by Jia Ying Chia
The Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) held its annual SPECTRUM graduation showcase with a visual celebration of students’ final-year works across the Design and Creative Industries disciplines. This year’s event was bigger and better than ever with a variety of exhibits that showcased the latest cohort’s creative talents.
Organised by 63 students, Spectrum is said to be “back with a fresher look, more creatives, and a wider variety of creative fields” spanning across academic research, creative management and entrepreneurship. According to the organisers, ‘Spectrum 2023: LUMEN’ seeks to shine a light towards emerging creatives in the hopes that they, too, will flourish in the industry. Students were generally hopeful for the growth of the creative industry’s potential as an important source of economic and social contribution, with the overall sentiment being that there were many ways in which graduates with artistic or design backgrounds could contribute to the traditional workforce. Many of the graduates also highlighted the value of art and design practices on positive mental health and mental health awareness.