Before starting at WIT Shauna discovered design was for her during a PLC course that made her realise she would be happy doing design for 70 years
Shauna Brennan, from Carlow is a past pupil of St Leo’s College in Carlow. She graduated from WIT with a BA in Design (Visual Communications) in 2018.
What is visual communication and design?
Basically it is graphic design. You create logos, posters and branding for different companies.
What made you choose this course?
I was doing history and politics before but I hated it. I wanted to do something else. I liked drawing logos and lettering, drawing in general, so I did a PLC course [further education] in graphic design and found that I adored it. I applied to Design (visual communications) in WIT and I fell in love with it. It is one of those things that either clicks with you or doesn’t, for me it definitely clicked. It was the first time I ever saw myself doing something, I was like ‘I could do this for the next seventy years of my life.’
What made you choose WIT?
It was handy to get to from home. WIT was actually one of those places I had put on my CAO form, one of those places that you would say, I would like to go there. I was here when I was 15, it was the first college that I thought I would like to be here.
What are you doing now?
Since finishing the course I have gotten an internship in DBF in Waterford. Here I do a little bit of everything because it is a print house and a design shop so on the screens I’m doing design and I also get to see a lot of my stuff being done so I get to go and see the finished pieces. It is really cool.
What advice do you have for those considering your course?
I would suggest doing a PLC course, it will give you a taster for what you are going to do if you are not too sure. You do have to commit to this course because it is a lot of work. But if you like it it isn’t really work.
What stands out the most from your experience in WIT?
All the amazing people I met. I loved being here, I felt comfortable here. It was the first time I ever walked into a class full of people and was like these are my people. That’s a really nice feeling. I used to come to college early and I wouldn’t leave till late, I always wanted to be here. Waterford became home.