Oriana-Marie Limbambala

BA (Hons) Graphic Communication

Oriana-Marie profile- VisCom student stories page

Did you find it easy to settle in when you first started?

I was quite nervous when I first started. The transition to move from college to university was quite daunting, especially when you add moving into accommodation and being away from your family into the mix! I settled in pretty quickly and  before you know it you’re calling people by their nicknames and having lunch with them.

We started the course with a group task which gave me a realistic insight into what working within industry would be like, as you're likely to be entering a job where you initially don't know anyone. It gave me the chance to learn how to work with people with different opinions, and was a great way to make new friends.

Oriana 1- VisCom student stories

What kind of projects did you get involved in during your first year?

The first year focuses on the fundamentals of graphic communication, where we explore imagery, composition layouts and typefaces. My favourite project was designing a festival from scratch which including thinking of a suitable name, proposed audience, genre and location, we were given a lot of freedom to experiment.

Oriana 2- VisCom student storiesWhat have you enjoyed most about the course so far?

Honestly, I’ve enjoyed lots of things. If I had to choose I’d have to say the freedom to experiment.

Have you had the opportunity to go on any trips?

I got the opportunity to visit Design Manchester to hear from influential people within the industry. I also went to New York and was planning to go to Berlin, but unfortunately Covid-19 restricted us from doing so. 

New York- VisCom student storiesWhat advice would you give to someone starting your course?

The course allows you to be creative, all ideas are welcome and all possibilities are discussed, and the staff really do care!

My advice would be to not compare yourself to others as everyone is on their own journey and has different skills, and to focus on your individual unique style. 

I’d also emphasise that it’s your first year, this year doesn’t count towards your final mark, but that doesn’t mean you should neglect your work ethic and reduce your production rate. If anything push yourself to the best of your abilities, whilst not putting too much pressure on yourself. If you do, it means you’ll get used to the grading style, deadline dates and learn how to achieve a high mark early on.

Finally don’t feel the pressure to have all the gadgets, to buy the most expensive Mac or feel you have to know everything there is to know about the Adobe software programmes. Learning different skills in your spare time is a great advantage, and the tutors are available for extra support. Don't forget the University allows you to borrow laptops and take advantage of the free software that is available.