Shillington is a fast-paced, industry-focused design college offering students the opportunity to study graphic design in New York, London, Manchester, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and online either three months full-time or nine months part-time. Note, the online option is only for nine months, part-time. Students graduate with a polished graphic design portfolio showcasing their best work, ready to kickstart a creative career, and to be industry ready.
The opportunity to reach this point in as little as three months means it’s a tempting alternative to higher education, specifically in terms of time and money – with even the part-time option taking less than a standard academic year. Bootcamp, fast-track, whatever you want to call it, Shillington (opens in new tab) is a commercially driven portfolio course that offers the fundamentals needed for an aspiring designer to attain that dream job. Taught by industry professionals, the course is structured like a working design studio – providing you with the necessary skills, mindset, and processes needed to be both creative and organised in a fun, fast-paced modern work setting.
Shillington’s not educationally accredited, think of it more of a design college that specifically primes you for working IRL – to be job-ready. It offers aspiring designers with little-to-no experience a chance to learn more than just the basics, and prep them for that design studio position, or nous to make it as a successful freelancer, in the world of graphic design.
Shillington is currently offering two scholarship opportunities (opens in new tab) for the September 2021 intake, with a chance to get either 50% of the tuition waved with the Dive into Design Half Scholarships – open to all aspiring designers, or 100% of the tuition for the newly offered Diversity in Design Full Scholarships + Industry Mentorships – open to all aspiring designers from underrepresented* groups. Both are offered full or part-time.
The best part is the locations. Dive into Design offers at least one scholarship winner per campus, which includes; online, New York, London, Manchester, Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane. The Diversity in Design offers three full scholarships; one for New York City, in partnership with Bulletproof (opens in new tab); one for London, in partnership with Represent (opens in new tab); and one in Sydney, in partnership with Frost*collective (opens in new tab).
The requirements for submission are pretty straight forward; a written component – answering a series of six questions; What do you currently do? Why do you want to study design? Why Shillington? What would be your dream job after graduating from Shillington? What impact would this scholarship have on your life and career? What’s your hidden talent? Then, either a two minute video, or a PDF (< 5 pages long) explaining what this scholarship would mean to you. Yes, scholarships have been won with PDFs before, if you’re too shy for a video check out these previous scholarship winners (opens in new tab).
Apart from that? A letter of recommendation from a non-family member, which is pretty standard for a course of any kind. Oh, if you’re from NYC you’ll need proof of your high school diploma, or GED. The deadline for submissions is Monday 19 July 2021, so get to work on that winning video or powerpoint/ slideshow, you’ve literally got nothing to lose by applying, Shillington wants to hear from you, mainly because they share your success with you.
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*Applicants are able to self-identify in their application.