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Famous Names Help University College Falmouth To Celebrate Graduate Achievement

Left to right: Sandra Blow, Jeff Banks and Charles HancockPeter Blake, Norman Parkinson, Zandra Rhodes, William Walton, Edith Sitwell, David Bailey, Terence Donovan, John Lennon and Jean Shrimpton were just some of the famous names that populated celebrated fashion designer Jeff Banks' words of wisdom to art and design students graduating from University College Falmouth last Friday.

He applauded the level of professionalism achieved by students today and spoke of the value of the creative imagination, the value of achieving a degree and how, without art, design and culture, we have nothing.

The first students to receive degrees conferred by University College Falmouth also celebrated their achievements at ceremonies held the day before. Clive Jones, Chief Executive of ITV News, inspired the assembled media students with an overview of how much the industry had changed during his career and how many more exciting opportunities existed for graduates in our multimedia, digital age, with its vast swathes of high quality television channels, radio programmes, publications and websites to utilise their talents.

In March 2004 the Privy Council granted University College Falmouth the right to award its own degrees. Postgraduate students who enrolled after that time were the first to sport University College Falmouth gowns at last week's ceremonies, with their distinctive white and Cornish gold hoods, whilst students graduating from three-year degree courses received degrees validated by the University of Plymouth, as in previous years.

Over 550 students attended five graduation ceremonies at the Princess Pavilion in Falmouth during the course of the two days and received BA(Hons) degrees in Broadcasting, English with Media Studies, Film Studies, Fine Art, Graphic Design, History of Modern Art & Design, Illustration, Journalism, Photography, Spatial Design: Interior & Landscape, Studio Ceramics, Textile Design and 3D Design for Sustainability; Postgraduate Diplomas in Broadcast Journalism, Creative Advertising, Professional Writing and Television Production; MAs in Contemporary Visual Arts, Illustration: Authorial Practice, the Integrated Masters Programme, Interactive Art & Design, Photography: Critical Practice; and 20th Century Art & Design: Histories & Theories; and Doctorates of Philosophy.

University College Falmouth's historic first graduation ceremonies were also marked by the conferment of Honorary Fellowships for the first time. Leading artist Sandra Blow was honoured for her lifelong contribution to fine art practice; and Charles Hancock, Chair of the Council of Management of Newlyn Art Gallery, Chair of the Board of St Ives International, and former Vice Principal of the College, was honoured for the contribution he continues to make to the promotion of the arts in Cornwall.

For further information, please contact Jilly Easterby, Public Relations Officer, University College Falmouth on 01326 211077 or email:

The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has invested in the CUC through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).


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Clare Morgan
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