Being on real film and television production sets has equipped me with the key aspects I should pay attention to while working on my own designs in the studio.
More about Yiwen
What made you choose to study at NTU?
“I did not start off as a Design for Film and Television student. I was enrolled on to the BSc (Hons) Product Design course, and hoped to be a design engineer. The reason I chose NTU was mostly due to the campus being in the city centre, as well as the beautiful architecture in the City Campus.”
What do you enjoy most about your course?
“My course is relatively small compared to other courses; this brings my fellow classmates closer together, increases the amount of contact between students and their tutors, and develops a less alienated relationship between all the course members.”
Has the course included any live projects or briefs?
“I loved many projects in my second year; they drove me to research a large amount of visual references, contextual history, and encouraged me to think deeply about the concept behind my projects.”
Has the course included any speakers / lecturers from industry?
“Towards the end of my final year, we were really lucky to have Chris Seagers, the production designer of Alien: Covenant as a guest lecturer. He shared countless materials from the production with us, which enriched my knowledge of the film industry’s art department. He was also very kind and patiently answered all students’ questions after his presentation.”
What do you think about the course staff?
“The tutors take great care of us and are always ready to help. Our course administrator, Alison, is one of the loveliest people I have ever met, and the best problem solver for us students; I would not have finished my degree at the same level without her. I also feel very grateful about the endless help I received from all the technicians since many of them do not have a direct responsibility to our course.”
As an international student, what do you like about studying and living in Nottingham?
“Nottingham is like a smaller version of London – here one can experience the authenticity as well as the diversity of British culture. The tram provides additional convenience to public transport, and there are many trendy, independent businesses for youths to indulge in.”
In a nutshell, why would you recommend your course / NTU to someone looking to study BA (Hons) Design for Film and Television?
“Prime location and friendly atmosphere.”
Have you completed any work placements?
“I have completed multiple short-term work placements on various film and television productions, including The Bad Education Movie, Hollyoaks, and so on. I was an art department runner most of the time and assisted in creating on-set graphics. Being on real sets has equipped me with the key aspects I should pay attention to while working on my own designs in the studio.”