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In Pursuit Of Creativity: Claire Hayes-Bowlzer’s Graphic Design Success Story At UCP

7 December 2023

Having completed her A Levels at a local sixth form, Claire Hayes-Bowlzer began studying a science-based course at university, but soon realised that her true passion was found in more creative pursuits. Enrolling on the Foundation Degree in Graphic Design at University Centre Peterborough (UCP) (Stamford campus), part of Inspire Education Group (IEG), Claire kickstarted a thriving career in the creative industry.

“University Centre Peterborough played a pivotal role in shaping my interest in graphic design and redirecting my career trajectory”, Claire shared. “We studied many types of design, from books to branding. This broadened my skill set and introduced me to many different career paths in creative practice. I came out of my shell at UCP, meeting different people and exploring creative ideas. Engaging in group critiques greatly contributed to my improvement, providing an outside perspective helped my growth as a designer. In particular, Lecturer Phillipa Wood was a great inspiration to me, fuelling my interest in typography”.

Whilst studying, Claire was offered a part-time Junior Designer role at Stamford-based creative agency, hue. “This not only enriched by creative skills, but also provided a tangible, real-world context for my learning”, Claire explained. “I continued to work at hue part time when studying by Bachelors at University of Lincoln, and upon graduating I progressed to a full-time position. 3 years on, I now work at Small Back Room, a design agency in London. The future holds exciting possibilities, and I enjoy that my job allows me to be creative every day”.

When asked what advice she would give to anyone considering studying with University Centre Peterborough, Claire shared, “For those looking for a way into the creative industry, I would thoroughly recommend University Centre Peterborough, whether it’s your initial career step or a switch like mine. Embrace every opportunity that comes your way, be it design competitions or conversations with your lecturers about different design practices. My studies instilled in me the belief that no idea is a bad idea; a mindset that has significantly helped my confidence through my career so far. Studying with UCP is truly an investment that pays off!”.

Inspire Education Group wishes Claire the best of luck in her future endeavours.

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