Student profiles Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Undergraduate

It is a very friendly environment, and fair. Tutors really care about you. I love it!

Rachel Barbosa
BA Hons 3D Digital Design and Animation

Postgraduate

I studied for the MA part-time and before and during the programme I worked for an academic publishing company. Part of my job was building HTML landing pages for marketing campaigns and small websites for academic societies and over time, this became a larger part of my job. I enjoyed it, and wanted to become better, so I spent a lot of time teaching myself by reading blogs, trying things out, and working on personal projects in my spare time. Although I did improve, after a while I reached a stage where I felt I'd hit a wall, particularly when it came to graphic design. I applied for Greenwich because I thought I would benefit from being taught, rather than just teaching myself.

What we were taught on the MA, and the way we were taught it, was fantastic. Despite (or because of) the diverse range of talents and experience amongst the staff and students there was never a sense of covering old ground, even though everyone started from the ground up. I really feel that I gained a huge amount from the graphic design aspect of the course. I was always confident that I had it in me to become a decent coder, but I never thought I had it in me to become a good designer; now I consider myself to be a designer first and foremost. I had very high expectations of the MA, but I still got far more out of it than I had expected. This is the first time that I've finished a course of study with the feeling that I've come close to fulfilling my potential.

Thomas Jeatt
MA Web Design and Content Planning
Graduated October 2012

The programme is definitely geared towards the practical; there are some projects with more of an academic bias but it generally gets the balance right with the focus being towards practical projects that provide valuable real life web experience and help to fill out an initial web portfolio. The course is hard work but very rewarding—the figures quoted on the course site suggesting between 25-50 study hours per week are not exaggerations, so be prepared for some late nights; but from a personal perspective the effort is well worth it, and most definitely a case of ‘you get out what you put in’.

My thesis site was based around the Drupal CMS, and was a fantastic (although hard and often frustrating) introduction to Drupal. Having completed that site, I then undertook several Drupal-related private projects before moving on to work for Axis12, a Drupal web agency (in order to get more exposure to corporate Drupal development). I have recently changed jobs and now work as a Drupal developer for Encore Tickets, a large West End ticketing agent operating multiple Drupal based sites.

Gary Pigott
MA Web Design and Content Planning
Graduated October 2012

I was working in the City in an IT systems support position, which included intranet and web-application support, before I enrolled on the MA. I had wanted to get more grounding in the area of web content planning and publishing, including web design concepts. The MA course ticked all of the boxes for those areas I wanted to build knowledge in for future personal and career advancement.

Will Morrison
MA Web Design and Content Planning
Graduated October 2011

I found the MA by chance and it has been absolutely fantastic. The course assumes no prior knowledge before the start date. It gives you the great opportunity of starting afresh, provided you bring the right enthusiasm and determination! Although it assumes no knowledge from the start, the year is not an easy one and requires a lot of time and dedication. However, it is safe to say that the course is the most rewarding thing I have ever done. In one year, I have gained so much knowledge, an even brighter passion to work in the web industry and a job that I absolutely love.

Shortly after the MA, I freelanced very briefly and then found a job as a front-end developer with Treat Digital. My day consists of coding sites after approval of the design stage. I am also involved heavily in the implementation of the CMS too (Expression Engine). To complete the circularity of my journey, many of my company's clients are top law firms. Instead of becoming a lawyer myself I am now building their websites, and that is absolutely fine with me!

Pui-Ling Lau
MA Web Design and Content Planning
Graduated October 2011