The UK’s best grad shows 2017: Dates & locations

Digital Arts

Michael Driver was spotted by Digital Arts at Kingston's 2015 grad show

Degree graduation shows (or 'end of year' shows) across the UK are already underway, and a load more begin next month.

It's the time of year when creative university students show off their hard work - in the areas of graphic design, illustration, visual communication, photography and more - to businesses and creative agencies in the hope for potential job offers. There's a lot of pressure during this time, but there's also a lot of support. Now successful illustrators such as David Doran and Michael Driver were once spotted by Digital Arts, and clearly many others, at their respective grad shows.

You can check out our feature on how to nail your grad show, with top tips from two university lecturers on everything from business cards and takeaways to what to add into your portfolio.

If you're planning to head along to a grad show, or a few, here’s a list of the top shows across the UK and the well known group shows in London, such as D&AD Festival and New Designers, which encompass a number of creative universities.

London - Multi-institution Shows

D&AD New Blood Festival
July 5 - 6
The Old Truman Brewery, Shoreditch
Take a look at what we saw at last year's festival

New Designers Part 2
Graphic design, illustration, animation, motion and digital arts
July 5 - 8
Business Design Centre, Angel
Take a look at what we saw at last year's show

Free Range
Design, art, photography
June 15 - July 17
The Old Truman Brewery, Shoreditch

London – Single Institution Shows

London College of Communication
Design School
Jun 16 - 22
London College of Communication, Elephant & Castle

Central Saint Martins
May 24 - 28
Granary Building, King’s Cross

Royal College of Art
Animation, design, visual communication, contemporary art
June 24 - July 2
Royal College of Art, Battersea and Kensington sites

Kingston University
June 3-9
Graphic Design
September 1- 4
September 7-10
Knights Park campus, Surrey

Goldsmiths, University of London
Design (Hyphen)
June 16 - 19
Animation, photography (Media and Communication)
June 16 - 20
The Old Truman Brewery, Shoreditch

Middlesex University
Animation, graphic design, illustration and photography
June 16 - 20
The Old Truman Brewery, Shoreditch

Ravensbourne (university sector college)
Design, animation
June 21 - 23
Ravensbourne, Greenwich

Westminster School of Media, Arts & Design
Animation June 8
Illustration May 23 - 24
Various campuses

Mr Doodle was a stand-out at D&AD New Blood 2015


Nottingham Trent University
Art and Design
June 3 - 10
City Campus, Nottingham

Writtle University College
Art and Design
May 18-24
Various campuses


Sheffield Hallam University
Animation, design, graphic and illustration
June 10 - 23
Various venues across Sheffield Hallam University

Leeds College of Art
Animation, advertising, graphic design, illustration, visual communication
May 19 - 24
Vernon Street building

Liverpool School of Art & Design
Graphic design, illustration
May 26- June 9
John Lennon Art and Design Building

Manchester School of Art
June 10 - 21
Benzie, Grosvenor and Chatham Buildings on the Manchester Metropolitan University All Saints Campus

Michael Driver

South East

University of Brighton
Graphic design, illustration
June 3 - 11
University Galleries, Edward Street

University for the Creative Arts Canterbury
Art, design
June 17 - 30
UCA Canterbury, Kent
There are also UCA graduation shows in Farnham, Rochester and Epsom.

University of Portsmouth
Graphic design, illustration
June 5 - 9
Elon Building, Winston Churchill Avenue

South West

Arts University Bournemouth
Graphic design, illustration, animation and photography
June 9 - 17
AUB campus, Dorset

University of Falmouth
Communication design, art
May 19-24
Falmouth Campus, Cornwall

Plymouth College of Art
Graphic design, illustration, animation, creative advertising & brand, commercial photography
June 10 - 22
Plymouth College of Art, Tavistock Place

Sarah Damo, BA (Hons) Game Arts degree at Plymouth College of Art 2017


Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design
Art, design
May 20-28
Matthew Gallery

Edinburgh College of Art
Art, design
June 3 - 11
Edinburgh College of Art, Lauriston Place

Glasgow School of Art
June 10 - 17
Bourdon Building and Reid Building, Renfrew St


Cardiff School of Art and Design
Graphic communication, illustration
May 27 - June 2
Llandaff Campus

Swansea College of Art (UWTSD)
Graphic Design
May 20 - 22
Swansea Grand Theatre