The third year placements start…

A you can see George and Lucas had a good time at BBH

Helen taking charge at Creature!

The third years have started their placements – George & Lucas have just finished theirs at BBH, Helen has been at Creature – and they all had amazing time. Lydia and Katie are still on their placement at WeberShandwick, Natasha and Helena are due to go to Hill Knowlton – this year we have widened the subject introducing PR and experiential companies into the mix – and it’s going down well. More news on these to come…

We’ve had a host of fantastic visitors to Bucks – here they are…

The second years have had lots of exciting workshops from some inspiring tutors here are a some of them. First we have Bobbie Hardwick, digital strategist from Zone – running a 2 week digital workshop – great to see that digital also includes lots of messing about own the chalk boards!

Christian Hartmann from LizH – top London headhunters, came to talk to the 3rd years and give them book-crits. Christian looks after juniors at LizH, it was great to hear exactly what the next steps should be after leaving uni.

He was extremely impressed with the standard of work – the 3rd years are all busy on their D&AD New Blood competition entries – so fingers crossed we will be winning a pencil or two!

Gemskii – writer and actor, ran her 2 day workshop for the 1st years. She worked through her confidence building and presentation skills programme using her many acting skills, the students loved it.









John Cross – Creative director at AKQA (and Bucks alumni)

came to talk to the students about AKQA’s awards scheme, Future Lions – the agency presentation was amazing – this is a great opportunity for all the students – placements to be won – and a big presentation at Cannes – c’mon you students!

The wonderful Milo Williamsbucks alumni and brilliant freelance creative spent 2 days with the 2nd and 3rd years – running a workshop and giving advice and critique on their work – it was great having you with us, Milo – please come again!


Another amazing workshop for the 1st years with stand-up comedian Rick Kiesewetter, an Asian-American comic. Adopted in Japan and then raised in a small town in New Jersey. Served in US Army Intelligence in Germany and has been living in the UK since 1993. Rick has been coming to Bucks to share his skills on presentation and storytelling with the students for the last decade – it’s a brilliant workshop with the students finding themselves with a wealth of new talents.


More storytelling for the 1st years with strategist and author, Anthony Tasgal – Tas to all who know him. Storytelling is a tremendous skill for creatives and the inimitable was Tas introduces it is inspirational to all.

Bucks gets lots of interest at the New Blood Festival

The New Blood festival 2018 was great success with lots of interest from the advertising industry in our fabulous students. Internships and hopefully jobs were offered by some of London’s leading agencies including Mother, Karmarama, Ogilvy and Proximity. Well done to all of them, and a big thank you to Jen & Ellie, who designed the stand.

Lots of lovely people came to see us and look at the work. Here’s Gail and Sabina with Andy and Nicola from Ogilvy and Sam Ball – creative consultant and an ex-bucks student too!

Ex-student, Tommy Lai, comes to see us all the way from RG/A in Singapore

one completed stand – well done, Jen & Ellie, for designing it!


Bucks’ New Blood winners!

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

Well done Kat and Kinga!

The Run For Your Life campaign for Adidas

Degree show time!

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.

The 3rd years all ready to go with their ‘moving out’ show

Placement time!

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.


New York, New York!

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!

Mike and the students – with Viki and Klaudia at the front

Mike and Jenna – thank you, both!

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 .

John and Natasha ponder…

The students join in…

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!

Foyer of the news Building – wow!

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!



The YHA battle against Falmouth!

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!

Mike catches up with Bucks tutor Gail – last time she was on the opposing side, Falmouth!

the 1st and 2nd years get briefed on the YHA brief

Portas workshops go down a storm.

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.

And a big thank you Arthur and Claire at Portas for organising it all.

Welcome Gail!

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.