I left school and started college in January 2010, and have since studied several courses including NC, HNC and HND Web Development and Interactive Media. I felt that the College would be a good stepping stone to lead to studying a university degree.
I loved learning how to be creative and design and build my own website with graphics and coding for the first time. I spent my work experience placement with Fullarton Community Centre. I really enjoyed having my very own real life project, starting from scratch, to finalising the end product.
Coming to College was a real benefit to me, helping me with my organisational skills, especially in project planning. Overall, I feel that my time at College has helped me to mature and really encouraged me to discover the profession I want to be in, which is Design and Media.
I am travelling to Australia on a working holiday visa, exploring the country, working and meeting new people. When I come back, I would love to become a freelance designer.
Lecturer’s comments - "Stuart started on the fast-track NC Digital Media Computing course, then progressed to the HNC and subsequently HND Web Development and Interactive Media. He achieved A grades for both of the graded units. During the HND year he became involved in several external web development projects through the Education into Enterprise project. Having come straight from school into further education, Stuart had never worked with a real client before. However, this didn’t deter him and he took on the various challenges involved in managing a live project. He has a strong work ethic and professional attitude. One of the websites that he produced was for Fullarton Community Association, where he carried out the entire development process himself – planning, design, development, testing and evaluation, including creating the content and graphics, coding and publishing the site. The purpose of the site was to help the local Ayrshire community. Stuart is taking a year out to travel and work in Australia, where he has managed to secure a web development job. Stuart has and continues to be a true ambassador for the College."