- Course: BA Graphic and Communication Design (Industrial)
What made you want to study your course at the University?
I always loved art at school, but preferred the digital side of it. I studied Fine Art at A-Level but enjoyed experimenting in digital art – which is what led me to study Graphic Design. In this age, digital design is very prominent in our daily lives. With this in mind, I decided that Graphic Design would be a really interesting aspect of art to study.
I chose to study at the University of Leeds specifically as it offered the chance to do a placement year and develop my skills, but to also be involved in live briefs from leading brands.
Describe the aspects of the course that you have enjoyed the most.
I really enjoyed the live briefs set from leading industry experts. I chose to take part in the Gap YCN (You Can Now) live brief in second year and managed to win a YCN Student Award. I got invited to the Gap offices in London for a day and also went to the YCN Student Award ceremony in London at the Barbican. It allowed me to meet people in the industry and be inspired by others my age.
Tell us about your placement.
I took a 12 month placement at a company called Clock near London. I gained a lot on my placement year and learnt industry and software skills which highly aided my work and work ethic in final year. I learnt how the industry and agencies work, it was a highly valuable experience. I feel I also grew up a lot during my year out, as I had a full time job. This improved my outlook on studying and my time management skills which really helped me in final year.
What are you planning to do once you graduate?
I was offered a job by the company I worked for during my placement. However, I found a role that suited my interests outside of design – health and fitness. I am now a Junior Creative Artworker at Myprotein. I have a huge interest in health and fitness so working for a company which I have been a customer of for years and have the same aspirations as, never gets boring. It is great to be able to merge my two interests – design and fitness – into my professional life.