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Welcome to the Student Showcase 2020

The pandemic has been a significant obstacle in showcasing the fantastic talent 2020 graduates have to offer. Graduate showcases are an opportunity for students to present their work, network and create positive connections with possible employers.

As none of us could head to any showcase events this year, we’ve consulted lecturers from across Wales to shortlist some of the best creative graduates and compiled a Student Showcase for 2020. With degrees ranging from Journalism to Graphic Communication, and specialisms from illustration to campaign design, our exceptional graduates have a variety of skills that would be invaluable to any workplace or job role.

Introducing Wales’ top 10 creative graduates of 2020…

Ben Ballantyne

  • Graphic Design
  • University of Wales Trinity Saint David

Ben Ballantyne is a 21-year-old Graphic Designer based in Swansea. Born in Brisbane and making the move to the UK in 2005, Ben is passionate with an Australian twang to his personality! He enjoys a range of specialisms, with a keen focus on problem-solving.

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Clara Murphy

  • Graphic Communication
  • Cardiff Metropolitan University

Cardiff born Clara Murphy is 21 and feels like her final year of University has allowed her to really find her style. Clara enjoys experimenting with typography and illustrations but is excited about branching out and working on a range of different projects.

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Hannah Ryan

  • MA in Magazine Journalism
  • Cardiff University

Hannah is a 23-year-old journalism master’s student, following a three-year degree in English Literature and History. Hannah’s writing is diverse and provocative, but she has a keen interest in LGBTQ+ and charity journalism.

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Kenneth Rees

  • Graphic Communication
  • University of South Wales

Meet Kenneth, a 21-year-old Graphic Communication graduate who lives on a farm in Mid Wales. His specialism is branding but he is also a talented motion designer and always aims to communicate messages through a simple, stylised approach.

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Patrick Glavee

  • Graphic Design
  • University of Wales Trinity St. David

Born in Ghana, Africa and raised in Galway, Ireland, Patrick has brought his creativity all the way to Cardiff. Patrick’s specialisms are branding, ideation and art direction. He has a love for the conceptual side of design, the freedom of abstraction and the power of functionalism.

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Priyankaa and Andrea

  • MA Magazine Journalism
  • Cardiff University

This MA Magazine Journalism duo, Priyankaa Joshi from Bristol and Andrea Gaini from Florence, Italy, are the co-creators of Thrifty Eats magazine. The magazine with the goal to help people eat and cook in a planet-friendly way without breaking the bank.

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Beth Curtis

  • Graphic Design
  • University of Wales Trinity Saint David

Meet Beth Curtis, a 21-year-old from Port Talbot who loves colour! Her style uses bold vivid colours within limited colour palettes making her work memorable and impactful. Beth has been freelancing throughout university but would love to find a junior designer position.

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Joseph Hurley

  • Graphic Communication
  • University of South Wales

Meet University of South Wales graduate Joseph Hurley from Ferndale, in the Rhondda Valleys. Joseph specialises in user interface/user experience design, with a passion to create solutions that make a difference to people.

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Joshua Donkor

  • Illustration
  • Cardiff Metropolitan School of Art and Design

From Bath, Joshua Donkor is a 23-year-old graduate in Illustration. Joshua specializes in portraiture using oil paints and produced artwork for BBC’s “Staged” painting the landscape which Michael Sheen compares to David Tenant’s pineapple sketch!

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Norbert Zietek

  • Graphic Communication
  • University of South Wales

Born in Poland but having lived in Northern Ireland since 8 years old, Norbert is in Cardiff spreading his creativity. Norbert specialises in User Experience and User Interface Design and enjoyed designing for real people and real-world problems.

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