More about Olivia
What made you choose to study at NTU?
"When researching universities I looked at the work of previous NTU students and discovered that it was reaching professional standards. I learned that this was because the students on this course are exposed to industry-based briefs, group discussions and tutor feedback that helps to develop essential skills required to be a professional designer."
What do you enjoy most about your course?
"I like that the course has a very broad teaching spectrum. In Year One I learned about all major areas of Graphic Design. It gave me a background knowledge that I was able to develop in Year Two. The studio projects have allowed me to express my individual and personal concerns through my work."
Has the course included any industry competitions?
"There are plenty of competition briefs offered by the course. So far I have had the chance to participate in the Penguin Random House Design Awards, MPA Roses and the Churchill Design Competition. I enjoyed the Churchill Competition the most as it was less strict than the others and it allowed a lot more creative freedom."
How did it feel to exhibit your work at the annual Sir Winston Churchill Dinner?
"I never thought I would win and I felt surprised. It was an honour to exhibit my work alongside other finalists and be appreciated by Churchill's family, the guests and the Churchill Centre."
Why do you feel it is important to enter competitions like this one, alongside your studies?
"I think it is important as it helps to establish connections within the creative industry and provides you with the opportunity to gain experience and establish a professional portfolio. Also, you can get paid placements like the one I received by Pentland Brands for winning the Churchill Competition."
Has the course included any guest speakers from industry?
"Wednesdays are reserved for guest lecturers which means we have heard from a wide variety of different speakers. These range from freelance designers such as Emmi Salonen to international advertising companies like Ogilvy & Mather."
What do you think about the course staff?
"On a weekly basis I have tutorials where I receive regular feedback from my personal tutors and other students. All of the lecturers and tutors are very friendly, supportive and provide a lot of advice. Whenever you need any kind of assistance there is always someone who can help you. I have been very pleased with my overall NTU experience since day one."
Why would you recommend your course and NTU?
"NTU offers not only a great degree in Graphic Design but it also provides students with a great social life. There are plenty of societies, sports clubs and exchange opportunities to help you make the best of your time at the University. For example, in February I will attend Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) in Melbourne, Australia. During my exchange I hope to learn about Australia, make new friends and further develop my creativity by finding more sources of inspiration in Australian culture."