I wanted to stay in the local area close to home. I considered a few options however none of the other universities I looked at offered both graphic design and illustration combined. After attending a few open days and exploring the studios and students’ work I knew MIMA School of Art & Design was going to be the place I’d excel at.
The chance to be surrounded by like-minded people, to talk and gain new ideas from my classmates. I also have access to high-quality equipment including a riso printer, macbooks and a print room. And the guidance from tutors is invaluable.
You are challenged beyond belief and pushed out of your comfort zone to try new design processes and come up with new ways of thinking. As a result, you get a large, professional looking portfolio ready to take out to the world of work.
Not to do something just because you ‘like’ it. Do something where you can take risks and potentially discover a new aspect of design you never knew you were capable of executing. You should take all the opportunities you get because you never know where it will lead to, or if you’ll ever get the chance again.
My standout memory from university so far is when we got the chance to go on a trip and spend a day drawing animals for our sketchbook work. Drawing from observation like this was definitely challenging, but I feel like it really pushed my drawing skills for the better.
You get one-to-one guidance throughout your course where you discuss any queries and tutors suggest ideas, methods, and artists to look at to push our projects further. Lecturers organise guest speakers to come in and talk about the graphic design industry. You can email your tutors whenever you have a question or concern and they make it a priority to make sure you get the help you need.
The studios in Athena are very spacious and modern. There is loads of previous student work on the walls which I really appreciate as it’s a great inspiration. There is a full suite of new Apple macs which all have the latest Adobe design software for us to use.
You have access to the laser cutter, scanner and riso printer within the building, which you can use for your projects. The riso printer is my favourite machine in the building as it’s perfect for illustration and I’ve never had the chance to use one of these before.
My favorite thing about being based in Middlesbrough is that there are lots of nice places to get food and to meet up with friends. There are plenty of high street shops just a short walk from campus.
I am a member of the Teesside Wildcats, the University cheerleading team. There are many different clubs and societies you can get involved with. The student night life is great and the Students’ Union always have events going on.
I hope to get a job within the design industry. It would be a dream of mine to be able to work with some big companies and to get the chance to go travelling as part of my work.