The Australasian Writers and Art Directors Association (AWARD) has today released the names of the top students graduating from the Hobart branch of AWARD School, the ideas program for aspiring art directors and copywriters.
At a graduation ceremony held on 9th August at Barcelona Bar, Hobart AWARD School Head Marcus Saunders announced that the honours for top AWARD School student went to Leonie Lai.
Commenting on the announcement, AWARD Chairman, Craig Davis, congratulated all the students singled out by the judges. “It’s exciting that there’s such great talent coming through in our industry and we’re delighted to see Leonie leading the way among this year’s graduates,” he said.
Margaret Zabel, CEO of The Communications Council, welcomed the news and thanked all those involved in making AWARD School such a valuable introduction to the industry. “We are lucky to have such talented professionals willing to give up their time to help guide the next generation of creative talent on their career paths,” she said. “Congratulations to all the top graduates; we look forward to following your progress over the coming years.”
AWARD wishes to thank the following people for their involvement in tutoring in Tasmania: Adrian Bell (Clemenger), Jay Perret (Red Jelly), Nathanael Jeanneret (One Tonne Graphic), Peter Choraziak (Red Jelly), Kate Owen (Futago), Jimmy Clough (Red Jelly), Holly Webber (Red Jelly), Bridget van Tiernan (Clemenger), Andrew Timbs (Red Jelly), Marcus Murphy (Clemenger), Matt Wearne (Red Jelly), Sam Buxton (Clemenger),Amanda Cromer (Red Jelly).
Chairman Craig Davis said. “The tutors are an imperative part of the AWARD School program and their expertise is a key element of preparing students for a future in the industry. We commend all the tutors, whose roles involve long hours and ongoing deadlines and demands.”
Sponsored by Google, AWARD School is a 16-week, part time course which runs from March to July each year in Hobart, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane. The course, which also runs in Auckland and Singapore, consists of a Monday evening lecture and a Thursday evening tutorial, held inside agencies by industry practitioners. To be accepted onto the course, each applicant must submit a folio of work based on the brief set by the Heads of AWARD School. Students are selected purely on the merit of the ideas in their application.
The judging panel responsible for selection of the top students in Hobart included Peter Choraziak (Red Jelly), Marcus Murphy (Clemenger) and Mark Ringer (TBWA Tequila).