Hear straight from our graduates.
Shillington made me a problem solver—a person who can visualise and has creative perception. Basically, it prepared me for the real world.
Did you make any meaningful connections during the course?
Something I loved about studying in London was how international it is. For some reason, once you’re there, every nationality, race, culture, etc. cancels out. Everyone is there for the same reason. All my Shillington classmates became really close. We were a great class with lots of potential. We still have a Facebook group where we constantly catch up, ask for each other’s feedback and share interesting/funny things. I also keep in touch with my lovely teachers, I always like to share my merits with them, they deserve to be part of it as well.
How have you found life since graduating?
Shillington trained my eyes and my mind. It taught me from the most basic conceptual aspect to the most complex technical skill. Shillington made me a problem solver—a person who can visualise and has creative perception. Basically, it prepared me for the real world.
After I graduated in 2014 I got a job right away in one of the best design agencies in Colombia, Lip. Their work is mostly focused on commercial branding. After a year of experience and learning how the dynamic of a studio worked, I decided to change paths and take a more artistic direction. I now work at Bitâcora, an on going project by the artist Nicolas Cuestas. A space where art and design intertwine, incubating projects, ideas, experiments, concepts and production processes that generate a colourful spectrum of results. I don’t limit myself to only one focus. I alternate from cultural management, to textile design for fabrics, to artist album artworks, to commercial branding as well. I never imagined how broad graphic design could be.
Would you recommend the Shillington experience to others curious in pursuing a career in graphic design?
Without hesitating. I would go back if I could!
What advice would you give to the current students studying at Shillington?
Make the most of it. Absorb everything. Ask if you don’t understand. Take it seriously and you will end up with a kick-ass portfolio. Make friends from different cultures and always smile!