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Shillington seemed like a perfect solution for someone like myself with no previous experience but who wanted to get into design.
UXR Lead, hedgehog lab
What were you doing before Shillington, what drew you toward the course?
Before Shillington I’d spent ten years working in the software industry, mainly in sales and client services. It was an area I fell into but it was never something I was really passionate about. I’ve always collected posters, artwork, flyers, magazines, packaging—that sort of thing, so I guess I’ve been into design but I’d just never properly tried to do anything myself.
How did you find the environment on the full-time course, did you make any particular connections with your fellow students and teachers?
I’m really glad I did the full time course. On my course there was really great group of people, classmates and teachers, and I ended up making some good friends. You do end up living in a bit of a Shillington bubble, its very full on and it can be quite tense at times with the workload and the deadlines, but doing full time, for me, meant I could fully immerse myself in it. I’m not sure if I could have juggled a job and doing the course part time, so hats off to the part time guys. The intensive nature of the course was definitely helped by an incredible group of classmates and teachers. Everyone was super supportive and at the end of a busy week we’d always take the opportunity to unwind and socialise on a Friday night (except during Portfolio time of course!) I moved to London to do the course and it was a perfect way to make friends in a new city.
What advice would you give to those thinking about enrolling at Shillington?
Just do it. It’s not an easy course by any means, but you get so much out of it that I’d recommend it to anyone with an interest in design. In fact if you could do it twice I probably would.