15 August 2017

Students from the University of Hertfordshire have been wowing judges with their creative flair, design prowess and snappy photography this year.

The plethora of awards earned by the University of Hertfordshire’s creative arts students is the crowning glory in this year’s highly successful Headlines Season of graduate shows which included music and film festivals, animation and model design shows in addition to the traditional fashion, photography and fine art shows.

Judy Glasman, Dean of School of Creative Arts, said: ‘The continuing success of our graduating students at national and international competitions is a testament to their talent and hard work, and the commitment of the teams here at the University of Hertfordshire in ensuring graduates leave us with outstanding prospects for employment.

‘With awards wins from major industry players such as Ted Baker, the BBC, the Association of Photographers and D&AD, as well as Best in Show at New Blades and second place at New Designers (amongst many other accolades), we couldn’t be more proud of the achievements of the class of 2017, and we wish each and every one of them the very best as they take the next steps in their careers.’

Best in Show winner

Hannah Fishwick, a BA (Hons) Photography student has won the Best in Show at the Association of Photographers (AOP) Student Awards 2017 for her portrait photograph of her late grandfather, Barrie Proctor. Hannah was one of 1400 applicants to the awards and her winning image was taken from a series of portraits of her family that were part of her folio for the BA Photography course.

Hannah said: ‘The University of Hertfordshire was really supportive; our tutors encouraged us to enter as many competitions as we could to get our work seen outside of the university to set us up for entering the industry. Winning Best in Show at the AOP Student award was extremely encouraging and has begun to open up many other opportunities.’

The photography course is an open BA Photography where students are encouraged to experiment and discover what area of the industry, ranging from fashion on commercial to art practice and portraiture, they would like to pursue in their future careers.

Designer of the Year

Kiran Sunil, 22, a final year BSc (Hons) in Industrial Design student at the University of Hertfordshire has won the New Designer of the Year: Runner Up in the New Designer 2017 awards. Kiran’s award entry, the Machhalee Basket, is a mobile fish vending unit for fish vendors all over the world, enabling them to keep their fish cool using locally produced, non-electric phase change materials (PCM). Judges viewed Kiran’s design as ‘a sensitively designed product – an example of bottom-up, frugal innovation, demonstrating genuine social impact and purpose.’

Kiran, who also won a cash prize of £500 in addition to the prestigious award, said: ‘I've always been creatively inclined, but wanted to express this in a logical and helpful to the masses. So industrial design seemed like the right direction to go and I couldn't have asked for a better place to study than the University of Hertfordshire.

‘Winning this award has proved that my unique approach to design has worked and has value; this will help attract attention from employers. After I graduate, I'm planning to go to India to join a company that specialises in design for deserving companies so that my designs can empower, create opportunities and improve honest entrepreneurship.’

D&AD accolade

Kate Marlow, BA Hon in Graphic Design at the University of Hertfordshire, was awarded the ‘Graphite Pencil’ in the D&AD New Blood Awards 2017. The Graphite Pencil is awarded for “Stand-out work, beautifully executed with and original and inspiring idea at its core. Kate’s winning idea was a rebrand for Crowne Plaza Hotels, which focused on connecting the hotel chain’s business travelling guests through technology - helping them to create new networks and business opportunities.

The judges at D&AD said: ‘Kate's project is a sophisticated solution that many professional design studios would be proud to say they've created. Her idea demonstrates a perceptive understanding of the intended audience as well as the client, whilst her technical and creative skills really make the proposal stand out. D&AD New Blood is the arguably the world's most prestigious design competition for students and young professionals, so this is sure to put her on the radar of the best branding agencies.’

Find out more

Visit the Creative Arts school’s webpages to find out more about courses available and for details on how to apply.