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Graphic Design BA(Hons): Links with business and industry

How we work with industry partners

We have forged strong links with industry by involving top practitioners in projects and the development of design programmes. Our teaching staff have a wealth of experience so:

  • their teaching involves up-to-date professional experience;
  • they will be able to tell you what life in industry is really like; and
  • they can help you balance creating inspiring, challenging work with meeting the needs of your client.

We aim to give you real experience of professional working life.  We encourage you to participate in national competitions and high profile events. Outside companies set projects, often awarding placements or prizes to the best.

This can make a great addition to your CV. Our students' exceptional achievements in major design competitions and film festivals mean employers appreciate the calibre of Kingston Design School graduates.


Graphic Design fieldtrips have visited Berlin, New York and San Francisco, and included visits to cutting-edge designers such as:

  • Alder & Schmidt;
  • Cahan Associates;
  • Cyan;
  • Frog;
  • Ideo;
  • Interbrand;
  • Meta Design;
  • Michael Vanderbyl;
  • Pentagram;
  • Pixar; and
  • Tenazas Design.

Industrial placements

We have links with more than 60 prestigious London design groups.  Each summer Level 2 students have the chance to go on work placements. Companies that have supported the placement programme include:

  • BBC;
  • BBC MediaArc;
  • BSkyB;
  • Carter Wong Tomlinson;
  • Design Bridge;
  • Grand Union;
  • Johnson Banks;
  • Kemistry;
  • Siebert Head;
  • Springett;
  • The Partners; and
  • Lambie Nairn.

Designers and Art Directors' Awards (D&AD) 2011

D&AD student awards are regarded as a benchmark of creativity in the industry and mark winners out as some of the best new creatives in the country. Employability is a key benefit of winning an award with 76% of graduating winners walk into a job or placement in less than three months.

As D&AD themselves put it, winners of the awards should see winning as "less of a foot in the door than kicking it in".

In 2011, Kingston had a number of notable successes. In Book awards went to Jack Llewellyn for Digital Design, Hannah Whittaker and Alex Harris for Environmental Design, Tom Maloney, Rahul Ramanuj and James Cooney for Advertising. Yellow Pencil awards went to James Huse for Interactive Design and Heidi Shepherd and Chris O'Grady for Moving Image, while first prize Yellow Pencil was awarded to Scott Taylor and Andy Shrubsole for Advertising.

New Blood on front cover of Creative Review

Yellow Pencil winner James Huse also won best New Blood at the D&AD New Blood exhibition and was selected as one of Creative Review's emerging talents in their graduate special.

As one of only five 'ones to watch', an image from James's 'An Abrupt End'  – a series of photos of an exploding, milk-filled balloon created with fellow Kingston graduates Josh Eaton and Steven Keylock – was chosen for the magazine's cover.

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