NC Graphic Design; HND Visual Communication; BA Visual Communication and Digital Publishing
“Before college I had always been interested in Art and Design, it was my favourite subject at school. I also enjoyed photo manipulation on computers and used to edit my friend's profile photos for their Bebo or Myspace accounts.
“I was encouraged by my careers advisor at Inverkeithing High School to follow the path from NC to Degree at Fife College. He told me it was good alternative to University.
“The college route was the better route for me because in 5th year at high school I really wasn't enjoying myself and I had let my grades slip. The only higher subject I maintained an interest in was Art & Design - which I dedicated all my time too. I really didn't want to stay on in 6th year to repeat my Highers so when my careers advisor suggested I could take the college route to my degree I was very excited. It was also so convenient staying at home and travelling to college locally every day.
“I really enjoyed my time at Fife College; I was there for four years in total and studied at both St Brycedale and Stenton Campuses. I really enjoyed the mix of tutors I had throughout my time at the College; they all came from industry backgrounds and some had even taught at the Edinburgh College of Art previously, so I was sure that I was receiving an excellent standard of education.
“The courses, from NC through HND and then the BA, definitely helped me prepare for my career as a graphic designer. The way they are run makes it like you are coming into a design studio every day, creating a place where you can be inspired by your peers and bounce ideas off each other.
“As well as design, the courses taught me great communication skills such as pitching ideas or presenting final outcomes to the class. In the degree course, our year was the first year to run the module which requires students to set up a working design agency, pitching for client work, producing high quality design, sourcing print etc. This was valuable part of the course which helped me feel more confident going into the working world of design, knowing that I had these skills which I wouldn't have developed on another course. I am glad that this has been integrated as a graded module within the course as I think it is invaluable.
“When I first graduated I took on some freelance work, working with local companies in Fife such as the Aberdour Festival and friends and family. In 2013 I accepted my first job as an in house graphic designer for Heriot-Watt University Student Union where I have continued to grow in my career.
“I would definitely recommend the College and these courses to anyone who has an interested in graphic design, or even art or communicating visually in general, as it's very interesting. Having no exams can be a big bonus too, if you're not academically minded that way.
I plan to further my career in the industry. I am always looking for new jobs and new opportunities. I would love to work for a big design agency in the future or even become self-employed as a freelance graphic designer with my own business.
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