Graphic design

How to Get a Diversity Scholarship to Study Graphic Design in Shillington

Shillington’s intensive courses – spread over three months full-time or nine months part-time – are also popular with young school leavers, college graduates looking to bolster their degree and professionals looking to change careers. To add to this, it has just announced two Diversity in Design scholarships this year: a full scholarship with an industry partner (at the Shillington campuses in New York, London and Sydney) and a half scholarship for all courses, including including its online course, which is open to students worldwide.

Interested? Great! But you have to move. The application deadline is June 28, 2022 and you will need time to prepare your applications. So read on as we explain who can apply for a Shillington scholarship, what they offer and how to go about it. (And we’ll also hear from former scholarship students on why you should.)

Who can apply?

The Shillington Diversity in Design Fellowships are open to aspiring designers from underrepresented groups. So how do they define “underrepresented groups”? The simple answer is that candidates can self-identify in their applications.

Shillington adds that underrepresented groups can include (but are not limited to) those based on the following: race, ethnicity, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, social class, physical ability or attributes. It should also be noted that, as with applying to Shillington in general, no design experience is required to apply.

Why is it worth it

There is quite a bit of work involved in applying for a Shillington Diversity in Design scholarship. But according to former scholarship students, it is definitely worth it. “As a black, queer, non-binary designer, diversity in design means representation,” says 2021 Full Scholarship Student Url Grant. “I shouldn’t be selected for a project with the intention of creating diversity. I should be one of multiple identities that make up a team.”

Georgina Charles, 2021 full scholarship student, adds that: “The scholarship also changed me as a person. It took me out of my comfort zone, creatively and socially. I gained a lot of confidence in my abilities, my taste and my future. I have met amazing people and I no longer feel like an impostor.

“I really respect and resonate with Shillington’s philosophy of open learning and inclusiveness,” says 2021 Shillington Half Scholarship student Cindy Cheng. “I am also inspired by Shillington’s innovative approach to education, particularly how they have brought such contrasting elements together into a singular experience.”

What’s on offer?

A full Diversity in Design scholarship is available for September 2022 on a full-time or part-time course in New York, London or Sydney. This scholarship is made available through a partnership between Shillington and global strategic branding agency Bulletproof, providing five postgraduate mentoring sessions to selected scholarship students.

And that’s not all ! At least half scholarship is also available for any Shillington course, by May 2023, online or at its physical campuses in New York, London, Sydney and Melbourne. If you opt for the online course, you can attend it from anywhere in the world with a suitable internet connection. (More on that here.)

How to register

To apply for a Shillington Diversity in Design Fellowship, you will need to submit the following by 5 p.m. on June 28, 2022:

  • Answers to six questions about you and your interest in design.
  • Description of how you are eligible for the Diversity in Design scholarship.
  • A creative submission that shows what a Diversity in Design scholarship would mean to you. This can be in the form of a video less than two minutes or a PDF less than five pages. Note that it must be numeric; no physical submissions will be accepted.
  • NYC only: proof of high school diploma or GED.

Barclay Rabbidge, 2021 Shillington Half Scholarship Student, explains how he approached his creative submission. “I knew I wanted to create something different; something that wasn’t just the style of a camera interview. I had the idea to scrapbook together who I am and why I want to join. Inspired by it, I started recording my notes and thought it was an effective way to tell a story.”

Where to apply

You can apply for the Diversity in Design scholarship here. You can apply for both the full scholarship + mentoring and the half scholarship in the same application form. Applications will be reviewed by Shillington staff, industry partners and a panel of former Shillington students. Good luck to all Creative Boom readers!