We caught up with Georgia Hamilton from BA (Hons) Graphic Design to find out why she decided to study at Leeds Arts University and what her plans are after University…

Why did you choose to study at Leeds Arts University? 

I actually applied to Leeds Arts University just minutes before I sent off my UCAS application! I knew people who had studied on the Foundation Diploma in Art & Design course and figured I might as well apply and see what happens; I had no preconceptions about the place which I think was a good thing. After my interview I knew it was where I could see myself spending the next three years. The studio style and creative freedom within briefs, along with the location and small class sizes really made Leeds Arts University stand apart from the other universities I’d been accepted in to. 

What do you specialise in and what are you working on at the moment? 

I specialise in illustration, working with traditional, analogue methods rather than computer programs. At the moment I’m working on my clothing brand, The Prawn Shop, which produces garments with my hand drawn illustrations printed on to them. 

How does Leeds Arts University help you develop your practice? 

The University has introduced me to new methods of working which I believe has engaged me more as a designer and made me want to experiment with my designs outside of set briefs. It was during the last brief in first year when I first experimented with combining my designs with clothing and now I've realised that that's how I want to see my designs, on clothing for people to wear. 

What do you plan to do after you leave university? 

After university I plan to develop and expand 'The Prawn Shop' and gain experiences within different fields of graphic design, ideally working with fashion or music based design briefs. 

What makes Leeds a good place to study? 

It's big enough that there's always something happening, yet its small enough that you don't feel overwhelmed after moving away from home