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Olivia Killeya


United Kingdom
Within the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment everyone is always willing to help out. It’s very much the sense of a team effort which is a great student community to be a part of.

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What made you choose to study at NTU?

"Both the city and campus are vibrant. The university was modern and everyone was really friendly and welcoming. From a study point of view I was impressed by the design facilities and course structure."

What do you like the most about your course?

"The opportunity to complete a placement year within the industry. All the members of teaching and technical support staff are always helpful and offer excellent support within the teaching."

Can you tell us about your favourite memory from your time on your course at NTU?

"My favourite part of the four year course would be the study trip to Prague, and being able to tour the Skoda factory. This was a great experience to do something we wouldn’t otherwise be able to do."

Has the course included any projects with external partners and if so can you talk a little bit about one you really enjoyed?

"The course has involved many live briefs with industry, one of which was with McGee. In teams we were challenged to respond to a brief set by the company to design a product or system to improve site safety and minimize site injuries from machinery. It was great experience to present in front of industry experts and receive feedback on our final design proposal. The team I was part of came as runner ups."

Has the course included any speakers / lecturers from industry – if so can you talk about one you really enjoyed?

"The course has had many speakers for industry including designers and engineers from Jaguar Land Rover. This talk also included a previous NTU student who was now working for the company where she described her experience working within design within the automotive industry."

What do you think about the course staff? How do they support your learning and University experience?

"Everyone is very easy to approach and always gives 100% to every student who needs help with the projects they're working on. Teaching is provided through a varied range of activities including workshops, small tutor group sessions, lectures and hands-on modelling and prototyping. The technical staff are amazing and will always spare the time to help with your projects."

What do you think about the facilities available to you at the university and at a course level?

"Excellent CAD facilities, which even open on the weekends which has been an invaluable resource. The workshop facilities have also been great as well as the 3D printing facilities. The library and print shop are always fantastic."

What do you like about studying and living in Nottingham – how does the city support your creative practice?

"There is always something happening in Nottingham, whether its music, exhibitions, art, pop-up events. It’s a vibrant city that is a constant source of creativity."

How do you find the student community within the School of Art & Design / wider University?

"Within the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment everyone is always willing to help out. It’s very much the sense of a team effort which is a great student community to be a part of."

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

"The BSc course focuses on getting you ready for industry and helps you improve both your creative side and your technical side. The course also encourages team work with live briefs and competition projects. All of which enhances your portfolio of work and gives you real industry experience."

Have you completed any work placements and if so can you tell us a little bit about them – where you went, what you did, and any skills you’ve gained that will help you when you graduate?

"My placement was at Race Furniture Ltd – junior design engineer. The company produced seating for national theatres, opera houses, concert halls and lecture theatres. Projects I worked on included the Royal Opera House London, the Barbican and the Bristol Old Vic Theatre.

I have improved my technical drawing skills as well as my professionalism where working within a small design team, communication was key. I also learned to work on multiple projects at any one time which has improved my organisation and time management skills.

Having improved on my technical abilities I can now confidently go into interviews with the skills learnt from my placement and understand what a role will require. Having a years’ experience with industry specific software is a real advantage when future jobs require a solid understanding with these."

If you had to sum up your course in 3 words, what would they be?

"Challenging , Interactive, fun."

Find out more about studying BSc (Hons) Product Design at NTU.

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