Shane Mullin

“Honestly I’m gutted I haven’t been on the course since YR 1. The working environment’s been so much more personal, I’ve felt so much more encouragement here to do my best than I ever did on my previous course. You can really tell the difference going from being a number on a screen to a person.”

Andrew McAlinney

Final Major Project – Data Diner / Walkthrough Video

Kin + Carta Connect Project Below:



New Project

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Kin + Carta Project – Saucy Fish / 15 Sec Advert

Matt Robinson

“Honestly I’m gutted I haven’t been on the course since YR 1. The working environment’s been so much more personal, I’ve felt so much more encouragement here to do my best than I ever did on my previous course. You can really tell the difference going from being a number on a screen to a person.”

Andrew McAlinney

Final Major Project – Data Diner / Walkthrough Video

Kin + Carta Connect Project Below:



New Project

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Kin + Carta Project – Saucy Fish / 15 Sec Advert

Patrick Battison-Nicol

“Honestly I’m gutted I haven’t been on the course since YR 1. The working environment’s been so much more personal, I’ve felt so much more encouragement here to do my best than I ever did on my previous course. You can really tell the difference going from being a number on a screen to a person.”

Andrew McAlinney

Final Major Project – Data Diner / Walkthrough Video

Kin + Carta Connect Project Below:



New Project

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Kin + Carta Project – Saucy Fish / 15 Sec Advert

Stephen Murphy

“Honestly I’m gutted I haven’t been on the course since YR 1. The working environment’s been so much more personal, I’ve felt so much more encouragement here to do my best than I ever did on my previous course. You can really tell the difference going from being a number on a screen to a person.”

Andrew McAlinney

Final Major Project – Data Diner / Walkthrough Video

Kin + Carta Connect Project Below:



New Project

About the new project. About the new project.About the new project.About the new project.About the new project.About the new project.About the new project. About the new project.About the new project.About the new project. About the new project.About the new project.About the new project.

Kin + Carta Project – Saucy Fish / 15 Sec Advert

Katie Kelly

“Honestly I’m gutted I haven’t been on the course since YR 1. The working environment’s been so much more personal, I’ve felt so much more encouragement here to do my best than I ever did on my previous course. You can really tell the difference going from being a number on a screen to a person.”

Andrew McAlinney

Final Major Project – Data Diner / Walkthrough Video

Kin + Carta Connect Project Below:



New Project

About the new project. About the new project.About the new project.About the new project.About the new project.About the new project.About the new project. About the new project.About the new project.About the new project. About the new project.About the new project.About the new project.

Kin + Carta Project – Saucy Fish / 15 Sec Advert

Job at MAC Clinical Research

Andrew McAlinney

Achievements: 1st Class BA Honours, placement at Kin + Carta Connect & Freelance with Bearded Fellows
Progression to: Employment @ MAC Clinical Research

In joining our course Andrew had his sights set pretty high. He jumped onto our top BA (hons) with an impressive portfolio (and qualifications to match), but as a self-supporting mature student, recently settled in Manchester from Belfast, he desperately needed a job to quickly follow his graduation.

Andrew’s fist unit was Professional Practice, an industry-supported unit, centred around motion graphics. The unit is designed to be challenging and demanding conceived through consultation with international digital design experts Kin + Carta, the project being run my alumni Lisa Dale. Students benefit from visiting their premises for a briefing, campus visits from Kin + Carta for lectures and skills sessions. The unit concludes in final pitches at their board room in competition for placement opportunities.

During these sessions’ students get a chance to make an impression on Lisa’s team, which Andrew did – thoroughly answering the brief and taking it further than Kin + Carta had expected… he went on to pick up a month’s placement with them before the national Lockdown in April 2020. During Lockdown Andrew secured himself several interviews, collaborated with Bearded Fellow’s on two freelance projects (with one of his graduating peers) and was afforded the unusual position of weighing up two job offers, before achieve his goal of working and living in Manchester as a graphic designer with MAC Clinical Research.

“Honestly I’m gutted I haven’t been on the course since YR 1. The working environment’s been so much more personal, I’ve felt so much more encouragement here to do my best than I ever did on my previous course. You can really tell the difference going from being a number on a screen to a person.”

Andrew McAlinney

Final Major Project – Data Diner / Walkthrough Video

Kin + Carta Connect Project Below:

Kin + Carta Project – Saucy Fish / 15 Sec Advert
Kin + Carta Project – Saucy Fish / Instagram Marketing Concept

Soraya Eghbali

Andrew McAlinney

Achievements: 1st Class BA Honours, placement at Kin + Carta Connect & Freelance with Bearded Fellows
Progression to: Employment @ MAC Clinical Research

In joining our course Andrew had his sights set pretty high. He jumped onto our top BA (hons) with an impressive portfolio (and qualifications to match), but as a self-supporting mature student, recently settled in Manchester from Belfast, he desperately needed a job to quickly follow his graduation.

Andrew’s fist unit was Professional Practice, an industry-supported unit, centred around motion graphics. The unit is designed to be challenging and demanding conceived through consultation with international digital design experts Kin + Carta, the project being run my alumni Lisa Dale. Students benefit from visiting their premises for a briefing, campus visits from Kin + Carta for lectures and skills sessions. The unit concludes in final pitches at their board room in competition for placement opportunities.

During these sessions’ students get a chance to make an impression on Lisa’s team, which Andrew did – thoroughly answering the brief and taking it further than Kin + Carta had expected… he went on to pick up a month’s placement with them before the national Lockdown in April 2020. During Lockdown Andrew secured himself several interviews, collaborated with Bearded Fellow’s on two freelance projects (with one of his graduating peers) and was afforded the unusual position of weighing up two job offers, before achieve his goal of working and living in Manchester as a graphic designer with MAC Clinical Research.

“Honestly I’m gutted I haven’t been on the course since YR 1. The working environment’s been so much more personal, I’ve felt so much more encouragement here to do my best than I ever did on my previous course. You can really tell the difference going from being a number on a screen to a person.”

Andrew McAlinney

Final Major Project – Data Diner / Walkthrough Video

Kin + Carta Connect Project Below:

Kin + Carta Project – Saucy Fish / 15 Sec Advert
Kin + Carta Project – Saucy Fish / Instagram Marketing Concept

Job at The Genius Group

Aleksandra Wantuch

Achievements: 1st Class BA Honours, placement at Kin + Carta Connect & LTE Group placement
Progression to: Employment @ thegeniusgroup.com

Alekandra studied Photography at The Manchester College before coming to UCEN Manchester to study Graphic Design & Advertising with us, in which she graduated with a 1st Class BA Honours. As a Polish student she wanted to study and work in the UK and had one of the most focused work ethics the course has seen in a student.

“I really appreciate the effort and dedication from the tutors on this course. I thoroughly enjoyed all hours spent in sessions and tutors always motivating me to push harder in my projects. Studying on this course has made me confident and ready to work in the industry. This course gets my recommendation!”

Aleksandra Wantuch

Managing the transition from photography to Graphic Design & Advertising Alekandra achieved everything she set out too, gaining high 60’s throughout the first year and going on the maintain 70+ in all units but one throughout the next two years. Holding down a graphics job with The Claims Guys for most of her study, Alek moved on to win placements at Kin + Carta Connect and the LTE Group due to her interview skills and strong portfolio; demonstrating confidence in strategy and her mastery of application skills across print and screen design.

Final Major Project – Social Media Advert
Final Major Project – Qube App / Presentation Video
Final Major Project – Qube App / Qube Animations
Final Major Project – Social Media Advert

Job at LTE Group

Michael Hawkins

Achievements: Placements at SuperUnion, Brand Union & LTE Group
Progression to: Job @ LTG Group

Alumni Michael Hawkins applied to UCEN Manchester to study a Creative Media and Visual Communication BA (Hons) Top-up and pursue a design career. After gaining the latest industry skills in demand for the design world, Michael didn’t have to wait long to see his ambitions realised. Michael secured work placement with education and training provider LTE Group, which led to a full time lead designer position with MTC Works. He now works on key design briefs for the leading probation and custody provider.

“When I came to UCEN Manchester, the tutors were really interested in my work and why I wanted to come here, and spoke to me as an equal. That made me feel really comfortable and I knew it was going to be a really interactive, engaging course.
“My tutors have been 100 per cent supportive and welcoming. I knew the smaller class sizes would benefit me more than learning in large lecture theatres. It gives you a better understanding of your studies and almost feels like one-to-one tuition.

Michael Hawkins

“The course structure itself has a real focus on networking and establishing your career once you leave. Your work improves to industry standard, and there is a real focus on establishing industry contacts and getting yourself and your work out there. In addition, there are lots of professional designers who come to speak to us, which is great.
“The course really pushes you to do your best, which in turn means you’re more equipped to go into a full time job. In my third year, I felt ready to produce industry standard work and that really propelled me to get job alongside my studies.”

Michael Hawkins

Michael & other students with Malcolm Garrett

Liverpool Exhibitions

Trip: Liverpool
Purpose: Gallery Visits

Today the Foundation Degree Courses – Graphic Design & Advertising, Contemporary Photographic Practices and Contemporary Art Practice took a day trip to Liverpool as part of the Induction activities, to visit major exhibition centres in Liverpool including FACT, The Open Eye, The Bluecoat Gallery and TATE Liverpool to see a range of inspirational and socially important exhibitions.

“It was a great experience and my first time to an exhibition in this country … I loved the use Keith Haring’s colours, lines and negative shapes.” – Soraya Eghbali

The Open Eye had an exhibition addressing the topic of ‘the portrait’ with responses from 16 years olds’. Students were privy to a talk from a member of the curatorial team who discussed the current exhibition & gave a tour of the Gallery. FACT’s exhibition ‘In Real Life’ focused on the ‘gig sector’ with stories from a Graphic Designer in India to a beautician Vlogger in the UK. Bluecoat had an exhibition from Shezad Dawood and a wonderful exhibition of promotional posters from their previous exhibitions spanning decades. This was especially interesting to the first year Graphics students, who will be designing exhibition posters as part of their first unit.  And the TATE held one of the most powerful and diverse exhibitions ever of Keith Haring’s work starting with his early work on the streets of New York through to his socially profound work on the AIDS epidemic.

“Visiting the Keith Haring exhibition was like visiting a time capsule – it resonates today because of the LGBT community – I liked that he wasn’t limited at all by any materials, he was like a stream of consciousness, he reminded me of Barney Ibbotson’s work. It makes me want to buy some ink and tarpaulin – it’s made me think about how I can work in my sketchbook.” – Clare Marshall

“I liked seeing pieces of work carried out in different ways to the way I would approach something – such as the work by Shezad Dawood with her bright and unique pieces using neon lights; creating various objects and animals.” – Peter Bergin

In addition to their engagement with these cultural institutions it was an opportunity for all courses to meet each other informally. Freshers got to meet their peers across divers course programmes.