Hear straight from our graduates.
Life is too short to be doing something you don’t love everyday. If you’re passionate about becoming a designer, then just go for it.
Winner of the Shillington x Champion Agency Scholarship
How did you find the Shillington course? Tell us about your experiences.
It was a lot of hard work, but it really paid off. Everyday was different and I learnt so much more than I imagined. It felt like I was going to work everyday—the briefs are very similar to ones you would get in the real world and it was amazing to get feedback from professionals. It went by so quickly and I’m very happy I have a lot of work and a full portfolio to show for it.
You had some self-taught design skills before the course—how did the course build on what you already knew?
It was useful to have some design knowledge behind me but Shillington taught me so much more. I finally learnt that grids existed and that I should not be typesetting in Illustrator (to be honest, I didn’t even know what typesetting was before the course). There is only so much that YouTube can teach you, but there is nothing like getting professional and industry relevant guidance. My design skills have improved so much within the 3 months.
What was your favourite project you worked on at Shillington? Can you tell us about your process on it?
Hard question! But the handmade project was really fun. I decided to choose one of my favourite albums, Teens of Denial by Car Seat Headrest, and create an alternate cover. I wanted to make it simple, bold and a bit weird. I already knew what the album was based on, but did extra research which would help me come up with my concept. The album is all about growing up, drugs, alcohol, regret and growing from this. I opted for taking a cheap beer can, painting it white and placed flowers within in the can to symbolises growth from an unusual place. It basically represents the band members adapting from their past and becoming something much better.
Have you got any advice for anyone who wants to study at Shillington? And anyone who might want to apply for the scholarship in 2020?
Life is too short to be doing something you don’t love everyday. If you’re passionate about becoming a designer, then just go for it. I am so glad I had the opportunity to do the course and I will never forget it. Just make sure you are committed and determined to giving it 100%. If applying for the scholarship, make sure you express how much you want it and show it in a way which is creative and honest. You don’t need design experience, you just need to be passionate about design and know it is the career path you want to take.