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I knew that I needed some studio experience and Shillington gave me just that. The course was run like a real studio—with briefs, feedback and the practices that you find in an actual design studio. By the end of the course, I felt confident to be able to step into a studio and start work.
Book Designer, Scholastic
Why Shillington? What made our design course stand out from the rest?
I had studied graphic design at uni with a major in illustration about 10 years previously. After my degree, I worked in a different field but was now interested in getting back into design. I looked around different courses in order to update and refresh my skills. However, most courses were both very long and also covered a lot of what I had already learned at uni. When I saw the course at Shillington, I knew straight away that the practical studio skills focus was exactly what I needed. I also loved that the course was 9 months part time, so I could keep working while I studied.
What were you up to before Shillington? Why did you take the plunge and enrol?
I had been working for a church for the previous 10 years. Unfortunately, I became sick and couldn’t continue in that role. As I was recovering and exploring job options, I decided to investigate working in illustration and graphic design again. I knew that I needed to update my skills and could see that Shillington was perfect for my situation. I had a meeting with some of the teachers at the Sydney campus and knew that it was for me.
Did you have any previous design experience? How did the course build your skillset?
My main design experience was through university where I studied graphic design in first year and focussed on illustration for the other three years. Unfortunately, uni didn’t really do a great job at helping students be job-ready. I knew that I needed some studio experience and Shillington gave me just that. The course was run like a real studio—with briefs, feedback and the practices that you find in an actual design studio. By the end of the course, I felt confident to be able to step into a studio and start work.
What would you say to someone who is skeptical about the Shillington course?
I would suggest they check it out. Book a meeting with the campus. Ask your questions and share your concerns. As for my experience—I would not have gotten my job if not for the skills and confidence I gained at Shillington.
If you could give one piece of advice to someone starting at Shillington, what would it be?
Go to each class with a sense of humility and be ready to learn, to get feedback and to put in your best effort.