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Chen Fengjie

User Experience Design MA

Please note - the programme Chen studied was formally named Interaction Design and has been renamed User Experience Design to better represent its content.

"I would highly recommend the Interaction Design programme at Loughborough Design School. "

Who are you?

My name is Chen Fengjie.  I am from China. 

What was your undergraduate degree?

I gained my bachelor’s degree in Art and Design, from Sun Yat-sen University in China.

Why did you choose Loughborough?

My career plan is to work in the field of User Experience Design. After working for one year as an interactive experience designer for a consulting firm in China I found that I needed systematic training in User Experience Design, so I decided to take a master’s course in the UK.

As User Experience Design is a multi-disciplinary program, I wanted to choose a university with a reputable design school rather than a famous design college. Most design programs are offered by the colleges, but Loughborough Design School has a strong reputation for research, teaching and enterprise. 

In User Experience Design there are three crucial stages – design research, design and evaluation. Loughborough Design School provides high quality teaching resources for these three stages, as well as some business courses. Moreover, the programme is both practical and useful. There are also several opportunities to get involved in the enterprise’s cooperative project. 

How did you fund your studies?

I self-funded.  I didn't receive any financial support from the University. 

What did you enjoy about your programme?

I would highly recommend the Interaction Design program at Loughborough Design School. It is a fantastic place to study Interaction Design as well as related design topics, such as Human Computer Interaction, Inclusive Design, Agile Design etc. It will broaden your experiences of design as a whole. 

The teaching style is very practical. For example, in the Software Development and Tools module we recruited participants for our test session with the eye-tracking equipment. Theory is only the basis of each module and then there are plenty of opportunities to practice it. During this year we had three modules that cooperated with enterprise companies, which was also great. The course is systematically structured and well-organised in order to allow students to work together effectively.

What was your favourite module, and why?

The projects I have worked on are more closely related to internet products such as application, websites and software. My favorite modules were experience design and the final design project. The experience design module allowed me to work on a conceptual product, while for the final design project I worked on enterprise software. 

How would you describe the study environment & support?

The teaching staff are high quality and the teaching environments/facilities are advanced.

There are free language courses for international students and careers advice is available from the University. You can always find someone to give you advice and if you have any suggestions for the School there are several meetings between staff and student representatives across the academic year. If your project focuses on a specific area, your tutor will help you to find useful contacts to talk to. Your learning experience at Loughborough Design School depends on self-motivation and preparation – it is important to be organised.

What was a typical day for you?

It depends – if you are in the first few weeks of certain modules, you may have lectures most days. If you are in the later weeks of these modules, you may meet your tutor twice a week and spend the rest of your time working on projects: recruiting participants, conducting research, brainstorming, rapid prototyping, etc. 

What do you hope to do in the future?

I want to find a User Experience consultant job so I can work on a variety of projects and meet different people. A degree from Loughborough is recognised across the world, especially in UK. 

 

Chen is currently working as a User Experience Designer for Tencent.

What would you say to someone who was thinking about studying Ergonomics at Loughborough?

Choosing the right university for you is very important, so take care when considering the program structure. Loughborough University was a great choice for me. 

What did you do when you weren't studying?

I had a membership at the swimming pool and the gym. 

What did you enjoy the most about being a student at Loughborough?

Life is simple in Loughborough! The social scene is just right for me.