Graphic Design Case Studies
Our graduates find employment with design consultancies, publishing houses, advertising agencies, local government, film and television, new media industries and in-house design studios of companies, or they may wish to choose to work as self-employed designers. Students also have the opportunity at the end of their course to exhibit at New Designers in London. This is an opportunity for the top UK graduates to showcase their portfolios to prospective employers worldwide.
Our employment record is outstanding, with most of our graduates in employment in the industry within six months of graduating. Recent graduates are working with the following...
- Saatchi and Saatchi Wellness
- The Conran Shop (Design)
- Matter of Form Design Agency
- Universal Music
- Haymarket Media Group
- Glazier Design London
- Sky Creative
- Stag & Hare
- Waters Creative
- Blue Stag Studio
- Oxford University Press
- Enigma Creative Solutions
- Aston Villa
- Manchester United
- Dirty Little Serifs
- W12 Studios
- Dr Organic
- Barclays Bank
Phill Rees- Design Director FITCH New York
“AFTER GRADUATING in 2004 I was fortunate enough to work for FITCH in London where I spent 5 years working at such a creative and strategic company. Working at FITCH provided many opportunities to work on Retail and Brandled projects. Some of the clients I was most involved with at FITCH were Vodafone, Dell, McLaren Automotive, 2012 Olympics, Andaz Hotels and many many more. After FITCH I freelanced at agencies such as Imagination, Identica and Brand Union in London before woking with FITCH in Mumbai, India where I had the opportunities to work on a diverse range of projects in a very different cultural surrounding.
After India I was offered a job working in New York with Stag&Hare where I spent 5 years working predominately in packaging for brands such as Coca-Cola, Sprite, Hubert’s Lemonade but also on brand and campaign work for IHG, Campari and many many more clients. Now I am a Design Director at FITCH in New York City, focusing on setting up the NYC studio and working across the global network of studios, working with clients such as Hilton Hotels, Dell and the Museum of Art and Design. I have been very fortunate to work internationally and in large and small agencies all of which have developed many opportunities to grow as a designer and experience many different cultures, all of which have influenced my design style. I truly believe the teaching in Swansea College of Art is second to none. Over the years I have followed the work that’s been outputted by the University and am continually impressed with how well equipped the students are to enter the commercial world of design.
As a graduate of Swansea College of Art I can honestly say I made the right choice when choosing my university, I would never have had the level of mentorship and creative development in other universities. The teaching staff truly care for their students and manage to find each student’s individual strengths to progress their skill set I truly believe the teaching in Swansea College of Art is second to none”.
Mathew Boyle - Graphic Designer, LEGO
“I have no doubt in my mind, that studying at Swansea helped me achieve my full potential as a Graphic Designer. The theory taught broadened my understanding of design. The work pushed my creativity in new, interesting ways, while the lecturers were both encouraging and insightful, going above and beyond to help when needed. If you’re considering a career in Graphic Design, I can recommend nowhere better.”
Gareth Winter – British Sky, Broadcasting & Sky News
“I owe my entire career to Swansea College of Art UWTSD, they offer the ideal creative environment to thrive in. Support and guidance from my tutors was bespoke to my needs, they treat each person as an individual. Through University, I had the opportunity to showcase all of my hard work at New Designers, this is where I was spotted and asked to interview for a job as a Junior Designer for Sky News. Because we were taught that design is not just about aesthetics, it’s a functional business tool, this mindset has enabled me to progress my career onto a different path. I am now a Creative for Sky Cycling, I work on 360° campaigns, looking after TV, print and digital, from directing shoots, interviews, promos, through to editing, motion graphics, photography and, of course, design. The thing that helped me most was discovering that I'm not always right, to work as a creative you have to be open-minded and not too precious about your ideas. It’s important to adapt and problem solve. This said… you can't be a pushover; if you believein something, you have to sell it.”
After graduating armed with a bursting portfolio and a train ticket I joined the hoards of juniors heading to London. I was lucky enough to already have an internship thanks to the connections and kind words of recommendation from Andy Penaluna (one of my lecturers) which landed me a month in a branding and 3D design agency called Fitch. Here I cut my teeth on pitches and designs for blue chip clients which was an amazing glimpse into the world of agencies. Funnily enough although I didn’t get a job with Fitch my connections there later got me head hunted for my second job role and still surfaces job recommendations for me 10 years later, so you never know where one opportunity can take you!
The great thing I loved about the course at Swansea was it’s variety and the lecturers persistence in not only teaching us the emerging technologies but refusing to let go of the traditional techniques. This balance has given me the foundation that I still lean on now (particularly in typography) which can get lost in the translation of design into digital. This week I went to a talk by Erik Spiekermann a famous typographer who reminded me of this - you need to know the rules before you can break them and certainly my course set me up for this!
My role now as the sole Design Director and (only female Director of the company) is incredibly varied - no two days are ever the same. I wear a variety of hats from creative direction, detailed design, mentoring, team management, to staffing, new business and business growth (oh and official cake supplier). I now not only get pleasure from executing ideas but also seeing my team grow and realise their own - it always comes out better than I could have imagined and thats the true delight in design - on your own, your ideas may always take one direction but in a team the possibilities are endless.
I would say one of the other best bits of my role which has been consistent throughout all the levels of my career is also the opportunity to travel. This year alone I have visited Monaco, Barcelona, Lisbon, Ibiza and got to travel on the world famous Orient Express.
Having a qualification in design really doesn’t mean you have to end up in one place or aiming to be a Design Director if it’s not for you, there are so many permutations of roles it really can take you anywhere.