Current BA (Hons) Graphic Design student, Will Hibbert, tells us about his time at Leeds Arts University and his plans for his future...

Why did you choose to study at Leeds Arts University?

I chose Leeds Arts University because of its reputation. Through friends and previous sixth form tutors it came across to me as a very well-regarded art school, with one of the best Graphic Design courses in UK. My interview was also the most interesting and enjoyable out of my UCAS choices, which was another main factor.

What makes Leeds a good place to study?

Leeds is a very vibrant city, with a lot projects happening within the arts. The nightlife is big with popular underground events. It's also really easily accessible, just 20 minutes on the train and you’re in the Yorkshire Dales.

How does the University help you develop your practice?

The mixture of my tutors, workshops, lectures and the library has developed my practise massively from day one. Overall I have found the tutors have always been willing to support and make time for students. The Graphic Design tutors have played a big part of my development as they are always pushing and challenging your ideas further for you to strive for the best outcomes.

Although, you may not make every lecture in first year, going to the majority of lectures will help your interpretations on aspects of your chosen course, making you consider professional practitioners’ viewpoints and perceptions. The collection of books at Leeds Arts University library is huge, and because of this I was able to find information easily, which benefitted my projects and essays.

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

I’m aiming to specialise in a mixture of editorial and art direction. At the moment I’m currently working on a website for my portfolio, alongside working on an editorial piece for project 01 for second year.

What do you plan to do after University?

Travel hopefully, I want to experience and understand new things and get out of my comfort zone. Although, you never know what opportunities might arise in the next two years.