Boyi Zhou
If you hope to become a designer, NTU is your best choice.

More about Boyi

What is it about NTU that made you want to study here?

"NTU has great resources and facilities in art and design. When I was doing my art and design foundation course at Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC), I was fascinated by the Furniture and Product Design Degree Show, which was amazing. It was the best furniture design graduate exhibition I had ever seen, which made me determined to study here."

What do you enjoy most about your course at NTU?

"I really enjoy the design and manufacturing processes in my course."

How was your recent experience of your study trip to Paris, and how do you think it will benefit you in your final year?

"It was fantastic and so enjoyable. The Maison&Objet exhibition was such a worthwhile experience; it helped me learn more about new materials and design trends in furniture, which will help me a lot in my final year."

Can you tell us more about your collaboration project with Aude Watremez from Strate Design School in Paris? What did it involve and what inspired you?

"It was for a group design project called ‘Bend / Fold / Crease’, which involved developing lighting concepts using flat-bed production methods for the contemporary homeware market. We were teamed up with a French partner and given a two-day deadline. I was inspired by a simple folding structure."

Has the course included any industry competitions and if so can you talk a little bit about one you really enjoyed?

"We’re working on two briefs that are all about industry competitions at the moment. One is a personal design project; we need to design a piece of furniture for Heal’s. The other one is a two-person design project; we are designing a two-seater sofa bed for Springvale. I’m enjoying both projects, but because both briefs came at similar times, I need to work hard on both of them and also organise my time realistically, which is challenging."

Has the course included any speakers / lecturers from industry?

"Yes, it has. Many great designers are invited to give us a lecture every Tuesday. The most impressive one recently was Kirsty Whyte, the product and design manager of Heal’s. Following her lecture, I now know more about Heal’s, their target market, and routes of production."

How do the course staff support your learning and University experience?

"My tutors help me understand and figure out problems I’ve faced in each project, and they guide me in the right direction when I’m lost. Also, I couldn’t work effectively without the support of the technical staff; they play an important role in the manufacturing process."

Have you completed any work placements?

"I did some short-term internships. Some were in China, and one was in Nottingham. Last year, I did a two-week internship with a local brand and marketing company. As a graphic designer, I created a poster for their workshop, and I also gained some experience in copywriting."

What advice would you give to prospective international students who are considering applying for this course?

"If you hope to become a designer, NTU is your best choice."

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