Sussex Coast College Hastings

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Also really good Higher Education,particularly for the arts - BA[Hons] degrees run with the University of Brighton in Fine Art, Designer Maker, and FDA courses [convert to full BA with an additional Top-Up year] in Illustration and graphic design, HND in Photography.Prospectushere:
Great range of facilities - Gym, Coffee shop, Art shop, Pitman, Subway & dine - and great service. Very welcoming staff and lovely open atrium.
Lovely staff at The Cafe. Excellent coffee & food, service with a smile!
David McGillivray is 30 years old and working for ‘AYR’ a ladies fashion brand in New York. Whilst in his last year of the FdA in Graphic Communication in 2011, David entered himself into a prestigious design competition and was commended by D&AD;. A company in New York saw his design and, needing a designer who excelled in mobile design, they got in touch. After a test project, he was offered the job. He gained a lot of experience with the company and is now working in a new company as the Digital Creative Lead where, in his own words, he ‘designs everything except the clothes.’ This includes all marketing material, web, branding, clothing labels, photo-shoots and set design. ‘The company is small, with only six of us working on the business side so we are a bit of a skeleton crew, but we are bad-ass at what we do!’ David spoke about his experience at Sussex Coast College Hastings. ‘The most valuable thing the FdA offers is being commercially focused, preparing me for the real world.’ ‘It is important to be able design for businesses, take critique and work to a brief. Each project in the real world has to fit someone else’s brief and there are many opportunities during the FdA where you can practice explaining yourself and being articulate when doing so. This is excellent preparation for the real world.’ David continued, ‘My recommendation to any graphic design student is to work across a variety of disciplines. Being very aware of contemporary digital design is essential, and how art direction would play into that.’ ‘Each project should be treated in a strategic way. I took the briefs given at college and made sure I could use them in my portfolio when I left. I also used the time whilst studying to get commercial experience and being at college helped me develop my confidence to do this.’ David refers to himself as an ‘experience designer.’ ‘I like to design the whole experience, not just the catalogue and posters. Describing myself as a graphic designer is the closest I can get to a career path, but I have a broad set of design skills and this is very useful.’ ‘Everything inspires me, from shopping experiences to restaurant experiences. Students should be inspired by anything and everything.’ David concluded, ‘The tutors at SCCH were a big influence in my career. They offer a wide variety of skill sets, from hands-on design guidance to high level career and life mentoring.’ David’s D&AD; entry can be viewed here - (log in needed) Visit David’s website at
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