More about Rebecca
"NTU is the perfect place to study design. The support and facilities that are available are ideal to let a creative person, who is passionate about design, flourish to their highest potential. The industry experience that the lecturers have and the range of opportunities that are presented to you throughout the course are amazing - being able to take part in real life industry projects and having your designs produced while you're still in university is a great prospect.
"The placement year is something that sets NTU aside from other universities, with its great industry links and being able to gain a diploma in professional practice while gaining a degree. This was the main reason why I chose to study at NTU, alongside being able to study in such a young and vibrant city.
What do you enjoy most about your course?
"The main thing I enjoy about the course at NTU is the freedom you have within your studies and the constant encouragement from every member of staff to strive towards you reaching your highest ambitions. I loved learning all about the possibilities of design through all of the different projects I was lucky enough to undertake such as live projects, industrial competitions and an amazing placement.
Have you been involved in any live projects as part of your course?
"Taking part in the Paul Smith Competition was one of the best opportunities I have had while being at university; the support that we got throughout this project was great, not only could you get feedback from your tutors but employees from Paul Smith came to the University on a regular basis to check on our progress. The project was to design a hook that could be used within Paul Smith stores and that follows the theme of Paul Smith items. My design worked on the mixture of materials, colours and textures, inspired by the Mondrian movement. I know it's a cliché but I never expected to win the competition there was so many different briefs, I never thought my design could rise above them all.
"The reward was totally worth the months of work on the project, I was lucky enough to be taken to London to meet Sir Paul Smith himself! Meeting him was such a strange experience; I was so excited and had planned things to say to him but as soon as I walked into his very 'tidy' office I had all the symptoms of being star struck, but it was an amazing afternoon. We got a personal tour from Paul around the whole of his premises, I received a £250 voucher to spend on anything in his stores, but most of all Paul Smith gave me a hug!"