Wolverhampton School of Art

Student case studies:

James Phillips, BA (Hons) Photography

James Phillips, who will graduate in September 2016 with a First Class Honours Degree in BA (Hons) Photography, credits his experience at the University of Wolverhampton with helping him to secure full-time employment so soon as a studio/in-house photographer for Cousins Furniture.

"The course itself has helped me massively, not only to help build my confidence but also for my career path; particularly within the final year where the input from lecturers in the Creative Industries module helped me to research and outline a path of what I needed to do, in order to make my career a reality. 

Brodie Weatherill, BA (Hons) Photography

Brodie graduated in September 2015 and has already landed herself an exciting new job working for a London-based photographic agency. Her job involves travelling around the UK photographing people for WatchPro and Professional Jeweller Magazines, liaising with clients about the brief, making them feel comfortable in front of the camera and coming up with new ideas for upcoming studio shoots! Read more.


William Morris, BDes (Hons) Product Design

William Morris graduated in June 2015 and has already secured a graduate-level full time position working within his favoured industry; metal 3D printing with internationally renowned company Renishaw AMPD. Read more about he secured this position and how the University of Wolverhampton helped his achieve this goal. Read more.



Louise Ward, MA Design and Applied Arts

Louise completed her MA Design and Applied Arts in 2014 and has now set up her own glass studio and online retail business. She has also been shortlisted for the Stanislav Libensky Award 2015, which means that she’ll be exhibiting her glass at ZIBA Glass Experience Museum in Prague, Czech Republic between 17 September 2015 and 31 December 2015. The award attracts worldwide competition and 35 students/graduates are represented from 23 different countries. Louise is one of only five representatives from the UK (alongside fellow Wolverhampton graduate Elliott Walker) in the prestigious competition. Read more.



Henry Langston, BA (Hons) Photography

Henry, who began his career with an internship at Vice.com in 2010, freelance reporting followed before a move into photojournalism. Then in 2012 he was hired as news editor for the website, where he commissioned news reports and features from across the globe as well as reporting and making films himself. ‌‌Henry graduated from Photography in 2009 and is now working in the editorial team at an international news organisation based in London. Vice News highlight under-reported stories from around the globe both in editorial and video formats. Read more.‌‌


Fashion high flyer: Karen Perry, BA (Hons) Fashion and Textiles

It’s been non-stop for Karen Perry since graduating with a First Class Honours Degree in Design and Applied Arts (Textile Design) in 2011. Following graduation Karen headed to the New Designers Exhibition in London and was recognised by Texprint as one of their Top 50 ‘highly recommended’ Designers for 2011. After the success of New Designers Karen went on to complete internships at a number of Design Studios across the UK before starting her freelance career in the fashion and interiors market; securing sales in London, Paris, New York, L.A, Italy, Turkey, Japan and China. Read more.


Matt Jones, BA (Hons) and MA Graphic Communication

Matt Jones secured a full-time job as cover designer for Puffin Fiction Books just months after completing his MA Graphic Communication. Matt told us: ‘‘This is my dream job; designing and illustrating book covers for one of the largest, most recognisable publishing companies in the world, from an office that overlooks the London Eye and the Thames River! I was offered the job after twice being shortlisted for the Penguin Design Awards in 2010 and 2013 for my Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and The Wind in the Willows book covers.” Following a successful 15months in the post as Junior Deisgner, Matt was then promoted to the position of Designer.


Illustration graduate's bright future: Sarah Jennings

BA (Hons) Illustration graduate Sarah Jennings has been taken on by The Bright Agency, a creative agency who specialise in illustration for picture books, fiction, novelty and educational and children’s publishing. Sarah, met the agency whilst exhibiting with the university at the New Designers exhibition in London over the Summer. Read more.


Robot Cossey, BA (Hons) Degree Fine Art Sculpture

Robot has been working as a self-employed wood/stone sculptor/ community artist since graduating in 2001.

He specialises in the design and fabrication of site-specific artworks for public spaces, collaborating with other artists, architects, planners and engineers on projects. Working with individuals, the community, conservation/environmental groups and schools to create sculptures and furniture that enhance parks, school grounds and gardens. 

He told us: “Studying at the University of Wolverhampton helped me to develop as an artist in many ways; not only through the skills that I learned whilst studying but also from the professional advice and expertise the staff were able to offer me. They gave me a valuable insight into what to expect after University and helped me to become a self-employed artist.”

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Graduate starts up new business: Charlotte Clark, BA (Hons) Applied Arts

Charlotte Clark, BA (Hons) Applied Arts graduate (2010), has been appointed the manager of new initiative ‘Shop in the Square’ funded through the Mary Portas bid and High Street Innovation Fund. Shop in the Square provides local small businesses with a new retail outlet to get their products on the high street and test the water without pricey overheads. The space will also be used to host exhibitions by local art groups, networking events and creative workshops. Read more.


Julie Anne Denton's success in glass

Julie Anne Denton graduated from her Glass degree in 2000 and is now living her dream; making glass full-time. She demonstrates at Glass festivals worldwide, teaches courses in flame working and sandcasting all over Europe and creates artworks for galleries and museums. “My life changed after attending the Pilchuck Glass summer school in Seattle during my final year at University. A year later, following graduation, I then travelled back to the USA to take up a six month internship with Emilio Santini, my tutor from the summer school. Read more.



Gemma Oldfield, MA Digital and Visual Communications

Gemma Oldfield, graduated from Digital and Visual communications in 2013, and her career has gone from strength to strength ever since. She is currently a Digital Project Manager for a large intergrated creative communications agency and multi-channel production company. We caught up with her to find out what she's been up to since graduating, read the interview here.





Charlotte Smith, BA (Hons) Applied Arts

Charlotte graduated in 2014 and is now embarking on an exciting and successful career with her glasswork.

So far her work has been exhibited at several sites including the Harmonic Capital bank, London which currently has a piece on loan in a main conference room. Following the loan, the piece has already been purchased and the buyer intends to place the piece in his garden. Pardon Mill in London has also exhibited Charlotte’s work. Read more.