AUB Graphic Design Student Jordan Brew gives us his thoughts on how work placements help to give you a new perspective
It’s hard to believe 4 years after leaving A levels and starting a media degree in a small college that I’d be sat here today in a design studio gaining real life experience before starting my final year at University. I finished high school with no clue of what would be next for me, so naturally I followed my friends to 6th form but a year of History and biology was enough. Thankfully in that time I studied both IT and Product Design, giving me a small taste of the design world. Taking a chance on this I started my new course which gave me a chance to experience a wider field of design – from Graphics to film and sound. I’m glad for this experience as it gave me the drive to learn techniques and skills spanning through many programs and practices allowing me to pick my favourite and advance.
Uni is a place where I’ve been able to develop, surrounded by creative minds, presentations and constant opportunities to present my work, learning lots from each. I’ve found Uni has created tighter deadlines whilst retaining the flexibility of graphics, giving you a chance to find out which field is best for you. At times it can seem like you’re stuck in a bubble going through the same process for each unit, so it’s good to mix it up every now and again. Luckily, I’ve been given many opportunities over the last year to meet and visit companies to gain both feedback and interviews.
My final step before third year was to get to know what the industry was like, and after just 3 interviews I managed to obtain 2 work placements. Both providing different views of design companies despite being in such a similar field.
BBD allowed me to join them for 2 weeks which I found to be the better experience, giving me a chance to fully settle in and discover what industry was like. I got to experience the day-to-day life of a designer – including storyboarding, idea creation and creative thinking. However I learnt the most from seeing how the others worked within the studio, and how a design could come to life so quickly. I never realised how different designing for a client could be, and how much planning/prep goes on behind the scenes of design. Mainly it’s given me the perspective I needed to continue further into the industry and prepared me for my final year of University, in which I will be able to take forward some new skills and ways of thinking.