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Af­ter work­ing in ad­ver­tis­ing for 10 years, Brazil­ian Thales Ribeiro wanted a new di­rec­tion, so he ap­plied for Hy­per Is­land’s In­ter­ac­tive Art Di­rec­tor course. “At a tra­di­tional univer­sity, every stu­dent goes through the same path,” he says. “Hy­per Is­land re­quires a lot of self-lead­er­ship, but at the end, the re­sult is much more re­ward­ing.” Dur­ing the course, Ribero formed his own de­sign agency with four other stu­dents, as an al­ter­na­tive to the stan­dard in­tern­ship; since then they’ve turned it into a real-life brand­ing and strate­gic agency, Se­ri­ous Busi­ness, based in Aus­tralia. Charly Tu­dor grad­u­ated from a de­gree in Printed Tex­tiles and Sur­face Pat­tern De­sign in 2006. “Af­ter a few in­tern­ships, I re­alised it wasn’t for me and pur­sued my se­cond love, sta­tionery,” she says. Fol­low­ing six years work­ing within var­i­ous stu­dios to art di­rect and man­age greet­ings card and sta­tionery col­lec­tions, she be­came cu­ri­ous about graphic de­sign and de­cided to re­train at Shilling­ton. “Af­ter mak­ing the de­ci­sion to change ca­reer, I was pretty ea­ger to just get straight on with it,” she re­calls. “I didn’t feel I wanted the time and cost of an­other de­gree.” Soon af­ter com­plet­ing a Shilling­ton course, she got a job as a graphic de­signer at Manch­ester brand­ing agency Hold­ens. Linn Fritz is an in­de­pen­dent an­i­ma­tor, de­signer and il­lus­tra­tor from Swe­den, cur­rently work­ing as an an­i­ma­tor at pro­duc­tion com­pany Buck’s Syd­ney of­fice. She took the one-year Mo­tion course at Hy­per Is­land, in­clud­ing a three-month in­tern­ship. The course ap­pealed to her be­cause she had never been happy in academia. “I strug­gled in school and felt stupid pretty much all the time,” she ex­plains. “Hy­per was def­i­nitely the right en­vi­ron­ment for me. You don’t have any classes, tests or teach­ers; you’re in charge of your own learn­ing and of how much time you want to spend on it.” Since grad­u­at­ing from Shilling­ton London in De­cem­ber 2015, Adam Mor­gan has suc­cess­fully launched his own free­lance graphic de­sign busi­ness in Brighton. Be­fore the course, he’d pre­vi­ously worked in the wel­fare sec­tor and had vir­tu­ally no de­sign ex­pe­ri­ence, al­though he had stud­ied con­cep­tual art at univer­sity. “The course was per­fectly paced and easy to pick up, though very in­ten­sive to­wards the end,” he ex­plains. “I de­vel­oped a deep pas­sion for de­sign and I wanted to learn more and be in­volved in the com­mu­nity. The teach­ers all do a fan­tas­tic job of en­cour­ag­ing this, and it’s the main rea­son I went into free­lanc­ing,” he con­tin­ues.

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