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Shillington’s Diversity in Design program.

Diversity in Design

Shillington’s Diversity in Design program adds to evolving efforts to support and strengthen equity by cultivating diverse and inclusive representation in the design industry—within our classrooms and beyond.

The program includes an annual full scholarship for the Shillington graphic design course and industry mentorships open to budding graphic designers from underrepresented backgrounds. This may include but is not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, social class, physical ability or attributes.

2023 Scholarships & Mentorships

Our 2023 Diversity in Design full scholarships and mentorships will be open from Wednesday 7 June—23 July 2023.

The Diversity in Design Scholarship & Industry Mentorship is an opportunity open to aspiring designers from underrepresented groups—sponsored by our industry partners and Shillington.

Recipients receive 100% reduction on course fees for any full-time or part-time Shillington course on campus or online starting in September 2023. See all our course dates here.

They will also receive five post-graduate mentorship sessions from our Industry Partners.

What do we mean by underrepresented groups? Applicants can self-identify in their application. May include but is not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, social class, physical ability or attributes.

Applications open Wednesday 7 June, 9:00am BST

Application Process

What’s required to apply?

  1. Written submission.
    Answers to six questions: What do you currently do? Why do you want to study design? Why Shillington? What would be your dream job after graduating from Shillington? What impact would this scholarship have on your life and career? and what’s your hidden talent?
  2. Eligibility.
    Brief description of how you are eligible for the Diversity in Design scholarship
  3. Creative submission.
    Show us what this design scholarship would mean to you. Two submission options: Video <2 minutes or PDF <5 pages.
  4. NYC only: proof of high school diploma or GED.

Applications will be reviewed by Shillington staff, industry partners and a Shillumni panel.

Need any help with your application? Let us know.

Full Terms & Conditions


Any questions?

Our dedicated team are here to help!

Sam Fraser, 2021 Scholarship Recipient

“Separate from the practical skills I’ve learnt, the course prepared me for the industry by improving my confidence as a designer through working in an empowering learning environment with super supportive teachers and creative people.”

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Url Grant, 2021 Scholarship Recipient

“As a Black, queer, non-binary designer, Diversity in Design means representation. I should not be selected for a project with the intent to create diversity. I should be one of multiple different identities that make up a team.”

Hear more from Url

Georgina Charles, 2021 Scholarship Recipient

“Before finding out I won the scholarship—I had already made my peace with being passed over, but when they said that they all loved my janky little comic I nearly cried. Things like this don’t happen to me.”

Hear more from Georgina

Val Miranda, 2021 Half Scholarship Recipient

“Accessibility to design education is crucial as it provides equal opportunities to acquire the skills needed to create impactful designs. It helps give a voice to underrepresented communities in the design industry, bringing in new perspectives, leading to better design outcomes and a more inclusive society.”

Read more from Val

Industry Partners

To help with the program, we have teamed up with Industry Partners to help fund the scholarships and provide invaluable industry mentorships to our scholarship recipients.

So far, we’re thankful to have partnered with:

Want to get involved with the Diversity in Design program? Get in touch.



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