Course studied: BA (Hons) Decorative Arts
The course is very freeing and forgiving as you are exposed to many different materials during your first year, many of which I had never worked with before such as metal, ceramics and glass.
More about Yasemin
What made you choose to study at NTU?
“After I left sixth form I went on to study Neuroscience and Psychology at Keele University and completed my first year there. I decided to leave and take a year out so I could transfer into 2nd year but at a different university. During through my year out, I received unconditional offers to transfer to 2nd year in Neuroscience. I realised that even though it was something I was interested and proficient in, it ultimately didn’t make me happy.
“As I didn’t really have an idea of what I wanted to study or what materials I wanted to work with, Decorative Arts at NTU was the only course I could find which enabled me to experiment with various materials and techniques.”
What do you enjoy most about your course?
“The course is very freeing and forgiving as you are exposed to many different materials during your first year, many of which I had never worked with before such as metal, ceramics and glass.
“Even though you are given briefs to work to throughout the course, you are ultimately allowed to experiment and push the boundaries in whichever material you’re working with.”
Has the course included any live projects or industry briefs?
“During my first year we worked alongside Johnson Tiles, who set us a brief to design a collection of tiles for domestic use. That was a really fun project as we considered future trends but didn’t have any constraints in the designing process so we were able to come up with some really interesting designs. The group I was in came 2nd in the competition so the hard work paid off!
Can you tell us a little bit about the CSD competition?
“The SDC competition involved in producing 4 A2 boards with the theme being “Colour Communication”. The aim of the competition was to produce a colour palette which could be seen throughout your developmental work and final product. We essentially matched our range of colours from the Archroma Colour Atlas to then produce our final colour palette.”
How did it feel to be named the winner of the regional final?
“Extremely humbling and very exciting! It’s the first design competition I’ve ever entered so it was really unexpected.”
How do you find the course facilities?
“Every student has their own studio space throughout the three years of the course which is really good, especially during your final year. The studios have almost become my second home!”
What do you like about studying and living in Nottingham?
“Nottingham is a great city. My home town is a very small countryside town so it’s a nice change being in Nottingham. You have everything on your doorstep and unlike London, nearly everything you need is in walking distance! There’s a great independent scene in Nottingham at the moment with great places to drink, eat and shop.”
How do you find the student community within the School of Art & Design?
“The student community here is supportive and non-judgemental; there’s a lot of talented people within the school.”
Why would you recommend studying BA (Hons) Decorative Arts?
“If you’re creative but don’t like to be restrained or aren't sure of what you want to do (which is totally okay!) then Decorative Arts is really good for helping you decide where your creative strengths and weaknesses lie.”
Where do you hope to be in five years’ time?
“I would like to get some experience in industry, focusing on surface design and/or textiles to keep learning in a more hands on approach.”
If you had to sum up your Decorative Arts experience in three words, what would they be?
“Growth, collaborative, insightful!”