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Poetic progress for Arts and Media students

22 May 2015

12First year students from our Creative Writing and Graphic Design courses have collaborated on an exciting project to produce a series of works in a ‘Typographic Haiku Collaborative Experiments’  exhibition.

Our first year BA (Hons) English and Creative Writing students were asked to create a haiku; a Japanese poem of seventeen syllables, in three lines of five, seven and five, traditionally evoking images of the natural world. These were then passed to our BA (Hons) Graphic Design students, who were asked to produce a series of experimental typefaces that conceptually reflected the content of their given poem. The final task was to demonstrate how successfully their newly crafted letterforms displayed their respective poem, in poster form. Read more…..

Chortle Comedy Awards: Salford win again!

21 May 2015

The 2015 Chortle Comedy Awards took place at Jongleurs in Camden, where the crème de la crème of the comedy world came together to celebrate the achievements of fellow comedians including those new to the scene.

The Annual Chortle Comedy Awards celebrates the best in live comedy, awarded by a panel of judges and an online public vote at Chortle.co.uk.

A number of University of Salford graduates took the comedy world by storm at the awards, winning the ‘Best Newcomer’ category. Read more…..

“Extra! Extra!” – Journalist alumna continues to excel.

13 May 2015

UntitledA Graduate has praised journalism teaching at the University of Salford after winning a national award by scoring the highest ever mark in a prestigious industry exam.

Katie Dickinson graduated from the University’s MA Journalism programme in 2013 and secured a job as a reporter at The Westmorland Gazette in Cumbria.

After completing 18 months as a trainee with the newspaper, she has now become a senior reporter by passing the National Council for the Training of Journalists’ (NCTJ) NQJ exam – scoring a record 91 per cent in her media law and practice paper.

Katie, 26, said: “The fact that I got the job at The Westmorland Gazette just days after finishing at Salford is a testament to the quality of the course and the careers support we were given. Read more…..

Shiver me timbers, that’s good graphic design!

12 May 2015

Untitled-2Held at Blackdog Ballroom NWS last week, the nautical themed #GoodShipSalford was a student led showcase event that offered the chance for established industry professionals to view the portfolios of our BA (Hons) Graphic Design graduating class.

As well as showcasing their work, the event gave the graduating design crew the opportunity to sell themselves and expand their network within the creative industry. An armada of agencies (see what we did there?) from across the Manchester region attended to witness the students’ hard work, blood, sweat and tears.

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More industry success for MA Wildlife Documentary Production alumni

11 May 2015

A number of recent graduates from MA Wildlife Documentary Production have overcome stiff competition to gain employment at a variety of distinguished wildlife film organisations.

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An evening with Twin Peaks

8 May 2015

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To a countless amount of people, this memorable TV quote is the gateway to nostalgia of arguably the first cult TV show in existence. Let’s go back to the early nineties: Vanilla Ice, neon shoelaces and Hulk Hogan – many would agree this short period in time was a huge atrocity in pop-cultural history. However, there was one cultural saving grace (okay, there were a few!), a small beacon of light gleaming through a terrible Kylie Minogue dance routine – David Lynch’s TV masterpiece, Twin PeaksRead more…..

BSc Computer and Video Games graduate releases award-winning game with Channel 4

31 March 2015

Channel 4 has just released an award winning video game, developed by BSc Computer and Video Games graduate Tom McParland and colleagues. The BAFTA nominated puzzle-platforming game started as an entry in the Dare to Be Digital competition, where Tom and his team were encouraged by their course tutor to take part. The team later went on to win the Channel 4 prize, and have since grown their company Lamplight Studios.

In A Pixel Story, taking on the role of the titular pixel, players need to escape from a Pong-like game world and then progress through increasingly detailed game worlds that pay homage to the developments made in gaming across four graphical generations.

Colin MacDonald, Games Commissioner at Channel 4, was one of the judges at Dare to be Digital and has been mentoring the developers since the competition winners were announced. Colin said: “Lamplight Studios’ love letter to video gaming is fun, fiendishly challenging and charming in equal measure, and we can’t wait to share its story with the world.”

The release of the game is a bold step for Tom and his team at Lamplight who hope to leave their mark on the British games industry.

When asked how Tom thought his course at Salford in Computer and Video Games contributed to his success in the industry, he said “Our course taught us how to be self-sufficient as a team, encouraging members to not only focus on a certain skill set but to also learn around this speciality to get a broader understanding of developing a game as a team.”

For more information about the BSc in Computer and Video Games, please visit the coursefinder page.

Award winning Graphic Design student shares her experiences

21 August 2014

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The University of Salford prides itself on its record of producing extremely high calibre design graduates.  Not only is this proved by the fact that many of our students go on to achieve high levels of success in their careers once they graduate, but also by the various awards that are handed out to Salford students each year.

Heather Metcalfe is one such student who, during her time studying BA (Hons) Graphic Design, has won not just one, but three prestigious awards; two YCN student awards and a much coveted D&AD ‘In Book’ award.

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Salford student wins Graduate Fashion Week photography award

21 August 2014

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For anyone studying fashion at degree level, Graduate Fashion Week is one of the most important dates in the calendar. It is a chance for final year students from across the country to showcase their work in front of key figures from the fashion industry.

The University of Salford always make a splash at Graduate Fashion Week, receiving praise from the likes of renowned fashion blogger Susie Lau in previous years. This year was especially successful thanks to BA Fashion Image Making & Styling student Lloyd Rimmer and Mayling Wong, who won first and second place respectively in the Fashion Photography Award.

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Salford graduate scoops top journalism award

21 August 2014

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A former University of Salford postgraduate student has scooped a top industry award in journalism – just a year after she graduated.

A panel of leading industry professionals judged that Sian Davies, 27, who now works at The Plymouth Herald, was the best young journalist in the South West of England.

Sian landed the award after securing a trainee reporter job while completing the MA Journalism programme at Salford, which is accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ). She has since been promoted to the post of Health Reporter at The Plymouth Herald.

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