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You are here: University College Falmouth's MA graduates surprise and inspire

University College Falmouth's collective showing of work by graduating students from the College's portfolio of art and design-based Masters degrees – MA Contemporary Visual Arts, MA Design, MA Illustration: Authorial Practice, MA Interactive Art & Design and MA Photography – opens to the public on Friday 7 September, at the College's Woodlane Campus in Falmouth.

Entitled 'You are here', the exhibition will comprise an eclectic mix of both traditional and non-traditional media and runs until Thursday 13 September, between 10am and 5pm daily (excluding Sunday and Monday).

MA in Contemporary Visual Arts – led by award-winning artist, Dr Daro Montag – focuses on the development of individual artistic practice through collaboration and the significance of location or situation. This year's themes range from guerrilla gardening to the over-population of the globe, and the course continues to make an impact on the arts community in Cornwall with many graduates remaining in the region to create and share their work.

The first cohort of students from the College's recently-launched MA in Design, led by Andrew Harbert, will showcase work in 3D design and textile design.

MA Illustration: Authorial Practice has already produced rising stars such as Christopher Crump (illustrator of bestselling book, The Valley of Secrets), Viviane Schwarz (Walker Books author/illustrator), Barnaby Richards (author/illustrator whose work regularly appears in The Guardian) and Chris Stonehill, whose illustrations were recently commissioned by Boots the Chemist for its latest advertising campaign. The course is led by Steve Braund, who is both successful practising illustrator and director of Atlantic Press Ltd, an innovative publishing initiative that aims to help illustrators explore and develop their authorial voices. This year's MA Show will also include a book about an organic vegetable garden authored by student, Anna-Kaisa-Laine, who won a competition open to all students on the course who were invited to submit book proposals to the Press.

The MA in Interactive Art & Design – led by internationally-renowned net artist, Kate Southworth (, and supported by other practitioners of the avant-garde of interactive art and design – explores the new relationships between art, design and emerging technologies, and their creative and commercial potential.

MA Photography – led by Deborah Baker and Dr Nancy Roth – enables the exploration of social, environmental or cultural issues, which are of relevance to the wider community, through creative practice.

"The College's MA Show highlights the College's continuing contribution to contemporary creativity," commented Director of Marketing & Student Recruitment, Jeremy Whitaker. "We are committed to developing innovative opportunities for students at postgraduate level and the resulting work never fails to surprise and inspire."

University College Falmouth is a founding partner in the Combined Universities in Cornwall (CUC), a unique initiative to promote regional economic regeneration through higher education. The CUC is funded mainly by the European Union (Objective One), the South West Regional Development Agency, and the Higher Education Funding Council for England, with support from Cornwall County Council.

For further information about 'You are here', visit

There is still time to apply for MA courses in Art, Design and Media for September 2007 entry. For further information, please visit, email or telephone Admissions on 01326 213730.

For further information about this press release, please contact Jilly Easterby, Head of Public Affairs, University College Falmouth on 01326 213792 or email

The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has invested in the Combined Universities in Cornwall (CUC) project, both Phase 1 and Phase 2, through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the European Social Fund (ESF). University College Falmouth is a partner of the CUC.


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