Year Two Costume Design and Making students jet off to China for the summer

Year Two BA (Hons) Costume Design and Making students, Sigrid Mularczyk and Georgia Mansfield, have been awarded a full fee scholarship, and £500 Santander Student Travel Scholarship respectively to study at Donghua University in Shanghai, China.

Sigrid Mularczyk and Georgia Mansfield
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Sigrid Mularczyk and Georgia Mansfield

Year Two BA (Hons) Costume Design and Making students, Sigrid Mularczyk and Georgia Mansfield, have been awarded a full fee scholarship, and £500 Santander Student Travel Scholarship respectively to study at Donghua University (DHU) in Shanghai, China.

Founded in 1951, DHU was formerly known as China Textile University, and has a rich history in textiles and fashion design. Nottingham Trent University (NTU) has welcomed scholars from DHU, and staff from NTU have in turn visited there several times with a view to create a teaching partnership.

One of NTU’s alumni now works at the Shanghai College of Fashion, a subordinate school under DHU that is hosting the summer school Sigrid and Georgia are on.

The students will enrol on the Chinese Traditional Costume Programme, where they will spend four weeks learning about the history and tradition of the qipao, one-piece traditional Chinese dresses that have its origins dating back to the 17th Century. They will also be taking a few lessons in Mandarin.

When we asked Sigrid what she was most looking forward to, she told us: “I’m looking forward to learning about the history of the traditional Chinese dress, but I’m also excited to experience being in Shanghai.”

She continued: “I was very happy to learn that I’d gotten the scholarship; I think it’s going to be such an amazing experience for me, and I’m so excited! I wish more people knew about the various summer programmes available to them.

“In terms of my CV, I think having this course on it will show my enthusiasm, commitment and interest in learning more about cultures other than my own.”

Georgia added: “I am hoping to learn about the different processes of making and wearing the traditional Chinese dress, so that I can be well-informed and knowledgeable about it in the future.

“I am planning to redesign and make a costume from a historically accurate version of Disney’s Mulan, so the programme will help me to learn new things that I wouldn’t otherwise have had a chance to.”

Karen Bartlett, Senior Lecturer for BA (Hons) Costume Design and Making commented: “This is a very exciting and popular summer school, and we’ve been lucky enough to send two students to DHU for the last two years.”

Paulina Swann, NTU Global's International Mobility Coordinator, remarked: "Studying abroad during the summer months is a rewarding and exciting experience. NTU students immerse themselves in the language and culture of their chosen country, discover a new and different approach to learning, and they have fun as well.”

Visit the NTU Global summer schools page to find out more about all our exciting summer exchange opportunities.

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Year Two Costume Design and Making students jet off to China for the summer

Published on 5 July 2017
  • Subject area: Art and design
  • Category: Culture; School of Art & Design

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