Shillington School is a three-month, full-time Graphic Design school that caters to beginners. Shillington is focused on the entire design process, and instructors take students through the design process from from beginning to end, integrating idea generation, technical knowledge, design theory and studio skill. Shillington also offers a week-long program for graphic designers who want to learn web development.
Are you yearning for a creative career but worried about starting from scratch? Our intensive graphic design course could be the answer. You'll learn relevant industry skills from practising designers, and you’ll graduate with a polished portfolio showcasing your best work. In 3 months full-time or 1 year part-time you‘ll be ready to land your first design role.
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Plain and simple, Shillington changed my life in the best way possible.
I always loved art and creative "stuff", but never thought I could make my passion into a career. After graduating college with a BS in Advertising from Syracuse University, I got a job in NYC at an ad agency as an account exec. While it was an incredible place to work, I felt that something was missing. I realized that the best part of my days were when I got to sit with my creative team or go to brainstorms. It became clear that I needed to go with my gut and try something new.
I looked into every single program in New York (and some outside of the city) and found generally only two options, neither of which would work for me. The first was a 2-3 year graduate program at a university like NYU, Parsons, FIT, ...Read more
The only thing I walked into Shillington with was the will to learn the Adobe Creative Suite. Literally, I had zero experience.
After a whirlwind three months, I feel confident in my design abilities and understanding of design principles.
You learn the language you need to professionally communicate in the field and various creative brainstorming techniques that will enhance your process.
The like-minded people and friendships I formed through Shillington was the cherry on top.
Shillington is a dream come true for any person looking to change their career. I graduated with a degree in Psychology and quickly realized I did not want to pursue graduate school. I was stuck. I had no idea what to do next. Eventually, I decided that graphic design would be an interesting career, as I've always been an artist and I'm great with technology. I took a risk, signed up for Shillington, and moved to New York.
The course was wonderful. The teachers were helpful and honest, nice and constructive. The entire class ended up becoming best friends by the end of it, and we still have a groupchat going today. It's wonderful to be able to share design related articles, job postings, and good news with people that understand and went through the intensive course with you.
Shillington's Graphic Design Program is great if you really want to learn basic technical design skills (along with some theory) to enter the design field or to supplement your knowledge of graphic design.
The program covers the three main Adobe programs you will be using heavily in the field: Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. Small class sizes and small teacher/student ratios allow students to receive hands-on personal instruction. The 30+ class projects (covering print, web, and mobile) completed over the course of the program replicate real-life studio projects where a brief is given and students must work against a tight timeline (much like it is in the "real world".).
At the program culmination, students choose 8-10 projects completed over the course of the program to refi...Read more
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