Alexander Howell - BA Graphic Design Communication

Alexander Howell is a second year BA Graphic Design Communication student at Chelsea College of Arts.

What year are you in and where are you from?

I'm in my second year and am from Manchester.

Why did you choose to study BA Graphic Design Communication at Chelsea?

The course at Chelsea is small, which I much prefer to the larger year groups you have at Central Saint Martins and London College of Communication.

What are you working on at the moment?

A collections project that will be turned into a publication afterwards. I'm collecting "Teeny, Tiny Type".

Tell us about the most challenging aspect of your course?

The conceptual elements in many of the briefs and learning to really question what I'm doing. Having the courage to drop an idea that just isn't working, that's been a big struggle for me.

And what's been the highlight of your course so far?

Meeting and working with some really great people, learning that graphics most definitely isn't all digital and knowing that each day I'm not actually working. Well, I am - but I'm living and breathing Graphic Design; film, typography, layout, publications, painting, drawing, building as well as anything and everything in between.

What's surprised you most about studying at Chelsea?

The sense of freedom the course and college gives has probably surprised me the most. The technicians and tutors are all really supportive too.

Describe your course in five words.

Fun. Exciting. Inspiring. Motivating. Engaging.

Any advice for the next generation of Chelsea students?

Well, I hope what I've already said would inspire prospective students to study Graphic Design Communication here. But if there's one thing, I guess it’s that "advertising sells and graphics tell"; and at Chelsea, you'll learn so many fascinating ways of telling.