Graphic design projects are scheduled for their first public appearance at the annual Graduate Exhibition on Friday, after more than six months work by Charles Sturt University students.
The 'In The Making' exhibition will showcase more than 30 items of work from six final year students at the Port Macquarie campus from 6pm to 9pm on Friday, December 6.
Graphic design students Gabie Chan and Emelia Chant are exhibiting at the event and were recently named joint competition winners of the Port Macquarie Airport, Design an Airport Billboard competition.
Works on display include print, web and motion designed items as well as apps and other creative innovations, according to Gabie Chan who is specialising in layout design.
"We will have all the different designs such as illustrations but people can actually walk around to meet the designers," she said.
"There will be a few videos going as well for people to look at.
"Most of the works are from the last six months as students put in the hard yards for final year, but there are also our own favourite pieces from first or second year.
"If people do appreciate seeing the work and compliment it, that's nice to see. It's just little things like that which make it worthwhile."
It's an important opportunity for Bachelor of Creative Arts and Design graphic art students to mingle with businesses, residents and other professionals with interests in the field.
Many students already have partnerships with local businesses for internships and part-time work, according to student Emelia Chant who specialises in illustrating cars.
"We get a lot of experience from this and learn about managing events like the exhibition," she said.
"I definitely want to get my name out there and work as a full time designers. That would be awesome."
Drinks and nibbles will be provided on the night. The event is by invitation and residents can register at Eventbrite.
"People who work in design have to be up to date with technology and the various aspects of design styles," said graphic design lecturer Willhemina Wahlin.
"Previous students have made visual communication campaigns, band and business branding or marketing campaigns for the exhibition.
"Previous exhibitions have attracted around 100 to 120 people over the night. During the year people can come and chat with us to have a look at the exhibition.
"People can come down and support their local designers. I'd love to see a cultural economy bloom in Port Macquarie because ultimately everything we do is touched by creative industries.
"In regional areas people already in the industry must be nurturing young talent, we as educators must be making sure young people are getting what they need and have the opportunities where they are.
"We want young people to stay and develop that cultural economy which can benefit everybody in the community."
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