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D&Ad news

BA (Hons) Creative Advertising are delighted to announce that final year student George Grant has won a well deserved D&Ad New Blood award for his excellent work for The National Autistic Society. This should prove to be a great start to George’s career and we’ll be proudly adding a copy of his award certificate to our course’s ever growing D&Ad Wall of Fame. Click here to see George’s work.


D&AD Award Success

dad_logoAt the 2016 D&AD Global Student awards ceremony, Falmouth students won 16 D&AD pencils, the most from any single University in the world.


All of our winners were from the School of Communication Design. Graphic Design students, Jamie Quantrill and Matthew Churchill were each winners of the coveted yellow pencil for their submissions. A total of six graphite pencils were won by Falmouth students: Tom Austin and Jessica Nineham (Graphic Design), Ryan Ho, Jonathan Tubb, Alycea Marx-Blackwell, Jon Coates and Josh Welton (MA Creative Advertising).  A special mention must go to Ryan Ho, who not only won two graphite pencils and one wood pencil, but also received the white pencil, for his submission for the Ford mobility brief. Wood pencils were also awarded to Jonathan Tubb, Sanjana Dora, Gabby Prawl, Jon Coates and Dimitrios Dimitriou (MA Creative Advertising) and Louis Knight, Matthew Caldwell, Emma Jeffery and Becki Sewell (Graphic Design).

The ceremony was the final event in the week, following the D&AD New Blood show case exhibition of students work in Shoreditch, London. The exhibition presents student work from the leading courses in Graphic Design, Advertising, Illustration and Photography and attracts thousands of visitors, including professionals from the top agencies and design consultancies, all there to find the best of the best of this years ‘new blood’. At the exhibition Graphic Design student, Matthew Caldwell and MA Creative Advertising students Lucy Wai & William Boehm received a Best of New Blood award (‘Ones to watch’). Lucy and William also were announced as the overall winners of the ‘Pitch yourself’ brief. Additionally Creative Advertising students Ryan Ho, Josh Welton, William Boehm and Lucy Wai were accepted into the D&AD New Blood Academy.

The D&AD champions excellence in Design, Advertising and communication. Our continued success across all of their award schemes and measures of success, place Falmouth University amongst the best of the best.

‘Our success should not be a surprise to anyone who has met our students. Their drive and commitment is matched only by their creativity and passion for learning. Equally our approach to teaching provides a learning environment that is infused with industry connections and delivered by tutors who bring their extensive professional experience, creativity and commitment to every facet of the student’s learning experience.’

Jon Unwin, Director, The School of Communication Design.

D&AD New Blood 2016

TUESDAY 5th July


We’re here! Old Truman Brewery, Shoreditch. Four hours to put the show up. Easy. Chaotic scenes as dozens of willing hands from every university imaginable try to do the same thing and succeed in getting in each other’s way


Two hours later and we’re all done and ready for the judging and the Private View in the evening.

WOW!!! We’ve only broken all records! Yellow stickers everywhere. Eight Nominations!!! What a haul! Unbelievable. Students are on a real high.



First day open to the public – pandemonium all around us. Agency big-hitters, wannabees and parents collide in the melee. Lots of portfolios are reviewed, business cards are swapped and hopes are raised.


Another day open to the public and more portfolios reviewed – followed by the Awards Ceremony in the evening. Drums roll, lights flash and the ceremony begins, the pencils and the winners are announced. All eight of our Nominations get translated into Pencils of one hue or another – including a super-rare White Pencil. Astounding! Eight Pencils is more than we’d ever dreamed of dreaming we’d dare to dream of. Woo-hoo! A quantity of alcohol gets consumed!

Falmouth University on top of the world

Students from the School of Communication Design at Falmouth University have won no less than 16 D&AD pencils in this years awards This represents the most from any single University in the world.

The D&AD award scheme attracts student entries from all over the world. The briefs are written and ultimately judged by leading professionals and are designed to challenge the student’s creativity, craft and communication skills. It arguably represents the ‘Oscars’ of the Design and Advertising industry.

Eight of the pencil winning student entries are from the BA(Hons) Graphic Design course and eight from the MA Creative Advertising course.

‘We are extremely proud of our student’s continued success in national and international award schemes. It not only reflects our student’s commitment, creativity and ability to challenge conventional thinking, but also endorses our approach to teaching, that places creative problem solving and strategic thinking at the heart of the curriculum.’

Jon Unwin, Director of the School of Communication Design

The winning students will be invited to a gala ceremony in London this July, where they will discover whether their entry will win further accolade.

Drum roll please for the following students…

Tom Austin, Matthew Caldwell, Matthew Churchill, Jon Coates, Sajana Dora, Dimitrios Dimitriou, Ryan Ho, Emma Jeffery, Louis Knight, Gabrielle Prawl, Jamie Quantrill, Alycea Marx-Blackwell, Jessica Nineham, Becki Sewell, Jonathan Tubb and Josh Welton,

D&AD Student Award winners announced!


Fantastic news just in – D&AD have announced the winners for this year’s Student Awards. And it turns out that EIGHT of our current crop have been selected. Some, more than once!

They’ll each be in receipt of a nice, squat, fat, Pencil at New Blood on 7th July. Of course, exactly what type of Pencil they get will be revealed on the day in true Oscars-style, so we’re all waiting with bated breath.

Together with the Graphic Design course, who also had eight winners, that makes Falmouth the most D&AD-awarded University in the country so far. Maybe even the world – maybe even the entire universe.

MA Creative Advertising D&AD Student Winners 2016

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New awards at New Blood

This year’s graphic design graduates have just finished their yearly exhibition in the heart of London at the D&AD New Blood event. D&AD needs no introduction as one of the creative industry’s leading global professional organisations and education charities; to win any accolade from them is a real honour.

In the run up to the awards, through entering the organisation’s yearly competition, graduates from the course had a record 3 nominations. Sarah Weigold in the WPP brief, Hamish Gardner in the Air BnB brief and Amy Tyler in the John Lewis brief. On awards night these students came away with coveted D&AD student pencil awards, which is an incredible achievement for them and our course.

Prior to the awards evening, the course exhibition stand attracted much interest from industry and judges who also awarded additional recognition for creative excellence and achievement, with a best in show ‘top dog’ award and a further 7 ‘top gun’ award winner accolades.

Alongside this great D&AD achievement, we were also able to showcase other outstanding winning student work from competitions this year, including for the RSA, ISTD, Penguin, YCN and a number of design studio set briefs. Additionally, all students on the course had their digital portfolios at the event, which provided great opportunity for showcasing work.

Most importantly, D&AD forms a great launch pad for our graduate’s careers, with many in the time of the show alone, gaining work placements, jobs and a chance to meet and network with some of the country’s leading design and advertising figures and businesses.

Overall it is an inspiring event for our students and is just one of the many points of connection we have with industry who also come down to Falmouth throughout the course to give lectures and set briefs; keeping students and the course in touch with the very highest level of creative achievement and inspiration.

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BA(Hons) Creative Advertising at D&AD New Blood

D&AD New Blood is the annual industry event for showcasing new young talent. The event is attended by hundreds of creative practitioners from the London agencies, scouting for bright young teams.

This year, the show took place at Spitalfields Market in the middle of a London heatwave with temperatures on the stands soaring into the 30s. No place for wilting violets. But, despite the heat, our Final Year students worked hard to network with creative teams and Creative Directors from agencies such as WCRS, BBH, O&M, VCCP, Rapp and many more. The name of the game is to impress with the portfolio work and many of our teams secured invitations for placements and book critiques. Hopefully, in time, these opportunities will turn into jobs.

On Thursday evening, after the show, the Creative Advertising Course held a networking event at the Water Poet pub, which was well attended by Falmouth alumni and invited industry figures. For our Final Year students it marked the end of a long, happy and (we hope) successful journey with us. A few pints were downed and more than a few tears shed. We wish our Final Year the very best as they embark on their wonderful new careers.

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Busy days at the exhibition

The crowds arrived despite the heat and humidity. Lots of interest in the work on our stand too. Interviews arranged for portfolio crits and possible placements. There will be a networking drinks session for the students tonight with alumni of the course who are now fully employed – and then all the work is to come down in the morning.

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