It was great to see Kat and Kinga win a Graphite pencil at the D&AD New Blood awards this week – a big congratulations to them both! There entry ‘Run For Your Life’ was in the Adidas category – you can see the full campaign here https://www.dandad.org/awards/new-blood/2018/adidas/3222/run-for-your-life/
The graduating third years put on a show at Bucks and then took it to London, where we were hosted by the lovely people at Isobel.
Family and friends came to Bucks, whilst Isobel was the ‘industry’ show. At Isobel we had a fantastic turn out – with agency people (including lots of out grads) from agencies and companies such as Iris, BBH, Y&R, WCRS, Portas, Kindred, Haygarth, WDMP, Stink, Now, Brothers & Sisters, Weber Shandwick, The Brooklyn Brothers, TMW, Keko, The Talent Business and many more…
A big thank you the families and friends, who came and supported our wonderful students at the Bucks degree show.
At Bucks we like to see all our student getting work experience at the very best advertising agencies. All three years of creative advertising students have now been out on placement this year. A big thank you to the following agencies for their support in hosting our students in 2018:
BBH, Creature, AdamandeveDDB, Forever Beta, Kindred, Isobel, Portas, Haygarth, Mr President and Now.
Here’s a snapshot of their experiences…
Sophie and Liv went to Battle Bogle Hegarty
We had an amazing time at BBH and learnt so much in such a short pace of time. We loved working with such inspiring creatives on Tesco, Nestle and Audi and really got an experience for the way the agency produces such amazing work. It was nice to see some Bucks grads around the place and of course, Carnaby street is such a perfect location, especially with the lovely weather we had. Everyone was really welcoming and happy to help, and we loved all the office dogs!
Luke and Katie went to Portas…
People at Portas looked after us like we were their own, from clothes to shopping centres, to D&AD festival they gave us tons of opportunity to strive. The agency thrives from having Mary’s input in each creative meeting as she has a lot of experience and knowledge of the industry. They celebrate the weekend on Friday afternoon with food and drinks to round off the week!
Jess and Hannah went to Mr President…
Our placement at Mr President was great. We were put on briefs straight away and given opportunities to really add to what the teams were already doing. It made a nice change to feel as though we were really contributing to things that would be made in the future. Everyone welcomed us with open arms and were more than willing to have a chat about anything, whether that be “how on earth do you afford your London rent?” to “is it octopuses or octopi?” (Spoiler: its octopuses because it’s Greek, not Latin.) We learnt a lot including a real music education from Stefan, one of the creatives, and ended our stay with a standing ovation for the presentation of cake and Baileys on a Friday afternoon.
Last week, the 2nd year students along with tutors Julie & Gail, arrived in New York for a week-long study trip – we visited some fabulous companies and met some pretty fabulous people too!
We visited Anomaly, where Creative, Mike and Creative Recruiter, Jenna, showed us their amazing office space and then mike talked and held a workshop for us. The winning team were Klaudia and Viki – who will be mentored for the next year by Mike- well done!
Stink Studios in deepest Brooklyn, shared with us their work – showing students how Creative Content offers another area where their future could lie. Creative Director, Shaun, MD, Dan and Creative, Mandy shared their life experiences and what it takes to get into one of the top companies creating film, interactive and original content for clients across advertising, entertainment, music and the arts.
The Brooklyn Brothers was another hit – with Account Director, Natasha and Creative, John, showed the students the award-winning agency work and discussed what it was like starting up as a British-led company in New York .
Spotify Creative Director, Rajeev, and creatives Erik and Alexandra – showed us some amazing work and told us what it was like working in-house for the most popular music streaming platform in the world – and how to get there!
Rapp – is situated in the amazing News building (where Superman was filmed). Creative Directors, Lucas and Frank, talked to us about creativity within data-run marketing and CCO, Moa, shared with us his presentation and experiences at the South by South-West festival in Austin, Texas – sounds as though we should try and get there too!
Alas, we got snowed off one day, when a massive snowstorm hit New York – so our visits to Sparks and Honey, Exposure and Strawberry Frog were cancelled – so whilst the students made the most of the snow in Central Park, Gail and Julie hit Bloomingdales!
Mike Sansom and Charlotte Bell from Cubo – briefed the 1st and 2nd years on this year’s YHA brief. just like last year – we are up against Falmouth creative advertising students – except they’re 3rd years – so do your best Bucks! The Bucks’ shortlisted teams were James and Clarissa, Remi and Helen and Luke and Helen – good luck all! We should be finding out who the winners are next week, so keep those fingers crossed!
Workshops for 2nd and 3rd years at Portas. It’s Mary Portas’ company – a brand consultancy and creative communications agency that has spent the last 20 years building best-selling retail, fashion and lifestyle brands in the UK and across the world.
The winning teams won placements at the agency – congrats go to Paige & Hayden and Luke and Katie who have all won placements with the Portas.
A big welcome to our new Creative Advertising tutor, Gail Parminter! Gail, an award-winning Creative Director and advertising tutor, joins us, via a short stint at Westminster, from lecturing on the Falmouth creative advertising course. it’s great to have some new blood on the course and here she is critiquing Remi and Helen on their, aptly named, New Blood competition work. It’s great to have you as part of the team, Gail.
The students worked hard on the Home Office brief – against Modern Day Slavery – it was a real eye opener to what happens around us and how close we come to slavery in our normal everyday lives. John Merriman, Creative Director of Kindred and Home Office Account Director, Andy Ravan, gave some great feedback on the students’ work. The winning work belonged to George and Lucas – they get a placement at Kindred as a prize – well done, boys!
The first years had a brilliant experience at Adam&eveDDB with Creative Director, Simon Lloyd. They had been working on a conceptual brief for Sunsilk set by him two weeks ago. They showed some excellent solutions to Simon, who was totally impressed by the progress made by the students since starting on the course 2 months ago. Well done to you all!