Zoe Gregory

What is a Graduate Show?

Ever wondered how you get assessed in creative subjects like textiles, computer animation, or illustration at uni?  By putting on a show of course!

At the University of Portsmouth students from our faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries put on an amazing graduate show every year.  Students from subjects like photography, architecture, fashion and textiles, illustration, graphics, computer animation and visual effects, drama, film, computer games technology and television and broadcasting, to name but a few, present the work that they have produced in their final year every June.   I caught up with some of the students to find out more.


Sam, is a 1st year student, studying film and production. He was helping out with the virtual reality and motion capture demo displays.  After graduation Sam wants to work on a virtual film set where they merge virtual animation with the normal film set process.  A famous example of this set up is the Lord of the Rings.


Trimi-Maria is in her 3rd year, studying architecture.  Her display was a film which showed different aspects of architecture. ”I loved studying at Portsmouth as I’ve discovered a love for film and photography which I’ve been able to combine with my architecture degree.  It’s made me want to work in this area in my future career.”


Bethia, also a  3rd year student, studying illustration. Bethia is from Portsmouth and went to a school in Barnham. She worked in industry for 10 years before deciding to try something slightly and come to university. Her course is portfolio based and her display at the show showed her final years work, research and practical books. ‘Illustration gives you a lot of freedom and control over what you design and the final year especially is fully self-directed, so you can basically do what you want!’ 


Jenisha, 3rd year student, studying fashion and textiles. Jenisha got her interest in sewing from her grandparents and chose Portsmouth as it was one of the few universities to offer fashion and textiles together. Jenisha particularly enjoyed her 2nd year, an enterprise year which involved working in a team to create a business. They sold their collection to a buyer which allowed Jenisha to see a different side of fashion and textiles.  At the show alongside her illustrations she is displaying a jacket, a piece from her final year collection.  ”In the future I’d like to work abroad as a designer or have my own business here in the UK.”

So now you know that assessments aren’t all exams and tests.  At uni there are loads of ways you can show off you talents and learn in a way that suits you.

Checking out a graduate show is great fun .  The shows are open to the public.  Some of the displays are interactive and others are just to look at it.  Not only will you get to see the amazing work that students have produced and find out a bit more about Creative and Cultural Industries subjects.   You’ll also see what is possible with the right guidance, facilities, creativity and talent!

To find out further information go to http://www.port.ac.uk/faculty-of-creative-and-cultural-industries/

And to read the different CCI blogs go to http://www.port.ac.uk/faculty-of-creative-and-cultural-industries/course-blogs-and-sites/

What is Sociology?

‘What is sociology?’ is a question I’m always asked by my friends and family at home, and even those I go to university with!

Hi, I’m Zoe, and I’m finishing my third and final year of a sociology degree at Portsmouth University. Sociology is a subject that is central to understanding how we live, why we do the things we do in our society and how this is different to other societies and people around the world.

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One unit I have particularly enjoyed learning about is culture and taste. One of the key thinkers we studied in this area was a French sociologist called Bourdieu. He said that a person’s social class and family upbringing determines their ‘capital’ in relation to money, friends and culture, which in turn defines their taste. For example, the amount of money you have can determine whether you can go on holiday or not. Your friends may also be able to help you go on holiday, if they have a house you can stay in, for example. Education about different cultures and knowledge of famous sites may also add to your cultural capital. You could choose to go on holiday for some sun, relaxation and sea, or you might go somewhere with historic or famous sites. Both of these portray your particular taste to others.

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Sociology goes beyond just thinking and common sense, it is about questioning ‘why?’ and looking at the deeper meaning and theory behind things. It is a great subject which can be applied to everyday life and opens possibilities for careers in a number of different areas such as the police, teaching, or health and social care to name a few.