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Student Story: Shibata Maiko, Retail Display and Design

Written by Jasmin Woolley-Butler
Published date 02 March 2020

Shibata Maiko travelled from Japan to take our Retail Display and Design short course here at Chelsea College of Arts. Here, she details how studying alongside students from all across the world helped her develop a global vision, why being curious about everything is key to creativity and how she’s already putting the skills she learnt from her short course into practice.

What inspired you to take a short course and what did you enjoy most about it?
The tutor, Debbie Flowerday, is very approachable and an inspiring person. She is very fashionable and elegant. In addition, she has a brilliant career in this area, which attracted me to take this course.

In this course, we undertook about 10 projects. Some were individual and some were group projects. Group work was especially stimulating for me.

In this class, students came from all over the world. We have various kinds of design knowledge and approaches to solving problems based on our original cultures. Once we combined them unexpected accidents happened and new ideas came to us, which was quite exciting.

How has your short course benefited your career, education and/or personal development?
I realised that I have to care about everything in the space, even though it's a small space. Comfortable and fascinating space is created by both attention to detail and a strong vision.

Shibata's Work

Where are you planning to use your new creative skills?
In my professional practice. I have started to design a cafe/restaurant located in North Japan. I always feel the experiences at UAL are supporting me in many respects.

What would you say to someone who is thinking about taking a short course at Camberwell, Chelsea or Wimbledon Colleges of Arts?
I strongly recommend taking short courses at UAL. The time at UAL was absolutely amazing and exciting - an experience you won’t find elsewhere. I believe that I could break through the next step.

What characteristics do you think are vital to becoming a successful artist/creative, in any discipline?
Be interested in everything even though it's not familiar. Have your own dream and act to make it happen.

What 3 words best describe your Short Course experience?
Stimulating, Global, Fresh

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