The last picture show: is this the end of the design college degree show?

Traditionally, the degree show is a huge milestone for art and design students and a vital place for tomorrow’s design leaders to network. Can it adapt to a post-Covid world?

5th July, 2020
The last picture show: is this the end of the design college degree show?
Claire Dillon, a graduate of Limerick School of Art and Design: ‘This was an incentive to look differently on our design practice and learn new skills that we wouldn’t normally have used.’ Picture: Alan Place

It’s high summer once again, meaning long lazy days, cheap plonk, and an online degree show. Yes, reader, the physical degree show, traditionally the highlight of every design student’s four-year stint, has been laid waste, with the virtual final-year exhibition providing some recompense to the thousands of graduates now blinking into the light.

As institutions in Ireland and beyond hurriedly cancelled shows and moved their exhibitions online, students were required to...

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