Our award-winning students

Image from Navigating Dyslexia by Kate Rolfe

Our students often receive industry recognition with success in major national and international competitions. Here are a few recent highlights:

V&A Student Illustrator of the Year 2022

MA Children's Book Illustration student Kate Rolfe won this year's V&A Student Illustrator of the Year award for her picturebook Navigating Dyslexia (pictured). This was the sixth consecutive year that the prize has been won by a student from the course - an astounding achievement. Another MA CBI student, Amy Hunter, was also shortlisted for the student award, while 2020 graduate Sally Dunne made the shortlist for the V&A Book Cover Design award.


Illustration of two girls and a man with huge queue of people in background

Macmillan Prize 2022

MA Children's Book Illustration students and alumni swept the board at this year's prestigious competition, with Heike Scharrer named overall winner for her picturebook The Queue (pictured), fellow student Jennifer Spooner taking second prize for The Whittling Woodsman, and Kate Rolfe winning third place for Wolf and Bear.



Batsford Prize 2022

MA Children's Book Illustration student Justin Worsley won the Children's Illustration category of this year's Batsford Prize with his picturebook Aliens in the Park, while alumnus Kate Rolfe was runner-up in the same section with her picturebook Wolf and Bear. Frances Ives, from the same course, was awarded a runner-up prize in The People's Choice Award, for her book Sometimes.


Illustration of girl and two birds transporting huge piles of food

Stratford Salariya Children’s Picture Book Prize 2022

MA Children’s Book Illustration student Katarina Dragoslavić (Devlin) won the 2022 Stratford Salariya Children’s Picture Book Prize with her book The Little Hungry Dinosaur (pictured). She took away a prize worth £1000, including career advice from a leading literary agent, publicity through Stratford Literary Festival and the possibility of publication by The Salariya Book Company.



The Zandra Rhodes Fashion Textiles Award 2022

BA (Hons) Fashion Design student Jaoa Marcelo was shortlisted for this award at Graduate Fashion Week 2022.


Flavia Z Drago with her prize

Klaus Flugge Prize 2021

PhD student Flavia Z Drago (pictured) won the 2021 Klaus Flugge Prize, awarded to the most exciting and promising newcomer to children’s picture book illustration, for debut picture book Gustavo, The Shy Ghost (Walker Books), which also topped The New York Times' best sellers list for children's picture books.



World Illustration Awards 2021

BA (Hons) Illustration student Tabitha Wall won the 'New Talent' category for her sustainability awareness posters in this hugely prestigious and international competition run by the Association of Illustrators.



A wolf, cyclops and slime monster sitting at a table covered in food

New Designers 2021

At New Designers 2021, BA (Hons) Illustration and Animation student Sabine Buhain was awarded the Screening Award, sponsored by the Aardman Academy, for her film Like It Was Yesterday (pictured).



Network Rail competition

BA (Hons) Illustration student Abi Winter was a winner in Network Rail’s “Wish I Was There” competition for her papercut pictures of Portmeirion. As well as receiving a prize of £2,500, Abi’s work will be put on display at several stations around Britain as part of the competition’s travelling exhibition.



Macmillan Prize for Illustration 2021

In the 2021 Macmillan Prize for Illustration, 18 of the 25 highly commended came from students on our MA Children’s Book Illustration, with Laura Winstone being named as overall runner-up for her book The Catmolean Mewseum, and Yichun Ma finishing third with My Quiet Dad.



Penguin Design Awards 2021

Students Kata Kocsispeter (BA Illustration) and Loredana Burdo (BA Graphic Design) made the shortlist of the Penguin Design Awards 2021, Kata in the Non-Fiction cover category, and Loredana in the Fiction Cover category.



Batsford Prize 2021

Kin Choi Lam (MA Children’s Book Illustration) won the Children’s Illustration category in the Batsford Prize 2021, run by Pavilion Books. Fellow students Cathy Eliot and Sidsel Lindhagen achieved runners-up places, while Evie Fridel was the People’s Choise runner-up, and Jihye Seo and Joanna Ghosh also shortlisted.


Home in Kakuma Refugee Camp - by Sally Dunne

V&A Illustration Awards 2020

For the fifth successive year, the winner of the V&A Student Illustrator of the Year went to a graduating student from Cambridge School of Art. Sally Dunne, took the top prize of £3000 for her work Home in Kakuma Refugee Camp (pictured). Vyara Boyadjieva was named as the student runner-up, while Eva Eland claimed the V&A’s Book Cover Award and Kate Winter and Laura Winstone were both highly commended. Sally, Eva, Kate and Laura are all graduates of our MA Children's Book Illustration course.



Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2020 exhibition

Joe Dean (MA Fine Art) and Ayeshah Zolghadr (MA Printmaking) were 2 of 56 practitioners selected to exhibit at the international Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2020 exhibition. The pair were chosen from 4,274 submissions received across the UK and internationally.



Carmelite Picture Book Prize 2020

Ellan Rankin, another of our MA Children's Book Illustration students, won the 2020 Carmelite Picture Book Prize, a competition run by the Hachette publishing group and open to students from across the UK. As well as getting to illustrate a new book written by Jeanne Willis, Ellan will receive a cheque for £1,000.


A peacock constructed from coloured paper by Megan Dymock

Association of Illustrators' Top Ten Students 2020

Graduating BA (Hons) Illustration students Jodie Howard and Megan Dymock were selected as two of the Association of Illustrators’ Top Ten Students to Watch 2020. Megan was picked for her photographs of 3D sets made from intricate paperwork (pictured), while Jodie’s work consists of illustrations and animations that use gouache and coloured pencil. Every year the AOI work with students from universities all across the UK, so to be picked for this list takes something very special indeed.



Joana Pinto with her New Designers 2019 award and winning display

New Designers 2019

BA (Hons) Illustration and Animation student Joana Pinto (pictured) won the Screening Room Prize, while BA (Hons) Illustration student Kezia Hulse received the Mollie Makes Associate Prize with her National Trust Spring Walks posters at this annual trade show, where our graduating students get to share their work with prospective clients and employers.



3x3 Student Show 2019

Three of our MA Children's Book Illustration students received Merits in this influential competition run by international illustration magazine 3x3 - Dowon Kwon, Yingan Chen and Chiu-Hsuan Huang, Honourable Mentions also went to fellow MA student Tzu-Chun Chang and BA (Hons) Illustration student Cecelia Wood.



Cambridge Folk Festival T-Shirt Competition 2019

Before her success at New Designers 2019, BA (Hons) Illustration student Kezia Hulse won the 2019 Cambridge Folk Festival T-shirt competition, and was also a winner in our Sustainability Art Prize 2018.



Sophie Burrows with her award and winning work

V&A Illustration Awards 2019

MA Children's Book Illustration student Sophie Burrows (pictured) was named Student Illustrator of the Year at the V&A Illustration Awards for her book "Crushing". This was the fourth consecutive year that a student from Cambridge School of Art has won the award, following successes for Joseph Namara Hollis in 2018, Beatriz Lostalé Seijo in 2017, and Kate Milner in 2016.



Stratford Literary Festival Book Jacket Design Prize

MA Illustration & Book Arts student Florine Delasalle won the 2019 Stratford Literary Festival Book Jacket Design Prize, receiving £250 and a week's paid work experience at Tarnwsworld (part of Penguin RandomHouse).



Macmillan Prize for Children’s Book Illustration 2018

The 2018 Macmillan Prize was won by Maria J Guarda (pictured) of our MA Children's Book Illustration course for her work Paloma Flew, told through the eyes of a young girl whose family are struggling with life away from their own country. The third prize went to another student from the course, Marina Ruiz, forYour Home, My Home.

Students from our MA Children’s Book Illustration course also completed a clean sweep at the Macmillan Prize for Illustration 2017, taking first, second and third place - the second time all three prizes have been won by our students. Elina Ellis won first prize for The Truth About Old People, Flavia Zorrilla Drago's Where Do The Lost Things Go took second prize and Fifi Kuo won third prize for Everyone Can Draw.



A farmer with animals

LPA Graduate Award

Jac Williams, on our BA (Hons) Photography course, won the national LPA Graduate Award for the best photography series thanks to Honest Agriculture (pictured), his collection of photographs offering a glimpse into the real world of farming. Jac received a number of prizes, including a mentoring session at the company’s Covent Garden headquarters.



Faber Andlyn BAME (FAB) Prize 2018

Yu-Hua Lo of our MA Children's Book Illustration course won the 2018 Faber Andlyn BAME (FAB) Prize for Undiscovered BAME illustrators with her picture book 'Pepe Wants to Fly'.  Her prize included a year-long mentoring scheme.



Carmelite Prize 2016

Mark Nicholas, another student on the MA Children's Book Illustration, won the inaugural Carmelite Prize in 2016. Run by Hachette Children's Group, the contest tasked entrants with illustrating a new picture book by celebrated author-illustrator Cressida Cowell, The Story of Tantrum O’Furrily. Mark won a contract to illustrate the full text, as well as £1,000 prize money.

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Columbia Threadneedle Prize 2016

Gillian Ellis (MA Printmaking) was one of 93 artists selected to display her work (pictured) at the Mall Galleries, London, in the shortlist exhibition for this prestigious annual prize, Europe’s leading open competition for figurative and representational art and one of the most valuable art prizes in the UK.