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UCA announces honorary graduates for 2017

The University for the Creative Arts (UCA) has named award-winning costume designer for film Consolata Boyle, international stylist and fashion editor Olivia Pomp, and contemporary British artist Bruce Mclean as the recipients of honorary degrees to be awarded during its 2017 graduation ceremonies, held at London’s Royal Festival Hall.

First to receive an Honorary Master of Arts will be UCA alumna Consolata Boyle, who studied Textiles at the West Surrey College of Art & Design in Farnham, one of UCA’s founding colleges. With an extensive career designing for both stage and screen, Consolata’s credits include the 2006 film The Queen, starring Helen Mirren. Throughout her career she has been recognised with a host of accolades, including two Oscar and BAFTA nominations and an Emmy award.

Artist Bruce Mclean, who led the development of conceptual art in the 1960s, will receive his honorary award at the UCA Canterbury and Rochester ceremony. Bruce has work held in public and private collections worldwide and has had numerous shows in Europe, North America and Japan. From the late 1960s his range of media has included painting, printmaking, sculpture, film, photography, drawing and live work. Humour, scepticism and wit are central themes throughout his art.

During the final ceremony, international stylist and editor Olivia Pomp will receive her honorary award in recognition of her impressive contributions to fashion. Olivia has worked on high profile editorial and commercial projects, including campaigns for Burberry, Gucci, Smythson and M&S. Olivia has her own studio in Shoreditch and, for the past six years, has collaborated with photographer Rick Guest, working with world class dancers on a project that has been shown in three exhibitions and published in two books.

UCA’s graduation ceremonies take place on 26 and 27 June in London and are a highlight in the university’s calendar, celebrating the hard work and achievements of students. Throughout June, UCA also welcomes thousands of visitors to its campuses for the annual graduation shows, exhibiting some of the very best of student work, including everything from fashion design to animation and fine art.

This year’s graduation marks the end of a successful academic year for UCA. It was named in the top 21 of all UK universities by the Guardian in May, and has twice been recognised as the country’s top specialist university for the creative industries.