Chloe-Lou Mills

Course Title: BA (Hons) Illustration
Year of Graduation: 2022

UndergraduateArt & Design

Chloe-Lou Mills

What were you doing before coming to Wrexham University?

I was studying Speech and Language Therapy at a different University. I had a lot of interest in the English language. I also love helping people. It ended up being not what I expected and I decided to drop out and pursue art, like I always wanted to do.

What attracted you to Wrexham University?

It was the only uni close enough to home that also had an Illustration course. I knew a few people that attended Wrexham Uni and saw how good the reviews were. It made me feel comfortable in my choice to attend this uni.

What did you enjoy most about your course?

I love being able to spend my time creating art. It’s what I get to do every day now and I wouldn’t change it for anything. I love getting briefs and I love being able to explore different styles and try new things, and I always have the staff backing up my ideas.

What was the support like?

The support from staff is always incredible. I get lots of feedback and last year, they were all extremely helpful and supportive. I struggle with some mental health difficulties, and it meant a lot of the time, I struggled to do my work and get stuff handed in on time. They were more than happy to aid and provide extensions where necessary. This year, I’m working on being more organised and the staff also give tons of help with that and help me brainstorm my ideas.

How do you think you have benefited from studying at Wrexham University?

I think being closer to home has done me wonders but the atmosphere makes me love coming into uni. I always hated going to school but now I come into uni and get to do what I love, surrounded by wonderful people. I’m so much happier.

Would you recommend undertaking a course with Wrexham University, and why?

I absolutely would recommend studying at Wrexham Uni. People are always so focused on getting into ‘Red Brick’ universities and I always found that it didn’t matter so much. I’m much happier here than I would be anywhere else.

How did your time at Wrexham University prepare you for the world of work?

As an illustration student, we actively investigate pricing your work. This is something we cover in a module, and we also have Creative Futures. This is a class in Semester 2 that covers the world of work as an artist, and it can be helpful at times. We get to listen to artists who are in the world of work talk about their experiences.