free Range: Middlesex University (opens in new tab)

F Block T1-T5,  Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, E1 6QL

14 June-18 July

The Middlesex University Arts and Creative Industries Degree Show 2018, showcases exciting new creative work from graduates in animation, fine art, fashion, graphic design, illustration, photography, interiors and product design.

Free Range: University of Brighton (opens in new tab)

F Block G4-G5,  Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL

14 June-18 July

‘In Cahoots’ is the collaborative and fully self initiated end of year show from Brighton's Graphic Design and Illustration 3rd year students. The show will be multi faceted ranging through every artistic style, and promises to show off a proper art school sense of individuality.

Wimbledon College of Arts  (opens in new tab)

Merton Hall Road, London, SW19 3QA

14-23 June 

The UAL college’s summer show features work from students on its MA Fine Art course and degree courses in painting, sculpture, set design and more.

Brunel University: Made in Brunel 2018 (opens in new tab)

Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf, London, SE1 9PH

15-17 June

Goldsmiths University: Degree Shows (opens in new tab)

Ben Pimlott Building, St James, New Cross, London, SE14 6AD‌

15, 16, 18 June

University Campus Suffolk: Art, Design and Humanties End of Year Show 2018 (opens in new tab)

Arts Building, Waterfront Building and Gallery, Neptune Quay, Ipswich

15-21 June

University of Central Lancashire (opens in new tab)

Design: Harrington Social Space, Adelphi Street, Preston, PR1 7BH

Fine Art: Hanover Building, Bhailok Street, Preston, PR1 2YL

Photography: Venue 53, Fylde Road, Preston, PR1 2TQ

15-22 June

University of Sunderland (opens in new tab)

City Space, Chester Road, Sunderland, SR1 3SD

15-22 June

Chelsea College of Arts: Degree Shows (opens in new tab)

16 John Islip Street, London, SW1P 4JU

15-23 June

University for the Creative Arts: Epsom (opens in new tab)

Ashley Road, Epsom, KT18 5BE

15-23 June (closed Sundays)

De Montfort University (opens in new tab)

Vijay Patel Building, De Montfort University, Leicester LE1 9BH

16-21 June (closed Sunday 17)

Gray’s School of Art Degree Show (opens in new tab)

Gray’s School of Art, Robert Gordon University, Garthdee Road, Aberdeen, AB10 7QD

16-23 June

Camberwell College of Arts: Degree Shows (opens in new tab)

45-65 Peckham Road, London, SE5  8UF 

16-23 June 

The college’s undergraduate show features work by graduating students from art, graphic design, 3D and illustration courses. 

Canterbury Christ Church University: BA Photography Degree Show (opens in new tab)

Sidney Cooper Gallery, 22-23 St Peter's St, Canterbury CT1 2BQ

16-23 June

University for the Creative Arts: Canterbury (opens in new tab)

New Dover Road, Canterbury,  Kent, CT1 3AN

16-29 June (closed Sundays)

Ravensbourne College (opens in new tab)

Greenwich Peninsula, 6 Penrose Way, London, SE10 0EW

20-22 June

Central Saint Martins: Degree Show Two (opens in new tab)

Granary Building, 1 Granary Square, London, N1C 4AA 

20-24 June 

Graduates of graphic design exhibit at this prestigious show alongside other disciplines including architecture and ceramics, jewellery, furniture and design.

London College of Communication: Show 2 (opens in new tab)

21-23 June     

LCC invites you to celebrate work by students of graphic design and illustration at its Design School; and film, animation, TV and games design students at its Screen School.

London Metropolitan University: Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design (opens in new tab)

Central House, 59-63 Whitechapel High St, E1 7PF

22 June -5 July

University of Westminster: Photography  (opens in new tab)

Ambika P3, University of Westminster, 35-100 Marylebone Road, London, NW1 5LS

23-28 June 

Royal College of Art (opens in new tab)

RCA Kensington: Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2EU

RCA Battersea: Howie Street, London, SW11 4AY 

23 June-1 July (closed Friday 30 June)

Plymouth College of Art: Pre-Degree Summer Show (opens in new tab)

Plymouth College of Art, Palace Court, Plymouth

25-29 June 

Norwich University of the Arts Degree Shows (opens in new tab)

Francis House, 3-7 Redwell St, Norwich, NR2 4SN 

26 June-4 July 

New Designers: Part One  (opens in new tab)

Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, London, N1 0QH

27-30 June

Every year over 3,000 of the most promising graduate talents from Britain’s leading design courses exhibit at New Designers. Part one of the show features textiles, fashion, costume design, jewellery, glass, ceramics, and contemporary design crafts.


New Designers: Part Two (opens in new tab) 

Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, London, N1 0QH

4-7 July

Part two of the show features graduates from various design disciplines including graphic design, illustration and animation, motion and digital arts, furniture, product and industrial design, and spatial design and interiors.

D&AD New Blood Festival (opens in new tab)

The Old Truman Brewery, Shoreditch, London

12-14 July 

New Blood Festival brings together emerging talent and industry professionals for a double whammy of Fringe events and a free exhibition in east London. The exhibition sees university courses from around the UK showing off their very best students' work from the past year. It gives industry professionals the chance to meet new talent and young creatives the opportunity to network and skill up.

Camberwell College of Arts: MA Shows (opens in new tab)

45-65 Peckham Road, London, SE5  8UF 

12-18 July

The college’s postgraduate show features work by the college’s MA Visual Arts courses: Book Arts, Designer Maker, Fine Art Digital, Illustration and Printmaking.

Goldsmiths University: Postgrad Shows (opens in new tab)

Ben Pimlott Building, St James, New Cross, London, SE14 6AD‌

13, 14, 16 July

Shillington College: Graduate Exhibitions (opens in new tab)

The Old Truman Brewery F Block - Ground Floor, Elys Yard, London, E1 6QL; Manchester location to be confirmed

27 July (6pm-8pm)

Shillington offers a mixture of short full-time and longer part-time courses that represent an alternative to three-year university degree courses. Check out the impressive and beautiful work by their students, many of whom were beginners to design just three months previously, at their Manchester and London campuses. 

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Tom May is an award-winning journalist and editor specialising in design, photography and technology. Author of the Amazon #1 bestseller Great TED Talks: Creativity (opens in new tab), published by Pavilion Books, Tom was previously editor of Professional Photography magazine, associate editor at Creative Bloq, and deputy editor at net magazine. Today, he is a regular contributor to Creative Bloq and its sister sites Digital Camera World, and Tech Radar. He also writes for Creative Boom and works on content marketing projects.