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We’re taught a lot at Shillington! More than most students who graduate from ‘prestigious’ arts schools.

Designer, R/GA

Shannon Gordon

You already had qualifications from two other schools, so why did you decide to study at Shillington? 

Before Shillington I graduated from Fashion Institute of Technology with an Associates Degree in Communication Design. I had heard about Shillington around 2012 which is about the same time I was attending the School of Visual Arts for Traditional Animation. But I realized that private schools really weren’t an realistic option financially. And I really respected the work that I saw being produced by Shillington’s students. So I decided to study at Shillington.

What was your favourite part of the course?

Actually, I really enjoyed the portfolio time. There are things that I would have done differently, but the time spent with my classmates to review each others work and being able to pick the brains of my teachers was the best part of it.

What is your favourite project from your portfolio? Walk us through your process!

My favorite portfolio project is Higglie. It started off as a branding assignment for pet sitting company that would have to be rolled out. The first thing I did was use mind mapping and word techniques. I wanted to find what pet owners want for their pets and also the different pets and what they would need. I researched potential competitors to see what they were doing and how the pet sitting company would differ or do better—I came up values such as playful, trusting, and community.

What was your biggest challenge?

The biggest challenge I would say is having to rely on yourself and on your instincts. Being a part-time student was a little challenging accessing teachers between class time. But at portfolio time everything became really strict, which was helpful but it was scary at the same time. It’s very much like the real world!

How has your life changed after Shillington? 

I have a lot more confidence in what I know now. All of the information and gaps I felt I had always been missing were filled in by Shillington. In terms of utilizing design programs, taking on creative briefs, and organizing myself to get projects done. We’re taught a lot at Shillington! More than most students who graduate from ‘prestigious’ arts schools.

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

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We’re taught a lot at Shillington! More than most students who graduate from ‘prestigious’ arts schools.

Designer, R/GA

Shannon Gordon

You already had qualifications from two other schools, so why did you decide to study at Shillington? 

Before Shillington I graduated from Fashion Institute of Technology with an Associates Degree in Communication Design. I had heard about Shillington around 2012 which is about the same time I was attending the School of Visual Arts for Traditional Animation. But I realized that private schools really weren’t an realistic option financially. And I really respected the work that I saw being produced by Shillington’s students. So I decided to study at Shillington.

What was your favourite part of the course?

Actually, I really enjoyed the portfolio time. There are things that I would have done differently, but the time spent with my classmates to review each others work and being able to pick the brains of my teachers was the best part of it.

What is your favourite project from your portfolio? Walk us through your process!

My favorite portfolio project is Higglie. It started off as a branding assignment for pet sitting company that would have to be rolled out. The first thing I did was use mind mapping and word techniques. I wanted to find what pet owners want for their pets and also the different pets and what they would need. I researched potential competitors to see what they were doing and how the pet sitting company would differ or do better—I came up values such as playful, trusting, and community.

What was your biggest challenge?

The biggest challenge I would say is having to rely on yourself and on your instincts. Being a part-time student was a little challenging accessing teachers between class time. But at portfolio time everything became really strict, which was helpful but it was scary at the same time. It’s very much like the real world!

How has your life changed after Shillington? 

I have a lot more confidence in what I know now. All of the information and gaps I felt I had always been missing were filled in by Shillington. In terms of utilizing design programs, taking on creative briefs, and organizing myself to get projects done. We’re taught a lot at Shillington! More than most students who graduate from ‘prestigious’ arts schools.

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

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