Several Illustration and Visual Communication BA Honours students have received significant recognition at this year's Design and Art Direction (D&AD) New Blood Awards, held in London on the 1-3 July.

The D&AD, whose members represent the creative, design and advertising communities worldwide, have held award events since 1963. A D&AD award is recognised globally as the ultimate creative accolade, entered and attended by the best from around the world.

Second-year student Antonis Sideras won a Yellow Pencil New Blood Award for his work entitled 'Birth of the Botch', which the judges pronounced "brave work, [...] it took the judging panel through an array of emotions: from indifference to mild shock, to empathy and beyond – we might have forgotten our own names for a minute, but we certainly remembered The Botch".

Third-year student Robbie Anson Duncan won a 'Best of Show' nomination and has on the strength of this been offered an internship with Dalziel Pow, an environmental retail brand design company.

Two further third-year students, Caitlin Parks and Tom Spooner, as well as Design for Communications MA student Boyko Taskov, were also mentioned favourably in Creative Review’s write-up of the New Blood exhibition

Each year, students from the Illustration and Visual Communication BA Honours, Graphic Communication Design BA Honours and Design for Communication MA courses exhibit at the New Blood Exhibition in Spitalfields, London. This year 16 students from the University of Westminster's Faculty of Media, Arts and Design were selected to show at the exhibition, where they independently designed and installed their stands, and curated their own work.

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