Kyle Broadhurst is from Accrington in Lancashire, home of the mighty Accrington Stanley football club (who?) He studies BA (Hons) Graphic Design.
Applying to university was quite stressful for me. Near the end of my A-levels, I was badly beaten up, put in a coma, and had reconstructive facial surgery. To be honest I still don’t quite know how I got through, I owe a lot to the people who helped me.
As I write, I'm in my last year at Salford. I chose to come here because of the university’s reputation for good industry links – and that reputation has proved to be well deserved. Graphic design is highly competitive to break into, so I felt the involvement at MediaCityUK and being on Manchester’s doorstep was ideal.
As a designer, you need to be up to date with new software and trends, and the course definitely keeps you on your toes. All of the modules are very practical in terms of learning and producing creative work, but you still need to be proactive and self-initiated (not sure if that’s the right word!) The tutors provide weekly feedback, but it’s not all given to you on a plate, which is what being a designer is about. You need to eat and breathe design. We’re also encouraged to enter design competitions, giving us the chance to complete live briefs for real world clients, which is quite exciting.
I was lucky enough to find a paid internship via the university over the summer, working with a design team to help with loads of projects, including an animation production. The work was mega high speed, and as luck would have it, I got to work with people who’d worked in design studios and advertising agencies in Manchester and London. It was quite a baptism of fire, with experienced designers and copywriters producing high quality work to insane deadlines. A steep learning curve, but it's given me the experience I need, and also the confidence. I'm always looking for more experience in the meantime - any experience is good in my eyes. When I go into a design studio, very little is going to shock or flummox me, thanks to what I've learnt through the course and my placement.