Celebrations time for university students in Arts and Humanities

UCS Arts and Humanities degree show, 2016, award winners

UCS Arts and Humanities degree show, 2016, award winners - Credit: Archant

Students honoured with awards at UCS

Final year students studying Arts and Humanities at University Campus Suffolk launched their end of year show.

Work from English, Fine Art, History, Photography, Interior Architecture and Design to Dance, Film, Computer Games Design and Graphic Design is on display across the UCS Ipswich Campus until Friday 10 June 10.

One of the students involved is 23 year old BA (Hons) Graphic Design student Luke Pyett from Ipswich.

Luke was presented with two awards for his work, the Graham Scott Award for Typography and an internship with Colchester and London agency Think BDW.

He said "I feel really honoured with my awards. I really wanted to get the BDW internship as I'm interested in their editorial design work. When we visited their Colchester offices I felt inspired."

It's the first time UCS has offered an internship with Think BDW. Dale Hooper, creative director, said "It was great to come back to the university and see the end of year Design show. The quality of the work on display actually blew us away and far passed our expectations. It was noted that a couple of the projects were of such a level that we would happily present them to any of our clients without changing a thing and that's incredibly impressive to see from a group of final year students. It's clear to see that the course is setting young creatives up perfectly for their future employment and this is a credit to the University. As an ex-UCS student myself I know how much the course benefitted me and now. The whole team here is really looking forward to welcoming Luke and genuinely excited for future internships."

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Tony Sikand-Parada, Executive Creative Director at Think BDW said:" To actually have a couple of candidates, where I would have been more than pleased to present their piece to an actual client was very unexpected. Everything, from the idea, photography, story, typography and the actual mock-ups were spot on."

Twenty one year old Ema Scrivener from Ipswich was awarded theinternship with BBC Worldwide. She said: "I didn't expect to get the internship as there were so many other amazing entries. I've only ever done freelance work so this will provide a good opportunity for me to get into the industry and experience working in a design studio.

The BBC Worldwide internship has been offered to final year UCS Graphic Design students for the past three years, yet Creative Director and UCS Alumni David Wilson-Nunn said this year's entries were the best yet and rivalled some of the work he sees from colleagues. He said: "The ambition and skills shown seem to get better each year and also makes it much harder to select a 'winner' from it all!"

The final internship for Graphic Design students was awarded to 24 year old Rebecca Meekings who will be based with TCM. Rebecca said: "I was so ecstatic to be awarded the internship. I really want to design for children's shows and this opportunity will give me the chance to bring my design skills and work with their specialism of design and motion."

Dr Lisa Wade, Head of Department for Arts and Humanities said: "It has been for us, an extraordinary year of achievement as a department, in which we have once again seen our students within Arts and Humanities produce extraordinary work. Likewise, for UCS more broadly it has been an extraordinary year in which we heard we can become the independent University of Suffolk. Against this backdrop of celebration and at the dawn of change our students have come together to showcase their works in our End of Year Show 2016. I hope that our visitors will join us to recognise their achievements via processes and practice, exposition and presentation and to celebrate with us the many and varied approaches across media in our Waterfront and Arts Buildings."

Student of the Year Awards

Student of the Year Awards were presented during the opening event of the end of year show.

They were awarded to:

Computer Games Design

Level 6 Adam Letch

Level 5 Phoebe Pin Chung

Level 6 Vanessa Sleightholme

Digital Film production

Level 4 Jordan Bloomfield

Level 5 Melissa Beer

Level 6 Mark Goodin


Level 4 Matt Anis

Level 5 Jess Mower

Level 6 joint award Lucienne Avis and Roseanne Ganley

The English team is constantly encouraging their students to go beyond the curriculum of the course and take up the rich assortment of opportunities offered here. The four Students of the Year for English have each, in different ways, made the very most of their time here. Between them they have mentored school students; helped with open events; taught English to Czech students; won writing competitions; volunteered with charitable organisations; created anthologies of student writing; written reviews for local theatre and dance shows; performed at open mic events and instigated a new creative writing workshop. This evening we recognise and reward their initiative, energy and enthusiasm.

Fine Art

Level 4 joint award Louise Flores and Billy - Jean Croll

Level 5 joint award Emily Bunton and Rowan Johnson

Level 6 joint award Emily Godden and Adam Riches

Other awards for Fine Art

The Expose Award: This is given annually to the student or students who produce the most ambitious Degree Show and was originally set up by a group of Fine Art graduates in 2008.

Emily Godden and Adam Riches

The South Lookout Residency Award: This is made by Caroline Wiseman Fine Art to a student to spend a week at the South Lookout on Aldeburgh beach making a site specific installation or series of works about the experience. The project space has run a weekly residency programme for the last five years attracting a wide range of artists including some of the UK's most prestigious artists such as; Eileen Cooper, Ryan Gander, Alison Wilding and Danny Rolph.

Emily Godden

Suffolk Art Works: Artworks is a professional art group of thirty contemporary East Anglian artists who have generously offered a graduating BA fine art student an exhibition opportunity. The place available is for a student with 2D work.

Roni Dean


Level 4 Rachel Blackwood

Level 5 Jemma white

Level 6 Sean Antonioli

Interior Architecture and Design

Level 4 Timothy Leat

Level 5 Emma Lawrence

LEVEL 6 Sophie Gilbert

Other awards for Interior Architecture and Design


Bryony Briggs (Level 6)

Bryony Briggs is the final-year Interior Architecture and Design student who designed the "shell-inspired" reception that could be used as a basis for the new Suffolk Research Centre building, which has the working title of 'The Hold'. The project run as an exclusive design competition in partnership with Suffolk County Council and the winning design was showcased at the fundraising gala event for 'The Hold' last March at the Museum of East Anglian Life.


Sophie Gilbert (Level 6)


Level 6 Rachel Williams and Sorrell Jarman

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