Saturday, 16 June 2012


Hello All,

I have received quite a few questions about the course I am hoping to start in September. I thought, rather than replying separately to each question, it would be better to reply to everyone in a post. Thank you all for the interest and if you have any other questions just drop me a line.

What course are you taking?
It's official name is something like: BTEC Level 3 Graphic Design. It's an evening course so you can work and study at the same time. (Useful for those of us coming to the game late- a girl's gotta eat).

Where are you studying?
Brighton City College

Do you have past qualifications?
No. I wanted to do something creative about 10 years ago but, like a fool, I thought I would take the academic route and went off to university to study Classical Civilizations.Whilst I really enjoyed studying Classics (and feel lucky to have had the opportunity) my advice to anyone considering further education is this: Follow your intuition. do what excites you and what you are good at, chances are you will choose a career that involves these things.

Do you have relevant experience?
I work for a company of cartoonist/animators/graphic designers. The stuff they do looked like such fun I decided I wanted in on the action.

For the most part my work experience has involved copy writing, working alongside designers to produce promotional material. Though I have had input as far as the overall look is concerned (colours, layout etc), I couldn't do the 'techi' bit, which is why I want to get those skills.

This may sound trite, but being around creative people is what inspired me to take the course. working in a creative industry has meant I have seen a whole bunch of jobs I didn't even know existed, not to mention meeting a heap of lovely people who are making a living doing something they love. 

Whats in your portfolio?
 It has taken me years to come to realize that you don't necessarily need to follow a prescribed path to get to where you want to be. So don't be afraid to put in things you have done for own pleasure.

A portfolio only needs to show that you are interested in something and give a flavor of the sort of work you do (obviously what you intend to use your portfolio for heavily dictates what goes in it).

My portfolio is made up of a few bits I have done over the last couple of years, but mostly doodles and sketches.

I hope this answers all your questions, and is of some help. xXx


  1. good ol' city! I just did an Extended Diploma in Art there! well fash/textiles and its such a great college well the art side anyway!
    good luck with the course I'm sure you'll love it and do amazingly!!

    1. Oh wow!I meant to go to the show you guys just did as Phee's sisters go there and have just graduated too. I wish I had now Phee said it was really impressive. xxx

  2. ooh this is really exciting! definitely should have gone last year and we could have had study groups! x

    1. Oh that would have been so fun! I miss sitting next to your fire, listening to HP and drawing. those were the days x


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