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Course studied: BA (Hons) Decorative Arts

United Kingdom
I feel like I have transitioned from a student to a designer throughout the three years of studying here.

More about Rebecca

What made you choose to study at NTU?
“When I visited NTU for my interview I was very impressed by the great facilities. The students’ union and the library are modern, clean and friendly, and there seemed to be plenty of great opportunities available, at a course level and as part of the wider university.”

What do you enjoy most about your course?
“Decorative Arts provides the opportunity to study an eclectic range of art and design based disciplines. I was able to immerse myself in the design process from sketchbook to full scale production.

“When I began the course, I was an art student with loads of ideas but no decisions. This course has helped me to really understand art and design in order to make an informed decision about what I want to achieve as a career. I have come away knowing what I can achieve, having built up a large variety of skills. I feel like I have transitioned from a student to a designer throughout the three years of studying here.”

Has the course included any guest speakers?
“We are often given talks from industry speakers, especially during Year One and Two. The best part about the course is that we often have talks given by alumni who have gone on to become successful designers and business people. These talks are great as they really help you to focus your work and plans for the future with realistic live examples of how the course has projected other people into the art and design industry.

“Anna Collette Hunt is a prime example; she gave a talk about how she built her ceramic based business after graduating. She taught a ceramics workshop, providing us with the chance for one-on-one discussions.”

How do you find the course staff?
“The technicians in the workshops will become your best friends, assisting you with all aspects of bringing your designs to life. They have been valuable in my learning as a maker and have provided me with the skills I need to progress my work.

“The tutors are also great at guiding you into the mind-set of a designer and teach you to see your work with a creative and analytical eye. Having the chance to learn from many people who have industry experience is a great way of preparing yourself for your career ahead.”

What do you enjoy most about living and studying in Nottingham?
“University life isn’t always all about the work and you want to make sure that you will get opportunity to have a great time whilst you study. Nottingham is a city designed for students; from the culture and events to the nightlife and shopping. I like that there is something to do every day of the week so there is no chance of you getting bored!”

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