FAQs: Help me decide!
Here's why we think Shillington stands out from the crowd:
Our lecturers are extremely talented graphic designers with years of experience and industry knowledge to share with you..They are also some of the most friendly, patient and passionate people you could hope to meet.
Our curriculum — the key to our success is that we can update our curriculum as and when we need to. If the design industry needs our students to know something that we're not already teaching we'll write it into our courses right away.
Our students — it takes commitment and courage to study something new, especially if you haven't been inside a classroom for a few years. Please don't worry - your classmates, like you, will be passionate about design and committed to changing their lives for the better. Many will become lifelong friends and invaluable contacts in the industry.
Yes, absolutely. Although 3 months sounds like a short amount of time there are 486 (yes, 486!) contact hours on the full-time course which is comparable to some 2 year courses. It is an intensive way to study graphic design and consistently produces fantastic results. Our courses have been refined over the years in order for you to get the most out of every single hour. The combination of learning the programs, understanding the theory and principles of design and working on typical briefs to realistic industry deadlines in a studio environment has been extremely successful in preparing students for their first industry role or furthering the careers of those already working as graphic designers.
Not necessarily. When employing a junior graphic designer, most employers will look at your portfolio before they look at your qualifications. After all, your portfolio will give them a much stronger idea of the quality of your work, your technical skills, and your practical knowledge of design than a certificate can. If an applicant's portfolio is poor it is unlikely that the employer will ask that person in for an interview regardless of their academic achievements.
At Shillington we prefer to run a portfolio course to a diploma or degree because it allows greater flexibility with the course content. It means we can focus on teaching what is practical and relevant. Your portfolio will be created from the briefs you work on during the course, each piece of work created using the Adobe design software and within realistic timeframes. The standard of work is very high as you can see from our student work section.
Find out more about what employers are looking for in a graduate.
The course content is effectively the same for both courses, with the part-time course structured slightly differently to allow for students to work as well as study if they need to.
Wondering if full-time or part-time would be best for you? With the full time course you'll get to be immersed in the course material five days per week and you'll be reinforcing what you've learned on a daily basis. Some people prefer this, while others prefer to have time to absorb what they've learned and practice at home between lessons. It simply depends on your learning style.
Sure! If you'd like to email us to make an appointment we can ensure someone is available to give you a personal tour.
Our teachers are all practising graphic designers so you can be confident that they are up to date with all the latest developments in the industry. We've chosen them specifically because they are not only talented designers but also excellent communicators who are friendly and approachable too. All of our teachers worldwide contribute to the curriculum to make sure the course is current on a global scale.
No experience necessary. You don't need to sit an interview or submit a portfolio of work in order to enroll on our Graphic Design Course. We only ask that you're excited about learning design and 100% committed. If English is not your first language please see our international students FAQs for more information.
Not at all. During the course you will need to do some rough sketches (thumbnails) in order to develop your ideas but your drawing ability will not be judged - it's about conveying ideas effectively rather than creating masterpieces, and we'll show you everything you need to know.
The minimum homework requirement is four hours per week for full-timers, seven hours per week for part-timers. Some weeks you might not have much homework, particularly at the beginning of the course, but do allow more time towards the end of the course when you're finishing off your portfolio - it will definitely pay off.
If you are already working in the industry, or have previously studied graphic design, here are some reasons why you might benefit from our Graphic Design Course:
Are your software skills self-taught?
We can teach you how to work smoothly and efficiently across the main Adobe design programs according to industry best practice.
Did you graduate from a previous course without a strong portfolio?
You'll leave Shillington armed with a solid portfolio featuring eight to twelve pieces of your best work, showcasing your ability to work across a wide range of graphic design briefs to realistic deadlines.
Did you study a long time ago and need to up-skill?
We can help you update your technical skills while refreshing and building on your design theory knowledge.
If you're a practising designer wanting to learn a little more about coding and designing for digital environments we run a week-long Web Course which will demystify the process.
Our course is pretty intensive and we want everyone to graduate with all the skills and confidence they'll need to start their new creative careers. In order to achieve this you'll need to be able to commit to missing no more than 4 days if studying full-time or 6 nights if studying part-time.
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