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Why should I choose Shillington over other study options?

Graphic Design Course

Why should I choose Shillington over other study options?

Over the past 20 years we’ve developed an innovative approach to help students achieve amazing results in a seriously short amount of time. Ask our graduates—it’s completely different to any other course or classroom! Our intensive, fast-paced course isn’t for everyone, but if you’re a go-getter who wants to learn quickly and efficiently, Shillington’s right for you.

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Is 3 months full-time or 9 months part-time really long enough to learn design?

Graphic Design Course

Is 3 months full-time or 9 months part-time really long enough to learn design?

Absolutely. Our student work speaks for itself and Shillington graduates build incredible creative careers. Our course is expertly planned to teach technical skills, cover design theory and ingrain creative principles to help you create a well-rounded portfolio. Read more on the blog in Learn Graphic Design Fast or Fast, Good or Cheap. And if you want to hear it straight from our graduates, check out 11 Unbiased Shillington Reviews.

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What kind of job could I get after Shillington?

Course Outcomes

What kind of job could I get after Shillington?

Shillington prepares you for a wide variety of creative careers. Upskilling in design helps you put your best foot forward on the job hunt. You could work in digital design like Louise at either a small or large agency, focus on publishing like Kelly or packaging like at a boutique studio like Roo. There’s even opportunities to take on freelance clients or even build your own business like Ina. The list is endless! Learn more about potential design careers in What is Graphic Design? or scroll through our graduates’ profiles on LinkedIn.

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What qualification will I receive?

Course Outcomes

What qualification will I receive?

In the United States, you will receive a certificate of completion and create portfolio showcasing your best work. We are licensed by the United States Department of Education

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Do employers want graduates to have a diploma or degree?

Course Outcomes

Do employers want graduates to have a diploma or degree?

When employing a graphic designer, most employers will look at your portfolio before they look at your qualifications. Your portfolio shows the quality of your work, level of technical skill and your practical knowledge more than a certificate can. For more, read Checklist to Become an Employable Graphic Designer and What Creative Recruiters Really Think of Shillington Graduates on the blog.

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Do you help graduates get jobs?

Course Outcomes

Do you help graduates get jobs?

We encourage students to tackle their job hunt independently, but provide assistance along the way. During the course we make sure students are confident presenting their portfolio for future interviews. Students who give 100% to their studies are in an excellent position to land their first design job. We have a Jobs Board for employers seeking Shillington graduates and frequently share career advice on the blog.

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Should I study full-time or part-time?

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Should I study full-time or part-time?

Totally up to you! It depends on your availability and learning style. Full-time is an immersive 3 months (Monday to Friday, 8:00am—5:00pm). Part-time is 9 months (Two nights a week, 6:00—9:30pm), and a good fit for students who work full-time or have other major commitments. But apart from the duration, the full-time and part-time curriculum is identical—students create the same high quality work and get similar jobs after graduation.

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When is the enrollment deadline?

Enrolling

When is the enrollment deadline?

We don’t have set deadlines, but if you’re 99% sure, we recommend putting down a deposit as soon as possible to secure your spot. Classes can fill up quickly!

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Are there any entry requirements?

Enrolling

Are there any entry requirements?

In the United States, there’s no experience required! To enroll, we’ll just need your High School Diploma and confirm language proficiency since our fast-paced course is taught in English.

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Can I get a visa to study in the United Kingdom?

Students from Overseas

Can I get a visa to study in the United Kingdom?

We can accept students in London and Manchester who are Tier 5 (Youth Mobility Scheme) Visa holders, European Union (EU) members, European Economic Area (EEA) members and Swiss citizens. Find out more about studying design abroad!

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Can I get a visa to study in Australia?

Students from Overseas

Can I get a visa to study in Australia?

We can accept students in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane who are eVisitor (Subclass 651)Working Holiday Visa (Subclass 417)Work and Holiday Visa (Subclass 462) or Electronic Travel Authority (Subclass 601) Visa) holders or New Zealand citizens. (Please note: Shillington is not CRICOS registered.) Find out more about studying design abroad!

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Can I get a visa to study in the United States?

Students from Overseas

Can I get a visa to study in the United States?

Yes! We offer the M-1 Student Visa at our New York campus in the United States. Find out more about studying design abroad!

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Do you have a language requirement?

Students from Overseas

Do you have a language requirement?

Our fast-paced course is taught in English, so we need to confirm all students’ language proficiency before the course starts. We’ll contact you for a quick verbal interview.

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What extra costs can I expect while studying?

Enrolling

What extra costs can I expect while studying?

We’ll send a list of suggested supplies once you’ve enrolled, but students should expect to have a working computer (Mac preferred with Adobe Creative Cloud and Sketch installed), general school supplies (sketchbook, pens, USB drive) and budget for portfolio and poster printing at the end of the course.

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Do you offer scholarships?

Enrolling

Do you offer scholarships?

We’ll announce all scholarship opportunities through e-mail and on social media. Sign-up for our e-mail list and follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram to be the first to know!

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Can I apply for a student personal loan in Australia?

Fees & Payments

Can I apply for a student personal loan in Australia?

Yes! We’re proud to partner with RateSetter for a simple, flexible, gimmick-free loan option for our full-time and part-time courses in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Learn more.

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Can I apply for financial aid?

Enrolling

Can I apply for financial aid?

Unfortunately financial aid is not available to our students in the United States.

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Do you have connections in the design industry?

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Do you have connections in the design industry?

Yes. All of our teachers are practising graphic designers and we regularly welcome industry guest lecturers to share insights and experience. Check out industry connections and our #industrytalks features on the blog.

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When is your next Info Session?

Campus

When is your next Info Session?

Visit Info sessions and Graduation to find out about upcoming Shillington events.

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I can’t make an Info Session. Can I visit you during the day?

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I can’t make an Info Session. Can I visit you during the day?

Definitely! You can check out our campus at an Info Session. If you can’t make an Info Session, contact your desired campus directly and we’ll schedule the best time for a one-on-one meeting and campus tour

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Can I take a campus tour?

Campus

Can I take a campus tour?

Totally! You can check out our campus at an Info Session. And if you can’t make an Info Session, contact your desired campus directly and we’ll schedule the best time for a one-on-one meeting and campus tour.

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Can I study online?

Enrolling

Can I study online?

We believe in the power of face-to-face study, so we only offer an on-campus option at our six campuses.

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Is there a lot of homework?

Graphic Design Course

Is there a lot of homework?

Creativity never sleeps, so you can expect to work outside of classroom hours. For full-timers, the minimum homework requirement is 6 hours per week and for part-timers, 8 hours per week. Some weeks might not have much homework, but we recommend allowing more time towards the end when you’re finishing off your portfolio—it will definitely pay off.

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I need to miss certain days of the course. Is that okay?

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I need to miss certain days of the course. Is that okay?

Our course is intensive, so you’ll need to commit to missing no more than four days if studying full-time or six nights if studying part-time.

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How much does the course cost?

Fees & Payments

How much does the course cost?

Course fees vary between our six international campuses. Visit course dates and fees to learn more. We have two payment options: pay-in-full or installment plans.

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Why do course fees differ between different cities?

Fees & Payments

Why do course fees differ between different cities?

Our course curriculum and teaching methods are identical across all six campuses. Course fees vary between campus due to cost-of-living

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What’s the refund policy if I need to cancel?

Enrolling

What’s the refund policy if I need to cancel?

If a student withdraws prior to course commencement, their deposit will be refunded. All requests for withdrawal must be made in writing.

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What topics will be covered in the course?

Graphic Design Course

What topics will be covered in the course?

We’ll take you through the creative process from beginning to end—integrating idea generation, technical knowledge, design theory and studio skills at every step. Visit our course and approach to learn more.

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Is digital design covered in the course?

Graphic Design Course

Is digital design covered in the course?

Our course has a focus on digital design across platforms like mobile, tablet and web. We teach students Sketch, run in-class workshops on UI and UX design and keep our course up-to-date with industry standards. Read more about how we keep our finger on the pulse in Decades of Digital. We don’t teach code but don’t worry—most studios outsource this kind of work to developers. In graphic design, it’s the user interface that matters. We cover this in our curriculum. Find out more in our course and approach.

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I’ve already worked or trained as a designer. Is Shillington right for me?

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I’ve already worked or trained as a designer. Is Shillington right for me?

Our course is ideal for current creatives to revive software skills and enhance their understanding of the design fundamentals. If your software skills are self-taught, we’ll teach you how to work smoothly and efficiently across the Adobe Creative Suite. Or if your current portfolio isn’t up-to-scratch, we’ll help you craft a collection of your best work, showcasing an ability to work across a wide range of briefs

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Are there tests?

Graphic Design Course

Are there tests?

Throughout the course, you’ll take 10 quizzes on topics like typesetting, quick keys and design terminology. They’re quick and painless, and your teachers will give plenty of notice to prepare.

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What type of computer will I need?

Graphic Design Course

What type of computer will I need?

We recommend Mac for students since it’s the design industry standard. A minimum of 8GB RAM is recommended to keep things running nice and fast. It’s easier to design effectively with a larger screen. If working on a laptop with a small screen, consider hooking it up to a larger monitor.

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Will I need to buy specific software?

Graphic Design Course

Will I need to buy specific software?

Yes. You need access to the Adobe Creative Cloud (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat) and Sketch from the start of the course. Unfortunately Shillington students are not eligible for a student discount in the United States.

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I can’t draw very well. Does that matter?

Graphic Design Course

I can’t draw very well. Does that matter?

Not at all. During the course you will need to do rough sketches in order to develop ideas, but your drawing ability will not be judged. Design is about conveying ideas effectively, not creating artistic masterpieces. We’ll guide you through what you need to know.

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Do students from overseas pay higher course fees?

Students from Overseas

Do students from overseas pay higher course fees?

No. Shillington course fees are the same for domestic students and students from overseas. Find out more about studying design abroad!

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Can students get discounted subway cards?

Campus

Can students get discounted subway cards?

At this time, Shillington students are not eligible for student discounts on their subway fees. Students commuting from New Jersey via the NJ Transit are eligible for a discounted monthly rail pass. Student applications can be found at your local train station.

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Do you provide accommodation?

Campus

Do you provide accommodation?

We don’t provide student housing, but in New York we recommend researching options on Airbnb, Craigslist, 92Y Residence, EHS Student Living, Behomm, Roomorama and Homestay.

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