Jump to content
Menu Apply

Hear straight from our graduates.

My best friend suggested creating a GoFundMe campaign to collect the money necessary to enroll. The campaign ended up paying for 1/3 of the fees.

Graphic & Experience Designer, KAIRO

Eman Abdallah

Why did you decide to study design? Why Shillington?

The way I was introduced to design at first kind of gave me a bad representation but while I was studying studio arts, I realized that we were incorporating most, if not all, of the design principles. Surprisingly, studying art is what made me see design in a new light and fall in love with it!

When I moved to New York, I was looking at different workshops and courses that could teach me more about graphic design. I wanted methodology (design theory, typography, design principles, etc.) as well as practical experience of how designers work in the real world (briefs, deadlines, client feedback, etc). I ended up going to a Shillington info session and realized how tailored it was for my personality; being an extrovert who mostly learns by interacting with other people, having conversations about the subject matter and loves challenges.

To fund your studies at Shillington, you started a GoFundMe campaign. Tell us more about that! Why did people donate, and any tips for other people considering launching a GoFundMe effort?

When I found out about Shillington, I realized that it was way beyond my financial means to pay for and it was kind of disheartening but I was determined to do it. My best friend suggested creating a GoFundMe campaign to collect the money necessary to enroll. The campaign ended up paying for 1/3 of the fees.

I think people felt that my story is honest and that I shared it with an open heart and that is why they donated. I also think that people believe in someone who believes in themselves and is clear about their objectives. That’s really the kind of approach I took when I created my campaign. A few tips from my experience:

  1. You literally have nothing to lose, only to gain. I think this motto is overused and abused but in my case, it was literally all I needed to hear. I knew I could fail (raise zero money and not be able to enroll) and I guess that was equal to not trying at all. My curiosity and determination to learn graphic design in New York (what I consider to be the capital of this field in the world) surpassed my fear though.
  2. Reach out to people personally. Sharing the link on your social profiles is not enough. Reach out to people you know who have a higher chance of helping you financially; friends who have a stable income, family friends, relatives, etc. Also, don’t be afraid to reach out to people you don’t know to both donate as well as put the word out there; designers in your city, your favorite artists, your teachers from high school, etc.
  3. People love feeling appreciated. Think of a special way to thank the people who will donate to your campaign and watch the difference this will make! I personally promised an original design piece to each person who donates to my campaign.

Visit Eman’s website and read her full interview on the blog.

Julia Hoolahan
Art Director, Home Beautiful

Seyi Ogunlade
Freelance Graphic Designer and Photographer

Jess Goodall
Digital Designer, Pistachio Design

Stephanie Halovanic
Creative Producer, &Walsh

Megan Voo
UX/UI & Content Designer, Ignite Online

Gerald Torto
Strategist, Re Agency

Romayne Gadelrab
Freelance Graphic Designer

Eman Abdallah
Graphic & Experience Designer, KAIRO

Ariana Villegas
Designer, Simplecast

Ray Wong
Designer, Oink Creative

Johanna Hagenauer
Brand / Product Designer, Rexlabs

Emily Campos
UX Designer, Wix

Rawin Keo
Lead Graphic Designer, Dermalogica

Mark Osmond
Designer, Thumbs Up!

Vanessa Bertagnole
Graphic Multimedia Designer, Surf Life Saving Queensland

Araki Koman
Freelance Illustrator and Designer

Arwa Al-Salam
Designer, Human Appeal

Benny Hinman
Designer, Frost*collective

Em Stokes
Junior Designer, MOO

Veronica Humphris
Digital Designer, Mapway

Leila Bartholet
Designer, Chandelier

Alexandra Francis
Designer, Flow Creative

Benjamin Ngooi
Graphic Designer, Cox Architecture

Sophie Lord
Creative Director, Hello May

Khadijah Adbul Nabi
Freelance Graphic Designer

Frankie Young
Founder, Studio Neubau

Ella Donald & Charlotte Carnegie Brown
Co-Founders, Studio Duzi

Amy Forsyth
Graphic Designer, Alfresco Emporium

Jaira Adlawan
Senior Visual Designer, Sephora

Jamie Krups
Creative at Stab Magazine

Keiran McCann
Graphic Designer, Victoria’s Secret

Greg Bemis
Creative, Nike

Anastasiia Vinnichenko
Designer, ToyFight

Lori Beth Kaye
Senior Product Designer, The Iconic

Megan Dweck
Visual Designer, McKinsey & Company

James Freebairn
Junior Graphic Designer, Dark Mofo

Irina Manning
UX Designer, Manning Labs

Shannon Gordon
Designer, R/GA

Sinead Murphy
Freelance Graphic Designer

Lauren Koste
Freelance Designer and Craft Beer Specialist

Ani Monteleone
Designer, The Wall Street Journal

Caitlin Clancy
Designer, The New York Times

Miwako Suzuki
Integrated Creative Director

Linda Gao
Designer, HBO

Rachel Urquhart
Founder, Pony Gold Studio

Will Batrouney
Graphic Designer, Ignite Online

Ellie Pinney
Freelance Designer

Katie Lodge
Business Development Manager, Frost* collective

Joseph Lebus
Designer, Made Thought

Jordan Demetriou
Junior Designer, Principals

Hamish Snow
Product Designer, Rexlabs

Emily Somers
Founder, Bravery Co.

Eleanor Robertson
Designer, Paul Belford Ltd

Estefi Panizza
Junior Designer, Design Bridge

Erin Gale
Designer, Target

Kylie Meller
Founder, duosista Web and Graphic Design

Yarron Frauenfelder
Design Director

Bianca Chu
Senior Designer, eBay

Bianca Oggiano
Designer, FutureBrand

Alexander Rog
Junior Designer, oOh!

Christopher J Porter
Designer, I See Sea

Babeth Olde Hanter
Junior Art Director, SOV

Chrystal Christie
Photographer/Graphic Designer, One Round Entertainment

Tally Thompson
Graphic Designer, Awesome Creative

Dominika Stanczyk
Designer, Open Water

Lindsay Koffler
Graphic Designer, Refinery29

Amee Wilson
Art Director, Clemenger BBDO

Lily Moore
Designer at Sotheby’s

Braden Floris
Designer, GoFundMe

Ashley Ronning
Illustrator and Founder of Helio Press

Tahmena Lutfi
Digital Designer, Qantas and Jetstar Hotels

Anara Davletaliyeva
UX Designer and Developer, Appliances Online

Tiffany Yee
Designer, Forever 21

Amy Sheehan
Art Director, Insider Inc.

Emma Ladlow
Designer, University of Nottingham Students' Union

Alexis Waller
Design Director, R/GA

Halah El Kholy
In-House Designer, Brew Tea Co

Jess White
Junior Graphic Designer, Just Media Design

Bobby Hendry
Designer, Brilliant Logic

Jessica Bakker
Junior Graphic Designer, Beyond Communications

Lauren Dannenberg
Designer, Mary's Group

Arnold Omanyo
UX/UI Designer, Digital on Demand

Dawn Moloney
Founder, A Making Life

Miranda Mayne
Freelance Graphic Designer

Caroline Keefe
Freelance, Nickelodeon

Paul and Amoni Liddell
Graphic Designers, Westpac CX and Feel

Meredith Wallis
Designer, King & Partners

Ocki Magill
Founder, Letter Bug Studios

Victoire Scherer
Junior Graphic Designer, Neoscape

Anika George
Designer, AKQA

Liana Modolo
UX Designer, Rex Software

Kelly Hansen
Graphic Designer, Amazon Books

Mikel McCavana
Designer, Moment

Alexander Wu-Kim
Concept Creative, ANDPEOPLE Australia

Jing Ong
Designer, Autumn

Kirsten McColl
Designer, WH-O

Nicole Rogers
Designer, Birchbox

Pooja Dharia
Branding Designer, FCB Health

Erin Donati
Founder, Harley Quinn & Co.

Jackson Todd
Art Director, Van Der Zwaag

Andy Vargas
Designer, Bitâcora

Moshe Bien
Designer, Nucleus

Crystal Lin
Designer, DNA Design

Stephen Grace
Designer, Christopher Doyle & Co.

Eleanor Rogers
Letterpress Printer, Chapel Press

Andy Tharagonnet
Designer, ThumbsUp

Ben Peters
Freelance Graphic Designer

Brad Holten
Designer, Big Idea

Natalia Baker
Freelance Graphic Designer

Molly Sitter
Studio Designer, Spring St. Social Society

Guy Pittard
Freelance Graphic Designer

Bea Sambalido
Freelance Graphic Designer

Oceane Combeau
Designer, Fernand et Firmin

Anna Mullin
Illustrator, Sneaky Racoon

Theo Witrylak
Visual Designer, EPAM

Stephanie Antill
Founder, St Clement Creative

Paul McKie and Myles Sharpe
Directors, Autumn

Pete Conforto
Designer, For The People

Roo Cassels
Designer, Big Fish

Nicol Reid
Founder, Little Creative

James Birks
Freelance Illustrator and Designer

David Scott
Designer, The Mix

Jane Durlacher
Graphic Designer, Paper Stone Scissors

Rachel Lee
Freelance Graphic Designer

Janno Saft
Founder, frank wo

Sean Raynor
Designer, Watermark Studio

Vanessa Burgess
Graphic Designer, Tritium

Olivier Adam
Freelance Graphic Designer

Cari Sekendur
Art Director, LMNOP Creative

Alexandra Menzies
Freelance Graphic Designer

Margherita Baldi
Freelance Visual Designer

Tim Jones
Brand Experience Director, venturethree

Carla Scotto
Freelance Graphic Designer

Meg Walker
Designer, Milkshake

Christina Capetola
Designer at Wayfair

Louise Hamer
Design Lead, We Are Empire

Ina Estrada
Founder, Par Vous Designs

Sam Jacobs
Senior Designer, Time Inc.

Ulrika Johnson
Designer, Fantasia Accessories

Henriette van Baren
Graphic Designer, ABC Carpet & Home

Charly Tudor
Graphic Designer, Holdens

Lola Irwanto
Graphic Designer, Princess Polly

Apply Today

Campus and Intake Date

How it works

Ready to apply for Shillington's graphic design course? You're four steps away. Simply select your campus and course, share your personal details, pay the initial deposit and we'll get in touch to confirm all the details.

Still researching? Learn more about our course and view course dates and fees.

Payment
I would like to pay my deposit via:*
The remainder of my fees will be paid:*
Payments are securely powered by Stripe
Confirmation

Need help? Let me know.