Why did you choose HCA for your degree?
I originally started at HCA when I was 16, and I was at a stage in my life where A-levels were viewed as the only option, so I also applied to other colleges where A-levels were available, but I knew I wanted to study art. Sure enough, after that first open day I went to at HCA, I knew it was the place where I belonged. I then continued my education at Bath Spa university, but over the course of the first year, I started to realise I missed the quality of education I had at HCA. I missed the freedom to experiment, explore and expand my talents. I felt like I was falling behind the standard I was used to working at HCA, so I transferred back. I honestly believe that was the best thing that I could have done for my education.
What did you love most about your course?
I loved having the freedom to experiment and figure out who you are as a designer, with the support of real genuine people – it’s all you could ever hope for. The enthusiasm you receive is priceless and this encourages you, and your work to grow into something amazing.
What advice would you offer students joining HCA?
Try everything, simply because you can, and not everywhere allows you to do that.
What are you up to now?
I am currently working with a design consulting company, Wests Design, where we cover most parts of graphic design. No two days are the same, every day brings new challenges. It’s very engaging and it’s a good opportunity to practice many skills. My plans for the future, for now, are to stay put. I’m already working my way up in the company gaining more experience and with that more responsibility.
What is the best thing about living/studying in Hereford?
Once you get to know it, you realise it’s small size means everyone is very close-knit, you know you’ll always bump into someone you know which feels like you’re in a safe community.