Zak Billingham

Graphic Communication - BA (Hons)

Zak was worried about coming to university but the positive atmosphere at BCU made him feel welcome straight away. He’s now become more independent and confident and working towards his dream career in a professional design agency. 

I wasn’t always a very confident person, so coming to university and not knowing anyone or having any idea what tasks I would be given was very daunting to me. However I couldn’t be happier about completing and submitting my application. I managed to fit in sooner I thought I ever would – everyone has a thriving positive attitude, which made me feel accepted in this community straight away.

I have become more independent and built a strong mind-set and attitude towards the work I do since coming to BCU. I have grown as a person who can confidently speak about my work and communicate my ideas both visually and verbally. Although the workload can become stressful, it has helped me improve my time management skills and I have never missed a deadline.

I was always set on studying graphic design and after visiting several universities and having my portfolio reviewed, I instantly knew that BCU would be the right choice for me – it was bold, modern and innovative.

I’m currently on the stepping stones of a career not just from work set by my tutors but freelance work I have produced for clients. Throughout my time here I have built a strong portfolio for my future aspirations - my goal is to achieve my degree and to secure full time employment in a professional design agency. BCU has offered trips to design agencies which gave me an idea of the work life I could have and a better understanding of the different roles I can have in the industry.

Looking back at my time at BCU I’m most proud of the work I did for a campaign called ‘Lift the Lid’ which focuses on raising awareness for male mental health in the UK. This is a subject I feel passionate about as I have struggled with my own mental health issues in the past and it was incredibly rewarding to see my work displayed in the university where it was seen by hundreds of people every day.

To me "I AM BCU" is a story, a representation of everything I have achieved in my BCU life - the ups, the downs and other obstacles I have faced during my studies to become the person I am right now. Becoming part of this university has helped me gain a personal journey I can be proud to carry with me and tell everyone about for the rest of my life.

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