Art and Design students head down under for Australian study abroad experience

Year Two BA (Hons) Fashion Design students Ellie Steel and Jenny Lam, and BA (Hons) Photography student Helen Twin have jetted off to RMIT University, Melbourne, for an exciting exchange opportunity.

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Ellie, Jenny and Helen.

Year Two BA (Hons) Fashion Design students Ellie Steel and Jenny Lam, and BA (Hons) Photography student Helen Twin have jetted off to RMIT University, Melbourne, for an exciting exchange opportunity. While there they will undertake various courses including Fashion Design Studio, Fashion Design and Drawing, Printing for Fashion, Fashion Knitwear, Photographic Screenprinting, and Photography 101.

RMIT is a global university of technology, design and enterprise and are ranked 17th in the world for Art and Design (2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject).

When we asked Helen what it was about Australia that appealed to her she told us: “The distance, the language and the country itself! The thought of living somewhere so far away from home was very exciting. Also, why wouldn't anyone want to escape the cold English winter for a hot Australian summer?

“I also hope to develop my skills within photography and my knowledge of the subject through the course I take, but most importantly I hope to develop my confidence and independence while out there.”

Ellie also commented: “This course will give me the ability to recognise and develop solutions to issues related to international fashion markets, as well as the current UK market. I will learn how to articulate my thought processes and sell my creations to peers and the industry from a different cultural perspective, strengthening my communication and teamwork skills.

“It will also allow me to develop my interpersonal skills, taking me out of my comfort zone and teaching me to handle new situations in the future with ease.”

Jenny added: “I’m most looking forward to meeting different people and improving my communication and learning skills, as well as gaining a better understanding of the diverse fashion industry. The different teaching styles will help me acquire new design techniques and broaden my fashion horizons.”

We also caught up with Gilly Staples, BA (Hons) Fashion Design Course Leader, about how this opportunity would benefit the students’ studies. She told us: “Our students always return feeling more confident and more independent.

“Their experience abroad, working with people from different nationalities from all over the world, sharing different approaches and practices, really prepares them for their final year. It also enables them to form critical friendships.”

According to the Gone International: Mobility Works 2017 report, which analyses data from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, graduates who were mobile during their degree were less likely to be unemployed (3.7% compared to 4.9%), and more likely to earn 5% more than their non-mobile peers.

Art and Design students head down under for Australian study abroad experience

Published on 13 March 2017
  • Category: School of Art & Design

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