Why did you choose Loughborough University?
Graphic design is powerful: it covers such a huge range of things such as branding, web design, editorial design, campaigning. If you do it right, you can really make an impact on people by making them think more critically and challenging their opinions. My degree will give me the tools I need to make a difference.
What attracted you to the University in the first place?
What attracted me most to Loughborough was its diversity. It is a top university in almost every department, which means that there is an incredible mix of people here. Not only does it excel academically, but it has been voted best university for student life many years in a row. Being an international student, I wanted a place that could offer me all the support I needed whilst living so far from my family and Loughborough does that. I was initially attracted to the Art School here because it is top five in the country. When I came for my interview I was impressed by all the facilities that are available to students, from printing services to Mac labs and even a room full of looms for the textiles course. I know I can make any creative idea a reality here.
What do you enjoy about your course?
The teaching quality is great and there is also excellent support for students. I love my course because the modules we study are very current and on-trend. I've enjoyed my projects because a lot of them are about issues that are occurring in the world right now. Our briefs make us think critically about our society and what we can do to change or improve it. Our professors encourage us to experiment and take risks with our art: they are extremely supportive of us using unconventional methods to produce work.
What do you think of the teaching quality and facilities?
Overall I think the teaching quality is very good. The professors in my department are all extremely helpful and caring towards each individual student. They know our names and our work and encourage us to make relevant pieces that push boundaries, while still allowing us to explore our own artistic styles.
Have you had any support from the University?
We each have a personal tutor who teaches modules on our course and so understand the work we are doing. They are there for us to go to if we are struggling with something, whether personally or academically. My personal tutor has made it clear that she is available to help me if I need it. Besides that, the programme director of my course is incredibly attentive and has helped me with my work numerous times outside of studio hours.
The University itself offers lots of help to international students in the form of English classes and meetings about things such as culture shock and adaptation. Having lived internationally for my whole life, I don't feel the need to take advantage of these, however they are there if I need them and the University advertises this well.
Have you completed a placement whilst at University?
I am planning on doing a professional placement and I think that it will be very beneficial, especially for international students. Placements provide us with contacts and opportunities outside of our home countries.
What do you hope to do when you graduate?
I would like to work at a design firm. As Loughborough is an incredibly prestigious University and its graduates are recognised as good employees, my degree will most definitely make me stand out amongst other candidates.
What would you say to someone considering your course?
How do you find the social atmosphere on campus?
The social life in Loughborough is great. As this is a small university town, the students and staff are a tightknit community and this is definitely something that you can feel in the atmosphere here.
What do you enjoy the most about being a Loughborough University student?
There is such a huge range of great people from all different walks of life. It's impossible not to find people you connect with.
Has Loughborough inspired you?
Yes. My projects and my lecturers are a constant inspiration.