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BA (Hons) Graphic Design

"As soon as I joined University Centre St Helens, I realised that it was somewhere that I could be myself and fit in."

19-year-old Esraa joined the BA (Hons) Graphic Design degree at University Centre St Helens from Belvedere Academy Sixth Form in Liverpool.

Having developed a passion for graphic design from a young age, Esraa decided to study the subject at both GCSE and A level before pursuing this interest at degree level. After attending a selection of open days with a strong understanding of her preferred way of learning, such as having regular access to lecturers, she soon realised that an institution offering smaller class sizes would be more beneficial for her, which led to her applying to study Graphic Design at five universities, using the UCAS process.

Upon attending a University Centre St Helens Open Day and an arranged, bespoke visit to the campus, where she met Programme Leader, Dan, Esraa was intrigued by both the degree content and industry facilities. She said: "The campus visit really helped me to decide that I would like to study here. All of the students I met during my visit spoke highly of both the teaching staff and the small class sizes, including how the lower student numbers really helped them to develop their work more efficiently, with regular feedback and support from lecturers."

She added: "Having visited other institutions, I felt that some of the students were just there for the student night life and living away from home, rather than their chosen degree, which wasn’t as important to me. As soon as I joined University Centre St Helens, I realised that it was somewhere that I could be myself and fit in."

After thoroughly impressing lecturers during her interview, Esraa was immediately made an offer the very same day.

Esraa is enjoying her experience at University Centre St Helens, especially "the lecturer’s open door policy" which she finds "invaluable".

She added: "I have already experienced everything from typography to editorial design and just six months into my degree, I am working with real clients, receiving briefs, working to deadlines and presenting my work to them. This is reflective of life in industry and is not only helping me to develop my skills, knowledge and confidence for my future career but is also helping me to decide which avenue of Graphic Design I would like to pursue."

Students at University Centre St Helens benefit from lower tuition fees and degrees validated by major universities in the Northwest.

Esraa said: "My degree is validated by University of Chester, so when I graduate, I will have a full BA (Hons) degree. Everything is the same here - I am receiving the same experience, the same quality of teaching and the same expert tuition as I would have at a much larger university, with the added bonus of accessible lecturers."

Looking to the future, Esraa’s ambition is to follow in her father’s footsteps and progress into a role in the United Arab Emirates. Still unsure of the type of role within the wider Graphic Design arena she would like to pursue, for now, Esraa is concentrating on her studies, with a view to securing the best grade possible in her degree.