From I.T. to Art

Working in IT Technical Support, thirty-two year old Ryan King decided he wanted a career change. He wanted to do something he really enjoyed. 

Here's how he went about doing that and how West College Scotland helped him achieve his dream.

I’d been working in IT for a number of years and, to be honest, wasn’t really enjoying it. I guess you could say it wasn’t exactly my dream job.

But with a bit of life experience behind me, I decided to pursue my dream and do something that I really enjoyed: Art. 

A couple of my friends had already studied at West College Scotland and had gone on to the world-famous Glasgow School of Art, which is what I wanted to do, too.  I researched what was available at West College Scotland and that's how I came to study Visual Communications.

I enjoyed both the HNC and HND level.  Most of all, I enjoyed the practical elements of the course, where you're given the freedom to experiment and encouraged to use your own styles. I picked up a lot of new skills and techniques along the way and was surprised at the breadth of the course.

I was given the chance to try everything from design and illustration to branding, publishing and packaging, to researching and developing concepts.

Studying at West College Scotland has given me the skills and confidence to realise my ambition -- I’ve now secured a place on the Communications Design course at Glasgow School of Art!

The course definitely has its challenges: you’ve got to learn how to manage your time, as you can be working on a number of different projects simultaneously. But I think challenges at College are important because they're the best way to build the skills you'll need to work in industry.

Studying at West College Scotland has given me the skills and confidence to realise my ambition -- I’ve now secured a place on the Communications Design course at Glasgow School of Art!

I’m not quite sure exactly what career path I’ll eventually go down but  I know it will be within the Creative Industries. Right now, I’m  just enjoying learning and I’m sure  I'll find my niche.

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Ryan’s academic journey

Ryans Journey