Third–year BA Graphic design, University College Falmouth
Why did you choose graphic design?
After completing my art and design foundation and exploring different areas of art, I focused on graphic design, mainly because of the constant variety within it. No work is ever the same.
What is your plan after graduation?
I’m going to take a year out and travel, as well as get some work experience and undertake some volunteer work.
Eventually I hope to do a PCGE and become an art teacher, either for secondary school or for art foundation courses. I want to help others realise their artistic potential and teach them the skills I have learnt through both my foundation studies and degree.
Do you think art and design degrees get a bad reputation of being a soft option?
I don’t agree, but I suppose it does depend on the university. I work hard for my degree, and constantly have to evolve and expand different ideas.
Also, whatever the art course, there is a huge amount of academic work involved. I work as hard as any other degree student, just in different ways.
What advice would you give to students in earlier years of their art course?
Sort out your plans early. Visit your careers adviser and find out your grade boundaries. By doing this you can work out what you are heading for in your overall degree.
Work experience is a must, as you will need to see if you are suited to a particular career. I did a placement at a large graphic design company in London last year, and I realised the career I had been planning for the past few years really wasn’t for me. That’s when I started researching other options, and came across teaching.
The good thing about art courses is that they open a lot of doors. There are many options available for art graduates – you’ve just got to find the one for you.