"I wouldn’t be where I am without everything I learnt at Raffles. Being there taught me so much! It gave me knowledge within the fashion industry, hands-on experience as well as building relationships and networks. The lecturers who taught me are what made my experience so unforgettable. They are the heart and soul of that place, you come for the education and you stay for the lecturers!"
“Starting my course in fashion design at Raffles at the start of this year was pretty daunting, but I love the course and the challenges it presents. The small class sizes are ideal for creating connections with your lecturers and getting one-on-one assistance through every step of your projects. Having that assistance from people with real industry experience has been so incredibly helpful in developing my design ideas and skills in a way that is relevant to real industry practices, as well as being a massive benefit in the way of giving students access to a wealth of knowledge about industry connections and services relevant to your needs. The course is really rewarding and varied so I never feel like I’m doing something I’ve done before, and I’m excited for the challenges ahead as well as to see how much more my skills will grow.”
Katrina Tomlinson Gils
“Raffles has allowed me to propel my creativity into new heights and push me to my creative limits. Being in the Interior Design department, I have learnt industry-level skills such as computer softwares, thorough concept development, as well as effective public speaking and presentation skills. One of the many things I love about Raffles is the practicality of our assessments and how each assessment broadens our work of design within the industry. Having that exposure to the many sectors within the interior design industry gives us a better understanding on ourselves as future professionals. Our lecturers have experience within the design industry themselves. I am thankful that they are approachable and are always supportive in letting us express our creative freedom in our own style. Raffles is a close-knit community that stems from a mutual love and passion for design. It truly is an inspiring place to be."
“Raffles has taught me industry skills that I question if others would be able to get from other educational Institute in Sydney. Allowing me to develop a profound creative process and unique style that has been tailor made over the past three years of my degree. This is made possible by the devoted teachers and lecturers, that often provided me with personal reviews and critiques, that I was able to grow from. Being in my third and final year I can safely say that the friendships and skills that I’ve formed at Raffles has been life changing.”
“The lecturers were the best thing about Raffles. The heads of photography were great mentors throughout the whole 3 years, along with brilliant lecturers who were key players in my progression as a photographer! They all challenged me and pushed me to continually strive for excellence. Raffles provided me with the opportunity to refine my craft, master studio lighting and build a supportive network of creatives. At the moment I work full time as a fashion photographer for The Iconic. On weekends, I shoot editorials for magazine submissions and recently I flew over to London to photograph a beauty story for Cosmopolitan UK.”
“Studying at Raffles helped me to build upon skills that I’d already started developing and encouraged me to learn new ones that I had previously thought were out of my league. For example, despite my feelings of inadequacy when it came to digital painting, I was encouraged and challenged by my lecturers concerned with that subject to step out of my comfort zone and learn something new. There were some trying times when I would be up late at night finishing assignments and coming in the next day wishing I’d had more sleep but it all paid off in the end.”
“Being a part of Raffles has not only given me the opportunity to expand my creative skills as a game designer, but also use them in practice to gain experience and connections. Through my courses I’ve learnt how to be confident with popular industry software and creative processes. Work on projects with a team consisting of other disciplines and professions. Be versatile towards all creative directions, but also remain creatively distinctive to others. Turn my ideas and concepts into something tangible and use that to build my portfolio as a creative. Besides the technical skills I’ve taken from Raffles, I have also built lifelong friends, and that has always assured me I was in the right place.”