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Zainab — BA (Hons) Art & Design Top-up Degree

Zainab illustration

One day, I’d love to be able to teach abroad. I want to inspire and teach oth­ers the same way that my tutors have inspired and taught me. 

Zainab — HE Graph­ic Design

Zainab, 21, stud­ied the Foun­da­tion Degree in Graph­ic Design at Col­lege and pro­gressed to the BA (Hons) Art & Design Top-up Degree. She hopes to go on to study a Mas­ters Degree with­in the graph­ic design field, and even­tu­al­ly would like to become a design lecturer. 

When asked what she enjoys most about the sub­ject, she said:

I love the idea of being able to solve prob­lems with my designs. I have always admired the work of graph­ic design­ers because graph­ics are used and seen every­where. I want to be able to pro­duce some­thing beau­ti­ful that is mean­ing­ful and recog­nised by others. 

 — Zainab

Zainab first enrolled at uni­ver­si­ty to study graph­ic design, but dropped out soon after, due to feel­ing, what she described as, over­whelmed by the size of the course’. But she didn’t let this set her back. She found the same degree-lev­el course here at Not­ting­ham Col­lege, and she hasn’t looked back since. 

Study­ing for my degree at Col­lege felt right. The city cam­pus loca­tion is local with good social oppor­tu­ni­ties. I am able to gain a uni-lev­el degree, whilst hav­ing the famil­iar­i­ty of being in a friend­ly col­lege envi­ron­ment with loads of one-to-one support. 

It was so much cheap­er study­ing at Col­lege too, and with much small­er class sizes I felt more con­fi­dent. I could get to know every­one eas­i­ly and I enjoy hav­ing reg­u­lar con­tact with my tutors, who are always hap­py to spend extra time with me on projects if I need it. 

 — Zainab

As part of the course, stu­dents are giv­en plen­ty of indus­try expe­ri­ence, includ­ing guest speak­ers, work expe­ri­ence oppor­tu­ni­ties and live indus­try briefs. 

Dur­ing her course, Zainab was giv­en a live brief by the Col­lege to design The Frame­work Knit­ters’ logo for a muse­um in Rud­ding­ton. The brief was to rebrand the muse­um, so that it could reach a larg­er demo­graph­ic and feel more contemporary. 

Live briefs are a great insight into real-world indus­try and sce­nar­ios. For this design brief, I had to draw upon the skills I’d learnt on my course, using my knowl­edge of lay­out, com­po­si­tion, illus­tra­tion and colour the­o­ry, to cre­ate a mod­ern, yet mature, design. 

To my sur­prise, my designs were cho­sen by the muse­um and will be used as their rebrand. The expe­ri­ence was so valu­able and a huge con­fi­dence boost. 

 — Zainab

Along­side her stud­ies, Zainab’s busy work­ing on mul­ti­ple free­lance oppor­tu­ni­ties to enhance her port­fo­lio, includ­ing a logo and pack­ag­ing design for water bot­tle com­pa­ny RELOAD’, which you can see pic­tured below:


If you have cre­ative flair and want to dis­cov­er more about our High­er Edu­ca­tion Art, Design, Fash­ion and Media cours­es, take a look, and you could join us this Sep­tem­ber!