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Our Graphic Design student, StevenBA (Hons) Graphic Design student, Steven, is making impressive progress at University Centre St Helens and has since landed employment as a Graphic Designer with established company, Kingdom.

The 22-year-old from Wakefield College, discovered University Centre St Helens through the UCAS system and with plans already in place to move to Merseyside from West Yorkshire, he knew this was the perfect next step for him.

Commenting on his experience at University Centre St Helens, Steven, said: “It’s such a great environment – everyone knows each other due to the small class sizes and the lecturers really take the time to ensure you are on track, providing support when required.”

He added: “There are so many opportunities to take advantage of, too, such as masterclasses with industry professionals and live projects with local and regional employers.”

Using his first year at university as a platform to enhance his skills and knowledge of design, this unlocked an incredible opportunity in Steven’s second year to work on a heritage project for Liverpool St Helens Football Club, a task he describes as “enjoying immensely” and one which provided real insight into working in the industry.

Now in his final year, Steven’s work was recently selected to form the creative vision and branding for the Creative Arts department’s end-of-year show, ‘Vortex’, an exhibition which enables degree students to showcase their hard work to friends, family, the local community and influencers. As part of this major project, Steven was able to develop his design from conception to execution, whilst managing his time effectively to meet important deadlines.

Commenting on his lecturers, Steven, said: “Having the support of the lecturers has helped me to aim for, and achieve, everything that I have so far and I am really grateful for this. Also, without their key industry contacts, I wouldn’t have secured employment in the industry, doing a job that I really enjoy.”

Steven works part-time as an in-house Graphic Designer for local company, Kingdom, which requires him to juggle working life with the demands of a full BA (Hons) degree. Working three days per week, Steven is responsible for designing all elements of the company’s e-marketing activities and has also worked on re-designing their corporate branding.

Speaking about his role at the company, Steven, said: “I am really enjoying my time at Kingdom. I have been working with the team for approximately four months now and it is in an industry which I had hoped to progress into upon graduating. Most importantly, it is allowing me to use the skills and experience I have gained throughout my degree within a design capacity.”

Continuing, he said: “Comparing my current work to what I produced three years ago, I can confidently say that I am a much more skilled designer because of what I have learnt at University Centre St Helens. I honestly believe that I wouldn’t have secured permanent employment without doing my degree here.”

Looking to the future, Steven hopes to achieve a first class award in his degree and upon graduating, aspires to work full-time with his current employer, Kingdom, as a fully qualified Graphic Designer.

Why study Graphic Design with us?

Industry Experts

Our lecturers have extensive industry experience and are passionate about their subject.

Creative Environment

Develop your skills in our state-of-the-art Apple Mac studio using the latest Adobe software.

Excellent Progression

Excellent progression from the level 3 course to degree-level study at University Centre St Helens.

Exhibition Opportunity

Showcase your work in our annual Vortex exhibition, to friends, family and the arts community.

Live Briefs and Projects

Work on live briefs and projects with professional clients in the industry.

Employer Links

We have strong employer links with the design industry in the Northwest.