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Student Story: Ona Brickute, Graphic Design - Experience Industry

Written by Jasmin Woolley-Butler
Published date 31 January 2020

Ona Brickute - having worked as a Graphic Designer for 6 years - explains why she chose to return to college and challenge herself with this intermediate/advanced course. Graphic Design - Experience Industry is ideal for Graphic Designers looking to experiment within the field or gain confidence in their professional practice and creative process. Ona, also exhibited in 2019's Short Course Exhibition, here at Chelsea College of Arts.

Ona's work

What is your background?
I studied BA in Visual Design at Vilnius Academy of Arts. I also spent a semester in Finland, Lahti Institute of Design as an Erasmus student. After studies, I have been working as a graphic designer for 6 years.

Where are you currently based?
I am currently based in Kaunas, Lithuania.

Which course did you study and why did you choose it?
I studied Graphic Design - Experience Industry course. I chose it because at the time I was searching for an advanced course which would be a challenge and an opportunity to check my graphic design abilities in different fields. This course comprised many important topics and focused on the creative process from idea development to finalising the work, therefore it seemed to be quite intense and very rewarding.

What 3 words best describe your short course experience at Chelsea, Camberwell or Wimbledon?
Inspiring. Worthwhile. Encouraging.

What did you enjoy most about your course?
I enjoyed an inspiring atmosphere during the week. The course was well-organised and the tutor was very professional and encouraging, dedicating time to talk to each student and thoroughly reviewing the progress. The students were able to use the excellent university facilities. I especially enjoyed the library full of the newest design magazines and archives of the previous issues.

How has this course benefitted your career and personal development?
During the course, I was able to work on a topic which interested me - museums. I have created a new piece of work for my portfolio, which later was useful for my future job. While working in an advertising agency I was appointed to work on MO Museum opening project and later I started to work in Kaunas City Museum as a Visual Communication Specialist. Therefore, I can say that the course has really benefitted my career!

What would you say to someone who is thinking about taking a short course Camberwell, Chelsea or Wimbledon Colleges of Arts?
The course duration might look very short to learn or create a project, but time flies differently there! The vibrant course environment helps to generate new ideas faster and professional tutors inspire to do high-quality work. Moreover, you will meet students from many different countries and exchange knowledge with them!

What do you believe is integral to the work of an artist or designer, in any discipline?
For any design or art discipline, it is very important to be curious, eager to learn new things and stay open to the world around us. Artists and designers have an excellent opportunity to speak through their work, so it’s also crucial to keep in mind what ideas your work conveys.

You can view more of Ona’s work on her website: https://www.behance.net/onabrich

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