More about Jasmine
What made you choose to study at NTU?
“Emma Prince interviewed me and she was so motivating and welcoming; she was the tutor who made me feel that NTU was the right place for me. I also loved the whole University and the fun, friendly atmosphere.”
What do you enjoy most about your course?
“The tutors and the support within fashion design. The whole course is amazing at setting you up for the industry, guiding you, and allowing you to be the best you can be.”
Has the course included any live projects / industry competitions and if so can you talk a little bit about one you really enjoyed?
“For the ASOS menswear live project, it was great to be able to speak directly to the head designers of ASOS menswear and hear their feedback on our work. It was very interesting to hear how their business works. This also prepared us for what the industry would be like.”
Has the course included any speakers / lecturers from industry – if so can you talk about one you really enjoyed?
“The best guest lecturer was in my first year. It was a man who had graduated from NTU, and he told us his story after graduation. He advised us to take every opportunity we can get in the fashion industry, because we’ll never know where it might take us; and always hold on to our contacts because they could be very useful in the future.”
What do you think about the course staff? How do they support your learning and University experience?
“Our course is one of the best supported courses in my opinion. The tutors care about your learning and put so much extra time into their work hours to help us out. We learnt that every stage in the fashion industry is to a very high standard.”
Have you completed any work placements and if so can you tell me a little bit about them – where you went, what you did, and any skills you’ve gained that will help you when you graduate?
“I completed a placement at 3RD ROCK, an organic & recycled climbwear brand based in the Peak District. The woman who ran the place was actually a fashion design graduate from NTU! I learnt how the business was organised and run, and I overlooked design meetings and tested sample garments for their next collection.
“I was also the main manufacturer for a marketing endorsement where I made multiple promotional head bands. I also just received three offers for potential placements for this summer. I think this just proves how NTU prepare their students for industry.”
Life on exchange at Hong Kong Polytechnic University
What did the Shirley Chan International Exchange Scholarship help you cover?
“It covered everything! I was in a position where I didn’t have my own money for an exchange, so I was fortunate enough to have everything paid for me; from flights, visas, accommodation and living costs, to funding for fabrics and materials.”
How did you find out about the exchange (scholarship) opportunity?
“I was told about the exchange opportunity at the NTU open day. It was one of the reasons I wanted to come here. We were later reminded to apply at the beginning of second year if we were still interested.”
How was your social life during the exchange / what did you get up to in your spare time?
“The amazing thing about Hong Kong is that there is always something to do, even if you only have a couple of hours to spare. I’ve made some amazing friends that I will have for life. My favourite thing to do while I was there was hiking with friends.”
What was the highlight of your time in Hong Kong?
“Making friends from all over the world and immersing myself in a different culture.”
What was the most valuable lesson you learnt whilst on your exchange and would you recommend it to other students?
“I learnt how to live in another country, and almost start a life there with completely new people. I also learnt how to immerse myself in another creative institute, and produce some great work during my time there. I would definitely recommend the Hong Kong PolyU exchange to other students. It is an amazing opportunity for fashion students who might be restricted by finances, and it will allow you to achieve valuable skills needed in your future career in fashion.”