Rama Bown
To have a product on the market before graduating is amazing!

More about Rama

What made you choose to study at NTU?

“I loved the city and the creative outlets that Nottingham had to offer. The Product Design course was the only course that I felt would push me and help me to progress as a designer. Also the Arkwright building was amazing!”

Can you tell us about your industry placement at Kast Concrete Basins?

“My placement with Kast lasted a full year and my day-to-day role was extremely varied. I started out assisting with admin work which enabled me to learn more about the business very quickly, before moving on to practical projects such as packaging. My entire placement was a lot of fun. I was made to feel welcome and comfortable, and everyday offered a different challenge. I had the opportunity to work on photography, branding, and design work.”

How did you source your placement?

“I found an image of a concrete basin on Pinterest whilst doing research for one of my projects and I was intrigued by what I saw. I had never seen concrete used in that way before, so I decided to look the company up and give them a call!”

Have you been involved in any live projects or exciting briefs?

“Following on from my placement as Kast, I was given the opportunity to collaborate with them for my final year minor project. My brief was to design and create a concrete basin for the hospitality sector. I successfully met the brief and my basin design was launched in May 2018 and is currently on the market. This was by far my proudest moment. To have a product on the market before graduating is amazing! To have the opportunity to work with the company I completed my placement with was very humbling and rewarding.”

Have you been involved in any industry competitions as part of your course?

“A project I completed in my second year was shortlisted for the RSA Student Design Awards. I came up with a way to help children with asthma feel more comfortable about their condition. I designed a two-in-one inhaler featuring a digital interface which paired with an app. The app could be used by adults to monitor usage, but it also rewarded the user with characters when it was used correctly and at the right time. Unfortunately I wasn’t shortlisted by the RSA, but it was still a great experience.”

What have you most enjoyed about your course?

“I like the broad spectrum of modules that we have been able to work on. All of the skills that we have learnt have really pushed us to become the best designer we can be. I particularly enjoyed working on the Professional Practice module in my second year -  it made me focus on who I am as a designer and explore my personal branding and identity. We worked on our own websites, developing our portfolio, and on our CV’s.”

Has your course included any trips?

“We went to Berlin in our second year, which was an incredible experience and a lot of fun. I had never been to Berlin before and I was blown away by the creative scene! It was a great opportunity for us to conduct research for our projects and gather inspiration.”

Can you tell us a little bit about the staff on your course?

“I could not have asked for more supportive lectures, tutors and technicians. They have all been so helpful and are great role models.”

What do you think about the facilities available to you on your course?

“The facilities at the university are great. We have access to industry standard software such as SolidWorks and 3Ds max, and knowledgeable technicians who are always happy to lend a helping hand.”

What advice would you give to a prospective student thinking about studying BA (Hons) Product Design at NTU?

“I would highly recommend NTU to anyone wanting to study product design. Nottingham is an amazing city, and the tutors on the course are incredibly supportive. The course has helped me to progress as a designer and unlock my full potential by pushing me to my creative limits.

“My advice to future students would be to get involved in as many opportunities as you can – it will help you to  develop your skill set and create a stand out portfolio.”

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