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Design course backed by industry’s biggest brains

A CREATOR of a world famous band is backing a new graphic design course in Bognor Regis.


Jamie Hewlett was one of the brains behind British virtual band Gorillaz and the cult Tank Girl comic strip.


He has become a patron of the Strohacker Design School which is about to open on the town’s campus of the University of Chichester as giving its students the chance to be trained by some of the best creative minds in the country.


“Read up on what the school can offer you and the unbelievable combined experience of its tutors and patrons. “Wonderful people and an unbeatable start if you’re thinking of a career in design,” said James.


Other big names who have become patrons of the design school include Alan Martin, the writer of Tank Girl and its joint creator, Qantas and Sydney Opera House veteran Vince Frost and Lady Pippa Blake, who is a world-renowned fine artist based in Sussex.


The course will bring together some of the best creative minds in the country. They will ensure it provides students with the exact skills modern design agencies are looking for.


The Strohacker Design School is run by Bill Strohacker. He has more than 25 years’ experience as a creative director, designer and educator.


He is offering three and nine month fast track, commercial-ready courses in graphic design. Their contents will include practical studio experience, live briefs and porfolio-driven development.


A spokesman said: “Place are limited to keep class sizes low and contact hours high. Another benefit that sets the school apart is that support for students continues after the courses finish. “The team will help guide students to the dream design jobs they want.”


Lecturers will include John McFaul. His 20 years at the forefront of contemporary design have included collaborating with global brands like Pepsico, Levi’s and New Balance.


The team also includes Nick Williams, the former Puma head of graphics worldwide apparel design, Sarah Arnett of modern love studio, Ian Edwards, an advertising creative at the JWT agency, illustrator and graphic designer Carol Seatory and Sarah Watkins, who is a UX designer and educator.


The spokesman said the courses would suit A-level students looking for an alternative to university and who have enquiring and creative minds.


Graduates seeking greater confidence and a more rounded understanding of the design industry would also gain from the courses along with career changers looking for a fast track into the creative industry.


Employees looking to upgrade their creative design talent will also gain from taking part. The course costs are £6,295 full time and £5,995 part time.


The design school has partnered with to help students with funding.

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