Hear straight from our graduates.
Shillington was great because it only took me three months to complete, gave me all the exact skills I was looking for, and gave me a great introduction into the design industry in general.
What were you up to before Shillington?
I was working in advertising as an account manager. My job was to act as an information funnel between the clients and the rest of the agency (that means producers, project mangers, planners, art directors, copywriters, etc…) So, I was surrounded by creative people on a daily basis. It didn’t take me long to realize that I would rather be the one concepting and creating these designs.
Why Shillington? What made our design course stand out from the rest?
I looked around for almost a year at different design programs in NYC. They were either too expensive or took too much time to complete (or both on many occasions). Shillington stood out to me because I already had a couple years of work experience under my belt, and wasn’t interested in spending another 2-3 years in school. I was hungry and anxious to get my newly-chosen career path on track. Shillington was great because it only took me three months to complete, gave me all the exact skills I was looking for, and gave me a great introduction into the design industry in general.
What do you love about being a designer?
I love the challenge of making designs functional and beautiful at the same time. Since my job falls under the umbrella of the marketing team at Birchbox, I have to consider our customers’ motivation and what speaks to them. I enjoy that challenge. I think it can inform designs and sometimes push you to create something that’s better than what you would have originally come up with.
What would you stay to someone skeptical about the Shillington course?
I would say if you’re even a little bit interested in a career in design, it is definitely one of the more valuable, worthwhile courses out there. The full-time option was a great choice for me–even with the stressful portfolio week at the end of it. I’ve also heard amazing things about the flexibility of the part-time option.