Ben Parish

Ben Parish graduated from BA(Hons) Graphic Design in 2013 and less than a year later was working as a designer for one of the UK's top creative consultancies - The Chase. Based in Manchester, the firm was recently named the UK's top overall creative agency by Design Week.

Where are you now, how did you get there?

I never planned to move North after University but I always loved the work The Chase made. I got an opportunity to come up and experience working in the Chase's Manchester studio due to Falmouth's external examiner Ben Casey (The Chase's founding partner) liking the work I'd produced whilst on the course.

Why Falmouth?

I'd been to visit other universities that mostly consisted of barren, rainy, concrete surroundings, reminiscent of 1980s Berlin. The Falmouth Campus in contrast was like a creative tropical forest. It was on the open day that I saw a talk from the Graphic Design course leader who pushed the course's ethos of 'the big idea' and explained that it was this thinking which makes Falmouth graduates highly employable.

After the open day, the idea of three years in the sunshine and a cracking course was a pretty easy decision.

The highlights

The course's industry connections. Even if I was to base it purely from my graduation year, I'd say there's a Falmouth designer in at least 10 of the top 20 studios in the UK.

The dedication and above all passion of the tutors is second to none, I managed to get meetings during holiday time and tutorials late into the evening at the pub. As for the place, where else can you go to the beach for a coffee/swim break?

The challenges

Learning to cope with little sleep and staying in the studio when the surf was pumping.

What advice would you give to someone thinking about studying here?

If you're intrigued by Falmouth go to an open day. And if you fancy working in the design industry, all I can say is since leaving I've seen a fair few student portfolios from all over. It's only from this perspective that I've been able to appreciate how good the work Falmouth produces is.

Any advice for someone looking to move into your industry?

Make sure whatever work you do at University or in your own time is fun. If you are genuinely interested and enthused in your projects, it will show through when presenting your work.

And finally never underestimate the power of going out to the pub. I'm not entirely sure how, but I have a fair few friends who have met a group of designers in the pub, got chatting and next thing they know, they're asked to come in for a placement.