Saatchi & Saatchi, Harper Collins and Arena Illustration Agency

Nigel Owen took 8 students to see Senior designer Julian Humphries at  Harper Collins today. Julian is an experienced book designer who was able to take students through the process of commissioning illustrators, developing the concept and navigating a route through the maze of editorial meetings with editors, sales and marketing, the author etc. it was very revealing for students who asked intelligent questions throughout.

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Later in the morning Rachel Dunn took 22 students to Saatchi & Saatchi. This was a new visit for Falmouth students that had been organised by Linda Scott (thanks Linda). The students were met by ex Falmouth illustration student Layla Boyd who is now a project manager at Saatchi & Saatchi. Layla gave students a wonderful insight into the world of advertising and her career pathway. Students were looked after from the moment they walked through the doors and Layla’s professionalism and words of advice were inspirational. Thank you Layla…

Students with Layla Boyd at Saatchi & Saatchi

Students with Layla Boyd at Saatchi & Saatchi

Early in the afternoon Nigel took five students to Arena Illustration Agency. Arena are based in Stratford, east London, close to the site of the 2012 Olympic Games. The Long trip was really worth it. Tamlyn and Caroline spent well over an hour talking at length about the role that Agents play within an illustrator’s career. Their in depth knowledge of the industry is just what students needed. Topics such as characterisation, copyright, marketing, visual language amongst others were discussed all under the watchful eyes of Tamlyn’s cats! It was great to see three ex falmouth students that are represented by Arena doing so well (Levi Pinfold, Emily Fox and Euen Cook).

Tamlyn Francis at Arena

Tamlyn Francis at Arena

Many thanks for the free book Tamlyn…..

A Celebration of Falmouth Graduate’s Successes in Childrens’ Publishing

Last Wednesday saw our students, alumni and staff celebrating the successes of our recent graduates in the field of publishing for young audiences. Falmouth alumni whose books were on sale during the evening included amongst others:

Levi Pinfold (Kate Greenaway Medal winner)
Rebecca Cobb (Shortlisted for The Kate Greenaway Medal)
Emma Yarlett (Longlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal)
Owen Davey  (Laika, Foxley’s Feast…)

The event was organised by Mark Foreman and Keryn Bibby and we are extremely grateful to the Falmouth Bookseller (Falmouth’s very own award winning book shop) and Ron Johns for hosting us for the evening. Those that attended included Emma Yarlett, Sophia Matthew (art director at Oxford University Press, and our new external assessor Peter Lloyd from Southampton Solent University. We hope very much that this will be the first of many joint events at this great bookshop…

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