Hear straight from our graduates.
What I love about being a designer is that I get to create something from nothing every single day. We are given the unique power to shape the way those around us perceive things.
Senior Designer, Time Inc.
Sam Jacobs studied at Shillington New York
How did you find the Shillington classroom environment?
It was like staring at a blank page. Each morning you could reinvent yourself and that was a terrifying and yet exhilarating experience. Without knowing what the day would hold, you had no choice but to dive in and see what happened. By the end of the day, with the help of the amazing teachers, you had produced something you never thought you could do before, and bit by bit, you discovered who you were and what you were meant to be. It was intense, but the reward was always worth it.
What would you say to someone who is skeptical about the Shillington course?
I would say that Shillington is a magical place but only if you are willing to put in the time and effort to see it through. There is no secret formula that by signing up you are guaranteed to come out with an amazing portfolio and it is hard work that takes discipline and a lot of late nights. If you truly take this program seriously, you will come out of it with everything you need to land the job of your dreams.
If you could give one piece of advice to someone starting at Shillington, what would it be?
Don’t try to be someone you are not. Yes, you are learning a completely new career, but we all have different things that we bring with us, and those things come out in the briefs you work on. It is what separates you from anyone else, and what allows you to create designs that actually mean something, designs that aren’t generic or cookie-cutter. I don’t think I really realized this about Shillington until having to answer this question but no matter what career you choose to pursue after Shillington, design related or not, you will have a better understanding of who you are and what you are passionate about. That is the type of lesson that you cannot put a price tag on, and one that you will keep with you for the rest of your life.