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Amy Welsby, BA (Hons) Decorative Arts


Course studied: BA (Hons) Decorative Arts

United Kingdom
Nottingham has become my second home; there is such a wide variety of creative events happening in the city every week - it is astounding.

More about Amy

What made you choose to study at NTU?
"What made me choose to study at NTU was the uniqueness of the Decorative Arts course. It is technical skills-based, enabling you to really fall in love with a material that makes you want to create."

What do you enjoy most about your course?
"What I most enjoy about my course is the people; my course mates, the tutors and the technicians. They inspire me every day. In third year, you have many specialised tutorials and you come away with a real passion to make. I honestly think the Decorative Arts staff are second to none, they were supportive throughout, and whilst some adopt a tough love approach, they always want the best for you in every way, both personally and professionally."

Can you tell us more about your favourite memory from your time on the course?
My favourite memory of my time on my course at NTU was a recent one and it was the Degree Show opening night. The atmosphere of relief and satisfaction was the best, everyone was buzzing with the fact that we actually managed to pull it off. Smiles all round!

Has the course included any projects with industry, or any guest lecturers?
There have been lots, but to name a just few: Johnson Tiles from Stoke and our own Nottingham Castle. The Nottingham Castle project challenged us to create an object inspired by one of their many artefacts in the castle, and I chose an object by Joseph Else and created a ceramic crockery response way back in first year. My favourite visiting lecturer was from Kate McBride, a ceramist I really look up to and admire. I am constantly inspired by her work, and she was actually one of the main influences on my final year project."

What do you think about the facilities available to you?
"Our course studios and workshop spaces are spacious and you can always find exactly the tool you are looking for, as they have everything! I could not have survived my three years at NTU without the Bonington shop - the staff there are so helpful and friendly. The city campus is also amazing; so close to the city centre, and the Students' Union has the best events and I practically moved into the library in second year - the books they have are first class."

What do you like about living and studying in Nottingham?
“Nottingham has become my second home; there is such a wide variety of creative events happening in the city every week - it is astounding. And the people at NTU really look out for each other whether during term time, the holidays or on nights out. Everyone really makes you feel at home here."

If you had to describe your course in three words, what would they be?
“Unique, mind-bending and skilled.”

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