What did you study?

I studied the Foundation Degree in Graphic Design as Higher Education Centre Stamford

So, why did you choose to study your degree at the HE Centre rather than a traditional University?

I did go to University initially, but the course wasn’t right for me and I wanted to study close to home. Studying here allowed me to stay in Stamford with my friends, plus I got to live at home which saved me a fair bit of cash too! Bonus!

What did you enjoy most about your course?

Thanks to the great employer links, I was lucky enough to secure a place at DSquared (a local Graphic Design company) for work experience during my first year. This became an on-going placement which alongside my studies, helped me prepare for the real work of graphic design.

What would you say the biggest difference is between the HE Centre and traditional Universities?

The support, definitely. Class sizes are smaller than you’d expect at uni which means you get 1-1 support with your lecturers who are always on hand to help with any issues you may come across during your degree which with being dyslexic helped a great deal.

What do you do now?

Straight after graduating I was employed full-time at DSquared. I now work as part of a great creative team and I absolutely love it!

Our aim at Higher Education Centre Stamford is to offer top quality education courses that challenge our students to become the best they can be. Courses are focused on the needs of our students and employers, and will provide you with every opportunity to gain a foothold in the career of their choice.

The Centre offers a range of creative subjects including Foundation Degrees in Graphic Design, Illustration, Photography and a new HND in Games Design launching in September 2018!

Courses are career-focused and designed with both you and future employers in mind to ensure you gain the skills they are looking for with the equipment and resources you will typically work with in your future career. There is everything you need for success!

In July the centre was awarded SILVER in the TEF (Teaching and Excellence Framework) and was commended for providing “high levels of support for students from diverse backgrounds through their Academic Support Coach scheme, and highly valued individual and small group sessions.” and having “good mechanism for improving the curriculum and delivery, sharing good practice and personalising the support for the students to maximise their readiness for employment.”

For more information on individual courses or to download your Higher Education Course Guide visit www.stamford.ac.uk