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This week, Shillington School will host their Graphic Design Graduate Exhibition in Manchester, London and New York City. The school, founded in 1989 by Andrew Shillington to address the need he observed for “talented young designers with high-end computer skills” prides itself on turning out graduates who “can confidently take a brief, efficiently use industry-standard software and produce quality design solutions to a tight deadline.” Shillington strives to meet the ever-changing expectations of the design industry by teaching the fundamental theory of design and the latest practical skills in a positive, inspirational learning environment.


sfredrik-bookcover.jpgFredrik Henttonen

sfredrik-packaging.jpgFredrik Henttonen

Undoubtedly, rapid changes in technology have effected all job types but the impact is especially strong in graphic design, where understanding the tools used to create the design and the mediums it will be communicated across often are as critical as the design concept itself.



Preparing students for immediate employment is central to Shillington’s approach as evidenced by their invitation to employers to tweet their answers to the question “What do you look for in a design graduate?” as well as comments from students such as Axi Lungu, who in response to the question “What do you like about the course?” said “The amount of intensity is just perfect. It is balanced and fine-tuned to deliver the right amount of knowledge, theory and software usage. … The atmosphere is relaxed and replicates a real graphic design studio. … ”

smazin-cd-1.jpgMazin Almaimani

smazin-cd-2.jpgMazin Almaimani

Employer testimonials on the site further speak to the quality of Shillington graduates and their ability to “hit the ground running.” One question asked was what makes a Shillington graduate unique, Shillington Lecturer and designer Dailey Crafton replied, “I think that the tight deadlines to which Shillington grads are expected to adhere (two days max on any given brief) give them an edge, in that in practice, deadlines tend to be shorter rather than longer. Furthermore, the course is designed specifically to feel like a studio, with the instructors functioning as art directors.”

srozy-epub-1.jpgRozy Langer

srozy-epub-2.jpgRozy Langer

Shillington offers both full time and part time course schedules. Last Friday’s New York City exhibition featured work from 22 full time graduates of the April 2012 class. This Friday the design work of 30 graduates from the September 2011 part time class will be shown. Promising a festive atmosphere, draught beer and wine will be served along with sweet and savory snacks. A photo booth for guests to commemorate their visit is sure to add to the fun. Should you find yourself enamored with a particular grad’s work large format posters will also be available.




View fresh new work, meet the grads in person and celebrate their work with them. The New York City exhibit is being held on July 13th and 20th at 315 Madison Avenue, 6th Floor, New York, NY 10017. The Manchester exhibit will be held on July 19th at Manchester Photographic Gallery, Corner of Tariff and Dale Street, Manchester, M1 2FF and the London exhibit will be held on July 20th at F Block T2, Old Truman Brewery, 85 Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL. Readers can also share what they look for in a design graduate using #shillogradshows on Twitter.