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Kerry Neesam

Kerry studied graphic design and now works for a London design agency.

BA (Hons) Graphic Design

I chose Teesside University because of the great reviews of the campus, people and creative courses.

Kerry Neesam

Why did you choose to study at Teesside University?

I chose Teesside University because of the great reviews of the campus, people and creative courses. I'd heard the graphic design degree was one of the best in the country and after attending an open day I loved it so much that I was sold.

What did you enjoy about your course?

I loved the fact that I didn't have to know what area of design I wanted to go into after university. I got to try all different types of design including: digital, image making, typography, layout and illustration, and then once I had a better understanding of each area I made a decision about what I wanted to specialise in.

The briefs were very open so I got to tailor them to my areas of interest. The tutors have all previously worked in the industry so they brought real-world knowledge and experience and provided feedback as if they were the client which really prepared me for employment and in building relationships with clients.

What kind of skills did you develop?

I acquired a range of skills which helped me to progress through the course and set me up for the world of work. I developed skills in communication, pitching and presenting, confidence building, design using Adobe software, and layout and typographical rules.

Tell us about the staff and facilities

The people were amazing and the facilities were top notch. I had access to mac labs day and night and plenty of space to work either on my own or in a group. I got to use the wider facilities including the wood workshop and 3D laser cutter to create some different kinds of designs which was amazing.

One of the things I liked most was the tutor/student relationships. They pushed me and my fellow students in the right direction, always wanting us to give more and trying to get the best quality work from us.

What are you doing now? What does your job involve on a day-to-day basis?

I work at Drew London which is near Shoreditch and Old Street in London. I’ve worked here for just over a year and I love it. We work with global clients as well as independent local businesses. Day-to-day I work on unpicking a business to get to their core so I can find the best way to represent them with a visual identity. I build brands and logos, design adverts, come up with marketing campaigns and design a range of materials including leaflets, business cards, menus, mugs, illustrations, websites, the list goes on. I also build relationships with clients and have regular chats on the phone and through email or meet them in quirky little coffee shops.

What advice would you give to someone considering Teesside University?

Do it! The graphic design course is great and you’ll love every minute. Try out the open day and get involved in as much as you can. Make sure you speak to tutors and get a feel for the place and imagine yourself living there. It’s tough but you’ll get out what you put in. Work hard and it will pay off and when it pays off it’s a great career to be in.