University of Newcastle design students win big at national awards

Friday, 18 December 2020

University of Newcastle students have been recognised nationally for their brilliant graphic design skills, taking out more wins than ever before in the national AGDA 2020 Design Awards.

Benjamin Crocker Big Kids
Big Kids by Benjamin Crocker

The AGDA Design Awards recognise the best work in Australia across a wide range of disciplines every year and this year the University of Newcastle had 12 finalists which resulted in a judge’s choice award, three Distinction wins and three Merit wins.

The following students were recognised for their work:

AGDA Awards 2020:

Benjamin Crocker - Distinction + Judges Choice (Chris Plunkett from Brand Foundry) for his work Big Kids

Samuel Jeffress, Eden Wilson, Lachlan Golledge – Merit for their work with the Newcastle International Animation Festival

Lachlan Golledge – Distinction for his work Sona Studio

Lachlan Golledge - Merit for his work DesignPool

Samuel Jeffress, Eden Wilson – Merit Award for their work Newcastle International Animation Festival Illustration


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