Designed for success: Spatial Design course is tops for graduate
96% of Spatial Design students graduating from UCF's
BA(Hons) Spatial Design in 2005/06 secured employment in the
design world. In the highly competitive world of design this
is an enviable employability rate both for the College and
for potential future employers.
22 of the 23 Spatial Design graduates secured jobs as architectural
assistants, interior designers, exhibition designers, landscape
designers, film set designers, teachers, animators, visualisers
and other design-related posts. The design projects worked
on include: major planning and regeneration projects across
the country (including the regeneration of Blackpool promenade),
working as part of a team for promotional videos for the London
Olympics, working on the design of retail outlets for Heathrow
Terminal 5, exhibition design for multi-national companies
and designing promotional material for UCF.
One of the most important attributes required by employers
is seemingly obvious but too often overlooked – work-readiness.
The ability to tune in quickly to the culture and the day-to-day
requirements of a workplace is something which not every graduate
is immediately possessed of, and this stipulation is mirrored
in the need for employers to be realistic about the competencies
required for a particular task.
Some employers, particularly in more creative fields, are
finding that UK graduates are now more competitive, and that
as a result their output is of a measurably higher standard
than that of graduates a few years ago. This has been attributed
to a greater familiarity with necessary technology and a heightened
sense of competition for desirable jobs, amongst other possible
Generic skills developed during study are also rated very
highly by increasing numbers of both employers and students.
Capabilities such as critical thinking, drive and the ability
to make judgements are recognised as essential at UCF in general
and within Spatial Design in particular. Spatial Design students
are encouraged to develop their ability to handle and process
new information and to react positively to new situations.
These skills are often developed in teamwork exercises and
Another area UCF's Spatial Design course excels is
producing graduates with a 'streetwise' understanding
of company culture, that is the ability to interact with clients
and peers on the job. It is highly-prized by many employers
when determining the most suitable candidates.
"It is a fantastic success for the students and
a great reflection upon the skills the course has given them,"
course leader Andrew Harbert says. "Results
like this make this one of the top performing spatial design
courses in the country. The course team are delighted to see
so many students employed in design, many with high profile
companies, and working on really interesting projects."
For further information about Spatial Design at Falmouth,
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For further information, please contact Jilly Easterby, Head
of Public Affairs, University College Falmouth on 01326 213792
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