Luke Sutcliffe
There’s a lot of dedicated members of staff who go above and beyond to help us out.

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Placement companies: Dalziel & Pow and Kinnersley Kent Design 

What do you enjoy most about the course?

“What I enjoy most about the course is probably the freedom you can express in your designs when you get into final year. When you start in Year One it’s very structured and you’re taught in a certain way, but as you get into Final Year you realise why.

“The course allows you to bring a lot of different types of artistic styles to your projects. You can be good at drawing, or you can be good at the technical side or the writing side of things; everyone on the course has different skills.

What do you think about the course staff?

“There’s a lot of dedicated members of staff. A lot of them will go above and beyond to help us out. Because it's a design course you spend  a lot of time in the studio so it’s great to have that support. A lot of them are very talented too, so if you have a question they always have the answer.

Has the course included any trips?

“In Year One we went to Yorkshire Sculpture Park and the Hepworth Gallery, which are two great places to go to because they tie in with the course really well. As a first year it broadens your understanding and introduces you to the type of stuff that you’re going to be working on, and what the industry’s going to be like.

“In Year Two we went to Barcelona, which allowed us to see architecture in a different context, in different settings, and gave everyone the chance to get to know each other. It was a really good trip for being able to bring us all together.

“In Final Year we’ve been to Bradford and Bristol to coincide with one of our larger projects. Bristol was really cool because there’s quite a big design scene down there and there’s a lot going on for designers. Having spent time in both, it seems like London but on a smaller scale, so people who didn’t get the opportunity to do placements in London, or visit there on other trips, were able to experience a similar atmosphere, which I think encouraged quite a few to consider exploring these cities as graduates.

What advice would you give to prospective students considering your course?

“You’ve got to accept the fact that you’ll be doing a lot more work than students on other courses at university. As long as your hard-working, dedicated and passionate, you’ll do really well and really enjoy it, but if you’ve not got that then it’ll really start to reflect in your work.

“You work long hours, especially in final year, but everyone’s in the same position, there’s a big group of us that do the same, so you don’t feel like you’re the only one. We all work in the same studio space so we’re all in there socialising which is really good as it feels like you get a lot more out of the degree than just studying.”

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