Thinking through Making

Life on the course

Life On The Course

Graphic Design is a team activity, so we run our space as a working design community. This means it’s often busy with workshops, visiting speakers, pitches, work-in-progress, and the debris of creativity. We also take our activities out into the public realm and run live events that introduce students to real-world settings. These add special flavour to our regular curriculum and allow students to customise their time with us towards their chosen fields of interest.

Brown Hijabi Poet 

We have been incredibly privileged to welcome internationally acclaimed spoken word poet and activist Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan (aka Brown Hijabi Poet) over the last few weeks. Suhaiymah gave two lectures, the first on critical and intersectional feminism, and the second on Islamophobia in the UK. Typically inspiring, her work continues to draw attention to the racialised and gendered imbalances, hierarchies, and exclusions that the British state continues to inflict upon its citizens. We look forward to working much more with her in the future. 


From Kings Cross to Outer Space: External school workshop, Two hours to save the world..

Epsom Graphics took design into the community recently, running an afternoon project with year 6 students at Winton Primary School in London’s Kings Cross. Second year illustrators Katie and Marina, with tutor Mark and guest Jordan, helped students to design a sustainable space colony to rehouse mankind once our current home is used up. We saw some amazingly bold and deeply philosophical responses, with students clearly enjoying harnessing design to deal with imminent social issues.


Nescafé Azera By Design project, Unexpected Urban Adventures

Year 2 Epsom Graphics students competed to design exciting images to wrap around limited edition Nescafé Azera coffee tins. They explored new and fresh ways of looking at a city, and getting below the surface of the usual to reveal the unusual. Nine winners were chosen. Friday 19 th October 2018 saw the Launch of the project in Shoreditch. In addition three interactive rooms showed selected student’s work: Paddy Tate’s ‘Umbrella’s’, came from the contrast of strong colours and walkways to show that the best adventures don’t always happen on a sunny day. Obaayaa Kwarteng was inspired by spotlights of a Soho club; and Vanita Mistry loved the positive energy of street art. This was the first time many students have worked with live clients and production requirements. They had a great time!

Brief Cases winners 2017

The 2017 student winners for the Brief Cases Competition from three Universities including UCA Epsom had the amazing opportunity to visit Iggusund’s Workington Mill in Cumbria to see paperboard being made. This included a visit to the local forest where some of the wood fibre is sourced, and watching the process in action at the Mill. Filming in the Mill itself was restricted due to the unique process they employ to make their award winning paperboard. Students learnt a great deal about a material they will be working with during their careers.



A big London day out as our Graduates celebrate their glorious achievements

The Royal festival Hall provided a fittingly grand backdrop to our annual celebration of our graduates’ achievements this year. Everyone preened and scrubbed up unrecognisably well– staff included – countering the tropical heatwave with well-earned refreshment. Good to meet families and supporters too, and to share the big occasion. Now we wish you well in your next steps!


Brief Cases acts as a bridge between industry & education.

Brief Cases, from The Heaven Company, is a model for co-operation between academia and business and provides university students with challenges that increase employability and entrepreneurial skills. 

The national scheme attracts some powerful entries and business partners and is already a valuable award scheme in the communication and creative sector.

Brief Cases' scope spans disciplines, creating projects and modules that add value to the undergraduate experience while bringing students into contact with their associated industries.

Cut / Fold / Staple

Yr1 Riso event culmination!


Three Generations of Design: Graphics family tree from the 1960s to the present day

Legendary designer Ian McLaren to give one of our Design Cultures lectures, when he described the creation of his key CND, Munich Olympics, and Penguin design work.

The occasion also revealed a lovely family tree, as Ian taught staff member Sallyanne, shown with her current students Martyna and Paddy, who designed a poster to promote Ian's visit. All too symmetrical for words!

Brief Cases Competition
Awards 2018

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Two BA Graphic Design students at Epsom celebrated with other winning students from University of Gloucestershire; Norwich University, and Salfords, Manchester at The Solutions Awards held at the Cafe du Paris in London during November 2018.

Ellie Donn won Gold for the 'Sustainability Matters' Brief, and Ilinca Manescu won the 'Earth Island' brief.

Additional winners from UCA Epsom were: Daniela Iannuzzi, and Jessica Hart, who were both awarded Bronze. Nicholas Hurren; Rory Stiff; and Martyna Wieliczko were highly commended.