Charlotte

Foulkes

United Kingdom
Between Year Two and Final Year I opted to take a gap year and secured myself a position as a Fashion Design camp counsellor at Lake of the Woods Summer Camp in Michigan, USA.

More about Charlotte

What made you choose to study at NTU?
“When attending the open day I was made to feel welcome and felt at ease very quickly. The level of work being produced by the current students was amazing. It was clear that, in comparison to some of the other universities I'd visited around the country, the Fashion Design course here encouraged the development of a wide range of skills; menswear and womenswear, pattern cutting, manufacturing, illustrator and Photoshop tutorials.”

What do you enjoy most about your course?
“The wide range of design and manufacturing methods provided and the opportunity to collaborate with other course areas. This is an excellent way to gain an insight into what other students are doing and establish academic and personal connections; all whilst broadening your skills.”

Has the course included any live projects or briefs?
“Throughout the course there have been a number of live portfolio projects available, all of which have varied in their market level and style. Some of these include working with Firetrap, GAP, Paul Smith and Hawes & Curtis. These projects provided an opportunity to assess your own preferred style of work and skills, and an insight into different types of clothing manufacturers.”

How do you find the course staff?
“The course staff are great and are definitely a large part of what makes the course so enjoyable. Many of them have had experience in the fashion industry and provide a considerable amount of support and advice.”

How do you find the facilities?
“I couldn’t ask for more; there’s plenty of studio space for you to work in.”

Why would you recommend your course and NTU to someone looking to study in this area?
“I’d recommend studying Fashion Design at NTU because it really does have a lot to offer including superb links to the current fashion industry. Personally, NTU has given me the essential building blocks I need to launch my career into the fashion and/or design world.”

Have you completed any work placements?
“Between Year Two and Final Year I opted to take a gap year and secured myself a position as a Fashion Design camp counselor at Lake of the Woods Summer Camp in Michigan, USA.

“As the camp had never facilitated such an activity previously, I had the exceptional opportunity to design the course content and assist with the setting up of the fashion programme there.

“Not only was I selected because of my broad fashion knowledge gained from the course, but because one of the selection team members was aware of NTU and its reputable Fashion Design course.

“This was an amazing experience during which I was able to use my knowledge and pass on skills to many young people. As with all good things, it had to come to an end but the memories will live on!”

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