More about Nico
What is it about NTU that made you want to study here?
“The environment and attention you get as a student, from the staff.”
What do you enjoy most about your course at NTU?
“I get to make whatever I want with all the help I need.”
Have you been involved in any live projects or briefs?
“The go-kart brief, though it is still ongoing. It shows how important communication is among your group and the challenges one has to face when proposing an idea. It is difficult unifying the group on to a single idea.”
Has the course included any industry competitions?
“The Student Starpack Awards was my first experience of a design competition. Without the help of my tutors, I wouldn’t have been able to win second place for one of the briefs. Their willingness to guide us and spend time giving us constructive criticism, sharing their experience, and overall support has been tremendous.”
What was the most interesting aspect of this competition?
“Showcasing your design. You may have a great idea behind yours, but if your display is not interesting and/or understandable, it may be overlooked. The ability to share an idea is the most important thing in this world, in my opinion. Great speakers are good listeners, understanding your target audience is key.”
What skills have you gained by completing this competition?
“I’ve improved my CAD skills and learned how to make better presentation boards.”
Has the course included any speakers / lecturers from industry?
“Yes, I quite enjoyed the talk about how much design can change a person’s perspective. Though some may say design may not be manipulative, it is the whole idea that a small change in detail can make a big difference.”
What do you think about the course staff?
“The staff have been incredibly supportive, passionate, and kind. I really couldn’t have asked for anything else.”
In a nutshell, why would you recommend your course / NTU to someone looking to study BSc (Hons) Product Design?
“It’s very relaxing and fun, even when things seem to be overwhelming. You know there’s always someone looking out for you.”
What advice would you give to prospective international students who are considering applying for this course?
“Design comes from frustration. That’s where ideas are born.”