I have always had a lust for fashion, I was one of the lucky people who always knew what I would study once I got to university. I often read magazines and watched fashion shows on the internet. However, I didn’t know much about what fashion design students actually did and learnt at university. Nottingham Trent University organise placements throughout the year for students who want to know more about university studies. It is such a renowned university so I wasted no time getting myself on one of their placements.
My work experience lasted for a week, thankfully there were 2 other students on their work experience as well, so I wasn’t alone. Over the first few days, we worked with the second year fashion design students, they were very helpful and enthusiastic to share their experiences of what they had learnt since joining the university. But, not only were the students helpful, but I was suprised by the range of software and technology that they used to create their designs. At one point we had to create mood boards using Photoshop.
On our last day, when everyone had finished designing their booklet, we had a taster workshop on pattern cutting! This is one of my favourite parts because it reminded me of why I wanted to study fashion design in university. I had so much fun. They definitely saved the best for last!
After this week, I have a clear idea of how a fashion design course is studied in university.I found my passion again and now I am absolutely sure university is the way for me. My advice, if you are not sure about going to university or what a fashion design course is like I strongly recommend getting work experience, because it gives you a taster of what the course is like instead of your own guessing.
Author: Milly Ma