Vintage Books competition
An annual competition is run by Vintage Books with final-year students on this course.
View the 2015 winning submission on YouTube: and find out more about the 2015 competition from the .
Royal Opera House collaboration
In 2014 students on this course worked with the Royal Opera House to create a series of short films on what opera is and how it is made.
View the first in the series on YouTube: Opera Short #1: Inspired by Alfredo and Violetta's romance in La traviata.
You can also find out more about this project from the .
Many members of staff also work in relevant industry sectors. This means:
- their teaching includes up-to-date professional experience;
- they can tell you what life in industry is really like; and
- they can help you balance creating inspiring, challenging work with meeting the needs of your client. For example, Walker Books' art director, Ben Norland, takes time out to work with Level 2 and Level 3 students.
We aim to give you real experience of professional working life. We encourage you to participate in national competitions and high-profile events. Outside companies set projects, often awarding placements or prizes to the best. This can make a great addition to your CV.
Our students' exceptional achievements in major design competitions and film festivals mean employers appreciate the calibre of Kingston Design School graduates. Recent competition winners include:
- Macmillan Children's Books Competition Digital Award winner and second place Puffin Prize winner – Lorna Scobie (2012)
- D&AD Best of Animation New Blood – Stephen Middleton (2012)
- Adobe Design Achievement Awards 2010 – Napatsawan Chirayukool (2010)
- BAFTA winners at the British Academy Children's Awards – Ben Wright and Will Milton (2010)
- British Book Awards, Best New Illustrator – Kanako Usui (2006)
- Tokyo Pop Comic Award European Winner – Paul Duffield (2006)
- Dazed and Confused / Top Shop Illustration awards – Georgina Potier, won first prize for her Kidney Donor Campaign illustrations (2004)
- London Royal Television Society award – Mark James won first prize for his animated film Strike for Freedom (2005)
- BBC New Animator Award – out of almost 300 entries, Kingston graduate Lucy Izzard won with her quirky animation Tea Total (2005/06)
- Macmillan Book Prize – won by second-year student Kristin Oftedal, who also gained top prize in a national Design Against Fur competition (2003)