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The ability to put my creativity to the test and not to limit myself is what makes me enjoy my course.

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

“My decision to come to NTU was very clear when I decided to take on a course that offered a placement year opportunity. NTU was at the top of my decision as I found out that it offers so much support in one’s future employability, and it is so diverse in terms of international students from different backgrounds coming to NTU!”

What do you enjoy most about your course at NTU?

“The ability to put my creativity to the test and not to limit myself is what makes me enjoy my course. There is so much practicality and research that enhances and broadens my horizons. The tutors here have been so supportive as they help to foster your creativity.”

Have you been involved in any live projects or briefs?

“I am currently involved in a live project that requires me to reuse and redesign an existing building, while making a connection to a new building. It seemed very challenging at first as it was a little different compared to my previous projects, but as the aims and purpose became clearer to me, it felt more relieving and enjoyable. It was loads of fun doing my research and sketches as it really stimulated my creativity, and made me think out of the box! The opportunity of watching my idea become a reality really keeps me motivated.”

Has the course included any speakers / lecturers from industry?

“What’s great about my course is that we get the opportunity to listen to many real working and experienced individuals, some of whom are alumni from the course. I’ve found all of the talks incredibly useful and practical as it gets you geared and prepared for your placement year and graduate life. We get insights on the industry or a particular company, and ways to improve our CVs, portfolio and more.”

What do you think about the course staff?

“They’ve been very supportive and encouraging in all aspects involved; from the design process to a simple understanding of the brief. The tutorial sessions are incredibly useful as the tutors help to navigate and point you to a better path, while fostering and ensuring your creativity is not limited in itself.”

How do you find the facilities on offer at NTU?

“The Interior Architecture and Design students have been very fortunate to have the opportunity to use the workshop which includes all the amenities, equipment, machinery you can imagine to really make your idea come to life. The opportunity to test your practical skills and enhance your capabilities has been really rewarding.”

In a nutshell, why would you recommend your course / NTU to someone looking to study BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design?

“The course recognises your creativity, vision and capabilities to bring the best out of you, and it fosters all of those aspects and more to create something functional, feasible, and practical in the real world. With the great facilities and staff at NTU, the journey ventured is definitely much more rewarding and beneficial.”

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

“Don’t be afraid to use your great imagination and creativity in this course, as it will broaden and expand your knowledge and sharpen your skills throughout your design, communication and realisation processes. You’ll overcome obstacles and challenges as a team, which will keep you greatly motivated and encouraged.”

How did you find out about NTU's international scholarship, and how did you feel when you won it?

“I found out about NTU’s international scholarships when I was merely browsing and visiting the NTU website, it then struck me that the closing date was very soon, so I applied quickly. I was very fortunate to be the lucky few winners of the scholarship. I remembered feeling extremely grateful and thankful to my family and agent that supported me into getting the scholarship; it lifted some financial load off my parents, and this alone has made me feel very blessed.”

Could you please explain more about anything extra you have been involved in?

“I’ve been actively involved as a student ambassador. It is a role where I represent my course and NTU during events such as Open Days, University Fairs and so on.

“Fulfilling my role as a student ambassador has opened me up to many opportunities, and improved certain aspects in me. I’ve had the chance to introduce my course and what I’ve enjoyed about it to visitors and prospective students. It is very rewarding to know that you have made an impact on a prospective student. This has definitely strengthened my communication skills as I am more confident and attentive when speaking to visitors and prospective students, and I believe this will play a vital part when I venture out into the industry and speak to clients about my ideas or even prepare for a job interview.”

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