25th November 2020
Former York College Art & Design Foundation student Bella McEvoy is achieving considerable success after graduating from University this year. Bella has excelled, having her graduating animations shown on the big screen at Piccadilly Circus and her work included on the Christmas 2020 John Lewis advert.
Bella studied the Extended Diploma in Art & Design and progressed onto the Art & Design Foundation Diploma at York College, attaining a Distinction in 2017. Her creativity and hard work secured her a place at Kingston University to study Illustration and Animation, from where she has worked on high profile projects with her animations featuring alongside professional, world-class animators.
Her former Art & Design tutor, Stuart Harvey, says Bella is a great success story: “The Art Foundation Diploma enables students to specialise in specific areas, and Bella took the opportunity to develop her animation and illustration skills. Securing a place on one of the best degree courses in the county, she is already making waves in the world. The John Lewis advert is always eagerly anticipated by industry and having the opportunity to work on it is very rare for any artist. Bella’s creative ideas and skill-set were clear from the beginning and it is wonderful to see her being recognised for her talents.”
Bella's name appears at the end of: The making of the John Lewis Christmas advert 2020
Bella values the support and encouragement she received from her tutors at York College, allowing her to follow her dreams as an animator and illustrator: “Before going to college I never imagined myself furthering my education or going to university - it all seemed so unattainable after finishing school with only 4 GCSE's. With the help of my tutors during my Art & Design Extended Diploma and Foundation Diploma courses I realised I needed to push myself in order to achieve my dreams, and now here I am with a First Class Degree and John Lewis on my CV! Being at York College made me realise all you need is motivation, hard work and a bit of support to accomplish your aspirations.”