More about Sophie
What made you choose to study at NTU?
“After attending an open day at NTU I knew it was the university for me. I loved how you didn’t have to choose between designing or making like most other courses out there. Knowing that I would be able to develop my skills in both was definitely a deciding factor for me. I also fell in love with the city itself.”
What do you enjoy most about the course?
“I really love the variety of skills we are taught throughout the three years. We completed a short wig-making, tutu and puppet project which were all really enjoyable. These projects provided us with a break from our main project and enhanced our skill set. I love learning about new materials and how to work with them. Experimentation is the best part of your final year!”
Has the course included any guest speakers?
“Costume designer Debbie O’Brien visited and spoke to us about the TV and film industry which was really helpful and eye opening. Her advice was so valuable, especially for anyone wanting to get into that industry. Production designer Sarah Greenwood also gave an industry talk which was intriguing and exciting.”
How do you find the course staff?
“We have a tremendous amount of support and tuition from our tutors. They really care about you as a person and as the course is pretty small, we get a lot of contact time. I couldn’t fault the support we get from the staff and University. I think I would have struggled to get through final year without constant support from the tutors.”
What do you like about studying and living in Nottingham?
“I love Nottingham! It has everything you need right on your doorstep. There is always something to do and there is a variety of bars, restaurants and clubs. I love the transport links to and from Nottingham; it’s handy when travelling to get fabrics or visiting any galleries or museums.”
Why would you recommend studying Costume Design and Making at NTU?
“I would recommend NTU as a university as it has a great students’ union which always hosts brilliant events throughout the year, encouraging you to mingle and make friends. The Costume Design and Making course is spectacular; bursting with a range of projects that help you develop as a designer and a maker. You gain so many new skills before you graduate making you more employable to industry professionals.”
Have you completed any work placements?
“During Year Two, alongside fellow students, I secured a costume designer role for Alan Ayckbourn’s Bedroom Farce. This involved designing, sourcing and altering garments for the 1970’s period. Some of the costumes were also made by other NTU Costume Design and Making students as they were really strong in making. I really enjoyed this opportunity as it opened my eyes to what jobs are out there in industry. You don’t necessarily have to be a designer or maker; sometimes you are required to source and buy clothes. It was intriguing working to a budget but I liked that challenge.”