This interdisciplinary course encompasses a wide range of processes and applications including – drawing, moving image, animation, graphic communication, illustration, print-making, surface design, photography and installation, our premise being that within contemporary creative practice the boundaries between art, design and illustration now merge far more. New creatives may find themselves working on initiatives that require a range of skills and aptitudes that are multi-contextual and increasingly involve collaboration. Whilst this wide range of activity offers breadth, a depth of learning is also highly significant. The acquisition of deep knowledge, critical understanding and visual awareness are achieved through reflection and evaluation, provoking a speculative, ‘what if ’ approach. We aim for our graduates to become informed and visually aware practitioners who are flexible and confident, embracing change and opportunity.
I have created architectural models inspired by the Aylesbury
estate in South London and other Brutalist buildings. With this work I would like to invite people to observe the forms and imagine themselves moving through the spaces. I appreciate and celebrate the beauty and uniqueness of mid-20th century architecture and encourage other people to do the same through my practice.
My aim for this project was to build a series of illustrations based on my own topic of skin conditions; Rosacea, Vitiligo and Psoriasis. I have decided to draw three imaginary worlds visually linked to each condition, full of nature and bright colours. I wanted to connect with people suffering from these
diseases to show that an acceptance of our bodies is key to leading a confident, happy life.
This project is about the creation of imagery based on animals that can be found in the region of South East Asia. Mother Nature is a constant inspiration for me and often the main subject in my work. Quirky and playful personalities are the two elements implemented within my creations. The application of bright colors and patterns reflect an energetic and fun ambience; I really enjoy the whole process of developing characters. The mediums used were acrylic paints, colour pencils and pens. An important process in the development of this project was the exploration of different media and paper formats and surfaces. A further outcome to accompany this work were plush toys derived from the illustrations made.
This project was a collaboration with a Commercial Music student, Wilhelm Zaldua, who was willing to cooperate with me by giving me his experimental electronic tracks. I decided to produce an abstract visual interpretation of what the artist was trying to communicate through music. As well as using
rapidograph pens in the making process, I cut and collaged pieces of my original work in Photoshop and added some colour to illustrate the new and vivid feeling that the music evoked. My interest in producing visuals as a response to the music grew and led me to develop a visual continuity and
distinctiveness in my practice.
A fairly superficial vanity project idea in the forefront of my mind was the concept of designing and making a mobile ‘science bar’; originally a ‘wouldn’t that be cool’ project - for lack of a better term. Influenced by my research on science communication, I began wondering about ways to introduce an
adult audience to scientific ideas and concepts in an engaging visual way. Linking my earlier ideas to science communication to the consumption of alcohol, I developed the concept for a mobile science demonstration ‘bar cart’.
'Blood and Bonuses' is a project that seeks to explore the role and impact the arms trade plays in 21st century society. The purpose of the images is to offer a striking message about the harm that results from international arms trading. They are accompanied by information that provides the viewer with insight into this questionable industry.
My practice is focused on abstract art alongside design and pattern-making. My work is developed with the use of watercolours, inks and acrylics augmented with occasional digital manipulation. I have applied the designs on various products such as glass jars, lanterns, tissue boxes, cushion covers etc, which explore visual outcomes in the context of home furnishing.
holly amber allen
Following a visit to the Printed Textiles museum in France last year, my fascination for surface pattern design has grown considerably. With a focus on children’s accessories and a theme of ‘Country Mornings’ I have created a range of kitchenware products and textiles using a combination of character-based and floral repeat patterns that are developed from paper-based silkscreen prints.