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Student Stories

Peter Coates

BA (Hons) Graphic Design

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I realised that graphic design would be a great career opportunity after discovering my creative potential in the Foundation Diploma in Art & Design. I consider practical creative work such as illustration to be a hobby rather than a chore and I knew that it could lead me to a career that I would genuinely be passionate about. Since graphic design is a broad field that could benefit an aspiring illustrator by developing their strengths and learning new skills, I knew graphic design would be the right choice for me.

I like the supportive tutors and meeting other students who share similar interests to mine. Even with other students that I had less in common with it has still been interesting to be part of a diverse group of creative individuals, each with their own individual specialities in graphic design. In addition from being taught by my tutors it was also great to learn from other students as well.

My dissertation “How do comics become movies?” explored how comics and graphic novels get translated into animation/movies, exploring ways in which the movies have remained faithful to the source material and how, in some cases, surpass it or fall behind it.

My current career plans are to complete work for a non-profit company in Tunbridge Wells purely for work experience and afterwards, I am aiming to specialise in freelance illustration. This ranges from creating imagery for books, clothing, cover design and logo design to name a few. I am also open to working in other creative positions such as a role as a graphic designer in London for example. In addition I am also hoping to create a graphic novel one day.

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I like the supportive tutors and meeting other students who share similar interests to mine.