Hear straight from our graduates.
I knew that this course was the right fit for me!
Marketing & Design Manager, CostumeBox
You recently graduated from the part-time course in Brisbane. How did you learn about Shillington? What made our design course stand out from the rest?
I had sought out a creative learning path for some time but was deterred by expensive and drawn out courses. I had already completed 3 and a half years of university back in 2009, so the last thing I wanted was more debt and years of study. I found Shillington online and began to research their course offering, read the Shillington blog and watch student experience videos online—I knew that this course was the right fit for me!
I loved how hands-on the approach was, and the collaboration aspect with fellow students. I also loved how students are equipped with the skills needed to get a job straight away after graduating. The price is also very reasonable, so I was able to pay off the entire course fee prior to starting—which was great!
How was your Shillington experience? Did you form any close bonds with your classmates in the nine months you studied with us?
My experience was a roller coaster of emotions, but absolutely no regrets! The initial few months is actually really overwhelming, despite choosing a part-time course, the workload outside of class is a lot. I do believe that Shillington throws students into the deep end—but for the best! To be a great designer it’s important to be able to work under pressure, strict deadlines and an ability to be flexible with your designs (you can never get precious about a design!). You also need to be ready to make a million iterations!
In the 9 months of study, the last semester and a half were spent online due to Covid, so it did feel difficult to form bonds with other students from afar. Despite this, there were a few students that I felt comfortable to confide in during our portfolio period and provide support for one another during this stressful period of the course.
How did the Shillington course build up your skillset?
I knew absolutely nothing about Abobe programs before starting at Shillington. Upon graduating, I was confident and comfortable with InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop, which surprises me, as I found them so daunting 9 months prior!
The invaluable “design eye” you build up throughout the course changes your whole perspective on design, art and a lot of other aspects of life. I look at things with design principles in mind, almost unconsciously these days. The course has excelled my creative abilities immensely.
If you could give one piece of advice to someone starting on the part-time course at Shillington, what would it be?
You get out what you put in. Be prepared to do A LOT of your own homework outside of class. You will thank yourself later for putting in more time to graduate as confidently as you can.