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Student Shows 2012: The Arts University College, Bournemouth

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Warren Lever sees the value of being within the creative hub of an arts campus

The first thing that strikes you when viewing this year’s show is the value of being within the creative hub of an arts campus. The course leader, Simon Beeson, talks about fostering a culture of informed design in students and this is exhibited in the wide variety of projects.

The programme of workshop time, model building and arts influence within the course communicates the identity of the school and sets this show apart.

Standout unit

A key theme of this show was to look at real local examples, this year tackling one of the UK’s ugliest buildings, the IMAX, Bournemouth.

Students reimagined not just the building but the surrounding townscape. Projects ranged from reuse of materials to reuse of the building itself and designs evolved from many influences - green infrastructure, movement, and connections with the sea. The outcome is an intriguing hybrid where form, structure and landscape explore ideas such as salt crystallisation and self-assembly towers. The students talk of the opportunity to work alongside other disciplines like model- making, interior design, graphics, textiles and photography.

Standout student

Sam Tuck, Mark Allners, Christina Varvouni- Giatrakou and Amy Nash

In a word


AJ reviews of every student show in the UK are in AJ26.07.12. Students can subscribe to the AJ for just £82.50.

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