I love Nottingham - it's a very creative city, and there's always a lot going on that you can get involved in.
More about Jessica
What made you choose to study BA (Hons) Fashion Communication and Promotion at NTU?
"Nottingham is a great location for me – it offers easy access to London and to my hometown. The course also offers great study abroad opportunities and exciting international trips."
What do you enjoy most about your course?
"Having the opportunity to explore lots of different creative outcomes, such as photography, film and branding."
Can you tell us about the work you entered into the Young Creative Awards and how it feels to be named as a winner?
"I entered a pattern of illustrations about Nottingham from a series that I had created about different counties. It included images of things that remind me of Nottingham such as ducks, forest trees, and deer. I mostly use nature as this is what inspires me the most.
"Illustrations are just something that I do in my spare time, so I was amazed when I won! Receiving recognition for my work has given me a real confidence boost. The competition has helped me to realise my potential and it’s encouraged me to continue trying to get more of my illustrations out there. Hopefully my hobby will become my job in the future."
Has your course included any speakers or lecturers from industry?
"We’ve had quite a few, my favourite being from Lord Whitney, a creative duo who create spaces and sets used within photo shoots and film. It was really valuable to hear about their experiences after graduating university and how they have become so successful doing something that they love."
What do you think about the facilities available to you?
"We have our own dedicated floor in the Barnes Wallis building which is great. We have access to Macs, and we also have workshops dotted throughout the year covering things like zine making and life drawing."
Why would you recommend studying BA (Hons) Fashion Communication and Promotion at NTU to prospective students?
"I would recommend my course to anyone who isn’t sure about which aspect of the fashion industry they want to work in, as you get a taster of almost everything and you can tailor your outcomes and projects to focus on what you enjoy the most - for me this is print and graphic design."
What are your ambitions for the future?
"My dream would be to work as a freelance graphic designer/ illustrator, however I would love to work for a number of small creative agencies first to learn the tricks of the trade and build my portfolio."