FOUR SHORT-COURSE STUDENTS SHARE THEIR EXPERIENCES
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.