Creative industries and GRE alumni mentor Design students in online portfolio reviews


Top design agencies and industry professionals, including our own alumni, will deliver online 1-2-1 portfolio surgeries for final year School of Design students between Monday 4 and Wednesday 7 May.

A group of University of Greenwich final year Design students are being supported by 25 alumni and experts in creative industries in a bid to give them the best possible skills for their burgeoning careers. 

The support, which has moved online for the first time this year as a result of the coronavirus, will include one-to-one mentoring, support and advice for design portfolios. 

The students will also have an opportunity to gain insight into how they can secure graduate work during the pandemic and the subsequent recovery phase.

Dr Anastasios Maragiannis, Deputy Head of the School of Design at the university said students will gain invaluable experience from alumni and experts in their field, along with many other skills that will be paramount for success in their future careers.

Dr Maragiannis said: "With much of the world in lockdown, the global design community is facing unprecedented challenges. Design is one of the disciplines that require real-time, physical critiques in studio space where students can develop diverse and inclusive co-design reflective thinking, criticality and learn from each other. 

"The School of Design's online portfolio surgeries bring the design world together to mentor our students and explore how they can adapt and respond to extraordinary circumstances. Students would usually complete this component of their course work face-to-face, and on-campus. However, we are empowering our students with new skills during the lockdown."

Calvin Power, a third year Graphic Design student, added: "These surgeries are quite a rare opportunity, especially during this strange time. The coronavirus has put restrictions on everything and as a consequence students who are about to graduate are missing out on valuable networking opportunities and these digital surgeries will give that chance to build important networks with industry experts, to ask and gain insights into what they'll be expecting from us especially to be employable graduates."

The online portfolio surgeries for final year School of Design students will take place online from the 4-7 May 2020.