More about Katherine
Placement company: Four IV (London)
"NTU is one of the only universities that offers a qualified placement year for the Interior Architecture and Design course. After completing a 36-week (or more) placement year, you get a professional practice diploma on top of the bachelor of arts degree when you graduate. This puts you one step ahead when that all important time comes to look for a job.
"BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design gives you the opportunity to be hands on and creative. The course teaches you a range of skills that help you to realise your own design identity and set you up for your future career. It is exciting as you begin to discover new design principles, ways of working and styles that shape you as a designer.
"The degree provides you with the fundamental foundations for a successful career in design; it combines creativity with practicality, giving you the skills to go straight into a graduate job. NTU has a fantastic reputation as a growing and developing University, with many employers specifically seeking NTU students.
How did you spend your placement year?
"I spent 12 months working at Four IV (a London based graphic and interior design agency) placement and I loved every minute of it. I had the opportunity to work on a range of projects, at all different stages of the design process. You become fully integrated into the team and have the same responsibilities as everybody else. Doing a placement year is an invaluable experience; it sets you up for your final year and the working world that follows graduation. The employability links at NTU are fantastic – the team are there to help get you a placement so don't panic, you're not on your own!
"The skills I have learnt show potential employers that I have the fundamental characteristics to work as part of a team, build strong professional relationships and successfully have a positive impact on my working environment."