How did Solent prepare you for your career?
The course prepared me by giving me a very diverse portfolio that meant I was able to confidently apply for positions I hadn't considered before starting university. I was pushed to try things such as bookmaking and website design, as well as taking on responsibilities such as organising gallery shows and fundraising. This meant that when I left the course, I wasn't pigeonholed as someone who just made images with type.
I learnt to be a designer, self-promoter, organiser, freelancer and someone who can direct their own work, as well as an illustrator.
What’s your favourite Solent memory?
Say yes to whatever you can handle; you never know who may see your work or who you might get into conversation with unless you get out there whenever you can. And when there's nothing to say yes to, make the work you wish someone else would tell you to make, and put it out there all the same.
What's next for you?
I'm just about to start work as a junior designer for King's Road Publishing, a part of Bonnier Publishing. I will mainly be assisting the senior designer in tasks such as cover layouts, page design and reformatting issues for re-prints. I am also working part-time, trying to get a foot into editorial illustration, focusing mostly on film and music.
This course is for you if you love image making and really want to develop and explore methods of making those images. If you're dedicated, you'll find all the resources to say what you want in the studio.
Find out more about BA (Hons) Illustration