1st years visit some of London’s best and brightest agencies

The first years spent the day touring agencies to gain a greater insight into the industry. The first agency of the day was Adam and Eve DDB, with Buck’s grad, and now, creative Director, Simon Lloyd. Adam and Eve DDB were voted best agency of the year, working on famous ads such as the John Lewis Christmas ads and Wes Anderson’s H&M film. Simon set the task of coming up with a topical idea to gain attention, and was impressed with the thoughts the group came up with!
They next visited Creature, a smaller agency by comparison. Here Stu Outhwaite, Creative Partner of Creature, told his story of progressing through the industry from graduating at Bucks, to moving into industry and eventually setting up an agency. Stu also mentioned the amount of hard work that has to put in to breaking in to the industry, which inspired a lot of the group with their own projects.
TMW was the last stop of the day for the group. Chief Creative Officer, Graeme Noble, gave an introduction and overview of the work he likes to see from students. He then handed over to even more Bucks grads: Rob Lloyd, Lisa Morris and Dale James. They walked the group through the agency structure and projects they’ve been working on, from direct marketing to online content.
It was a busy day for the first years, but an interesting one as well. If there is one thing for certain, there will always be members of the Bucks Ad School to look out for each other!

Love George

The first years and Simon hanging out in adam&eveddb reception

Wow! So many ideas in so little time!

Stu loved his special bucks mug!!!

Catching up with Rob, Dale and Lisa at TMW Unlimited.



An afternoon with Steve Henry!

The 3rd years enjoyed an afternoon in the company of top creative thinker, rebel and all round good guy, Steve Henry. a fascinating talk and then workshop revolving around ethics of advertising and how it could help the world become a better place.

Brilliant stuff – thanks Steve!

Steve Henry was Founder / Creative Director of Howell Henry Chaldecott Lury, the agency voted Campaign’s Agency of the Year three times and Campaign’s Agency of the Decade in 2000.

He has won most of the major creative awards, including the D&AD Gold Pencil, the Grand Prix at Cannes, the Grand Prix at the British Television Awards, and the President’s Award at Creative Circle (twice).

In 2008 he was included in Campaign Magazine’s inaugural Hall of Fame, a collection of the 40 most influential people in British advertising over the last 50 years.

In 2011 Steve founded Decoded, a company that teaches anyone to code in a day. He also writes a blog on the Campaign web-site about creativity.




Visiting some of our grads around London…


The fabulous boys, Nick & Dave, Creative Directors at Mother


The totally talented Alex and Linda at Wieden & Kennedy


The lovely Freya at WCRS – what no Gina!


The fabulous Harriet at Saatchi & Saatchi


The inimitable Tom at Grey


The top notch creative Anna (missing one Ollie!). And equally top-notch Creative Director, Jono Benson (missing one Stanley) of Forever Beta


And of course, the brilliant Stu – Creative Partner of Creature London

Ad tutor, Julie and Harrison, the university film maker, visited ex-bucks creatives all over London to interview them for the new course film – thank you so much guys for your time and good humour!!! Much appreciated.


2016 Placements go fabulously!


Miriam goes virtual at Kindred


Holly meets Gotan at Kindred


Lucy and Jamie go to Brothers & Sisters and are soon part of the family!


Holly & Joanna just loved Golin



So all the 2nd and 3rd years have now been out on placement, causing chaos and hopefully coming up with some great ideas! A big thank you goes out to BBH, Creature, JWT, adam&eveDDB, Kindred, Partners Andrews Aldridge, Jack Morton, Brothers & Sisters, Soul, The Minimart, Lick Creative, Golin and Leo Burnett for hosting them all.

The workshop awards – who won!

Congrats to Charlie & Emily, Charlie & Chloe, Jamie & Lucy, Joe & Max, Jordan & Libbi and Louie 7 Bradie, who were the top 6 scoring teams in this year’s Workshop Awards.

Each are awarded leading agency creatives as personal mentors. The students were judged by the work they produced for several Industry workshops – here’s the breakdown…


Jack watching the presentations…

Charlie & Chloe – Creature’s Creative Partner, Stuart Outhwaite, Charlie & Emily – 4Creative’s Jack Croft & Stacey Bird, Joe & Max – Leo Burnett’s Ben Newman & Milo Williams, Jordan & Libbi – Jay Packham and ian Cochran, Louie & Bradie – CHI’s Helen Pogerson and Jamie & Lucy – VCCP’s Creative Director, Rob Ellis.

Ben & milo

Ben & Milo offer a month long internship to Joe & Max – thank yoooooou!



Bucks Bash goes off with a bang!

A great night was had – courtesy of Apple & Ink and Creature – who kindly sponsored the event – a fab night was had with students mingling with our lovely alumni and other industry creatives and headhunters.

A big thanks to everyone who turned out on the night!

The sea of people below included professionals from the likes of Creature, Brothers and Sisters, 4Creative, Grey, Saatchis, BBH, JWT, AKQA, Partners Andrews Aldridge, WCRS, Lucky Generals, Forever Beta, 72 & Sunny, W&K, Antidote, Rapp, Cjhannel 5, Red Bee, Leo Burnett, Now, IMG_5578 IMG_5638 IMG_5648 IMG_5651IMG_5654 IMG_5655 IMG_5657 IMG_5660 IMG_5664 IMG_5665 IMG_5667We are Social. We love Digital.

Busy busy busy! The lead up to the final hand-in…

So here in our overworked studio let’s see who we find today…The weeks up to the degree show get tense – 3rd years working day and night to meet the deadline. Do here are a few images to sum up the last weeks.

Before we look at them, let’s say a few thank yous to all the people involved in getting the class of ’14 on the road to brilliant careers…

Our regular contributors…Steve Henry, Mandy Wheeler, Stu Outhwaite, Alex Taylor, Tas, Dave Morris, Dave Stewart, Joc Marchington, Carl Shand and Patrick Collister who supplied inspiration by the bucket load and a wealth of experience!

Our dedicated friends in advertising who offered workshops, mentoring and work experience – Saatchi & Saatchi, Karmarama, BBH, Adam & Eve ddb, Creature, Portas, TMW, JWT, Mother, Weiden & Kennedy, Kindred, LBi, Dare, Lean Mean Fighting Machine, Partners Andrews Aldridge, You, CHI, Team News, The Minimart – thank you!

So back to the class of ’14 – let’s see who we found in the studio today…

A hive of activity!

Harriet and John and Kat – good luck on your adventures in life – and don’t forget us! See you at D&AD, John – fingers crossed you and Harriet win!

Nat and Chaaya – our wonderful pair of writers! Nat – wow them at Dazed and Confused – and Chaaya don’t forget us when you are running the world!

Jonny and Rose – good luck on all your adventures – wishing you both the best – and don’t lose touch!

And it’s adios to Tess and Franky as they plan to travel the world – good luck girls!

Watch out Vienna – Jo is on her way to wow the marketing world – Viel Gluck!!!

Al and Mike – look after yourself boys – good luck at JWT and keep in touch!!!

Ben-ey and Ken-ey! Good luck with the placements at W&K and 4Creative!

Fiona – what will we do without you! congratulations at the job with Arc Worldwide.

Dale – what no smiling Dale anymore!!! Look after that Lisa – and all the luck in the world!

James – lots of luck to you and Ash – keep in touch and keep smiling!

News from the 3rd year placement front – Helen & Sam at Creature

The first day at Creature was a ten and a half hour day, we had two meetings, were given five briefs on three different accounts, all but one of which had to be presented the next day, two of which urgently first thing in the morning.
Bit of a shock to the system to say the least.
But this wasn’t a particularly busy day, this was a normal day at Creature, and every other day of our two week placement went in a similar fashion. Hectic, stressful, but bloody awesome.
Under the guidance of the ever inspiring Stu and all the other Creatures we learnt more and worked harder than we ever thought possible.
The experience was invaluable and we were both very sad when our two weeks were up.