More about Frances
"When I first looked at art and design courses it seemed that NTU had everything! So it was the perfect university to start with in order to explore which course I would like to study. Although I ended up applying for Interior Architecture I had also looked at the Graphics, Theatre and Textile Design courses.
"At A-level I had always admired Architectural Design and how altering someone's environment can affect them hugely. This led me to question layouts of art galleries, hospitals and transport stations and how their designs altered how the users reacted and moved around them. I found this extremely interesting and after researching several courses I found that BA (Hons) Interior Architecture was the course that address these forms of designs which I knew I wanted to explore further and learn more about.
What have you enjoyed most about your course?
"My favourite project was The Beach Hut Project. Sounds easy, however the only way we could build our structures were to cut and push a set sized cube, limiting how we could transform its form. This presented many fun challenges and also pushed you as a designer to create abstract forms.
"My permanent home is London so I knew it would be hard to find another city as lively and busy but in Nottingham there is so much to do. For a design student especially there's always something on at the Nottingham Contemporary and tones of fab shops and places to go out. As well as this there are loads of beautiful parks so I feel very lucky to live in a city that has that balance.
What advice would you give to prospective students?
"For anyone I've met who's hoping to doing Art, Design or Architecture I feel will love it here. There's a great sense of community between all the courses and such a rich environment of culture it's so easy to be inspired. I also feel I should mention the fresher reps as not many university have them and they really help you feel at home within your first few weeks of term.