Aberdeen graduate looks to design a career in her home city

An Aberdeen student whose work has been on display in exhibitions across the UK is looking to use her skills to carve a career as a creative designer in her home city.

Olivia Atkinson - Communication Design 488 x 325Olivia Atkinson (22) graduated from Robert Gordon University’s (RGU) Gray’s School of Art with a BA (Hons) in Communication Design on Friday, July 14, at His Majesty’s Theatre in Aberdeen.

The talented young graphic designer knew she wanted to further her education after finishing school and the course at RGU allowed her the chance to develop her skills in a variety of design disciplines.

“Communication design is quite a broad course and allows you to experiment in graphics, illustration and photography,” she said.

“I was unsure which route to take after school so this course allowed me to find my way. As I am from Aberdeen, I was sure I wanted to stay home and study in my hometown and to have been able to study at Gray’s was just fantastic.

“I am very pleased with my result (2:1) and believe my hard work over the past four years has paid off. Gray's has been an amazing place to study and it really has felt like my home from home over the years.”

Olivia, who is not long back from exhibiting at the D&AD New Blood festival in London, cites the many opportunities to showcase her portfolio to a wider audience as one of the key highlights from her time at RGU.

“The course and the university allow you to visit exhibitions or festivals over the years, and in fourth year I was able to take part in the Graphic Design festival Scotland in Glasgow. It was a fantastic week where we were got to work alongside different design agencies and guest speakers.

“My final year has definitely been my favourite at Gray's, as we were allowed to write our own briefs and choose any competitions to work on. It allowed us as students to grow and create a portfolio which we can use to pitch to future employers.”

Olivia is now looking to the future as she hopes to secure a job and develop her craft in Aberdeen, where she wants to focus on a role in the city’s oil and gas sector.

“Now that I am finished, I have started working on my CV and applying for different design agencies and oil companies within Aberdeen, where I think I can really put my design skills to use in a sector which is hopefully on the up again.”


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