I made so many friends
Sophie Mahmud : Solent University, Southampton. BA (Hons) Fashion Graphics
This course is for you if you love being creative and are willing to learn whatever is thrown at you.
How did Solent prepare you for your career?
University has allowed me to learn all different aspects of graphic design for fashion, as well as new software I never knew existed before starting my university life. I have now got a bag full of skills in more areas than I could have imagined. These skills have enabled me to stand out from the crowd to employers.
Favourite Solent memory?
I have lots, but I loved living in halls in my first year and making so many friends.
What is fashion graphics?
Fashion graphics is a mixture of graphic design and fashion design, with elements of art and illustration.
What’s your career highlight so far?
Having my design sold on ASOS is my highlight so far – it was really surreal. I have been lucky enough to work with big brands before I even graduated. It made me think, if I can do this, I can aim for anything.
What’s next for you?
I am now freelancing while I prepare for my full-time job, working for a jersey supplier company in London which supplies designed clothing to Topshop, Urban Outfitters and Miss Selfridge, to name a few. My role is creating/drawing designs (graphics) and shapes ready to be sent to the factories for samples. Usually a buyer sends over information they want and we make the magic happen.
What tips would you give to someone wanting a career in this area?
Be passionate and be willing to learn things that may not be directed at where you think you want to go. I had an open mind, going in wanting to be an editorial designer for a magazine, but I came out the other end skilled in lots of other areas, mainly wanting to pursue a career in print design.