Animation students celebrate success at D&AD New Blood!

15 June 2018

An amazing seven students from BA (Hons) Animation have been awarded a coveted Pencil at this year’s D&AD New Blood awards.

The students, all in their first and second years of the course, have been selected as winners of the Beano Brief which asked entrants to reimagine and evolve an existing female Beano character, then bring the design to life with a short animation.

The pencils levels were revealed at the New Blood Awards ceremony, held in London as part of the New Blood Festival. First year students Devon Short, Cameron Cook, Prathik Poojary received Wooden Pencils, awarded to a shortlist of the best work submitted to a brief. Haraldur Pétursson, and second year students Hannah Sessler, Bach Do and James Parker were awarded Graphite Pencils, for work judged to go beyond the first shortlist and impressing the panel with "a a good idea, well executed, and relevant to the brief". More about the different pencils levels can be found here.

Images: Students Haraldur Pétursson, Cameron Cook and James Parker with their awards

Ben Simpson, Senior Lecturer BA (Hons) Animation said:

“We are very happy with the calibre of work being created by all our levels of academic study. The success at D&AD New Blood demonstrates the high level of emerging talent coming through right from first year and progressing up through the course”

Image:Billie the Cat and Katie, Hannah Sessler, Bach Do and James Parker. Image: The Belles of St Lemons, Haraldur Pétursson

Image: Valda Evolution, Devon Short


Image: Beryl the Peril Reboot / Redesign, Cameron Cook

Image: Ivy the Terrible in the Annual Huggathon, Prathik Poojary