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Fashion Design student Eleanor Steel


United Kingdom
I always wanted to visit Australia, so having the opportunity to study and live there was amazing.

More about Ellie

What made you choose to study at NTU?
“As a student wanting to study fashion design, I was looking for a diverse university experience rather than solely a creative one. I loved the variety of courses NTU offered as it allowed me to mix with others who had completely different skill sets and interests. NTU also had a great work environment with spacious studios dedicated to my course.”

What do you enjoy most about your course?
“I enjoy the freedom my course allows, with the opportunity to create my own designs and express myself and my design identity through my collections.”

Has the course included any live projects / industry competitions?
“Yes, we had a live industry project with ASOS during our second year, working collaboratively in small groups to design and produce a menswear collection for the company. It was a challenging yet rewarding experience as it enabled me to improve my teamwork and communication skills. We learnt to utilise and prioritise our strengths and abilities in order to progress efficiently as a team.”

Has the course included any speakers / lecturers from industry?
“We were privileged to have a pattern cutting workshop led by Japanese designer, Shingo Sato. I really enjoyed the exposure of different approaches to design and learnt a lot about the use of fabric manipulation to create contemporary shapes and silhouettes.”

What do you think about the course staff?
“It is really interesting to have lecturers and course tutors from different backgrounds in fashion, as it provides a varied learning experience.”

Ellie Steel in Australia
Ellie exploring Australia

How do you find your course specific facilities?
“NTU has great facilities on offer – for example during our ASOS menswear project, we used the Graphix scanner to engrave print onto our fabrics. Inspired by the results produced, I incorporated this technique into my final collection as my main source of print. To be able to have these sorts of resources to hand is just amazing.”

Can you tell us about your exchange to Australia?
“I studied Fashion Design and Drawing at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) in Australia. The course involved fashion, textiles, visual merchandising, drawing and animation. The course gave me the ability to recognise and develop solutions to issues related to international fashion markets, as well as the current UK market. It also allowed me to develop my interpersonal skills, and learn how to handle new situations that take me out of my comfort zone.

“I have always wanted to visit Australia, so having the opportunity to study and live there was amazing. I met many other exchange students at RMIT socials who I would travel and explore Melbourne with during our weekends and spare time. We would regularly hit the beaches or support Melbourne in a local Aussie football match.

“One of my highlights from my time in Australia was a road trip to Tasmania during the Easter break with my exchange friends. We hired a couple of motorhomes and just took off on a tour of the island for a few days.

“Securing accommodation there was easy as there were a series of useful accommodation links on the RMIT website. I booked mine with one of the recommended accommodation suppliers.

“Despite being so far away from home, I was able to quickly adapt to the huge lifestyle change which gave me a real boost in confidence and independence. I also learnt to just enjoy myself and do and see everything I could!”

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