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December 3, 2013 - Comments Off on Roses Student Awards

The Roses are out, and they're yours to win. Placements are up for grabs for winning entrants so it's totally worthwhile. To enter you have to be enrolled on an advertising, graphic design or digital course, now here comes the shocker you have to be outside the M25, but inside the UK. No Londoners. Got it? (Click here for all the rules)

The briefs are banging so get onto it and get cracking! There's 9 in total that you can have a peek at by clicking here. Or there's one right here to tickle your creative pickle.

Good luck guys.

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November 28, 2013 - Comments Off on D&AD New Blood Award Briefs

The briefs are out. Right here. Right now.

We all know how awesome it would be to win. We all know how lucky you are if you are under 24 so you can actually enter. So, don't rub it in too much. Just go and collaborate with Al Gore (via WPP) and change the world!


Oh, heres what you can do and do it by 19th March 2014.

New Blood Briefs

February 27, 2012

Students, join us for the Creative Circle Honours Night

For the first time ever, the Creative Circle is lifting the veil on advertising awards. Exciting huh!?

Not only can you see every entry at (with the award-winning work moving live into the centre as judging happens), but this year we’re also inviting students to attend the awards too.


This year’s Creative Circle Honours Night will take place at Camden’s iconic Roundhouse on Wednesday 7th March (next week!).

Student tickets are ONLY £10 each. For this tiny fee you'll be situated in the gallery area of the venue, overlooking the attending agencies, top creatives and the awards stage.

Yes, there’s a bar up there. And each ticket includes one free drink as well. What's not to like?

There’ll be live music, with the incredible Paloma Faith performing tracks from her new album for the first time anywhere. And Edith Bowman will be hosting the night.

As well as being able to watch the awards, all student will be invited down to mingle afterwards – with the chance to meet some of the best creatives working in the British industry today. And even share a drink or two with them.

So if you are a student or you're on placement and you're interested in applying for tickets, then email with the subject 'YCC Creative Circle Student Tickets'. Remember to also clearly state where you're studying/are on/have most recently been on placement.


The Creative Circle must reclaim its role as a champion of young advertising creativity – inspiring the next generation to be better than the last, and keeping the circle intact.

Because the creative circle is a literal circle.

The people at the top – the award winners, the creative directors, the people at the top of their game – must help the people at the bottom – the young ones, the students, the hopefuls.

The future of our whole industry depends on it.

July 11, 2011

The Shelf Awards 2011

Last week I headed over to the Shelf Awards at IPA's HQ in Belgrave Square - random fact: Mrs Thatcher lives two doors down from them. This swanky venue played host to five teams and a single creative, who were all after one thing. An Argos Shelf. But don't doubt the random award, it's the award for the awards. That is to say you can put the next lot on it.

Mark & Steven from Falmouth, Christoph & Jakob and Lucy Radford from Bucks, James & Mike and Steph & Josh from Lincoln and Charlotte & Sian from Gloucs were the lucky people up for the award. And what's nice about it, is that everyone who turns up chooses the winners.

The creatives get the opportunity to showcase their work and the guests have plenty of time to flick through their portfolios and have a rather informal chat with them. They then rate their work on a scale of 1 to 5 and the team with the most points wins, simple.

Having met most of these teams before at New Blood, for me, it was nice to see them all getting stuck in with selling themselves. There were also lots of big names in the building, not to mention a host of recruiters and head hunters. With cards exchanging hands at a rate of knots it seemed everyone was having a good time. And the free food and alcohol definitely helped!

When the scores had been counted, Gary Sharpen, ex-ECD at WDMP and founder of The Shelf, talked in depth about where he sees these awards going and doing more to support creatives, which is exciting for us too.

Then all that was left to do was announce the top 3. Third was Steph and Josh, second were Mark and Steven, and the winners were... Christoph and Jakob! Big congrats to them, as they had some nice stuff in their book.

Now all they have to do now is work out how to put the shelf up!

Until the next event,

Andy & The YCC x

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June 28, 2011

YCC Creative Design Award

Last Tuesday was a very exciting moment for YCC and the third year students from Birmingham City University. It was the night of the BCU BIAD Visual Communication Dave McKean Awards 2011, or the VisCom Dave Awards for short. And we presented our very own Young Creative Council Award.

Reflecting the versatility of the course, the headline sponsor was Dave McKean, an all round creative genius who has worked as an illustrator, photographer, comic book artist, graphic designer, filmmaker and musician.

We were honoured to be asked to sponsor and present an award at the show, which was held at the Glee Club in Birmingham. It was especially touching for Emma and I, as it was only two years ago that we attended the first ever BCU VisCom Awards, as graduating students ourselves.

We were in good company, with the likes of McCann Erickson, Glue, Albion and BBC presenting awards too. It was a little disappointing that one of the Midlands agencies hadn’t turned up to present their award, when everyone else had, but we just felt lucky to be there.

The category we were asked to support was Creative Design and from the shortlist, we chose Tiffany Wong as our deserving winner. Her distinct style and Moving Art Gallery caught her eye. The prize we organised for her is a paid placement at Wunderman here in London.

Here we are strutting our YCC stuff on stage...

It was a little strange, but so exciting to be on the other side of an award show for once. The atmosphere was buzzing and it was great to see how the students all supported each other. Each nominee had prepared a short video to introduce themselves, which was a lovely touch and really showed the different personalities.

There were also some great speeches from staff of the university, not to mention Dave McKean himself who's talk was really inspiring. There were two quotes he mentioned that really hit home at the time, but after the 5th cider, unfortunately I can’t remember them.

I think we all felt inspired by the end of the night and optimistic for what the future holds for all of the students. We would like to thank BCU for inviting us to the show and we really hope we can be involved again next year. Also, a massive congratulations to all the winners and nominees.

For now I'll leave you with this thought…

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