More about Arjun Singh
What do you enjoy most about your course at NTU?
“I enjoy collaborating with the staff and students.”
Have you been involved in any live projects or briefs?
“In our second year, we were lucky enough to do three live briefs. One was with Heal’s where we designed furniture, another was with Springvale where we designed a sofa bed. My favourite live brief was during our field trip in Paris, where we collaborated with students from Strate School of Design for a lighting project. It’s enlightening to work with students from other cultures and backgrounds as you learn about various approaches to design.”
Has the course included any speakers / lecturers from industry?
“For our Professional Practice module, we had talks from a diverse range of designers who either graduated from NTU or were well-established designers in the industry. They included Dead Good, Alice Made This, Native, and many more. The talks were inspiring and gave students an insight on what they could pursue in the design industry.”
What do you think about the course staff?
“The course staff have been invaluable to our learning experience. Our course tutors are always supportive and find different ways of teaching us, which creates a dynamic learning environment. The technical staff are very informative and helpful in helping us find practical solutions in our workshops.”
How do you find the facilities on offer at NTU?
“The facilities are great. The campus is close to the city centre, which makes student living convenient. You always see something new coming up every year.”
In a nutshell, why would you recommend your course / NTU to someone looking to study BA (Hons) Furniture and Product Design?
“The course offers a lot to students who are interested in the field of design. Exposure is the word that best describes it. As students, we are exposed to practical and theoretical ways of learning and understanding design, nurturing us into well-rounded designers.”
Have you completed any work placements?
“I did a six month placement in my home town Mombasa, Kenya. I worked for a bespoke furniture making business, Ranjodh Furniture. My role as Project Manager involved managing the day-to-day running of the company. This included hands-on work with raw materials, having them machined, joined, sanded, polished and delivered. I also managed a group of craftsmen on various projects. The experience abroad taught me how to be a critical thinker, and realise my strengths and weaknesses in the industry.”
What advice would you give to prospective international students who are considering applying for this course?
“If you have an interest in design or making, then this is the course to be in. You’ll learn about design from various perspectives and start seeing the world around you differently.”
Could you please tell us about anything extra you have been involved in while at NTU?
“In my second year, I joined the NTU Makers Club which is run by one of our technicians. The whole club revolved around the concept of making, and included woodturning, bodging and more. The whole experience allowed everyone to appreciate how it feels to work with your hands.
“We had the opportunity to assemble a CNC machine, and the whole project brought students from various design courses and years together, sharing knowledge on craft and design.”
How did you find out about NTU’s international scholarship, and how did you feel when you won it?
“I found out about the scholarship at a university fair in my hometown. After having heard I secured it, it gave me a greater incentive to pursue my course and make the most of my time at NTU.”