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WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE YOUR FIRST YEAR SELF?

Take critique when it's given, you could improve so much faster. They give critique because they see potential not because they want you to fail.

                    - Megan Halliday

Don't be a hero! Asking for help

is A-okay!

         - Felix Ray

HOW DID YOU HAVE TO ADAPT DURING YOUR FMP?

During my FMP I developed carpal tunnel syndrome, which, difficult as it was, encouraged me to push out of my comfort zone stylistically and embrace new creative practices such as watercolour and collage.

                    - Megan Halliday

I changed mine completely. I found the Pandemic to be a huge distraction, and so in order to find the motivation to resume my FMP, I switched my project from being a chaotic interpretation of dreams into a comic narrative inspired by COVID-19 Pandemic. This really eased my obsession and fear of the situation.

                   - Isabella Berg

WHAT WAS YOUR HIGHLIGHT AND/OR LOWLIGHT OF YOUR TIME ON THE USW ILLUSTRATION COURSE?

A highlight would be the people I have met along the way. I have never been one to have many friends but I am incredibly grateful for the friendships and relationships I have developed with the people on my course. A lowlight? The times I doubted myself. The times I told myself I wasn't good enough.

I was, and I am.

                      - Sam Richard Bentley

My highlight is Matt, Liam, Sarah and Bett. They have helped me to grow so much as a creative and opened my eyes to a lot of things. They have been the literal backbone of this course and helped each of us in their own way which I'm so thankful for.

           - Robyn EVE Screen

The highlight was of course the people, meeting so many creatives both through the university and social events surrounding student life it’s a wonderful place to build confidence if you’re

in short supply.

                     - Isabella Berg

The highlight of my time on the course was our exhibition at the beginning of third year, Portal. It was great to see everyone's unique interpretations of the brief and to see weeks of hard work culminate in a fab evening. The lowlight of my time on the course were the times where I felt that I’d worked hard on a project and had more negative feedback than I was expecting. However, I feel like times like those have helped me to learn so

much and provided me with a

whole new perspective

on my work.

                   - Joe Davies

I really enjoyed the opportunities to be involved in live briefs, working with companies such as the BBC and the Royal Horticultural Society. As valuable experiences for my CV, they also allowed me the understanding of what real-life employers would expect of an industry-level illustrator. The feedback given was sometimes really thorough, which helped.

        - Kirsty Elen Meade

WHAT CHALLENGES DID YOU FACE DURING YOUR TIME ON THE USW ILLUSTRATION COURSE AND HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM?

Early on, I felt like I had lacking knowledge in some areas and was also intimidated at the thought of experimenting creatively but I eventually made a targeted effort to practice the things I was struggling at while taking on feedback from the tutors which made a great positive impact on my work. 

                      - Joe Davies

I had to adapt to receiving criticism that was not always constructive from clients but also learning to adapt my work to be suitable for a variety of audiences depending on the brief.

        - Bobbie Newton

WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE TO BE THE UNIQUE SELLING POINT OF THE USW ILLUSTRATION COURSE?

Without a doubt, It’s connections with industry partners, opportunities for live briefs and work placements and the amazing support and feedback provided by the lecturers and course leaders.

              - Joe Davies

I think you enter into a small family when you join USW. It's such a unique classroom atmosphere. You’d walk into that classroom and everyone would be welcoming you in with their smiles.

                  - Sam Richard Bentley

USW provides its illustration students with experienced teaching staff who have lived and worked within the industry for many years and have an excellent understanding of its working. The environment is knowledgeable and passionate, not just about it's students but about illustration as

an industry. 

   - Bobbie Newton

We get treated like professionals from the get-go. Working with industry representatives on live briefs regularly. I'm so proud of the portfolio I've achieved during my 3 years and I wouldn't have come so far in such a short amount of time without the level of professionalism our course tutors

treat us with.

             - Georgia Page

SO, NOW YOU'VE GRADUATED, WHAT'S NEXT?

I'm taking a gap year and will be building up my portfolio through personal projects and commissions in both modelling and illustration but, next year I hope to undertake a model making course.

                           - Daniel Thomas

I hope to get into the video game industry to work as a concept artist or character designer, but for now, I'm taking some time to work on developing myself and skills.

                  - Sarah Hall

I've already started working on my first-ever children's book with Kes Grey and can't wait to get started on my second later on this year with the team

at Hachette UK.

             - Georgia Page

It's time to start freelancing or to join an agency! I would love to work in house for a graphics company. In a few years I may return to university to study a Master's Degree in animation.

       - Bobbie Newton

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"Read Our Stories" Section Conducted by Georgia Page and Bobbie Newton