Hear straight from our graduates.
Studying on Sundays allowed me to come to class with a fresh mind in the morning and it helped me dive in deeper throughout the day.
Creative Intern, Landor & Fitch
First of all, why did you choose Shillington? What made our course stand out from the rest?
I loved that the curriculum was about doing, rather than just theoretical stuff. I felt it was the experience and learning I needed to make a career shift and start working as a designer, in a short period of time. Receiving a scholarship to study at Shillington also helped me financially, and gave me confidence that I had potential as a designer.
Why did you choose to study on Sundays? What were your experiences on the Sunday course?
I wanted to study part time so I could apply my learning to my work at the same time and have a longer period to digest and develop my design knowledge and skills, taking inspiration from the world around me. I liked the idea of dedicating my weekends to studying, as I was running a business and working part time Mon-Fri. Studying on Sundays allowed me to come to class with a fresh mind in the morning and it helped me dive in deeper throughout the day.
What have you been up to since you graduated last year? How has your life changed after Shillington?
After graduating I freelanced as a designer whilst continuing my previous roles as an illustrator and a marketing manager. I even got to do design work with one of my Shillington classmates! I then moved on to a full-time role as a Junior Designer at an editorial studio called Dirt & Glory Media, and I recently started a creative internship at the leading brand transformation agency Landor & Fitch. I’m over the moon!!!
What were you up to before Shillington? Tell us why you decided to make the transition to being a graphic designer.
I was creative from childhood and in my teenage years, I really started to appreciate design, without realising the breadth of opportunities in the industry. Because of this and my lack of confidence in the creative route, I ended up studying Consumer Behaviour & Marketing at uni. I was also told it was a safer track. When I worked in Client Services and Strategy at marketing agencies & startups, I was blown away by what designers did, and with time I discovered I was a creative problem solver. I always loved drawing so started illustrating but wanted to take it further and become a graphic designer too. That’s when I applied to Shillington!
Back to Shillington, what was your favourite brief on the course? Can you tell us about your process?
I liked the variety of briefs, but especially enjoyed the branding briefs. One was for a Co-working space startup and one for a Space museum. I knew I had a passion for branding before the course, but also discovered my interest in experiential by working on these briefs. It was great fun to think how far I could push the rollouts and get an audience to interact with a brand; through technology, interior design and more.
Shillington provided us with a framework of the branding process, including research and analysis, ideation and prototyping through to designing and mocking up. These stages are broken down and reviewed in stages with teachers and other students, which is a really helpful way to ensure the work is well informed and inspired!
Did you make any meaningful connections with teachers or fellow students during the course?
I really appreciate the teachers and students that I got to learn from. Even throughout lockdown we supported each other and made the most of it! Many of us have met up after and I’m seeing a bunch of the alumni again in a couple of weeks for food, drinks and experience sharing.
What would you say to someone who is sceptical about the Shillington course?
Shillington has helped me kickstart my design career quickly! If you’re ambitious, ready to hustle and enjoy the process, you CAN land a design job after the course. It happened to me and many others!