Hear straight from our graduates.
Everything was put in place to make sure that the classes rapport and vibrant energy kept going. It wasn’t just reassuring, but a positive distraction at times.
Junior Creative, Dinosaur
Why Shillington? What made our design course stand out from the rest?
In all honesty, Shillington was the only course I properly scoped out. I had tried a couple of times to self-teach and it was hard to gauge—even if I was covering the basics. After a chat with someone in the design industry, who had spoken highly about Shillington graduates, I attended an Info Session. I got a great feeling and from that point, I knew I wanted to apply myself 110% to the course.
What have you been up to since graduation?
The time between now and graduation has flown by, but yes, I landed a job at Dinosaur. As a lover of side projects, I’ve been doing a whole bunch of things to branch out into the industry. Some of the highlights include attending an online program with M&C Saatchi London, developing concepts for quick-fire briefs, attending online events and recently participating in the #happytohelp initiative which offers help and support to the Class of 2021 during the pandemic. I feel all of which has been influential to my ongoing design journey.
What were you up to before Shillington? After a Fine Arts degree and Marketing, what pulled you into graphic design?
I think there have been hints of graphic design all along. While studying Fine Art, I took to typographic art, usually with a sarcastic or witty nature, which led to me rejecting the serious side of Fine Art. My degree alongside my marketing experience helped me understand the importance of building a good concept. As a natural creative, I ditched the data and went all-in on design.
What was your favourite brief on the course? Tell us your process!
Personally, I enjoyed the bigger briefs. But the campaign brief and the Soapbox festival were the highlights for me. I had a great time experimenting with the tone of voice and dabbling with copywriting.
Did you face any particular challenges during your course? Can you tell us about them? Obviously the pandemic springs to mind!
Portfolio time in the first wave of the pandemic? Challenging is a nice way of putting it—even with a year of hybrid (office/home) working under my belt, I was still anxious to see the course move online, but the team at Shillington made the transition so natural. Everything was put in place to make sure that the classes rapport and vibrant energy kept going. It wasn’t just reassuring, but a positive distraction at times.
Did you make any meaningful connections with teachers or fellow students during the course? Did the transition online help to make the connections even stronger?
It’s quite hard to answer that question without sounding cheesy! I’ve made amazing connections from the course with both teachers and students. Some are professional and others have formed into friendships, both equally valued. I don’t know if the transition online made them stronger, but we always had high spirits within the group.
What would you say to someone who is sceptical about the Shillington course?
If you’re a motivated person and believe you can do anything if you put your mind to it — all you need to do is take the same mindset and apply it to Shillington, they’ll give you all the right skills to hit your goals in no time!