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Grad show season is quickly approaching (perhaps all too quickly for some) and we’re sure the nerves are setting in as creative students across the UK prepare to showcase the result of hours of blood, sweat and tears poured into their best work.

Every year, we’re amazed at the fresh, inspiring talent that emerges from the grad shows we get to see here in London – such as New Designers and D&AD New Blood – and we’re sure at individual university grad shows across the UK. You can check out what talent we spotted last year with the links below. 

Choosing your best work to put forward and polishing those social networking skills can feel daunting, especially if your future career is at stake.

Many students want to impress potential creative agencies and recruiters, but what’s the best way to stand out from a large, bustling crowd of other eager graduates? And what about the etiquette surrounding take-aways, business cards and the arrangement of your portfolio? 

To help calm the nerves, answers those burning questions, and hopefully ease the pressure a little, we’ve asked two university lecturers in the graphic design and illustration disciplines to share their top tips for students about to graduate. 

Senior lecturer of BA (Hons) graphic design at the University of Portsmouth Dan McCabe and BA (Hons) illustration programme leader at Middlesex University Nancy Slonims explain everything you need to know to nail your grad show.

In this feature we showcase some of the best work we spotted from last year’s grad show at Middlesex University, D&AD New Blood 2016 and New Designers 2016. 

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Image: Chloe Smith (Middlesex University, 2016)

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