USJ students show their best-selected works at Creative Macau
“Selected Works 2020” is the name of the exhibition opened to the public at the Creative Macau gallery, from 6 to 21 November.
Artworks from the University of Saint Joseph’s Department of Creative Industries graduated students, exhibited as part of the “Selected Works 2020” exhibition, aim to showcase the best projects from the Bachelors of Architectural Studies, Communication and Media, Design and Fashion Design from the academic year 2019-2020. The exhibit features a selection of five architecture projects, two of product design, three fashion collections, and five transmedia projects.
Graduates from the Bachelor of Architectural Studies developed innovative green architecture concepts for the Ilha Verde neighbourhood. Working under the theme “Green Link”, they started by identifying the districts’ problems and opportunities and reimagined its urban fabric with a new conceptual masterplan and innovative architectures that explored a greener lifestyle, promoting social equity and environmental health. The selected individual projects materialise the key ideas of the masterplan and showcase the originality of each graduate. They follow a diverse range of programs from a Library, to a Mixed-use building and a Community Centre, creating innovative new prototypes for a greener Macao.
Communication and Media graduated students know how to express their feelings, opinions, ideas, through different mediums and channels. They learned how to use different styles and types of media and how to apply critical thinking to the messages, techniques and aesthetic values implicit in those media represented at this exhibition. Furthermore, our bachelor of Communication and Media students know how to put into practice the most advanced tools in digital production and the most efficient ways to use them, according to professional, real-world production practice. We truly believe the messages conveyed by our students compel visitors to take a stand. The central theme of the Bachelor of Communication and Media students works is to bring the imagined to life through different, creatively diverse mediums such as the capture of life through photography, the vastly creative ideas thought up through graphic design and many more. The photography displayed in the exhibition not only showcases student’s creative and technical skills, but it also offers a different perspective on what we see daily. Imagination is key to a creative mind. It leads us to new worlds, to the outside of the box, to make the impossible and the unusual. The student’s projects presented in this exhibition explore many different topics ranging from reimagining the landscapes of Macao to childhood nostalgia. The challenge for our Communication and Media graduation students was to find a way through various media to share a message that was relevant to each one of them.
Under the theme “Duality”, students of the bachelor of design focused their final graduation project explicitly on consistent and innovative design products. We challenged our students to think creatively, imagining what-if scenarios, reinventing existing products, and sustainably creating new ones. This year’s project centred on product design and furniture design; the first one focused on updating the recycling system stations in Macao, giving them not only a more attractive look with touch-free apertures but also a more robust design so that the local community can easily identify them as sustainable recycling stations; the furniture design focused on origami-style furnishings with a trendy, clean and sturdy-feeling to be used in modern botanic-style home design.
The students of bachelor of fashion design proposed three radical concepts for Macao’s Fashion, with the theme “Transparency”, showcasing stylish and innovative collections. They brought together diverse projects in the areas of fashion design where their talents were taken to the extreme, always taking into account their styles. Each student’s collection consisted of five garments, with a total of thirty garments being created. Of these thirty outfits, fifteen will be showcased showing their creativity, talent and strategy for Macao’s new fashion outlooks. The students’ collections also had in consideration the manipulation of modern materials and fabrics resorting to the use of new technologies like Laser-cut and 3D printing.
The Department of Creative Industries of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities invites all interested in visiting the exhibition held at the Creative Macau Gallery, G/F Macau Cultural Centre Building, until 21 November 2020, and to attend the Opening Ceremony, 6 November, at 6:00 PM.