The downside to teaching on a Creative Advertising course is, quite simply, the envy.
How can these students know so much? How can they be so endlessly curious? How can they be not only creatively adventurous but strategically perceptive. How can they be all of these things, and so much more, and yet not be old enough to remember Byker Grove?
I envy their brilliance so much that I’m determined to send them out into the creative world, where their winning personalities and many triumphs will no longer be rubbed in my sad, old face on a daily basis.
So may I present a dozen of the most extraordinary creative teams and singles I have had the privilege to teach. Kindly hire them and, for goodness sake, don’t tell me how well they’re doing.
1. Lara & Hannah — Creative Team
Follow them @laraandhannah
(p.s. they also both won a YCN Award last year, and Lara was named as our student of the year)
2. Shannon — Art Director
Follow her @shancreativead
3. Jess & Lucy — Creative Team
Follow them @jessandlucyuk
(p.s. Lucy also won a YCN Award in her second year on the course)
4. Mitch & Hugo — Creative Team
Follow them @mitchandhugo
(p.s. there was a YCN Award win for Mitch too)
5. Leah & Rhianna — Creative Team
Follow them @leah_rhianna
(p.s. another YCN Award winning team!)
6. Owen & Luke — Creative Team
Follow them @owenandluke8
(p.s. guess what, Luke won a YCN Award as well.)
7. Chantria — Solo Creative
Follow her @chantriablom
8. Steph & Georgina — Creative Team
Follow them @steph_and_gina
(p.s. this team has just bagged a D&AD Pencil for (hurrah) the copywriting brief)
9. Emily & Abi — Creative Team
Follow them @emabicreatives
(p.s. yet another YCN Award for Abi in her second year on the course)
10. Elliot & Sophie — Creative Team
Follow them @elliot_soph
11. Will & Sam — Creative Team
Follow them @samandwilltweet
(p.s. our only team to have done the double — YCN Award and D&AD Pencil winners!)
12. Harry & Luke — Creative Team
Follow them @harryhibs
(p.s. another of our teams to have bagged a D&AD Pencil this year)
(Seriously though, this is one of the most exciting years we’ve ever produced on the course and, if you can, we’d love you to reach out to these outstanding young creatives and give them a crit… and a chance to show you what they’ve shown us for years.)
Andrew Boulton is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Advertising at the University of Lincoln.