George Selwyn Brace, third year student originally from Kingston-Upon-Thames, London, took time out from his busy schedule to have a chat with us about life as a student on BA Graphic Design Communication. George originally studied one year of a BA in Philosophy in Aberdeen before moving to the CCW Foundation in Art & Design at Camberwell and then then BA Graphic Design Communication at Chelsea. Here’s a few of his thoughts on his past, present and future.
Describe your Chelsea experience in 3 words?
Externalise, Criticise & Enjoy!
What do you enjoy most about studying at Chelsea?
The experimental and mistake making culture which leads to true learning as opposed to learning only for the sake of passing exams.
How are you enjoying living in London?
I love it! It’s the best place to study design!
Where do you live?
Peckham, Southeast London.
What’s your neighbourhood like?
Great…it’s a really exciting mix of creative and social.
What has been your greatest challenge so far on the course and how have you overcome it?
Developing a practice that’s both outward looking and self-reflective at the same time. Learning how to harness the positivity of myself and others professionally.
What are your greatest achievements/awards/exhibitions?
Making the proactive choice to move from my BA in Philosophy to art school where I have really learned how to positively challenge myself and others.
A personal highlight has been my work as a student ambassador, especially for widening participation events. This work has become a central part of my portfolio and positively informed my professional experience.
In summer 2014 I worked as a junior intern at It’s Nice That (INT Works) and as a design assistant at Hole & Corner magazine. My experience mentoring and working with widening participation students facilitated me in developing the confidence to work critically in the design industry.
What do you see yourself doing after your studies?
My aim is to be a creative within a team, working on the art direction of projects, continuing my development through widening participation, It’s Nice That and Hole & Corner.
And lastly, what would you say to anyone thinking of doing your course?
Come to an open day to get your head around the methodology of the course and ask plenty of questions.
Follow George and his creative path on his website.