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Wednesday 20th July, 2016


Fernando Luz has been awarded Top of Class at the 2016 AWARD School NSW graduation ceremony, which took place at The Loft in Sydney last night. Fernando was tutored by two agency groups; Justin Carew and Nigel Clark from Leo Burnett and Sarah Parris, Jerome Gaslain and Jon Foye from BWM Dentsu.

Close to 260 industry professionals, sponsors, media and graduates came together to celebrate the graduation of more than 100 NSW students who have now completed the preeminent training program for aspiring creatives and art directors in Australia and New Zealand.

Top 10 Students:

1st place - Fernando Luz

2nd place - Cyndall McInerney

3rd place - William Halstead

Meet the NSW Top 3 students, check out the video

The final seven graduates to make the NSW top 10, in no particular order, include:

Isabel Brand

Jack Chapman

Leila Cranswick

Nicola McCooe

Celia Mortlock

Joe Ranallo

Hayley Warwick

Preparing the graduates for the next step in their careers, AWARD Chair and Managing Partner of The Sweet Shop, Wilf Sweetland, said: "AWARD School is the pre-eminent, most highly sought after, and most highly regarded course in Australasia that teaches students how to think creatively. What these students have achieved over 12 weeks is an excellent grounding for a long and rewarding career in commercial creativity. We look forward to welcoming them into the industry, supporting their development and celebrating with them as they graduate this evening."

From more than 1000 submissions, a selection of 55 outstanding pieces were chosen for display by this year’s jury. NSW AWARD School Heads Niccola Phillips (Head of Art, M&C Saatchi), and Simon Jarosz, (Creative Director, MediaCom) congratulated the students on their work and achievements and thanked the tutors for their enthusiasm and commitment.

Commenting on the new judging process, Niccola said: “It was a pleasure and a privilege being one of the AWARD School heads for 2016. One of our major aims this year was to champion diversity, and we’re delighted to say that we succeeded with an unprecedented 50:50 gender split of successful applicants, and six out of the top ten ultimately being female.

We also wanted to ensure that the students’ work was carefully considered and seen by a number of Australia’s top creative directors, and by splitting the judging over three nights, every folio was given the attention it deserved. There was tighter curation of ‘The Wall’ this year, ensuring a consistently high calibre of the work on display, and the Top Ten were reviewed by two Executive Creative Directors on a dedicated night of judging to ensure that they were properly benchmarked and awarded fairly.

A special thank you to the following tutors who mentored the students over the 3 month program. Click here to see who they are. 



Isobar Marcel Moniaga
Isobar Tom McMullan
Clemenger BBDO Ollie Beeston
Clemenger BBDO James Beswick
DDB Jade Manning
DDB Vincent Osmond
DDB Matt Chandler
DDB Peter Galmes
The Monkeys Barb Humphries
The Monkeys Tim Pashen
Whybin TBWA Craig Brooks
Whybin TBWA Carlo Mazzarella
Ogilvy Derek Green
Ogilvy Scott Lambert
Ogilvy Jenny Mak
Ogilvy Scott Mortimer
Ogilvy Andrew Hankin
Havas Worldwide Stuart Alexander
Havas Worldwide Daniel Fryer
Havas Worldwide Seamus Higgins
Havas Worldwide Stuart Turner
Havas Worldwide Helen King
Saatchi & Saatchi Anton Posa
Saatchi & Saatchi John Jordan
M&C Saatchi Vanessa Robinson
M&C Saatchi Lauren Ami MacDonald
M&C Saatchi Paul Gregson
M&C Saatchi Jonathan Flannery
M&C Saatchi Michael Harris
M&C Saatchi Tristan Cornelius
George Patterson Y&R David Joubert
George Patterson Y&R Bart Pawlak
George Patterson Y&R Brad Stapleton
George Patterson Y&R David Barton
Ideaworks Jen Dobbie
BWM Dentsu Sarah Parris
BWM Dentsu Jerome Gaslain
BWM Dentsu Jon Foye
Leo Burnett Justin Carew
Leo Burnett Nigel Clark
BMF Harry Neville-Towle
BMF James Sexton
HOST Josie Burns
HOST Matt Ennis
JOY Christian Tough
JOY Effie Kacopieros
Zoo Group Mark Lees
IRIS Jon Kelly
R\GA Gavin McLeod
R\GA AJ Musial
R\GA Christian Hewitt

AWARD graduation ceremonies are still set to take place in Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, and Perth. Dates for the upcoming ceremonies are as follows:

Melbourne 20 July
Adelaide 28 July
Brisbane 28 July
Perth 3 - 5 August

AWARD School is also currently running in Auckland.

The AWARD School program has now been running for over 30 years; the 2016 graduates follow in the footsteps of many of today’s creative leaders, including past students: Craig Davis, ex-Chairman of AWARD and Co-Chairman & Chief Creative Officer of Publicis Mojo, David Droga, Founder and Creative Chairman of Droga5, and Matt Eastwood, Chief Creative Officer at DDB New York.