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Adam McDade

Sunderland, UK

BA (Hons) Illustration and Design

MA Design

PhD Doctor of Philosophy (Art and Design)

Adam McDade studied both foundation and BA (Hons) Illustration and Design at the University of Sunderland. He was so impressed with the standards of tuition he chose to continue his studies here, studying both MA Design and a PhD.

Having previously completed foundation and then BA (Hons) Art and Design at the University of Sunderland, I was impressed with the standards of tuition I had received and felt like I could gain a significant amount by continuing my studies.

MA Design allows you complete freedom to explore the discipline fully, cultivating originality and authenticity. The guidance and relationship I had with tutors felt both professional and sincere, allowing me to begin to understand my role as an independent illustrator.

The advice I would give to prospective students would be to study because you have a desire for knowledge, rather than because a degree looks good on a CV. Drop any attachment to being better or worse than others in your field – the right work ethics, skill and mindset will help you realise your potential independently.  

I'm currently employed at the University as an academic tutor for BA (Hons) Illustration and Design and work as a freelance illustrator in addition. I am also undergoing a journalism internship for a health and wellbeing platform and have recently been employed as a tattoo apprentice.

If I could sum up my experience of studying at the University of Sunderland, it would be an opportunity to study under kind hearted, authentic guidance."

Adam is currently in his third year of his six year PhD, which has been funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the National Productivity Investment Fund (NPIF).

Published 17 April 2019

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