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Julia Shearer


United Kingdom
I have absolutely loved the freedom the course offers and the opportunity to pursue my own personal interests without having to stick to a specific brief or project.

More about Julia

What made you choose to study at NTU?
“During my foundation course, I had no idea what medium or area of study I wanted to specialise in. NTU is one of few universities that encourages mixed media throughout the course, you are not forced to specialise before you feel ready or know where your passion really lies.”

What do you most enjoy about studying Fine Art?
“I have absolutely loved the freedom the course offers and the opportunity to pursue my own personal interests without having to stick to a specific brief or project. I also love how social the course is; I don’t think I know anyone else who has such a tight-knit group of course mates. Working alongside my peers in the studio every day, they are there for the highs and lows, and we really support each other. I have made some amazing friends on the course.”

What are you currently working on?
“I’m currently working on exploring transient and temporary moments with a focus on light, shadows and reflections. I am working with photography and video with thoughts of progressing into installation and sculpture.”

How do you find the course staff?
“I have received so much support from all members of staff. The tutors themselves are fantastic, and are available to arrange a tutorial with, or just to have a chat when you’re not really sure where you’re heading. The technicians are also fantastic. It’s always great when you want to make something but you’re not quite sure how to go about it, as chances are, one of the technicians will know or will be available to help.”

How do you find the facilities?
“The Fine Art studios are great, they are very spacious and full of natural light. We each have our own area within the studios in which we can do whatever we like. The City Campus in general was actually one of the reasons I chose NTU. I just fell in love with it and could really see myself here!”

What do you enjoy most about studying and living in Nottingham?
“Nottingham is a great city to be a student in. There is so much going on in the city no matter what you’re interests are. Studying art in Nottingham is just great; there are a lot of galleries and art spaces, with many of them being run by NTU alumni. There are openings and exhibitions on a weekly basis and there is always the chance to get involved. I volunteer at Surface Gallery, but have also invigilated at Backlit Gallery. This is a great way to meet new people and get important contacts.”

Have you joined any societies since joining NTU?
“I have been part of the Dance Society for two years. It’s really fun and has allowed me to continue my love of dance. I have taken part in two dance shows and competed in dance competitions over the UK. It’s been a really important part of my time at NTU as it has allowed me to meet new people and get involved in extracurricular activities whilst always having fun and doing what I love.”

What was your highlight from your first year at NTU?
“In terms of my course, the freedom and the trip to Copenhagen. That was a fantastic opportunity to make solid friendships and socialise with students in other year groups outside of university.”

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