Updated - UK grad shows 2012 listings: design, illustration, visual communication, interactive & animation

Graduate shows offer a great source of inspiration and a chance to take a peek at the hottest talent of tomorrow. Check out our guide to when and where these events are happening.

This guide will be updated regularly as more shows are announced. Details of how institutions can add their shows to these listings can be found at the end of the piece

Multi-institution grad shows

D&AD New Blood, London

  • June 27-28, private view for D&AD members June 26

Back again at the Old Spitlfields Market, the D&AD's celebration of new talent from around the UK sees work from colleges from Central St Martins to

D&AD New Blood, Old Spitlfields Market, east London

Check out our showcase of the best work at D&AD New Blood 2011.

Free Range 2012, London

  • Design Week 1 June 1-4, Design Week 2 June 8-11, Motion Arts Week July 13-16

No longer incorporating the D&AD's New Blood exhibition, Free Range covers fashion, art, graphic design, illustration, interiors, motion design and more. The second Design Week and the Motion Arts week will be of most interest to Digital Arts readers, where work from the likes of Middlesex University and Havering College will be on show. And we're intrigued by the name of the Arts University in Bournemouth's show, Feral.

Free Range, The Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London

New Designers part 2, London

  • July 4-7

This yearly event brings together work from over 3,500 graduates to London. Alongside the exhibition are talks and presentations, and a panel discussion lead by Digital Arts editor Neil Bennett. Last year the discussion featured Mr Bingo, Rod Hunt, Lizzie Cullen and Tigz Rice and we expect this year's line-up to be just as high-profile (and opinionated).

New Designers, Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, Islington, London, N1 0QH

Read our interview with New Designer of the Year 2011 Brinley Clark

Single college/university grad shows

Univeristy of Brighton

  • June 13

Brighton Media Centre, 15-17 Middle Street, Brighton

Cardiff School of Art and Design

  • June 8-16

Cardiff School of Art and Design BA Hons Illustration Degree Exhibition, 1st Floor Morgan Arcade Chambers, 33 St Mary Street, Cardiff

Cardiff School of Creative and Cultural Industries, University of Glamorgan

  • May 29 - June 1

The Cardiff School of Creative and Cultural Industries' Create 2012 show is made up of several events. The individual events are listed below. The Create 2012 Exhibition will feature work from across our undergraduate degree programmes, highlighting the creative talent produced at the ATRiuM campus.

The Sixty2° exhibition will feature work from final year University of Glamorgan Communication Design students. The Platffôrm12 event will showcase and promote fashion talent from the University of Glamorgan. The 18th annual Glammies awards will recognise the best and brightest new animation and computer games talent produced by the Cardiff School of Creative and Cultural Industries.

Cardiff School of Creative and Cultural Industries, University of Glamorgan, Adam Street, Cardiff, Wales, CF24 2FN

Central St Martins, London

  • June 15-21

The first degree shows at Central St Martins' new campus behind King's Cross station, covering graphic design and communication design - as well as other creative discplines from architecture to textiles.

Central St Martins, The Granary Building, 1 Granary Square, King's Cross, London, N1C 4AA

Goldsmiths College, London

  • June 15-19 Undergraduate Media and Communications degree show
  • July 6-9 Postgraduate Media and Communications degree show

Goldsmiths College, New Academic Building (NAB), New Cross

London College of Communication

  • Week 4 June 29 - July 5

Week 4 brings together the best of the LCC's graphics and animation graduate work, including FdA/BA Top-Up Animation, BA Graphic and Media Design, BA/FdA Digital Media Design, BA/FdA Games Design, FdA/BA Top-Up Design for Graphic Communication, BA Graphic Product Innovation, BA/FdA Media Practice, FdA Graphic and Spatial Communication, ABC Animation, ABC 3D Animation and BA Creative Advertising Strategy.

London College of Communication, Elephant & Castle, London

Ravensbourne, London

  • June 13-14

The team behind Ravensbourne's grad show describe it as 'two day festival, organized and designed by the student body allows this years graduates to express themselves and showcase to industry.'

Ravensbourne, 6 Penrose Way, London, UK, SE10 0EW

University of Westminster

  • June 8-12

University Of Westminster BA Illustration & Visual Communication Show 2012, Ambika P3, 35 Marylebone Road, London NW1 5LS

Writtle School of Design, Essex

  • May 16-21, private view 5-9pm May 16

Writtle School of Design, Writtle College, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 3RR

Add your show

Universities and other higher-education institutions with who would like to add their grad shows details to our listings should email showcase [at] digitalartsonline.co.uk. Please note that we will be including shows across graphic design, visual communication, illustration, animation, interactive design and related disciplines only (though it's fine if these are part of a wider show).

Please include:

  • Institution name
  • Address where show is being held
  • URL where more details can be found
  • Dates
  • Fewer than 50 words of blurb telling us which  exhibiting. Please leave out the hyperbole as we'll cut it out anyway.
  • An image to represent the show at least 512 pixels wide.

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