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Sam Tweedlie travelled from the Isle of Bute to Edinburgh for the IDI Graduation Ceremony 2016 to celebrate four and a half years of work. After graduating with a BA (Hons) Graphic Design, Sam was proud of his achievement as well as his development as a designer. He talked to us about his experience with the course including the pressure of uploading everything on time.

After Graduating, Sam went on to study a Master’s Degree in Digital Pedagogy.

Interview Transcript

My name is Sam Tweedlie, and I studies BA Honours, Graphic Design.

Where have you come from to be here today?

I come from Rothesay on the Isle of Bute.

What bring you to the graduation ceremony today?

I decided to come to Edinburgh today for the graduation as a celebration of four and a half years of working and I think it’d be good to remember it’s not just me that’s proud of myself, but also my family is proud of what I have achieved as well and it’s important for them to come and see this as well.

What made you chose to study online with IDI?

It was being able to work it around my working schedule, I could study from the Isle of Bute, I didn’t have to travel massive distances for my end of semester exams, I could upload everything in portfolio format and it just worked in with the way my career was at the time. It was very flexible on how I was able to do it.

What were the worst moments?

The worst moment was most definitely on the final year, final semester, the pressure is on to make sure everything is correct and you’re worrying have I done everything, have I missed something out, have I uploaded it and that’s it, I don’t know, I don’t know. So, there’s a lot of pressure at the end there. But it’s a good pressure you know, there’s a massive achievement, the relief when you hit that button is immense.

What were the best moments?

The best moment was, I know this sounds probably a bit cliché, but really developing myself. I was really able to push the creativity within myself and produce something that I wouldn’t have normally sat down and worked with and being able to have an access to the tutors and their experience was fantastic. I was able to explore other ways and get some advice and direction on where I was going. That was absolutely invaluable.

So, what’s next?

I’m now studying for a Master’s degree in Digital Pedagogy