2008 BA (Hons) Illustration graduate, Will Jarvis, reflects on his time at AUB and the exciting projects he’s worked on since becoming a freelance Illustrator.

Tell us a bit about your current role and what it involves…

“I am currently Design Director at BBC Creative – this means I oversee all of the BBC’s output from an Art / Design perspective, making sure they align with the creative standards set by the company as a whole.

“We’ve just had huge success with the BBC Christmas piece – Christmas Together

Can you explain a little about your career journey since graduating… what jobs have you had and where? What does your job involve?

“I moved to London where after a number of runner and assistant jobs within creative production companies – I managed to secure a junior designer role at ITV (using work I had created whilst studying BA (Hons) Illustration for my AUB degree show, and self-initiated work in between).

“From here I moved around the broadcast world working at all the main channels – gaining experience in creative concepting, design direction and directing live action. I am currently a freelance Creative and Art director working across a number of areas and fields.

“I started the year directing five Advertising films for Samsung – with Panoply London – thankfully they were very well received.  I’ve also continued to work on various print and digital projects. We’re also set to bring some really interesting projects out in early 2018.

Can you tell us a little about the work you’re most proud to have produced so far?

“It’s hard to pick one – as I’ve been so lucky to be involved with such a broad range of projects over the past ten years.

“I’ve felt pride for a number of different reasons – but creating content for broadcast that can potentially change perceptions and attitudes for the better always feels like a satisfying days’ work.

Finally, what’s your one piece of advice for the next generation of creatives?

“Sounds obvious – but be original, creativity is just that – take risks and be kind to people.”

Read more about the BBC’s Christmas campaign, Christmas Together.