Five NTU Graphic Design students win highly contested YCN Student Awards

Five talented Year Two and Year Three BA (Hons) Graphic Design students have won YCN Student Awards this year.

Five talented Year Two and Year Three BA (Hons) Graphic Design students have won YCN Student Awards this year.

Launched in 2001, the YCN Student Awards shine an annual light on emerging creative excellence running alongside leading Universities, Colleges and Art and Design Schools within Europe and North America.

The YCN Student Awards are based around collections of live creative briefs, written each year by diverse partnering organisations united in the value they place on creativity.

This year, NTU Graphic Design students, including Year Two and final year students, have been commended in five different categories, including; Matt Budd in the Whistles category; Alex Page and Charlie Nash in the ECB English Cricket Board category; Aleksandra Czapska in the Scavi & Ray category; Dan Whitehouse in the Pan MacMillan category and Ed Parsons in the J20 category.

Final year winning student Alex Page, who has also won a Wood Pencil Award at D&AD New Blood, and the Stocks Taylor Benson Student of Year Award this year, told us: "The brief was to create an advertising campaign to keep teenagers playing cricket between the ages 12 to 19. With my team-mate we designed a multi-platform campaign to change the perception of cricket and how it is played. We then collated the information into presentation boards so that it could be judged.

"I think entering competitions is a great way to get exposure in the creative industry. It also provides a great platform to see work from lots of other different universities and gain a perspective of other graduates."

Current Year Two student Dan Whitehouse told us: "I first heard about the YCN student awards when I attended my interview at NTU and one of the tutors handed me a YCN student annual for inspiration.

"My brief was to design a front cover and interior illustrations for the Alice's Adventures in Wonderland book, celebrating its 150th anniversary. I was completely shocked when I found out I had won as I knew this year was a big challenge due to YCN announcing they had a record breaking amount of entrants. I’ve never won any kind of competition before so this came as a massive surprise. I feel proud!

"Competition briefs are great for confidence building. They allow you to push yourself further than ever before and offer you a great chance to get your work noticed."

BA (Hons) Graphic Design Course Leader, Kathryn Coates commented: "It's been another great year for awards on the Graphic Design course, testament to the quality and originality of our student's work. This year our students have been successful in all of the national and international competitions and awards schemes they have entered, including their outstanding success in the YCN awards. This is an amazing achievement, we are incredibly proud of them all!"

Commended entrants will be honoured at a celebratory YCN Awards Ceremony later in the year and their winning work will also be featured in the YCN Student Annual.

Five NTU Graphic Design students win highly contested YCN Student Awards

Published on 15 July 2015
  • Category: School of Art & Design

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