Hear straight from our graduates.
I keep saying it was the best experience of my life because it truly was!
Director & Creator, Red Back Rugs
Chrystal Christie studied at Shillington New York
You’re originally from Sydney, Australia. What motivated you to study in New York?
I have traveled to New York a couple times in the past with my family and fell in love from the moment I got off the plane. It’s such an extraordinary city with so much going on which kept me motivated to pursue my dreams.
What tips can you provide to international students looking to study in New York?
DO IT! No hesitation. It’ll feel very overwhelming at times but that’s the city pushing you to continue. It is however quite costly to live in the city so make sure you set yourself a budget and save up enough money to be able to eat more than just a pretzel a day.
If you could give one piece of advice to a new student at Shillington, what would it be?
Prepare yourself for an amazing experience and have an open mind throughout its entirety. ALWAYS take any advice and constructive criticism as you can because it’s very easy for you to get glued to the computer screen beating yourself up over the kerning of one word. It is much easier to ask someone next to you for their opinion. Everyone has a different eye especially for design so make sure you explore.
Watch Chrystal’s Shillington story about why studying design in New York City is so amazing, including snapshots of her 3 month adventure and how the city’s vibrancy inspired her as a student.