OUR STUDENTS KNOW BEST!

THEY KNOW ONLY SERIOUS DESIGNERS COME TO THE CDS
Get to know from a selection of our students on why they decided to study with us and their own individual journey to becoming a successful creative designer.
Alice wants to get back to being creative

Alice wants to get back to being creative

ALICE LEWIS - UK GRAPHIC DESIGN - LEVEL 2 My name is Alice and I’ve just completed my level 2 Graphic Design Diploma with the CDS. I have an academic background in contemporary art but for the last 10 years have been working variously in production, freelance editing...

read more
Shannon wants to add to her street cred

Shannon wants to add to her street cred

SHANNON WILCOX - USA PACKAGING DESIGN SPECIALIST - LEVEL 5I grew up in San Diego and had always dreamed about going to University of Colorado at Boulder. Beyond that, I didn’t have a clue what I wanted to do career-wise. I graduated with a double-major in English...

read more
Roman finds inspiration and creativity

Roman finds inspiration and creativity

ROMAN ENGLISH - ITALY GRAPHIC DESIGN - LEVEL 2Hello, my name is Roman English Ahmadu, I am 22 years old, my origins are Nigerian but I live in Italy, Sicily. Before starting this course, I worked as a junior graphic designer at a company that produces clothes.Working...

read more
Antonio Esposito masters his creative process

Antonio Esposito masters his creative process

ANTONIO ESPOSITO - UK FEATURED EX-STUDENTHello, Antonio here…I have received my “Advanced Graphic Design Diploma” with the CDS last June and today I am very proud to say that the year I have spent studying with the CDS was one of the most productive and creative...

read more
Chloe develops her Creative Training

Chloe develops her Creative Training

CHLOE FULLER - UK ADVANCED GRAPHIC DESIGN - LEVEL 3“I always knew I wanted to do something creative though and have been lucky enough to work with businesses that have offered to help and develop my creative training.”My name is Chloe Fuller and I have just completed...

read more
Stephanie has always been creative

Stephanie has always been creative

STEPHANIE FINLAY - UK GRAPHIC DESIGN - LEVEL 2“I’ve always been creative and could envision design concepts in my head, but I had no idea how to actually create them (despite my best attempts using Paint).”  My name is Stephanie Finlay and I have recently completed by...

read more
Paulina loves everything Graphic Design

Paulina loves everything Graphic Design

PAULINA LICZNERSKA - UK ADVANCED GRAPHIC DESIGN - LEVEL 3 “I cannot wait to finish the course and receive my diploma and start my new career life!” My name is Paulina Licznerska and I am studying advanced graphic design diploma. From a young age I have always liked...

read more
Patrick decides it’s time to go freelance

Patrick decides it’s time to go freelance

PATRICK BYRNE - UK FORMER GRAPHIC DESIGN STUDENT Here is one of our regular visits to our ex-students who want to share with you their experiences and journey to being a professional designer. Patrick was featured in our previous issue, but here we look at how he has...

read more
Lafayete discovers his Creative Process

Lafayete discovers his Creative Process

LAFAYETE FANTOSSI - AUSTRAILIA   CREATIVE THINKING & PROCESS TECHNIQUES PROFESSIONAL LEVEL “My name is Lafayete Fantossi, and I was born in a cold night of August 1977 in the outskirts of São Paulo (Brazil). I’m truly looking forward to what the future holds...

read more
Francine Reignites her Creativity

Francine Reignites her Creativity

FRANCINE BROWN - UK VISUAL COMMUNICATION - SPECIALIST DESIGN LEVEL 4Hi, I’m Francine, I currently live on the edge of the rural Cotswolds, close to the market town of Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon. I have been with the CDS for just over 2 years now, studying...

read more
Nastassia has a real passion for Design

Nastassia has a real passion for Design

NASTASSIA BASSON- SOUTH AFRICA ADVANCED GRAPHIC DESIGN - LEVEL 3 My name is Nastassia Jade. I was born and raised and Pretoria, South Africa and I am currently 24 years old. I have always had a passion for art and design. I fully embrace the word creative in any form....

read more
Design Discovery Journey for Demi

Design Discovery Journey for Demi

DEMI EDMUNDS - UK GRAPHIC DESIGN - LEVEL 2Hi, I’m Demi! I have worked in Marketing for over 5 years now and I am currently a Digital Marketing Executive at Commify. I originally got into design work in my first career role, as the agency I was working for sponsored a...

read more
Barry aims at Creating a New Career

Barry aims at Creating a New Career

BARRY STOPHER - UK GRAPHIC DESIGN - LEVEL 2BECOME A FREELANCER - Short CourseI have a background education in graphic design as I studied at Bournemouth Arts Institute and University for Creative Arts at Maidstone. Having got my degree I subsequently worked in a...

read more
Fabric Assistant Becomes Creative Designer

Fabric Assistant Becomes Creative Designer

ELIZABETH PINNIGER - UK GRAPHIC DESIGN - LEVEL 2ADVANCED GRAPHIC DESIGN - LEVEL 3VISUAL COMMUNICATION - SPECIALIST DESIGN LEVEL 4I’ve always enjoyed being creative and I love trying new things. Growing up, I had a passion for textiles and sewing, so I learned to hand...

read more
Sharon adopts a professional approach

Sharon adopts a professional approach

SHARON LEE GIBSON - UK FORMER STUDENTAt the time of signing up with the CDS in 2013 I was a self -taught designer, looking to add some credibility and professional qualifications to my skill set. I was already freelancing and had built up a number of regular clients,...

read more
Helena starts new career in graphic design

Helena starts new career in graphic design

HELENA DAYS - UK ADVANCED GRAPHIC DESIGN - LEVEL 3VISUAL COMMUNICATION - SPECIALIST DESIGN LEVEL 4My journey started at college where I did a NVQ in Art & Design ,I wanted to study Graphic Design but didn’t get the results I needed, because of this my path took a...

read more
Ben finds real determination and skills

Ben finds real determination and skills

BEN MILLS - UK FORMER STUDENT Personally I found trying to get into the design industry a very frustrating task. I was studying as part of a career change and after falling in love with design, I wanted to be doing it for a living asap! After finishing my course, I...

read more
Hristo become a Design Genius

Hristo become a Design Genius

HRISTO BENEV - BULGARIA ADVANCED GRAPHIC DESIGN - LEVEL 3 “Hi, my name is Hristo and I'm from Bulgaria. I've always been interested in all things creative and for the last 9 years I have worked as a freelancer on a few projects but since I started working in the...

read more
Idara welcomes flexible studying

Idara welcomes flexible studying

IDARA ETTA - NIGERIA GRAPHIC DESIGN - LEVEL 2 My name is IDARA Etta, from Akwa Ibom State in Nigeria and I currently live in Abuja, Nigeria. I am married with two daughters. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Physics, Yes, I love Math very much and most of my work...

read more
Rob has a Lightbulb Moment

Rob has a Lightbulb Moment

ROB REDFORD - UK Graphic Design For Beginners - Level 1 Graphic Design - Level 2 Advanced Graphic Design - Level 3 It was a like a light bulb moment when I worked for a company for a short period and was sat next to a Graphic Designer and driving home one day thought...

read more
Cat becomes a more effective creative

Cat becomes a more effective creative

CATHRYN SHARPE - UK GRAPHIC DESIGN - LEVEL 2 “I decided to enrol with CDS on the Graphic Design Diploma in order become a more effective creative.”. Hi, I am Cathryn Sharpe and I am a paper-crafter. I also do graphic design work. Virtually everything I’ve learnt up to...

read more

Latest News articles

LEARNING TO PACKAGE IN A CHANGED WORLD

Until the mid 20th century, packaging was largely about convenience and product protection – keeping the item safe until it could be sold. Then came...

SEEING IS BELIEVING – BRAND DEVELOPMENT

We take it for granted, but seeing really is believing. Around 80% of our sensory impressions are registered through our eyes. Some 50% of our...

HOW ARE YOU GOING TO IMPRESS YOUR FUTURE EMPLOYERS OR CLIENTS?

Qualifications Vs Portfolio + Skills? This is a discussion we always face at the school, and yes they are both important but one of those stand out...

ARE YOU FED-UP WITH YOUR ONLINE COURSE?

Over the past few months, we have been receiving a lot of applications for individuals applying to come onto our courses from other online course...

HOW TO BRAND YOURSELF AS A DESIGNER

As a designer, you spend a lot of time helping your clients or the company you are working for to brand themselves effectively. When it comes to our...