Our award-winning students

Maria J Guarda

Our students often receive industry recognition with success in major national and international competitions.


Here are a few recent highlights:


Macmillan Prize for Children’s Book Illustration 2018

This year's Macmillan Prize was won by Maria J Guarda (pictured) of our MA Children's Book Illustration course for her work Paloma Flew, told through the eyes of a young girl whose family are struggling with life away from their own country. The third prize went to another student from the course, Marina Ruiz, forYour Home, My Home.

Students from our MA Children’s Book Illustration course also completed a clean sweep at the Macmillan Prize for Illustration 2017, taking first, second and third place - the second time all three prizes have been won by our students. Elina Ellis won first prize for The Truth About Old People, Flavia Zorrilla Drago's Where Do The Lost Things Go took second prize and Fifi Kuo won third prize for Everyone Can Draw.

Student holding an award

Royal Television Society East Awards 2018

Three of the five main student awards at the RTSE Awards 2018 were won by students from our BA (Hons) Film and Television Production course. Theo Douchand, Ed Armstrong and Billy Stephens won best documentary with Rebirth, Mihaela Motica (pictured) won best short feature for multi-screen film I, and Alina Bobilova, Theo Douchand, Mehdi Iromlou, Alessandro Piccato and Matt Burfield won best drama prize for Hello Friend. This was the first year the course had submitted films to the awards.


V&A Illustration Awards 2018

MA Children's Book Illustration student Joseph Hollis was named Student Illustrator of the Year at the V&A Illustration Awards for his depiction of an urban environment The Big City. Joseph was the third consecutive student from Cambridge School of Art to win the award after Beatriz Lostalé Seijo (2017) and Kate Milner (2016).


A farmer with animals
LPA Graduate Award

Jac Williams, on our BA (Hons) Photography course, won the national LPA Graduate Award for the best photography series thanks to Honest Agriculture (pictured), his collection of photographs offering a glimpse into the real world of farming. Jac received a number of prizes, including a mentoring session at the company’s Covent Garden headquarters.


Faber Andlyn BAME (FAB) Prize 2018

Yu-Hua Lo of our MA Children's Book Illustration course won the 2018 Faber Andlyn BAME (FAB) Prize for Undiscovered BAME illustrators with her picture book 'Pepe Wants to Fly'.  Her prize included a year-long mentoring scheme.


Carmelite Prize 2016

Mark Nicholas, another student on the MA Children's Book Illustration, won the inaugural Carmelite Prize in 2016. Run by Hachette Children's Group, the contest tasked entrants with illustrating a new picture book by celebrated author-illustrator Cressida Cowell, The Story of Tantrum O’Furrily. Mark won a contract to illustrate the full text, as well as £1,000 prize money.

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Columbia Threadneedle Prize 2016

Gillian Ellis (MA Printmaking) was one of 93 artists selected to display her work (pictured) at the Mall Galleries, London, in the shortlist exhibition for this prestigious annual prize, Europe’s leading open competition for figurative and representational art and one of the most valuable art prizes in the UK.


Exhibtr.com Student Photography Awards 2015-16

Stephen Allwright, from our BA (Hons) Photography course, was named overall winner of these awards, run by Exhibtr.com in conjunction with Olympus UK. Stephen won an Olympus OMD E-M1 camera for his photos on the theme of 'Beauty, Fashion and Lifestyle".


The Lara Jones Award 2015

Awarded alongside the Macmillan Prize, this prize is presented in memory of Poppy Cat creator Lara Jones, and goes to the entrant who shows the most promise as an illustrator of books for babies or very young children. In 2015, it was won by Mark Nicholas, another of our MA Children's Book Illustration students, for his entry Wellies Has Lost His Boot.

Hannah Bigley with her certificate for the D&AD awards

D&AD awards 2015

BA (Hons) Illustration student Hannah Bigley (pictured right) won a highly prestigious D&AD New Blood pencil award, only given to the best of the best currently starting out in the design industry.D&AD were established in 1962 as British Design and Art Direction, a group of designers and art directors who came together to celebrate creative communication and raise standards within the industry.


UNICEF Photo of the Year Awards 2015

Megan Lovell, a student on our BA (Hons) Photography, received an Honourable Mention in this annual prize that recognise photos and photo series that depict the personality and living conditions of children worldwide in an outstanding manner. She was the only British photographer to make the shortlist.


2015 Penguin Random House Design Awards

Leigh-Anna Frith and Tuike Tuominen, both students on our BA (Hons) Graphic Design course, made the Adult Fiction Cover Award shortlist in the 2015 Penguin Random House Design Awards.