Wednesday, 21 September 2016

The Selfie Stick (literally!)

Incoming first years took part in a self-portrait exercise during induction week. Armed with a piece of paper glued to a stick and a box of kid crayons, students go to work creating an image that reflected them. Holding the drawings up for the photo we have a new way of seeing what this crew will be like! Congrats to all first years and sharpen those pencils (and minds) for the fun ahead!

Friday, 16 September 2016

Thursday, 4 August 2016

MA student Jordan Baines about his recent work experience.

Hello, here is an update on what I’ve been up to. Last month I entered in work experience for an imprint of Little Tiger Press, Stripes Publishing. I worked with a small, but expertly talented team of an art director, designers, editors.

I worked on many things from dummy book making, re-flowing layouts for E-books, drafting cover concepts for upcoming titles and web adverts for new releases. It was such a fantastic insight into the world of children’s publishing, being able to work on live briefs and seeing how the process works from pitches and ideas to concepts to design then into production etc.

I had lunch with the Art Director and he reviewed my portfolio along with my current MA project with some great admiration and direction. I came away with valuable contacts, advice and the inspiration to keep on going to make myself successful within this small and competitive industry.
Here is the link to their website,


Thursday, 14 July 2016

Alumni - Ant from A.K.A

Here's a message from alumni 'Ant' who graduated in 1999!

After studying at Portsmouth I founded a small central London illustration studio and since then we have worked for some pretty diverse clients around the globe inc Dreamworks SKG - P&G - Ford Motor Corps - TIME magazine - Hodder Headline - Random House and countless others. We used a very wide range of media to create our work ranging from Pen & Ink, pencil renderings, traditional airbrushing, 3D modelling, Photochopping, vector art, bespoke photography and particle systems. Our motto is create by any means necessary!! :)

We frequently read your blog and wondered whether there was any chance you could feature us on your site. I have enclosed a few examples of our work below.We are the commercial world’s equivalent to Banksy ;)
We can’t give out proper names but can tell you I graduated in, wait for it... 1999. Yup, that old!! ;)

Also our work can be found at:

Thanks, Ant from A.k.A


Graduation 2016

Congratulations to all our graduates. A few photos from yesterday's celebration at the Guildhall and Ravelin Park.

Monday, 11 July 2016

New Designers 2016

More photos from New Designers, with screen printing action shots....

Many of you made promising contacts - opportunities for an exhibition, potential interviews etc., do email any success stories so we can share them on this site.

Saturday, 9 July 2016

New Designers Screening Prize

The winner of the New Designers Screening Prize People's Vote is 'Heart & Mind' by Aaron Baker, University of Portsmouth.

Congratulations to Aaron!

To see his animation, click on the link below or copy and paste it to your browser

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Illustration students exhibiting at New Designers 2016

Congratulations to all our students exhibiting at the New Designers this year. We are hearing great things!  Ella Tomkins and Aaron Baker are currently part of the New Designers 16 takeover. See the link below and click on Ella and Aaron’s images for details about their work and how you can support them.

Ella’s work features on the New Designers home page too.