Posted : 30 April 2020

Hundreds of final-year students will be exhibiting the fruits of their creative labours online when one of the University of Dundee’s flagship events goes fully digital for the first time.

The Art, Design and Architecture Graduate Showcase 2020 is an online display taking place in the absence of the annual Degree Show, which has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Graduate Showcase celebrates achievements of graduating students from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design and the department of Architecture within the School of Social Sciences. The launch of this event will be broadcast live online on Friday 12 June to students, staff, families, friends and other visitors. The Showcase will be accompanied by a social media campaign that will run until 21 June.

The Degree Show is a highlight of the city’s cultural calendar and attracts in excess of 10,000 visitors each year, including employers, gallery owners and other leading industry figures. It is hoped that a physical exhibition of work from this year’s graduating students can be arranged in the future and the Showcase aims to provide them with the best possible platform for their talents in the meantime.

The work on display will represent the culmination of years of creative development and hard work, with the website featuring expanded information on all students, including extra images and video content.

Professor Anita Taylor, Dean of Duncan of Jordanstone, said, “We remain deeply disappointed about the cancellation of our Degree Show this year, a disappointment shared at institutions across the UK who have had to take the same action. Nonetheless we are committed to creating the opportunity for graduating Architecture and DJCAD students to come together as a community.

“Each year we are inspired by the outstanding quality of work produced by our graduating students, and this year is no exception. The work these students are continuing to produce in extraordinary circumstances is exceptional and I know the viewers from around the world will enjoy the outcomes of these endeavours and the immense range of work and talent on display. 

“Our Showcase and accompanying social media campaign will allow us to share the achievements, stories, and work of our graduating cohort with public and professional communities, friends and families.

“The University is proud of our longstanding reputation for educating the next generation of artists, designers and architects. Our graduates are to be found across the globe, establishing careers forged from their formative experiences of being a student here in Dundee.”

The Art, Design and Architecture Graduate Showcase 2020 will be available to view online from 12 June at www.dundee.ac.uk/graduateshowcase.

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