Welcome to our Student Magazine 'Think Creative'.

Here you will here about a selection of our Student and their own story abot their career jounrney and what they want to achieve in the creative industries. We also feature some students who have successfully completed their courses with us and what they are up to now with their career.

Hear from a selection of our students and their own journeys in becoming a designer.

Former Fabric Assistant Becomes Creative Designer

Former Fabric Assistant Becomes Creative Designer

ELIZABETH PINNIGER - UK GRAPHIC DESIGN - LEVEL 2 ADVANCED GRAPHIC DESIGN - LEVEL 3 VISUAL 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...

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SHARON LEE GIBSON

SHARON LEE GIBSON

SHARON LEE GIBSON - UK FORMER STUDENTAt the time of signing up with the CDSI 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,...

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Helena restarts her Journey

Helena restarts her Journey

HELENA DAYS - UK ADVANCED GRAPHIC DESIGN - LEVEL 3 VISUAL 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...

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BEN MILLS

BEN MILLS

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...

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Hristo become a Design Genius

Hristo become a Design Genius

HRISTO BENEV - BULGARIA ADVANCED GRAPHIC DESIGN - LEVEL 3Hi, 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...

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Idara welcomes flexible studying

Idara welcomes flexible studying

IDARA ETTA - NIGERIA GRAPHIC DESIGN - LEVEL 2My 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 experience...

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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 3It 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...

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Paul turns History into Graphics

Paul turns History into Graphics

PAUL SYKES - UK ADVANCED GRAPHIC DESIGN - LEVEL 3I’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 sew at an after school sewing club and went on to develop my sewing skills to a...

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Imran refreshes his skills

Imran refreshes his skills

SHAFIQ IMRAN MOHAMED - UAE VISUAL COMMUNICATION - SPECIALIST LEVEL 4“The course is very detailed and guided me at a steady pace in order to grasp all that it has to offer.” Hi, my name is Imran. I was born in Sri Lanka but spent most of my life in the United Arab...

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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...

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