Luminous: The Class of 2020

After the challenges of lockdown, which unfortunately resulted in the cancellation of their degree show at the college and their graduate exhibition at ‘Freerange’, we’ve been delighted to see our students rise to the challenge to complete their final major projects. And despite the lack of a physical exhibition this year, our students have continued to develop their collective identity, publishing their work as Luminous.

A summary selection of their work is shown below. To get the full picture of the sheer determination and resilience of this year’s cohort, please take a look at their self-produced website:

Luminous 2020 is a collective of talented individuals who represent the next generation of commercial image-makers. Their work here demonstrates their readiness to make the transition from creative study into commercial practice, and we wish them every success.

FREERANGE 2019: 3rd years exhibit at Europe’s largest graduate showcase

Our academic year came to a spectacular conclusion last month when a selection of our graduating 3rd year students – under the collective name of ‘New Wave’ – exhibited their work at Freerange in London, Europe’s largest graduate showcase event.

Presenting an outstanding selection of fashion, advertising and editorial photography, our students took over the T2 space at the Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane, their large scale prints creating a distinctive presence amongst the other photography degree programmes exhibiting at the event.


Freerange provides a unique opportunity for students to present their work to the photographic industry, and we were delighted to be joined by some top industry professionals who came along to our private view to meet our students and view their work.

Ilka & Franz
Student Abi Baldwin discusses her work with top photographic duo, Ilka & Franz

AOP Student Awards shortlisted student, Nicola Simpson, discusses her final major project with top editorial photographer, Olivia Beasley
AOP Student Awards shortlisted student, Nicola Simpson, discusses her final major project with top editorial photographer, Olivia Beasley

Congratulations to our 3rd years for putting on such an outstanding display of work.

Particular congratulations to student Nicola Simpson. Nicola was already riding high having been shortlisted in the ‘People’ category of the AOP (Association of Photographers) Student Awards. To round off Nicola’s degree exhibition experience she was also selected as runner up in the ‘Best in Show’ awards at Freerange, winning the prize of having her portfolio professionally printed and critiqued at Metro Imaging, London’s premier production lab.

What a great end to a great year!

Degree Show 2019: 3rd year students put on a show to remember

The end of June is special time at Plymouth College of Art as our city centre campus is transformed from a vibrant workshop and studio complex into a dynamic, public showcase for new work in art, design and digital media.


This year’s exhibition of work from students studying Commercial Photography was a noted highlight of the show. From character portraits and stylised fashion editorials, to meticulously crafted studio photography, our students have been encouraged to develop their own individual style and approaches to working.

Combining technique, with creativity, visual flair and particular skills in post-production, our students produced an exhibition of outstanding commercial photographic work.

Various guests at our private view industry event on Thursday 13th June commented on both the level of the work on display and also the professionalism of our students. The is a testament to both the quality of the curriculum, and also the incredible talent, passion and determination of our students who represent the next generation of commercial image-makers.



Event images by Dom Moore Photography :

You can see a selection of some of 2019 degree show work below.