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Once I attended an Info Session and saw the consistent high quality of past portfolios, I was sold. It was what I expected; comprehensive and always interesting.
Visual Designer, EPAM
What made you want to apply to Shillington in the first place?
I wanted to become a designer, which was a complete change in occupation, but had no experience and didn’t want to go back to university, so Shillington’s course seemed to work perfectly for me. Once I attended an Info Session and saw the consistent high quality of past portfolios, I was sold. It was what I expected; comprehensive and always interesting. The things that surprised me were the guest lectures, which were amazing, and the huge amount of great reference and reading material, both physical and digital, that were available.
You studied part-time at Shillington. Why did you choose this option over full-time?
I studied on the part-time course as I needed to be able to work to fund my decision to learn more about design. As I was working multiple jobs, the course’s structure meant I could realistically take on board all the information I was being taught, practice and improve my design skills at home as well as have time to get further design inspiration. Winner.
What were the main things you learned on the course?
The consistent application of design principles, realising ‘the problem’ and finding its solution as well as the methods of idea generation and concept development. The teachers prepared me really well; their wealth of experience, their insights into technical and creative subjects and their opinion and knowledge of design (past and contemporary) was the best thing about the course for me.
Who do you work for now and what does your job involve? How did you go about getting this job and how much help did you get from Shillington?
I work for Great Fridays as part of EPAM as a Visual Designer.
My job involves working as part of a team in taking client problems and creating the best and most effective solution, focussing on visually communicating that design.
I was contacted by my employer who had come down to the graduation show and had seen my portfolio. The course leaders were amazing at helping, they put me in contact with loads of people who they knew were either looking for designers or they thought I would work well with. Other than that, there was lots of information and advice about getting work once we reached portfolio time and even after the course had finished.
What advice would you offer anyone thinking about applying for a design course at Shillington?
Do it! The course leaders were brilliant. It is an amazing and inspiring environment to learn in and they also have biscuits around break time.