A brief history: the best ideas from this year’s AWARD School grads

As we approach the end of the year, the young up-and-comers who have been honing their creative skills at various ad schools set out on their quest to find gainful employment by showing off their handiwork. And the first of them was held last night when ten people graduated from the 12-week AWARD School course. Feast your eyes on some of the best scamps. 

Jemma Titheridge was named as the top student at the ceremony, with second place awarded to Robert Chapman and Amy-Rose Lynch taking third place.

Amy-Rose Lynch, Jemma Titheridge and Rob Chapman

For the first time, a Best of Show was also awarded, with Amy-Rose Lynch taking it out for her clever—and, unusually in the student advertising realm, possibly quite achievable—’Donate a Fish’ fundraising campaign for Coastguard New Zealand.

Speaking at the graduation ceremony, which showcased the best pieces of work from the 2015 class of ten, school head Brett Colliver, art director at Colenso BBDO, said: “I was blown away by some of this year’s ideas, so congratulations to all of our students. It was great to see that the graduates were able to come up with ideas across a variety of mediums – from very clever print ads for Samsung, to super smart integrated ideas for Coastguard New Zealand. The next challenge for the guys will be getting into an agency, but I have no doubt they’re ready for it.” 

Zac Lancaster (art director, DDB Group), Freddie Coltart (senior creative, FCB) and Matt Williams (senior copywriter, FCB) mentored the students through the 12 week, part-time programme.

AWARD School has now been running for more than 30 years and the 2015 graduates follow in the footsteps of many of today’s creative leaders, including past students David Droga, founder and creative chairman of Droga5, Matt Eastwood, worldwide chief creative officer at JWT, New York, and Craig Davis, ex-chairman of AWARD and co-chairman & chief creative officer of Publicis Mojo.


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