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Nicola Murphy


United Kingdom
I would definitely recommend my course and NTU to anyone who is interested in design, and being hands-on in what they are making.

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

“The option of a placement year was one of the main selling points, as well as being a well-established course, with ties to the industry. The general life and city of Nottingham also massively appealed to me and made me want to spend four years of my life studying here.”

What do you enjoy most about your course at NTU?

“I enjoy the variety of projects given to us. We have the opportunity to design for live projects for companies in the industry, such as Heal’s and Isokon Plus. I enjoy furthering my understanding of different softwares, and using these for my projects, and ultimately for my year in the industry.”

What did you enjoy most about your trip to Paris?

“The trip was very eventful and it was a great opportunity to work with someone new from Strate Design School whom I had never met before. It was interesting to learn about how they work, and balance our two styles.

“The other really interesting day was our trip to Maison&Objet, a massive trade show in Paris for which companies from all over the world descend to for a couple of days to show off their latest work. This gave me a lot of inspiration for future projects, especially as we were creating a visual diary for our latest project based around the current design market. It was really interesting to see the up and coming trends, and I would definitely want to go back and visit.”

How did you feel about your work being exhibited at Light Night, and how do you think it will benefit you in the future?

“I felt very honoured that our work was exhibited at Light Night, especially since only two pieces of work got selected for the exhibition, amongst other students' work. I’ve included this in my portfolio, as I am currently applying for a placement for next year; this has also given me something different to talk about in the interviews.”

How do you find the facilities on offer at NTU?

“NTU is well equipped with all the latest facilities, whether it be the 3D printing machines or the variety of laser cutters available. The workshop facilities also allows us to be fairly free in what we design, due to the range of equipment and tooling that is available to us.”

In a nutshell, why would you recommend your course / NTU to someone looking to study in that area?

“I would definitely recommend my course and NTU to anyone who is interested in design, and being hands-on in what they are making. I found when I was looking around the different universities that NTU was a lot more hands-on and required physical mock-ups of our work rather than CAD concepts.

“As a way of life, NTU also offers many different societies and opportunities within the university.”

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

“Make sure that you are happy when wandering around the university, and always imagine yourself spending four years of your life at the university. Personally, I had a gut feeling that I wanted to spend my time at NTU due to everyone being very accommodating, and the lecturers seemed really friendly.”

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