2013 News Highlights
UCA graduate nominated for Academy Award
Chris Butler, who graduated from UCA Farnham with a BA (Hons) in Animation in 1995, was shortlisted for Best Animated Feature at the 85th Academy Awards for his film ParaNorman, which he wrote and directed.
Chris said: "I'm absolutely thrilled to be nominated for an Oscar. I watched the announcement in bed in a hotel room in LA and have been giddy with excitement ever since - it's such an honour.
"I'm really proud of the film and was so happy just to get the chance to write and direct it, so having a nod from the Academy really is the icing on the cake. It's just incredible."
Students create digital windows for Benetton
Benetton's flagship stores in Europe showcased videos by students from UCA as part of a special collaboration between the brand and UCA.
Fabrica, Benetton's communication research centre, invited a small number of prestigious universities around the world - including UCA Farnham - to take part in their Live Windows project which transforms its flagship store-fronts into intelligent digital displays.
Third-year BA (Hons) Graphic Communication student Jeremy Debattista created a special Valentine's Day 'window' which was shown in London and Milan on 14 February.
Lecturer wins international design competition
Gabor Stark, senior lecturer in Architecture at UCA Canterbury, was awarded first place in an international design competition.
Gabor impressed the judges in a contest set by the Siberian Centre for the Promotion of Architecture in Novosibirsk to create a monument dedicated to the famous Russian architect, painter and typographer, El Lissitzky.
Rather than creating one fixed monument, Gabor's winning concept features 10,000 portable artefacts that will move around the world.
London Fashion Week first for UCA
Lucinda Roberts has made history as the first current student from UCA to show at London Fashion Week.
The 22-year-old, who is in the third year of a BA (Hons) Fashion Design degree at UCA Rochester, was a finalist of a student competition organised by Fashion Awareness Direct (FAD) at Fashion Scout in February
Lucinda, from Buxton, Derbyshire, said: "It's really surreal to actually be up here at London Fashion Week (LFW). It's an event that every designer dreams about showcasing their collections at the top of their careers, so it is unreal to have the opportunity to show here while still at university.
"It was amazing to see my clothes go down the runway as I've never seen anything of mine on a proper model - let alone a major fashion show - so it was really good to see how my garments look going down the catwalk and to see peoples' reaction to my work."
Queen wears graduate's jewellery design
A graduate of UCA has spoken of her pride at making an award-winning piece of jewellery for the Queen.
Ivonna Poplanska, who studied BA (Hons) Silversmithing, Goldsmithing and Jewellery at UCA Rochester, won a competition set by the British Jewellers' Association to design a brooch to mark the Diamond Jubilee.
Her winning design The Eternal Dove was presented to the Queen in December 2012 and worn by Her Majesty on Christmas Day at Sandringham.
Two decades of domination for UCA at 'Jewellery Oscars'
HRH Princess Michael of Kent attended the Craftsmanship and Design Awards where UCA won the College Trophy for the 20th time in 21 years.
The annual prize-giving, organised by the Goldsmiths' Design and Craft Council, took place in London on 4 March 2013 where students from UCA Rochester's BA (Hons) Silversmithing, Goldsmithing and Jewellery course took home four other awards.
UCA has won the prestigious College Trophy at the 'Jewellery Oscars' every year but twice since it was first introduced 22 years ago.
International prize for animation student
Marina Koleva, an animation student from UCA Farnham, has won an international competition set by the BBC.
Marina, who is studying MA Animation, won the overall prize in the moving image category of the BBC's 'What if you had a vision of the future?' contest where entrants had to illustrate their predictions without using words.
The BBC received more than 800 stills and videos for their panel of international judges from five continents to pick their favourites.
Hat-trick for Pantheon at National Student Film Awards
Pantheon, a graduate film made by students on UCA's BA (Hons) Film Production degree, won Best Film, Best Score and Best Production Design at the National Student Film Awards in London in March 2013.
It's the second successive year that a UCA film has won the top prize at the National Student Film Awards after BA (Hons) Animation graduate Bexie Bush won Best Film in 2012.
Saatchi show for UCA lecturer
The director of the Saatchi Gallery selected works by a lecturer from UCA Maidstone for an exhibition in London.
Jane Howarth, senior lecturer in Fashion Textiles at UCA, had three of her unique taxidermy birds on display in Burning Bright at the Hyatt Regency Churchill Hotel.
The Saatchi Gallery and Frieze Art Fair showcased a selection of artwork by emerging artists in public spaces in its exclusive Saatchi Gallery Suite.
Young Designer Silversmith Award scooped by UCA student
The Victoria & Albert Museum will display a second piece of work by a student from UCA as part of the Young Designer Silversmith competition.
Kyosun Jung is the second student from UCA's BA (Hons) Silversmithing, Goldsmithing & Jewellery degree to win the prestigious award from the Goldsmiths' Company in the past three years.
Her winning design for a sake vessel with stacking cups was made in the workshop of internationally-renowned silversmith Clive Burr before it was given to the V&A to be put on permanent display, alongside UCA student Shaun Grace's design in 2011.
Grand Design for UCA project
Grand Designs star Ben Law visited UCA Farnham recently to offer his expert advice to students ahead of an eco-design project, which could see them work with him to create a new community centre.
Ben Law, whose woodland house was voted 'Best ever Build' by viewers of the Channel 4 show and its presenter Kevin McCloud, spoke to Architecture and Design students as part of a series of workshops funded by the EU's Interreg project.
The woodsman is backing UCA Fine Art student Shamini Kulasingham with her concept to construct a community centre near Haslemere using the trees from the land it will be built on.
TEDx comes to Farnham and UCA for first time
UCA hosted the first ever TEDx event in Farnham on the 15th of May 2013.
Designer and UCA honorary graduate Wayne Hemingway led a long list of diverse speakers for a day of inspiring talks at TEDx UCA Farnham.
Wayne Hemingway said: "This is my first ever TEDx talk but I've watched lots of the talks online and seen the brand grow over the years, so I'm glad to be here.
"I really like how TEDx events manage to ensure a certain quality of speaker and that they can only talk for 20 minutes because it leads to some fantastic ideas and messages.
"It's great that UCA is putting on inspiring events like this - I can't think of a better place to host a TEDx talk."
Womenswear win among four awards for UCA at GFW
A student from UCA has won the prestigious Womenswear Award at Graduate Fashion Week (GFW).
Hannah Williams, who studied BA (Hons) Fashion at UCA Epsom, also picked up the GFW Fashion Innovation Award for her ground-breaking silicone collection during a star-studded ceremony at London's Earls Court in June.
It brings the total number of awards for UCA at GFW 2013 to four, with Jessica Kelly winning the Barclays New Business Award and a £15,000 scholarship and Danya Sjadzali who picked up the All Walks Diversity Now prize. UCA Rochester's Lauren Dutton made the Gold Award final.
Jools Holland BBC experience for UCA students
The BBC's relocation of Later...with Jools Holland to The Maidstone Studios has given two students, based on UCA's course there, valuable paid work experience.
BA (Hons) Broadcast Media students Lauren Woodfall and Ashley Kay worked as runners on every episode of the hit music show.
The course's home at The Maidstone Studios has led to numerous opportunities for UCA students on major network programmes, including Take Me Out and Frank Skinner's Opinionated.
Will Alsop joins UCA Canterbury School of Architecture
World-renowned Architect Will Alsop OBE RA has been appointed Professor of Architecture at UCA.
Alsop, who has designed and built influential and inspirational buildings in the UK and around the world, joined the teaching staff at UCA Canterbury School of Architecture in September and works with undergraduate and postgraduate students and staff on a variety of projects and initiatives.
Dr Simon Ofield-Kerr, UCA Vice-Chancellor, said: "This is an exciting appointment for UCA. Will Alsop is one of the most interesting architects practising today and I am thrilled that our Architecture, Interior Design and Fine Art students will be able to learn from him and work with him during their studies at UCA."
Student wins Young Interior Designer award
Helene Forrester-Wood, an Interior Architecture student from UCA won the Janine Stone Young Interior Designer Award 2013.
Helene, a BA (Hons) Interior Architecture & Design student at UCA Canterbury School of Architecture, was announced the winner of the £10,000 cash prize and internship at Janine Stone in June.
Fellow student Michael Lau won third prize and nominations for Rebecca White and Roanna Thetford meant that UCA's Interior Architecture students made up four of the 12 nationwide finalists.
Brian Blessed voices new UCA animated film
Legendary actor Brian Blessed visited UCA Farnham to record his part in a new film produced by UCA and Slurpy Studios.
The Star Wars and Flash Gordon star was the first big-name to sign up to the CGI Animated adaptation of Giles Paley-Phillips' award-winning children's book The Fearsome Beastie.
Brian Blessed, who plays The Fearsome Beastie, said: "I'm always on the look-out for original projects and as soon as I read the book and started thinking about Beastie, I knew that I had to be involved.
"I think children's animation is having a fantastic resurgence and I'm proud to be a part of this animation.
"I think it is absolutely fantastic that his film is being co-produced by the University because, when I was a pupil, I was told by teachers not to dream but these guys are going against that and being ambitious which is the right things to do."
Four New Designers Awards for UCA
Tara Osborough, who graduated from UCA Farnham's BA (Hons) Textiles for Fashion & Interiors on Monday, won the New Designers Sanderson Award, which comes with a £1000 cash prize and a four-week paid internship at the world-famous Sanderson studios.
UCA Rochester's CG Arts & Animation course picked up the Best Stand award in Part 2, UCA Maidstone's Sarah Knight won the Webb de Vlam Award, while BA (Hons) Fashion Textiles: Print student Lara Waghorn won the Absolut Vodka bottle design competition and £500.
New Designers, which takes place over two weeks at the Business Design Centre in London, showcases more than 3,000 of the UK's most talented and innovative graduates to create the UK's number one exhibition for emerging design.
Student wins prize at Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
Nichelle Channer, an Architecture graduate from UCA Canterbury, won a prize at the prestigious Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.
Nichelle received the Sheppard Robson Student Exhibitor Award for her conceptual clay model which examines rising sea levels in Kent.
Waitress designs staff uniforms for Pizza Express
A fashion student who worked as a waitress for a High Street restaurant designed a brand new look for the chain after complaining about her uniform.
Jasmin Ayling worked at Pizza Express in Dorking while studying for a degree in BA (Hons) Fashion at UCA Epsom.
After a chance meeting with Emma Woods, Marketing Director at the pizza chain, she was given the opportunity to utilise the skills she had learned at UCA to come up with an alternative design, which was rolled out nationwide.
UCA lecturer to host sculpture school for Syrian refugees in Beirut
A group of four UK artists and tutors, led by Philip Evans from UCA, travelled to Beirut to host a series of workshops for Syrian refugees called 'Art in Beirut'.
The group undertook a five day residency, running art and sculpture workshops in one of Beirut's public parks. The group worked with Syrian refugees in the Ras district, offering skills in making and exhibiting sculptural artwork from found materials.
This trip follows an earlier venture in April 2013 when the group organised a self-funded, fact-finding trip to Beirut, Lebanon to work with young people from refugee camps.
UCA graduates showcase their work at international lace event
Students, staff and graduates from UCA showcased in a high profile event in Calais, France. To mark the start of the 'Lace Effects' exhibition at the International Centre for Lace and Fashion, 20 staff and students of UCA exhibited their collections in a packed out catwalk event.
Neil Bottle, Course Leader for BA (Hons) Fashion Textiles: Print said "It was wonderful to see work by professional, academic, graduate and student designers being exhibited side by side. There was standing room only for both shows and the graduates definitely enjoyed their encore!"
UCA students experience the culmination of their work at the French premiere of Virginia Woolf play
Students from BA (Hons) Creative Arts for Theatre & Film at UCA Rochester, who spent nine months designing and developing props, set and costumes for Between the Acts, were able to see their result of their hard work at the shows premiere on 8-9 November at Comédie de Picardie in Amiens.
The French theatrical adaptation of Virginia Woolf's final novel, the production was part of the European Union's Interreg IVA Channel Programme co-financed by the ERDF to engage the creative and cultural industries in the UK and France.
Four UCA design students win awards at Brief Cases competition
BA (Hons) Graphic Design students from UCA Epsom won Gold, Silver and Bronze awards at the Brief Cases competition for work they submitted at the end of their second year.
The competition was judged by Veronica Heaven, Managing Director of The Heaven Company, Thom Stebbings, Consumer Insight Manager at Virgin and Brian Webb, Managing Director of design house Webb & Webb who is a former President of the Chartered Society of Designers.
Four UCA graduates selected to showcase artistic talent in galleries across the South East
Four BA (Hons) Fine Art graduates from UCA Canterbury and UCA Farnham were selected to display their work at the Turner Contemporary in Margate and the Aspex Gallery in Portsmouth.
The exhibitions are the result of the Platform Graduate Award which Louisa Love, Linda Simon, Harry Tompkins and Emily Scott were all nominated for. The galleries selected the graduates for the award while visiting the BA (Hons) Fine Art degree shows in June 2013.
UCA voted one of UK's Top Creative Universities
A survey of over 16,000 students by Which? University has positioned the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) amongst the top creative universities in the UK.
Students who participated in the survey were asked to give first-hand accounts of a selection of attributes in a variety of categories including; politics, varied student union activities and local nightlife.
UCA ranked highly in the 'creativity' category, a result that reflects our continued dedication to providing a fulfilling, enriching and engaging creative environment for our students.
Of the result, UCA Vice-Chancellor, Simon Ofield-Kerr said: "This result is particularly significant as the feedback comes directly from students. To learn that 89% of UCA students who completed the survey gave us the maximum possible rating for creativity is so rewarding. It demonstrates just how successful we've been at developing a great creative environment where students produce extraordinary work."
Fine Art graduate in Jerwood Drawing Prize shortlist for the second year
A graduate in BA (Hons) Fine Art from UCA Farnham was included in this year's Jerwood Drawing Prize shortlist - the second time she has been selected.
Lottie Jackson-Eeles was first shortlisted in 2011 for her drawing 'Imagery, Imaginary, volume one'. She was selected again this year, from a submission of over 3,000 entries, for 'Imagery, Imaginary, volume four'. The drawings place both Lottie's experiences and relationship with London, its architecture and vibe into the format of a concertina book.
UCA graduate scoops Guardian award
A recent graduate from UCA has been named Student Data Interactive Journalist of the year at the Guardian Student Media Awards.
Ben Hamilton, 23, from South London, won the accolade for a project he worked on in the final year of his BA (hons) Journalism course at UCA Farnham. The piece (which can be viewed via Ben's website www.benhamilton.co.uk) is an interactive map demonstrating the global impact of poaching.
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