I was offered a place at the BA Graphic Communication Design course at Central St Martins. I felt quite relieved and excited to receive this offer as I have always loved being creative ever since I was young. Being accepted by an art university across the country allowed me to gain a bit of confidence, which is a really good feeling as I am quite insecure and doubtful about my abilities as a student. I have always been an average student and being acknowledged by a prestigious art university was really encouraging.
University of the Arts London (UAL) is known to be supportive of students’ journey to becoming a creative professionally, encouraging them to be experimental and also providing them with all sorts of facilities and job opportunities that allow students to polish their skills and train their mind, preparing them before they start building their career when they graduate.
I came to Chamberlain Institute after graduating from MaryknollConventSchool. I enrolled into the pre-foundation and foundation course at the college as they guide students step-by-step, which was extremely beneficial to me as I did not study Visual Arts in Secondary School. With the teachers being UAL Alumni, we were able to ask them questions about the teaching styles at UAL, how London is as a city, how it is to work in the creative industry etc. I was encouraged to try different mediums and learnt new techniques to diversify my skill set, allowing my projects to be a lot more complete and visually impactful.
During my studies at Chamberlain Institute, I struggled with time management as I wasn’t used to project-based work that has to be completed within a certain time frame. I had to learn to set realistic goals, schedule my time wisely and choose efficient working methods in order to complete a project quickly while producing something that translates to the audience well and is aesthetically pleasing in the end.
Being self-motivated and responsible for your work is vital if you are thinking about going to Chamberlain Institute to further your studies. As helpful as the tutors are, it is all dependant on the individual to take their work seriously and learn independently to build an impressive portfolio to be brought to interviews.
I hope to be able to work in publishing or the entertainment industry in the future. I want to try to convey serious or complicated issues to readers in a more digestible method, allowing for a wider understanding of different social issues, promoting empathy in society as a result.