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One of the reasons I chose Huddersfield was because of the interview. The person who interviewed me had read my personal statement and interests and asked me questions tailored to what I’d written. The interviewer talked specifically about the areas that interested me and told me exactly how he could help develop my skills, which really impressed me.
Another reason was because of the Art, Design and Architecture buildings. I liked the atmosphere and also the studio that I would be working in.
In my third year I did an internship at Studio Distract, a company based in Manchester, who focus on creating 3D children’s TV shows. I worked as a Junior Animator, working on 3D children’s TV pitches. I learned an incredible amount and was able to work on live briefs which was exciting, especially when it came to the finished product and having my name on the credits.
At FITCH I worked in an office with around 80 people, covering live projects working alongside 2D and 3D designers.
My placement year allowed me to get a taste of the industry and work to a high standard. It also allowed me to develop on what I already knew and had learned in my second year.
I learnt so much and improved on all my skills, learnt new programs and also new styles and techniques which have set me up and I now feel a lot more confident about my final year.
The office at FITCH always had a great atmosphere and social side. As a worldwide company there were many designers from offices around the world coming into our studio so it was great to see their work and also have a chance to work alongside them.
Overall my experience at FITCH was amazing. I loved every minute of it and it is hard to say anything I disliked about it!
I undertook a placement year and worked for a company called Box Photographic which is a commercial working studio specialising in photographing products for companies. Whilst working for Box Photographic I have predominantly been assisting the lead photographers so I can learn from them and see the workflows of a working studio.
It was a fantastic experience working and learning from both photographers at the studio and understanding how to put my skills learned at university into practice.
Working with the post production team at Box Photographic has given me a lot of knowledge and the drive to want to learn more and progress my skill-set.
As a Photographer's Assistant there is always something to be done; whether it be opening new deliveries, prepping items, setting up a bay for a photographer, naming files as they are being shot, making and receiving phone calls, packing away products and sending them back to the client or generally tidying the studio and making sure things are as clean as can be.
As I progressed throughout the year I helped on many varied projects and the consistency of brands really stood out.
Worshipful Company of Woolmen - Best Final Year BA/BSc Student in the Manufacture of Wool products 2014
When looking for universities, Huddersfield stood out straight away due to its culture and history in textiles. Everything was at my doorstep with cities such as Manchester, Leeds and Sheffield all easy to get to.
I believe my time at the University of Huddersfield has been a continuous learning experience with some of the best moments in my life so far. The facilities at Huddersfield are forever growing so you are never in a position where you feel like you cannot do what you really want to do. I have enjoyed my time so much at the University that I have not wanted to leave yet, therefore I am now pursing my Masters by Research to continue my studies and further develop my skills as a Crafts Practitioner.
The University of Huddersfield has countless positives: employability, welcoming atmosphere, student support and most importantly the amount of amazing facilities available to use.
During the time spent at Hylton Photography I was involved in projects from clients like ASDA, Cadbury’s, House of Fraser, Nestle and VQ Leeds. Working as an assistant this experience was priceless, gaining important technical skills alongside communication skills obtained while collaborating with clients.
The International Marketing Photographer position at the University of Huddersfield’s International marketing department involved a large number of events that needed to be photographed on the University’s campus. Besides this, I took initiative in the promotional part of the department, creating posters for some of the events. As a photographer my role also involved creating the photographs used in the International Prospectus released by the department and press photography on some VIP visits to the campus.
At the same time I also worked on some freelance projects with clients including Bonner & Hindley Marketing and PR Agency, Caffe Venecia, Gradcore, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Mrs Underland Festival, Music in the Round, Musicworks magazine, Reading Matters, The Duke of York Community Initiative, and West Yorkshire Lieutenancy.
The placement year is the perfect opportunity to experience real live projects and work in the field.
After finishing my A-Levels, I started my degree at Huddersfield and in my third year I undertook a placement position in the buying office for Harvey Nichols. Whilst there I gained invaluable experience of how a fashion buying environment works, seeing through two fashion seasons, and assisting buyers with their day to day tasks. After finishing my placement it was back to University to finish my final year, which I treated like a 9-5 to job, putting in the hours to get as much out of it as I could. In the Easter break of my last year, I started applying for jobs, and that’s when I had an interview for ASOS.com.
As a buying admin the key aspects of my role include raising purchase orders and helping suppliers deliver their stock into the business. Getting products through production ready to be sold online and maintaining my critical path (which tracks a product from it being raised on the system to delivery) are also vital tasks that need to be updated weekly.
My favourite part of the job is when I see somebody wearing something our team has bought, because that’s what you want - you want people to like and buy what you’ve been working on. Other than that, I really enjoy going on appointments, as it gets you out of the office and networking, as well as seeing some exciting products. Career highlights have definitely been going to tradeshows and London Fashion Week with my buyer, it’s the more glamorous side of buying that you want to experience all the time.
I chose to study at the University of Huddersfield because I loved the atmosphere as soon as I walked on to the campus for my first visit.
The facilities - and in particular the Creative Arts Building - looked amazing and after hearing about the opportunities that lay ahead of me, I didn't want to look elsewhere.
Whilst studying at the University I have had fantastic guidance and opportunities put in front of me. One of the highlights of my university life has to be gaining a place in a World Skills Design Competition and making it to the national final representing the University.
I have also completed an invaluable 15-month industry based placement and in this time had some of my own designs make it onto the High Street.
Huddersfield Textile Society Prize 2014 - Knit
I chose Huddersfield because I was aware of its huge influential textile background and the tutor at my college recommended it due to its great reputation.
I thoroughly enjoyed university. I experienced and embraced student life, made lots of friends, learnt a lot of new skills and developed my knowledge and understanding of the textile industry.
I was given the chance to experience a work design placement year and took a position at Misirli UK Ltd. There I aided designers with design processes, creating socks and hosiery for many high street retailers, as well as assisting in administrative duties, liaising with factories and buyers and creating mood/theme boards to showcase to potential clients. During the placement year I faced and overcame many challenges, which have helped to strengthen my career prospects.
The facilities in the Textile department are outstanding! As I had already experienced hand printing with silk screens I was swayed by the size of the print room and all facilities available. The CAD room is also a big bonus.
I did a placement year at a bespoke Hat Shop called H’atelier. It was great to get stuck into the real design world, dealing with customers and still being able to be very creative. I didn't have any previous experience in millinery but loved learning a new skill. I would recommend a placement year, as you return back to university with a fresh mind and new ideas to take into final year.
I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the University I have made friends for life and the tutors really helped me along my way. With help from tutors and friends I learnt to create unique and innovative designs.
My placement year presented me with the opportunity to travel around the UK and to Australia; something I had never done before. This life experience instilled a new sense of self-confidence in me that I didn’t necessarily expect to gain.
Going out into industry not only allowed me to utilise the skills I have, but it also taught me new experiences in my subject area. I used this time to make those vital contacts and was lucky enough to be offered a job following graduation.
Having returned to University to complete the final year of my degree, I do not feel daunted by the task. Instead I am excited to give it my best shot and apply the skills that I acquired during my year out.
The companies I worked with on placement were The Asylun Theatre for Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2012; Little Extra Productions – Beyond Project (Sheffield Based); The Mercury Theatre in Colchester; Opera Australia, Sydney, Australia – Costume Makers for Sydney Opera House; The Royal Opera House in Covent Garden and Angel’s: The Costumiers based in Hendon, London.
Overall, I thought my placement year was absolutely brilliant! A very valuable, character-building experience that I would recommend to anyone studying a creative course.
During my year in industry I worked for OSC Limited, a sports company that has a number of brands within it including Mountain Equipment, Ronhill, Sprayway and Hilly. I have spent the duration of my placement with Sprayway, an outdoor clothing brand which focuses on creating products for walking, trekking and low mountain climbing.
During my time at Sprayway I worked within a small design team as a Fabric Co-ordinator which involved developing woven and knitted fabrics for a variety of outdoor products. All fabrics developed for outdoor or sports use should adhere to performance standards, should be fit for purpose and comply with any product claims. I worked to achieve good quality within the fabric and to maintain the standards which had already been set by Sprayway products.
My overall experience with Sprayway has been a positive one. I was truly welcomed into the team and my opinion was valued and respected. I have learnt a lot during my placement year and feel I have not only grown my knowledge but gained in confidence.
I really couldn't say I disliked anything while on placement, Sprayway gave me many opportunities and although some areas of the job were challenging, there was a strong support network around me to help guide me through any challenges I faced.
Based in a Norfolk riverside shed, Anna Martin is one of Britain’s few independent rug-makers.
Neutrals, creams and whites might feature heavily in trendy interior design palettes these days but when Anna Martin creates her rugs, she prefers something a little bolder.
Anna, 25, from Norwich, is one of the few independent rug makers in Britain – and her colourful pieces are now really starting to make a splash.
Anna, BA(Hons) in Textile Crafts graduate says about her time at Huddersfield -
“It was wonderful. That part of Britain is the home of textiles. Everywhere you look there are industry mills. It is a wonderful place to really see the history and to learn your craft,” she said. Anna specialised in printing but soon discovered a passion for rug tufting.
Such was Anna’s success that in 2006 she was selected for New Designers, the foremost national show for design graduates. She then decided to strike out on her own after university.
She started working on commissions, ranging from small floor rugs right up to great wall hangings, some of which can take up to six to eight weeks of the time she allots to her rug making, to complete.
View Anna's website: www.annamartinrugs.co.uk
I was employed by Fantastic Media whilst on placement and worked on a range of digital design work from email marketing, to web design, print and packaging, and corporate identity amongst other responsibilities. The variety and fast paced nature of the real working design world is refreshing, challenging and I love working to time constraints – pressure definitely is a great motivator for me.
I really enjoyed the whole year and came to realise that the client has the final say on the output which became clear is common practice in the industry, even though at times I felt that a particular piece of work may look better if produced in a different way. Actual day to day working is an experience that can only be gained through a placement year and I got to put into practice what I had been learning in the previous two years at University.
An extremely valuable experience that I would recommend anybody to do. I now feel that I am properly equipped to work on any type of design brief so must thank Fantastic Media whole heartedly for the opportunity. I was also offered a permanent position at the end of my placement!
The most enjoyable aspect of the course was the broad range of topics covered. It provided me the opportunity to explore some of the computer-based aspects of design that I enjoyed. I believe this has stood me in very good stead to set up my own mobile app design and development firm Common Agency.
I still live here in Huddersfield and have established a business based at The Media Centre that will celebrate its 10th birthday in Sept 2015. I loved University life - my first experience of living away from home, playing football for the uni, experiencing the music scene across Yorkshire and learning about (un)balancing my finances. One random highlight was being a model for the Fashion Design end of year show - carrying my son down the catwalk at the Lawrence Batley Theatre.
I actually found achieving the level of results I wanted to be quite a challenge! As an experienced design professional who has a hands-on role developing new talent, I think that a trainee designer needs to be disciplined and work hard at understanding their practice before they can produce great design work. At University, I didn't identify then that applying good practice and discipline can often help you overcome the areas that you might find challenging in reaching good designs.
I have worked across a broad design spectrum since University - from freelance to global corporates to now running my own company. In the 17 years of my career since I graduated, I have consistently applied a Product Design process to my design roles, from concept through iterative design to final solution. I am fortunate to have had a broad design career with many great projects for large companies, which took me to the Microsoft campus in Seattle, MIT in Boston and design agencies in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Auckland, Paris and of course London.
My advice for any student thinking of studying at Huddersfield is to go for it!
I studied my degree in Architecture (RIBA Part I) from 1999 to 2003, I then did a placement year in Nottingham with a company called Styles & Wood. Following that I went back to Huddersfield to study my Diploma in Architecture (RIBA Part II) from 2004 to 2006. I then did a second placement year in Bradford at a company called GLR Architects where I worked for 2 1/2 years. During that time I undertook my Masters of Architecture (RIBA Part III). This enabled me to call myself an architect and practice as a registered architect in the UK.
My degree and subsequent qualifications were very specific to the career I wanted to be in, therefore my choice of location to study was obvious. Huddersfield enabled me to carry out all of the necessary stages required to become a registered architect. The degree course was a great foundation where creativity and design flair was at the forefront of the course. The course and tutors allowed me to express myself and did not restrict me to constraints of real life in the construction industry - this I believe gives a good basis to start with.
Following my year out in the industry the diploma was more involved, more detailed and basically I was having to produce work to a level of detail that would be expected by builders to enable them to construct my designs. This was a great way to really understand what was required in the industry.
The Masters course is all about the law, management and running your own business, this is fundamental in practising architecture, especially for those who wish to one day have their own business.
In summary Huddersfield gave me the perfect platform to enable me to go into the career path of my choice, however during my year of freelancing I discovered that the course (albeit very specific to the career) offers many other skills, disciplines and experiences which can be applied to a wide range of career paths.
Did you decide to do a work placement?
Instead of a work placement I chose to become involved in local volunteering with the National Art and Design Saturday Club, which involves helping deliver activities to a group of 14 – 16 year olds at the University. Through my involvement with the club I’ve had the opportunity to display some of my work and run an activity for visitors to the Saturday Club exhibition at Somerset House in London. I have also assisted at exhibitions in both the Huddersfield Art Gallery and Packhorse Gallery.
What are your favourite facilities on campus and why?
My favourite facility must be the studios. They are a great place to really get stuck in to your work, and are regularly available, so you can pretty much come in whenever you like, especially when it’s a quieter part of term. It’s
a great help when you don’t have the space at home to create your work.
What do you think about your tutors?
I think it’s great that the tutors are working practitioners themselves. They understand the industry and have a wealth of experience which gets passed down to everyone. Also, the variety in the tutors work and styles benefits us enormously. I think it’s good to get a different perspective on your own work.
Are you happy at the University of Huddersfield? What do you like the most?
I am very happy; I’ve met some really amazing, creative people and some of my closest friends.
What do think of Huddersfield as a town?
There are some amazing small cool bars, pubs and restaurants in Huddersfield, which are great for after exhibitions or celebrating a birthday.
I chose to attend Huddersfield because It was one of the top the top universities for the chosen course. I liked the look of the university and the facilities. I also appreciated that there weren't too many lecturers for the course, compared to others I had visited, which meant there would be a better connection between the lecturers and students.
I have enjoyed the four years at Huddersfield and I've met some cracking friends from the course, work and from living in student accommodation. I initially found the course quite difficult, particularly with CAD, as I had very little experience prior to the course. However once my skills had developed, I began to get a feel for the course, and started really enjoying it. The staff were helpful, and the building had everything you needed.
I worked for a company called All4Design for my year in industry. They specialise in designing bespoke display equipment. Because it was a fairly small design team, I could contribute to all aspects that bring the product from concept to manufacture. My placement was very benificial, I do not think I would have had half as much knowledge and self confidence in final year without it.
In my second year, I designed a product for a live brief for Wilkinsons alongside fellow student Nick Smith. Wilkos bought the design and the product is now sold in their stores across the UK. As part of a team I also won a competition to design a sports product for a company called Smallfry.
Campbell Dunn graduated in 2011 from Fashion Design with Manufacture, Marketing and Promotion BA(Hons) During his time at the University of Huddersfield he took a placement year and worked as an Intern Menswear Design Assistant at Burberry, Unconditional and DS Dundee. Since graduating he has worked as a Menswear Design Assistant for Marks and Spencer and is now a Menswear Casualwear Designer at Gieves and Hawkes where he is responsible for designing the full casualwear collection.
The course was great at developing technical/deisgn skills which are beneficial for work within the industry in many different areas such as: design, pattern cutting/grading, marketing and production. This all helps to obtain a job in the industry.
Huddersfield has a great learning and inspiring environment with encouraging teachers which help to develop skills and ideas. As a social place, I made many great friends that I still keep in contact with and there is always a fun time to be had.
My top tip is to work really hard and develop a thick skin!
The Visage Group are a fashion supplier; they are a large company, leading in designing and manufacturing garments which they supply to a wide range of retail customers including Primark, New Look, Next, Burton and M&S. My placement was in the menswear woven department and primarily CAD related.
From the beginning I was set the task of assisting Stephen Byrne, menswear designer, who designed mainly for Next and Burton. I also got to work on the Primark, M&Co, Tesco, New Look and Blue Inc. accounts.
I was put forward to represent the menswear department in a new group at Visage called the “innovation team” whose aim was to come up with designs that are forwarding thinking. We had to pitch to a panel of board members at the monthly meeting - I was the only student placement member of the team and felt very privileged to be given this opportunity.
I am pleased I went for the sandwich degree and would advise all students to do one.
Catherine graduated from Surface Design in 2014 and is working as a Designer at Primeur Ltd.
I chose the University of Huddersfield because it is a friendly town rather than a big city and the course sounded great. I had a great time at Huddersfield and loved the friendly, social atmosphere. I feel that I have achieved a lot during my time at Huddersfield.
I worked for Primeur Ltd for the duration of my placement year and they have since offered me a full-time position. I would tell future graduates to work hard at University and during placement year. Be persistent, don’t give up and keep the momentum going straight after University.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Huddersfield. The course was both challenging and rewarding – and the input from the tutors has made the experience even better.
I was recommended the Product Design course by my college tutors and this, along with the open day and facilities, made my decision to attend Huddersfield much easier. The whole university had a familiar feel and there were smaller numbers on the course, making for much more one to one contact with the tutors – a key factor in my choice of university.
I never expected the opportunities that have been offered throughout the course; being able to stand up in front of design teams and CEO’s of well-established companies was one of the many ways in which the course helped me to prepare for what awaits in the design industry. The facilities at the university allowed me to learn more and excel in this field.
Danny graduated from Architecture BA(Hons) in the summer of 2014. During his time on the course Danny was nominated for a RIBA President’s Medal and won both a Chancellors Prize and the External Examiners Award. Danny is now on the Professional Practice Year working as an Architectural Assistant at Strzala Architects in Manchester and hoping to study for the RIBA Part 2 in the next couple of years.
I decided to come to the University of Huddersfield for it’s location, close-knit feel and because it is a great town and campus. I have experienced good quality tutorship have developed a great knowledge base and had the opportunity to use fantastic resources.
Certain elements of the course have had an influence on my career, for instance, the enthusiasm of a couple of my tutors on truly believing that there is room to make a noticeable difference. During the third year we had a visit to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, which helped form my opinion that the best architecture isn’t built for the richest 1%, instead it is the considered real life installations intended to benefit the poorest.
I aim to be fully self-employed by the age of 30 and have an architecture practice in Manchester. My advice to others for employment is to invest time in your CV and therefore yourself, post them all out and don’t be disheartened by rejection as the path is very competitive.
Freelance Graphic Designer
I graduated in 2015 from Graphic Design BA(Hons). During my University placement year I moved to Amsterdam to work for Mexx Europe assisting on the Youth and Marketing departments. Since graduating in July 2015 I have worked at Sony PlayStation, Vogue, FHM and Four Magazine. I am now working as a Junior Designer at adam&eveDDB
Website - http://daniel-ak.com/
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UX Designer at BBC
During my placement year I spent a month working for REDC Marketing and my main project was working on a TV advert for a company called ‘Cottages4you’ which was broadcast on TV for the first time on Boxing Day 2009. For this I had to generate ideas with a Senior Advertiser and Senior Copywriter. This was great as they used two of my ideas. It was brilliant to be able to see a concept of my own idea on television.
My second placement was at The Dot Factory and I worked there for nine months. During this placement I was involved in a variety of photo shoots. It was very interesting to experience the preparation and post-production of all the photo shoots I was able to be involved with.
Also I had to step in one day as the photographer wasn’t able to attend the photo shoot and now one of my photographs is an album cover on the iTunes website, which feels very rewarding.
View Daniel's website: http://www.d-l-m.co.uk/
Throughout my placement year I have gained a wealth of experience in the industry over five different placements.
My first placement was for three months at Liberty, I assisted the scarf and accessories team, tracing archive prints on Illustrator and also maintaining the seasons current collection.
I subsequently moved to Marks and Spencer where I worked very closely with the Womenswear Colour Forecaster, researching the colours for S/S 2013 and A/W 2013, creating colour boards for the Colour Council as well as undertaking shop reports.
I worked at Jonathan Saunders and gained great experience as a Print and Artwork Intern. Whilst there prints that I had helped create were on the runway at London Fashion Week A/W 2013 which I also attended. It was extremely hard work and long hours, but a fantastic experience none the less.
I then went to an interiors company named Thornback and Peel. Here I assisted them with production, packing orders, printing hankies, tea towels, creating window displays and retouching on Photoshop.
For my final month in industry I went back to Marks and Spencer again, working for the Womenswear Print team, where I designed and created prints for their S/S 2014 collections, which will be in store this spring.
I found that my placement year has been one of the best years in my life. I have learnt so much about the industry and got that vital first hand experience. I advise anyone to do it if they possibly can. It has been an invaluable experience.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my experience at Huddersfield so far and I am looking forward to working hard in my final year. I came from a non-fashion background studying A-levels at college and have learnt so much in my four years here. The whole experience of being a student at Huddersfield has been an unforgettable one, meeting new friends who I hope to keep in touch with, the social life, field trips to various exhibitions in the UK and Paris. Learning how to grow up and mature; and how to really give your all into something you enjoy doing and hope to make a future career out of!
I chose the University of Huddersfield as I knew from the day I went for my interview it was the place for me. I liked how modern the course and its facilities were in comparison to other universities I had visited. It had a very friendly and welcoming atmosphere and I could really envision myself living and studying here. I also chose Huddersfield as it was one of the only courses in the country which combined fashion with textiles and one of the only universities where you could take a sandwich year out in the industry, which is highly recommended. The University of Huddersfield has a lot of experienced and inspirational contacts within industry for example Christopher Bailey, Chief Creative Officer at Burberry.
I would like my career to steer more towards design rather than the manufacture/technical side of the industry. I would also like the opportunity to be able to travel and work in different areas of the world for example Hong Kong or America, and my placement year has taught me how important the connection with other countries is in order to understand the industry of fashion and design.
During my time at University I have won two prestigious awards, The Northern Designer of the year for the Fashion Design category and The British Glove Association student glove design competition – design a pair of children’s winter gloves. I won both awards during my first year at university.
To spend seven years studying at university, you have to love your course, and the place where you study. Huddersfield gave me just that, with excellent facilities and tutors in terms of education, mixed with a great social environment. One of the great benefits of the University is its links with local business, which in my case, helped me get my first job, from where I have worked my way up to becoming a Director. Since then I have had the privilege of working across the globe, on many amazing projects, so thanks Huddersfield!
I studied for three years at Huddersfield for BA(Hons) in Architecture (International), gaining the RIBA Part I professional qualification. I then spent a year in professional practice before moving on to study for my Master of Architecture and RIBA Part II qualifications.
I believe that Huddersfield offers a good working and socialising environment and I was given the proper guidance, but enough freedom and resources to create my own path in becoming an architect. Having the opportunity to work with different means of design and gaining the tools to develop my own style of work is something I believe to be fundamental to my success.
Whilst on placement I moved to France to work for an architecture firm in Paris called Baltasar Architecture Workshop for my year in professional practice. During my time there I was able to become involved in all stages of architecture projects, as well as meet clients and put all of the skills I had gained so far into practice.
My course at Huddersfield helped me so much in my professional practice: I didn’t have to learn anything from the very beginning, I had skills in computer programmes, design processes and dealing with technical issues. I was also accustomed to management and law. The highlight of my year was completing the first project that was allocated to me. Realising my skillset and potential proved rewarding for me and it was great to go through the entire process of a project and see it through to the end.
I chose Huddersfield due to the nature of the course and the variety of areas of textiles that you are able to explore.
At my initial interview for my place on the course, I found the University to be very welcoming and inviting, which led me to being 100% positive that this was the University for me.
The University has many amazing facilities both in the library and in the textile department, including a vast selection of books, Macs, software and access to industry websites and trend sites. I have been able to meet new people from many walks of life and around the campus, there is a fun, lively atmosphere.
What have you done since graduating and how do you think your time at the University of Huddersfield helped?
I've worked for 10 years in two separate design practices and now have my own.
I am involved in a variety of industry initiatives aimed at making interior design sustainable and fashionable. I also champion an Evidence based design approach and especially when in cover issues identifying returns of integrating human wellbeing as a design outcome.
What attracted you to the University of Huddersfield and how would you describe it?
I was late coming over to the UK, so there were few University places left. Huddersfield was one of three I tried out and it felt right from the moment I set my foot on that wet Yorkshire ground! I loved the vibe of the place and the scope of the course.
Did you enjoy living in Huddersfield – how would you describe it to friends?
I lived in Huddersfield, either in Storthes Hall or rented privately and in both cases found the town or village very comfortable and friendly. Living privately has its experiences but you get a feel of the locals, which adds to the experience. Storthes Hall was my favourite though and felt very comfortable and safe.
What was your most memorable moment during your time at the University of Huddersfield?
The moment my course tutor was stripping away my preconceptions about what Interior Design and design as a whole means and how it should be approached.
Would you recommend the University of Huddersfield as a place to study?
Without hesitation. I loved the course, the place and the people and hope the really deserving get to go!
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Choosing a university to study at is a difficult decision but my choice to study at the University of Huddersfield arose as it is my hometown and I already had a range of models that I worked closely with. With the course being brand new I thought that it would be full of new opportunities, which other universities might not offer. It is a small course, which makes it easier for tutors to offer more support than it would with larger courses. I have been quite lucky being part of a university in my hometown as I have all the support and facilities right on my doorstep.
During my time at the University of Huddersfield it has been a positive learning curve, improving my skills as a photographer and as a person constantly. The facilities are very helpful, from loaning equipment, to the library, which is an important aspect in everyday life at university. I have had the opportunity to listen to talks from high figures in the world of photography, and work with supportive tutors which has given me confidence and comfort about pursuing my dream career as a photographer. We have tutors from different backgrounds in the photographic world, which helps me gain a wide range of skills both conceptually and creatively, in a variety of different genres.
I chose the University of Huddersfield because it asked for the highest grades to get in compared to the other institutions and I like a challenge.
My placement year has taught me many things such as how to take charge and given me the confidence to present to big groups of people. My confidence in my work has improved a lot which has influenced my confidence in daily life.
I have undertaken three placements. I worked in Birmingham for two months, Paris for six months and Saint Plancard for three months. My placement in Birmingham was with a software engineering company. I worked freelance but was based in the office as the company had never undertaken any design work. I attended patent meetings and lead group meetings and learned the skill of making circuit boards.
Whilst in Paris I worked with a jewellery and tableware design company. I had the opportunity to attend Maison et Objet design show selling my products. I had designed a range of pieces and saw them being made in Vietnam (by a Fairtrade organisation) as well as meeting customers and taking orders from customers in foreign countries such as Japan.
I then moved to Saint Plancard between Pau and Toulouse near the Pyrenees mountains. I worked alongside a sole trader working from her office where I designed gift and home accessories for her and helped research for other projects
My placement year was amazing, life changing even. Doing three placements in different environments and areas of France and England has really given a broad view on the types of places I would like to work after graduation.
Over the course of my placement year I worked at a variety of companies which involved a wide range of experiences and tasks - from intricate goldwork embroidery at Hand & Lock to keeping an eye on flappers hem lines on BBC drama ‘The Village’.
It was great to get stuck into each of the environments and learn what the working reality of my industry is all about. My variety of placements opened doors I hadn’t considered and gave me insight into what I both did and didn’t want to pursue within my field.
It helped reacquaint myself with why I love what I do and reminded me why I chose to pursue both a degree and a life in costume. I made invaluable contacts and friends within the industry whose connections and support will be instrumental when finding a job after graduation. First and foremost I’ve learnt it’s not always glamorous, but if you love it you’ll never be happier doing anything else.
Placement year is an essential experience to learn what it actually takes to work in the industry, and if you’re up for it, will without doubt be the most fulfilling year of your degree.
Emily Thomas graduated from the Textile Crafts course in 2014. During her time at University Emily exhibited at the Knit and Stitch Show in Harrogate and New Designers in London. She is now working as a Studio Assistant at Hand and Lock in London and is showing her own work in an embroidery exhibition in 2015.
I chose Huddersfield for the Textile Crafts course. It is a totally unique course that taught me the importance of material, techniques and placing what can be seen as a traditional process in a contemporary aesthetic. With Huddersfield’s rich textile heritage and it’s proximity to cities like Manchester and Leeds it felt like the best of both worlds.
I found Huddersfield to be such a fun place to study. There is always something interesting happening within the creative atmosphere that you are surrounded by. I couldn’t recommend Huddersfield enough to prospective students, particularly for the Textiles courses. All the little details have had such a big influence on me starting a career in embroidery, particularly the tutors with everything they taught me academically, technically and about how to work professionally. The close contact with the tutors, the way tutorials are run and the community feel of working in the studio environment has definitely taught me how to work as part of a team in a working studio.
The placement year had a huge impact on my final year of University. I carried out three internships over the year and each gave me a different insight into starting out a career in a creative industry. As part of my placement year, I carried out a three-month internship at Hand and Lock, which gave me a great foundation of traditional techniques. I hope my job at Hand and Lock will continue to inspire, challenge and build on my own methods with craftsmanship and heritage at the heart.
View Emily's website: http://emily-thomas.wix.com/emilythomas
I chose Huddersfield because it seemed like a nice town to be based in and the facilities that the course had seemed excellent.
The assistance from the technicians throughout the whole course has been wonderful and has really helped me to understand all aspects of garment making in preparation for my final collection.
I enjoyed all of my time at university and thought that the briefs that were set for us each year were challenging but exciting to complete.
As we got into our final year, we needed to use our initiative and independence more rather than relying on the lecturers for ideas and support. After completing my year in industry – at Me&Thee, Mary Katrantzou and Matthew Williamson - I found that I was able to complete tasks to a better standard and sometimes with a short deadline.
I have really enjoyed studying at Huddersfield as I’ve found the course very engaging and diverse with people of different ages coming from various places.
Within the first year we travelled to Portugal, which was a great opportunity to study another culture. We also got to see the style and vernacular of areas none of us had ever seen before.
I chose to study at Huddersfield, as I liked the course; it seemed really hands on. When I came to the open day and subsequent interviews the tutors came across as very passionate. I felt that they wanted to pass their knowledge onto the students. I also loved the fact that there’s an opportunity to study abroad with options of smaller trips in first and second year and the month abroad in third year.
Fern graduated from Interior Design in 2014 and is working at Finch Interiors as a Designer. Fern aspires to start her own company and be able to offer placement opportunities to students.
I chose the University for the standard of the Interior Design course and the placement year option was also appealing. When I attended the Interior Design course Open Day I knew Huddersfield was where I wanted to be. Everything presented and spoken about was exciting and the staff were enthusiastic.
I was lucky enough to: visit Berlin and New York; learn from not only the staff on the course but also outside industry professionals; gain a years experience in the industry and finally - in third year - showcase my work at an exhibition in London during which I managed to gain interviews and employment. The Interior Design team work hard to make students.
To be successful in graduate employment I think a variety of skills in your portfolio is key but the selling point is personality and enthusiasm. Stay true to who you are and to the style of your work.
Francesca graduated from Fashion Design with Textiles in 2014 and is currently working as a Fashion Publications Coordinator at Express Gifts Ltd.
I chose the University of Huddersfield as it has an excellent campus and facilities. My course provided the chance to study both fashion design and textiles – an area I was keen to learn new skills in.
I enjoyed the socialisation aspect of my time at the University of Huddersfield. My year group was really close and we helped each other through tough times. Staying up all night in the library or in the studio was never quite as bad with amazing people around you to help pull you through. I also loved the University experience and living away from home, particularly during my first year when I stayed at Storthes Hall which was an amazing place to live and meet new people from all walks of life. The University campus itself is lovely, especially in final year after Student Central was completed as I felt the canteen was a nice place to get away from the stress of the studio.
I felt that the placement year certainly helped me to gain my current job position as my employer said that, although I didn’t have experience in the field of publications, he had employed me over the candidates as I had much more experience of working in the fashion industry. He also said that that fact I had a fashion design degree showed that I was going to have the creative eye needed to create interesting layouts for the company.
I have been at the University of Huddersfield for 3 years and I have found it to be challenging, stimulating and enjoyable.
I have gained a lot since studying here, from a First honours degree to learning how to communicate effectively with others. Of all the universities I visited, I felt most comfortable in Huddersfield, the environment and the tutors were the biggest influence on my decision to come here.
During the last term of my second year, Tigerprint set one of the projects and I ended up winning a 2 week placement with them. This experience gave me an insight into what it was like working in the greetings card industry, enabling me to learn new skills and work on real briefs.
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Gemma graduated from Fashion Communication and Promotion in 2014 and is working at Lime Marketing as a PR and Social Media Account Executive.
I chose to come to Huddersfield due to the variety that the course offered. There wasn’t another course in the country that gave me that variety and experience in many fields. My time at the University opened my eyes to the opportunities out there for me. Undertaking a placement year definitely helped me to get the job I am in now. The hard work to find a placement and go through the interview processes definitely paid off.
I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Huddersfield, although at times it was difficult, it has prepared me well for life.
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The University of Huddersfield is a great place to study with helpful tutors and a good reputation for fashion.
During my four years at Huddersfield I have had many opportunities including trips to the Burberry Fashion Show in London, Premiere Vision in Paris and undertaken conceptual briefs from the trips to London.
I chose Huddersfield because the opportunity of a placement year really appealed to me. The University offered a wide scope of potential job opportunities available after graduation, alongside good links with employers for the placements.
During my placement year I worked for a number of companies in London including Jamie Jewellery London, WGSN and Alexander McQueen. I had an extremely positive experience during my placement year and it helped me to understand the level of professionalism needed in your work at university. Undertaking a variety of placements was a good opportunity to test what I thought I wanted to be, what I was good at and what I could achieve after university.
Whilst visiting the University of Huddersfield, I attended the talks for Fashion Design and Fashion Communication and Promotion. It was explained in detail the differences between the two and I realised that I was really interested in communication and promotion. That was the driving factor in my decision to study at Huddersfield as well as the university’s reputation and employability figures.
So far, it’s been everything I had hoped for when coming to university. The course has been the creative and vocational outlet I had hoped it would be. The university of incredibly nurturing and the resources are all there. It has been tough but I have loved every second and now that my final year is dawning, I’m trying to soak up every second!
I worked for M&S assisting the fabric trend and sourcing team to research upcoming trends and compile this information to present to designers. I liaised with foreign mills to source new fabrics which was an amazing opportunity as I made fantastic contacts; I cannot begin to convey how much I learned.
Whilst working for the Topshop Print Team I was involved with the in-house designers to develop new season prints to specific briefs and one of my designs was selected for the Boutique range and sold nationwide on eight different garments.
I also undertook a volunteer placement at the Fashion and Textiles Museum, which lead to a paid part time job and endless networking opportunities. I was constantly exposed to inspirational textiles and knowledge of the workings of a museum and found this to be a brilliant experience.
Without a shadow of a doubt the hardest year of my life, but retrospectively the most rewarding. I not only know what I want to do upon graduating, I know exactly what this role will entail and how to maximise my chances of employment during my final year.
On my first visit to the University of Huddersfield, I was found the Art and Design Department very impressive and, although I had previously done some film photography, I was happy that the course was dealing with digital.
After my second year at university I did an Enterprise Placement Year, learning about running my own business and all that goes with self-employment. The enterprise team at Huddersfield gave me invaluable information and support.
University gave me a great opportunity to learn more about the historical routes of photography, as well as work on creating my own projects and implementing the practical elements we were taught. Doing underwater portraits produced a whole new set of challenges, especially with the lighting; it took a great deal of research but after investing in some specialized equipment I felt ready to do my final year.
I always knew I wanted to work in fashion but originally I thought I would be a buyer as this was the role I was most aware of. However, I enjoyed the financial modules on the Fashion and Textile Buying Management course the most, so merchandising seemed a more appropriate progression. After graduating from the Fashion and Textile Buying Management course in 2010 I joined the Tesco graduate scheme, as a Trainee Merchandiser, on ladieswear. After 18 months I was promoted to an Assistant and took on two departments. Being at Tesco for three years was great as it prepared me for any big corporate environment, but I loved Cath Kidston as a brand and always saw myself working for a smaller, niche company.
As an Assistant Merchandiser I'm responsible for analyzing sales and key performance data and presenting this to the heads of the merchandising department and the rest of the business. I also re-forecast the department WSSI every month - which is a future roll of sales and stocks - which helps when planning the future seasons’ ranges. In addition, I work with the buyer’s and designer’s to plan the next season ranges, considering a number of options, such as historical products and performance and the space we have available.
Since leaving university I have learnt that experience counts for everything. Try to get into a large buying office, even if it’s just for a week or two and really make a good impression as contacts are so valuable in this industry; I have been astounded at how everyone knows people in other companies at management level. Picking up the practicalities of an office and the language used is so useful for when you start a job as you’ll find there are more commonalities between companies than you’d think.
I chose the University of Huddersfield for a few reasons, one of which was that it was the best interview and open day I experienced, I also really wanted to be in Yorkshire as it is one of my favourite places in the world!!
From an academic perspective, I feel to have been given a lot of tuition in comparison to what I believe you would receive in some other universities. The staff and technicians are extremely dedicated and have helped me both in my studies but also in creating an encouraging and friendly atmosphere to work in. I have enjoyed final year the most out of all my years at university. I felt a greater connection to both my peers and my tutors through many more one on one sessions, I felt this year was tailored to individual student’s needs. From a general perspective, I couldn’t have asked for more from the University of Huddersfield; the library facilities are excellent, Mac computers and an extensive range of books available 24/7 and there are always people on hand to ask questions.
I took a placement year in my third year. I went to a small swatch based fashion company called Larch Rose in Brighton. It was a fantastic year and I learnt so much about business but also about myself. It was a years unpaid placement, so I had to find an additional job to support myself. This meant I was working a very long week. Although it was hard going it was so great to meet so many people. I learnt to be a lot more independent and confident in the work place and learning many new skills proved invaluable when completing my final year. This is an opportunity not to be missed as I felt a lot more prepared on my return to university.
I would heartily recommend the University of Huddersfield to anyone wanting a warm, inviting and thriving university life.
My time at Huddersfield was the best three years I could have asked for. I miss being a student at Huddersfield every day! Huddersfield University and my course tutors helped me to develop the early foundations within textile crafts and taught me the importance of hard work and individuality. Without those early steps, I would not have the beginnings of the career I have today.
In the time since graduating, I've been continuing my work and expanding my range of soft sculptures from my kitchen table at home in Neston. I have exhibited internationally in Paris and New York as well as many group and solo exhibitions all over the UK. My work has been featured in many magazines and in the press most notably on the front cover and main article in Embroidery Magazine, the leading embroidery and textiles magazine in the country.
I'm inspired by my surroundings and the unnoticed aspects of life and how, as an artist, I can alter the status and meaning of objects with my unique textile craft technique. My current goal at the moment is to continue developing and gaining recognition for my work. I'm in the very early stages of preparing a business plan and applying for funding for a gallery/studio and craft retreat space that I would really like to start up in the north of England, along with some of my fellow arts and crafts peers who I have met on my journey so far.
Enjoy yourself and soak up as much information and experiences as possible because when you are finished you regret everything you didn't try.
View Holly's website: http://www.hollylevell.com/
A placement year was something I looked for when I was searching for my degree course. I loved the idea of getting experience and travelling at the same time.
I worked for five companies in three different countries during my year in industry. This included three months working for one of the most celebrated designer names in New York, Anna Sui, as well as stints with designers in Berlin and London.
Whilst at Anna Sui I worked on pattern making, organising garment fittings and booking models. At fittings, I took notes as Anna was making changes to the samples. This really was invaluable time, working with Anna Sui herself.
The placement year was a life-changing experience for me and I would be first to say that I’m a different person now to who I was just over a year ago. I was very shy but doing a placement really brought me out of my shell.
I’ve got friends across the world now - I met other interns from Portugal, Italy and France. I also learnt a lot about business and I became much more open minded and inspired. This year has helped me make great connections in the fashion world, from buyers and photographers to business owners and investors.
The University of Huddersfield has provided me with a great creative environment in which to complete my degree.
The course description and content played a huge role in my decision to study at Huddersfield and whilst I have been here the equipment and space have been second only to the clued up, well-informed and supportive teaching staff. As a graduate I will be rewarded with a Chancellors Prize for Outstanding Performance; an accolade which will certainly help me in obtaining a job and funding for my postgraduate study.
View Jacob's website: http://jacobarmitage.co.uk/
Jake graduated Illustration in 2014 and won the Chancellors Prize upon graduation. He is currently working as a Freelance Illustrator and hopes to be a full-time Illustrator for a top agency.
When I visited Huddersfield it looked really impressive and the new buildings were just what I expected a top University to look like – I knew I wanted to go to Huddersfield as soon as I looked around the campus. A few people from the year above me at college had enrolled at Huddersfield and they loved it so advised me to look round and apply.
I met a lot of great people at University – both students and tutors. I learned a lot from both and my collaborations with various students helped me to develop as an illustrator. There was always a positive atmosphere around the University and that rubbed off on me. I felt comfortable and it made me want to learn and progress.
The type of work I want to go into is creative and exciting so this has driven me to make a career out of it. The fact that I have seen first hand what can be achieved through the careers of the tutors has pushed me to do it myself.
Visit Jake's website: http://cargocollective.com/JakeHollings
Since starting my Product Design degree I have always been attracted to the idea of spending a year in industry. Now I have finished and returned to complete my final year I can say that it was definitely a worthwhile experience.
Throughout the year I have worked on a variety of different projects within lots of different teams. This has helped me become a more rounded individual and provided me with lots of different experiences. It has also taught me the importance of time management and the true value of team work.
Choosing a placement that is linked to the industry you would like to work in will give you invaluable experiences you can discuss at future interviews. Some companies, including JCB, will also sponsor you whilst you’re at university, which is a great help.
My experience within the University was great, full of many ‘ups’. There’s a brilliant community there that’s really varied with lots of international students from all over and a few mature students too, so you got a real feeling of diversity when it came to socialising and meeting people.
My course helped to give me a greater understanding of life after learning and has helped set me up to avoid any pitfalls and also to enjoy the ride. I had the pleasure to work with other great designers at University, whether it be during collaborative briefs or during live drawing events set up by CRIM, a collective of students from the course. Overall I really enjoyed life at the University of Huddersfield.
View James' website: www.burlisaurus.co.uk
After graduating in 2011, myself and three other Huddersfield students founded THAT Creative Ltd. Since then we have gained industry wide recognition as well as designing products that have gone on to become a global success.
I have fond memories of studying at the university and think I have been set up well for what I am doing now. I loved my time there and still benefit from the universities support.
I have always wanted to run my own business, starting when I was 16 making and selling bird boxes, to being self-employed while studying at university. The THAT Creative Ltd team are now looking at setting up a new business focused on designing, manufacturing and launching our own products around the world.
Jay Fleming, a Virtual Reality Design with Animation BA(Hons) graduate is now working as a FX TD for Double Negative, London. He works as part of an award winning team, creating digital visual effects through the use of CG software such as Maya and internal tools. Working on feature film titles such as Inception, Scott Pilgrim and Harry Potter. Here Jay reflects on his time at the University of Huddersfield and his top tips for our graduates.
I chose the University because the course appealed to me and after visiting the University and having an opportunity to see the facilities and meet the tutors. With it being such a specialist degree, it was still obvious that it would cover a relevant range of areas within the subject.
Thinking back to my experiences at the University of Huddersfield I really value the inspirational lead tutors that encouraged me to achieve my best potential. There were great opportunities to learn varied subjects including a range of software, skills, hardware and even circuitry and electronic sessions, access to up to date facilities in the studio and within the University.... and of course a great social community including social clubs and events.
During my placement I spent a year working for an animation company, building software knowledge, skills and techniques. I also got a valuable insight into the day to day running of a creative business such as dealing with clients and meeting crucial deadlines.
View Jay's website: www.threeandthreequarters.com
Jay and Stephen set up their graphic design agency 'BradshawThomas' during their Enterprise Placement Year.
To decide that the EPY was right for us, we sat down together and discussed what we would do. We didn’t want to work for somebody else – we wanted to work for ourselves and thought that between the two of us, we could actually do it.
We knew that setting up our own business wasn’t going to be easy, but we didn’t do it unsupported. We were based in the Duke of York Young Enterprise Centre (DOYYEC), the University’s state of the art facility that provides a base for students and recent graduates of up to five years to thrive, along with access to advice on finance, markets and technology.
The support and mentoring of the Enterprise Team was also integral to our success. The Business Advisors are great. If you’ve got any problems, it’s easy to sit down with them and discuss what’s up, where to go next and look at what ideas you’ve got - they’re there to help. As start-up businesses happen, you’re going to have teething issues, so the Enterprise Team helped us to deal with them swiftly.
The highlight of our EPY was reaching the milestone of trading for twelve months. When we look back at what we thought was achievable, we’ve completely surpassed that and done more than we thought we could do. The business has lasted and that’s a big achievement.
After I graduated from my BA Architecture course in 2010, I applied and completed my MSc Sustainable Architecture course at the University of Huddersfield in 2011.
My first job was with a Beijing Architecture Firm named CCDI (China Construction Design International). It was one of the architecture firms that designed the Beijing Olympic Aquatic Centre known as The Watercube. Working for an architecture firm on such a scale has allowed me to really experience what it really feels like to be an architect, to acknowledge the importance of responsibility and teamwork, the spirit required to be successful in this field, not to mention the intensive working hours involved in a project. The invaluable experience I gained as part of a team for each design project. I was very fortunate to be able to participate and be part of the team designing the Olympic Standard stadium project for a different city in China.
The following year, I decided to further enhance my skills so I went back to my home country and was offered a job working for a construction firm named Taipan Focus as an architect’s assistant. In comparison to the work I undertook in Beijing I found this company worked at a slower pace and allowed me to really focus on improving my technical skills and in-depth understanding of detailed design for efficiency. It was invaluable experience as I was able to join the architect and attend important monthly meetings with engineers and contractors to learn more about the the process from designing a building to completion, from a business, sales and engineering point of view. This allowed me to really understand the importance of the role I’m pursuing.
I would recommend going on placement to anyone. The experience really gives you an insight into the industry and provides a real-life experience of what to expect after graduating. Although I mainly worked within one department, the move to another really opened my eyes to just how different departments can be – let alone other companies!
I was an Assistant Buyer on the Ladies Formal team for George at Asda for 12 months. I then moved to Ladies Casual Wovens for one month.
My day-to-day tasks included reviewing approvals (including coloured lab dips, trims, strike offs and bulks), managing the critical path to ensure that garments were going to meet delivery schedules, liaising with suppliers, updating the range plan, setting up for and attending meetings, liaising with the press team in order to get our products into magazines and general admin tasks.
I’ve had many highlights during my time with George but I was most proud when I began to buy Dotcom products, where I learnt how to negotiate prices, meet target margins, attended fit sessions and was solely responsible for specific pieces. Alongside this I worked at Graduate Fashion Week and went to an exclusive student-only Question & Answer session with Victoria Beckham which was an incredible experience! Working at the quarterly George Press Events with a small team in London was also a confidence builder.
George is a great company to work for as they encourage personal development through on-the-job training as well as an array of courses.
The overall experience has left me feeling confident in my abilities and certainly boosted my aspirations further.
During her time here Jenny won a couple of awards; The Rosette of Excellence from Noise Festival and the Outstanding Professionalism in the Arts from The University of Huddersfield; she also had work published in “Capture Manchester” by Cube Gallery, Manchester.
I graduated in 2009 from the University of Huddersfield with a BA(Hons) in Fine Art: Painting and Drawing. I now live and work in Manchester and exhibit my drawing works internationally. Narrative, chance and play; these three ingredients contribute to the formation of my alternate reality/utopia. This utopia is created to give the audience a space dedicated to play. The space can be seen as a form of escapism; this is not my intention. It is a reminder of how to play, displaying an opportunity for the viewer. It introduces alternate ways of seeing the world.
I am influenced mainly by creative experimental projects, which involve chance and play. I really admire how people can create works that change my perception of a subject/object or can make me see something differently. My artistic influences are: Rachel Goodyear, Andrew Bracey, Sol LeWitt, Robert Morris, Paul Klee, David Musgrave, Paul Noble, Sandra Cinto, Haroon Mirza and Dean Hughes.
In the future, I want to create a strong international presence for my work. I wish to explore different cultures to introduce new ways of working in order to progress my practice.
I loved my time at Huddersfield. I met fantastic people, made great friends and really changed the way I work - in my practice - for the better. The BA course at Huddersfield strengthened and progressed my practice. It gave me discipline, enhanced my skills and helped in the development of my professional practice.
My advice for current and future students is to have a strong online presence, remember that networking is key and enjoy creating your artwork!
View Jenny's website: www.jennycore.com
Jessica graduated from Photography in 2014 and is currently saving up to secure a work visa for Canada. In the future Jessica would like to work in commercial photography for an in-house photography team.
I went on a few Open Days around Yorkshire and the North West and Huddersfield stood out to me the most. I wanted a University on one campus and I liked the relationship between students and staff – I also wanted to be in a town that was small and had everything close by.
I could not have wished for a better University experience, I thoroughly enjoyed all aspects, both the social and study sides. I met people who have become my best friends, I enjoyed studying with people who had similar interests and also it was a bonus having such a well-equipped photography studio for me to expand my skills. All the tutors on the Photography course have influenced me. They all come from different backgrounds and are so passionate about photography.
During my placement year, I studied in Poland for six months, which was an invaluable experience. I got to travel, experience a different culture and study in a foreign environment.
My first six months was with wholesale company Ruby Rocks, in the role of Assistant Showroom Manager based in London. This role was very challenging and encouraged me to become more confident and assertive and although at times the intense responsibility could feel overwhelming I knew that I could cope.
My final six months was spent working with Urban Outfitters, in the role of Shoe Buying Intern based in London. This role I found enthusiastic, very interesting and everyday was unique. Throughout the duration of the placement, I was allocated a number of tasks which ranged from raising purchase orders, meeting suppliers with the Assistant Buyer and liaising with the internal website department. Urban Outfitters encouraged me to increase and develop my skill base cementing the notion that Buying is the occupation I am going to engage in.
I had two amazing placement opportunities and have gained immeasurable experience and knowledge. I would suggest that everyone undertakes on a placement year as it gives a fabulous insight into the real work of retail.
2014 Textile Crafts graduate Jessica Warburton is currently employed as a Creative Technician at Darton College.
I joined Huddersfield after recommendations from college tutors and friends who were already studying at the University. The Textile Crafts course has a wide variety of aspects that keep it interesting with a lot of opportunity to develop your skills in different areas as well as the chance to specialise in one. The University itself has a great vibe with lots to do and great facilities to use all year round.
Trying new things at University was highly encouraged by tutors. My goal of setting up a business is a long way ahead at the moment but being a technician means I get to be creative every day whilst aiding students and expanding my knowledge of other creative areas such as woodwork and graphics. I would recommend that students start thinking about their careers early whilst there are tutors and peers around to help you.
You can follow Jessica's creative practice by visiting: instagram.com/Jessica_makes
Jonathan Lindley is a Graphic Design graduate currently working as a Freelance Graphic Design Manager at Sunbird Records. Since graduating he has worked on many projects including animations and music videos.
I think I got into design because I'm aware of how much better things should be; design gives you the opportunity to fix things. I studied my BA to learn how to communicate and my MA to learn why.
For 2 years, whilst at Huddersfield, I worked for Yellow Bird Project - a non-profit charity organization - as their Graphic Designer. However, I learnt the most from working with Crim Collective. It taught me a lot about working in a team and what it means to be a designer.
My tip to future students would be to figure out who you are, and what you stand for, then learn to be a graphic designer and stand for it. Don't listen to anyone that says you can't do something, everyone told me I shouldn't make an animated music video because I'd never made one before, and now I've worked with some of my favourite bands and started my own record label. Figure out what you want to spend your life doing then don't stop working till you’re doing it.
I chose the University of Huddersfield initially because the Textile Craft course was aimed at hands on making and it promoted individuality. It was clear that the University had good facilities and equipment and the Textile Crafts team were interesting people with a wide skill range.
A Textile Crafts course can be interpreted as being about traditional craft, design or for commercially ends. I enjoyed the challenge of making this course fit with my own ambitions. The best part of my time at University of Huddersfield was having the artistic support and inspiration from the tutors whilst also having the freedom to develop my own avenue of practice. I really enjoyed how varied students work was and how each person had developed their practice with different specialisms and broad outcomes. I wanted to work with people and art so within my final major project I developed a community art practice and I chose to exhibit an interactive art piece for my final display.
I undertook a placement year which I thoroughly enjoyed. It was beneficial to me to seek out different avenues of work which I wanted to explore. In my first and second year at university I was unsure what I wanted to do afterwards so taking time out of my university study at this point in my degree helped me to gain experience in different job roles. I worked as a teaching assistant/artist in residence at a college where I gained experience in teaching and working with young adults, I worked with a Milliner where I learned traditional hat making skills, managing a business and customer interaction and I went to a French art school in Besancon France where I studied different artistic processes I hadn’t used before and a different cultural experience of art.
I started on the Costume Design with Textiles degree in September 2009 and so far I have gained many skills in costume making and design and become proficient in using CAD. I have enjoyed conceptualising and creating unique designs as well as specialising in print, experimenting with and developing lots of different techniques. I have advanced as a professional and improved my communication skills and presentation abilities. One of my designs from my second year work got selected for the MAD UK competition and I was a finalist, which was great. I also joined a juggling club in my second year and worked in a student bar throughout my studies, which has extended my social life.
I chose the University of Huddersfield because the course matched my interests and combined making and design. In addition, the course was not just focussed on an historical approach but has a focus on contemporary design as well, which can be applied to many areas of costume such as film, TV, opera, ballet and theatre. I also chose the course because it was close to home and because Leeds and Manchester are easy to commute to, for nights out and for work opportunities.
I have undertaken a placement year and I have worked in a range of places and on a variety of different productions. I gained a great deal of experience in costume making and I had a chance to apply the skills gained at university in a practical and professional setting. I learnt about how filming works, working with actors and on-set etiquette. I also saw how roles differ from each company and how to employ your own skills for each given job.
I would highly recommend completing a placement year because it gives you an opportunity to see different aspects of the profession and what you might have dismissed as being possibly uninteresting, could actually surprise you and be amazing."
Whilst on placement I worked at the British Fashion Council as an intern for the Sales and Showcasing team working on London Fashion Week (LFW) - both Catwalk/Presentation and Design Showrooms, NEWGEN AND NEWGEN Mean and Rock Vault and Hedonism.
It was an amazing experience as I worked with over 250 designers, got to attend London Fashion Week shows and met some incredible people at the heart of the fashion industry.
It was an all round amazing time, it was life changing and a lot of fun. I am still working for them at events such as London Fashion Week and London Collections Men (LCM).
My Mum was a Dressmaker so I have always grown up around clothing. I have a passion for clothing, with Textiles and Art being my favourite subjects at school. In Year 10 - with help from my Textiles teacher - I achieved a placement year with Zandra Rhodes and this really cemented my interest.
I thoroughly enjoyed both the course and lifestyle at Huddersfield. It definitely helped me to achieve a footing on the career ladder. Without this degree I wouldn't have the job I do now and the placement year has enabled me to have industry experience on my CV.
My current role is as a Trainee Sealer/Grader at Basic Thinking which leads on to becoming a Garment Technologist. My responsibilities include; ensuring quality and fit throughout the sealing process, creatine garment specifications and measuring samples accordingly as well as grading and pattern alterations. I want to be a successful garment technologist and eventual become a manager or move into quality control, maybe one day be a Technical Director!
My advice to new students at the University of Huddersfield is to enjoy the lifestyle but ensure you work hard as it really does pay off and is definitely worth it in the end.
Kayleigh graduated from Textile Crafts in 2014 and is currently working on a new design collection, which she hopes to release in 2016.
When I was looking for universities I was searching for the right course for me. I was trying to find a course that suited my needs and would give me everything that I needed for the future. I feel like the Textile Crafts course was 100% the right course for me.
Whilst at University I really began to understand what it was that I wanted to do as a career. I developed a clear style and felt more confident in my designs and skills. I learnt how to be a young professional and developed personal skills in public speaking, project leading and self-branding. The course has given me a lot of food for thought. My tutors helped me to understand what was my style and gave me a clearer vision of my future career. In the future, I hope to have my own store where I can sell handmade soft furnishings with my own designs.
Visit Kayleigh's website: http://kayleighmarieuk.wix.com/homeandtextiles
Or follow her blog: http://kayleighscraftycreations.wordpress.com/
The Interior Design course is fantastic; the tutors are amazing, so helpful and approachable. The first two years built my ability and skills up to allow me to gain an industry placement.
I gained a placement position as a 3D Designer at IgnitionDG based in Bristol. My time there was fantastic for my development. I gained insight into what design was like at industry level and I loved the overall experience. I feel the year has significantly improved my design work, myself socially and my work ethic.
In his final year Kyle was the winner of New Designers IHG Award 2013.
The University of Huddersfield was my only choice when applying for further education.
I felt that Huddersfield was the only University to offer me the course I was interested in. Textile Crafts focused heavily on the skills and techniques of producing textiles. This has allowed me to explore my interest, push my creativity and develop my embroidery skills without the pressure of fixed and limited boundaries of other providers.
I have learned a number of new skills in knit, weave, dye and embroidery that I feel I would not have been exposed to had I chosen not to go to University.
I have also been involved in professional practice experiences where, alongside other passionate students, I conducted five textile workshops in a local high school.
View Laura's portfolio: http://laurastitch.wix.com/stitches
Our course involved working on live briefs and collaborating with different companies one of which was Leeuwenburgh Veneers where I won the opportunity to exhibit with the company at the Surface Design Show in 2011.
I have been able to gain experience professionally by having the chance to exhibit at major events and exhibitions and also undertake a placement year. The course involved everything I loved to do; it was fun, exciting and enabled me to learn new skills and techniques.
I decided to come to Huddersfield after looking around on the open day. I loved the fact that all the students whose work I saw were very diverse; there were a variety of skills you could choose to specialise in and learn about. The facilities available at the university were also very good including CAD room, specialised printing services and the textile workshops not to mention the library which holds every textile related book and magazine going!
View Laura's portfolio: http://laura0912.wix.com/surfacedesign
I chose the University of Huddersfield because the Art, Design & Architecture prospectus really stood out amongst the competitors, due to the quality of its design. The exterior sleeve was exquisite and as a potential design student this was an great first impression. At my interview the tutor took the time to discuss the best course option for me, as I had applied for both Graphic Design and Illustration, unsure as to which would suit me the most. This level of support at such an early stage gave me the confidence that the course, and its teaching staff, would guide me towards creating my best design practice and making the correct choices moving forward with my career after university.
My experiences at the University have been incredibly positive. The Creative Arts Building is such a beautiful place in which to work, but it’s the tutors that really make it a special place to study. They were so supportive over the 3 years of my degree and as a student with a disabling medical condition this unfaltering support allowed the course to be accessible in tricky circumstances.
The course enabled me to really push the boundaries within my work, refining and developing skills I already had, and providing me with the new skills in order to realise my creative vision.
I have had some of the best opportunities of my career, so far, with the University such as exhibiting at the D&AD Awards in London and consequently featuring in the leading Graphic Design magazine, ‘Computer Arts’.
I began my placement with 13 weeks in Australia working for couture bridal company, Souraya. Souraya was fantastic and never had any problem with me being in a wheelchair. Her father-in-law built a little ramp, and Souraya got me a lower table I could work from in the studio. I had access to everything I neede in the work environment, so I could just focus on and enjoy the creative work I was doing. To say the least, I didn't really want to return from Sydney so quickly.
At Oxfam I developed a vast knowledge of vintage clothing. Identifying whether fabrics and brands are vintage, deciding the era that the item is from and how much it is worth in it's used state. This has allowed me to become familiar with vintage styles and techniques.
In order to try and make every item donated to Oxfam fulfil its full potential, I used donated fabric, which was in a 70's print and very on trend, to create four pairs of high waist summer shorts. These are on sale at Oxfam's Etsy account to make a 100% profit for the charity and the valuable work it does around the world.
I’ve always wanted to illustrate for children’s books and having taken a very long route to get there, the decision to come and study on the Master's gave me the opportunity to try and achieve my ambitions.
I work part time as a creative artworker, so the course has helped me develop my skills in creative software and build my ability to fulfil briefs to a higher standard.
I’ve found that the best teaching method on the course has been weekly group seminars. They are similar to in-depth tutorials but all students on the course have input. You get lots of great feedback and generate more ideas together.
The design studio in the Creative Arts Building is a great space for spreading out and getting lots of work done in a really creative environment. The library is full of some great books and resources too.
Graphic Design has been a great experience and I’d highly recommend it to anyone wanting to reach a higher creative level.
It’s taken time to comfortably balance work and university as I’ve been doing both part time but I think if the passion is there and you managed your time well, there is plenty of time to still find time for a life too. I don’t want the course to end.
My role at Studio Distract was pre-production involving concept and development on the studio's in-house project 'Rollie and Friends'. A pre-school television show that tells the story of Rollie the Rollercoaster and his life in a theme park.
I designed and developed ideas for set dressing, logos, posters, rides and attractions in the park, some of which made it to the final cut of the pilot episode being produced.
I had a fantastic time at Studio Distract. I achieved and improved so much more in my work than I anticipated. I learnt how to work in a team and to a strict deadline, take constructive criticism, and find the balance between producing good quality work and also producing work quickly.
I would highly recommend a placement year. It's an entirely different world from the classroom; I'm more comfortable in knowing what to expect after graduation. I have a better knowledge of what employers want and are looking for. And I have made some good friends in the industry.
Lauren graduated from Fashion Design with Textiles in 2014 and is now a Junior Babywear Designer at Brecrest Fashion in Manchester.
I chose the University of Huddersfield because when I went to the Open Day I liked the campus, fashion studios and Course Leaders more than other universities I had visited. During my time at Huddersfield I enjoyed meeting new people and studying in depth an area that I am very interested in. The University campus is very nice especially now with the new Student Central building and sports facilities.
The placement year was extremely helpful and I gained knowledge that I could only learn out in industry. Every job I have applied or interviewed for have asked me about my previous experience so my placements were very important in helping me find a job.
In the future I would like to become a Senior Designer within a company or establish my own clothing design brand. I believe you should treat searching for a job like a full-time job in itself. Apply for jobs every day, attend career days and use online resources to get your name out there. Build a good portfolio and constantly update and better your CV.
Lauren's portfolio can be found at: http://www.laurenforbes.portfoliobox.me/
Whilst at Hodges & Drake I was involved in ideation all the way up to product assembly. Leicester has a number of local component suppliers and manufacturers; enabling them to have an in-house assembly team.
This holistic approach enabled me to really get deep into the development and resolution of products; constantly liaising with clients and suppliers, optimising workflows for assembly, and actively working with different departments to resolve issues.
I really enjoyed the fast paced environment; I learnt something new every day: material knowledge, manufacture processes and constraints and/or assembly techniques.
I wish I could have gone a bit deeper into the BA side of things; the opportunity always arose whilst I was knee deep in work.
I’ve always been pretty good at drawing which led me to take creative subjects at school and college. I was always driven by parents to stay in education. At college I took 3 Art/Design based subjects and achieved top grades (except 1 B). Although unsure what I wanted to do, career wise, I knew I wanted to be the best I can be.
My placement year at the University of Huddersfield was very broad and unpredictable. It challenged many areas of design and gave opportunity to show my employer the advantages of hiring a Product Designer in relation to cost vs profit etc.
I loved my time at the University, Ilearned a lot about myself and others. Each year was different. I really enjoyed the course and liked the tutors. I’d recommend the course and the University.
Since being at Huddersfield I have had the opportunity to showcase my video work within our course exhibitions, along with an external exhibition at Huddersfield Art Gallery. Our final year also includes an external exhibition at Vyner Street Gallery in London, which I think will be the highlight of my three years on the course! Along with this we have had multiple trip opportunities to galleries and events in Newcastle, Liverpool, Nottingham and Leeds. With the music scene here being so encouraged, I have also been able to perform with my band around Huddersfield, Leeds and Manchester, meeting contacts from these areas.
I chose to come to the University of Huddersfield as I wanted somewhere with an excellent Art course, which was not that far away from my hometown of Fleetwood, Lancashire. The art and music scene in Huddersfield is fantastic, along with my chosen course being perfect for what I need. The artistic, contextual and technical assistance and advice is far better than I ever expected, resulting in me being able to approach new media and learn new skills that I would never have dared approach before! With our tutors being professional artists themselves, this really helps to give us an insight to how the professional art-world works, and how to prepare ourselves to be a working artist ourselves.
After working with the medium of video, I have spent the past year trying to specialise my skills in editing and creating short video works as my artistic practice. With the course being so flexible in terms of media, ranging from fine art painting to performance, it has allowed me to explore video making as an art form. I hope to continue with this once I leave the university and improve my skills in editing to work in this field within the film industry.
View Lia's blog: http://liahayesstudio.tumblr.com/
and Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/liahayes
Louise is a 2014 Product Design graduate, working as a Designer for ITAB UK.
I chose the University of Huddersfield for a number of reasons: it was fairly close to home and in a good area with easy access to surrounding cities, it had a good range of design courses with great success rates and my sister had graduated from Huddersfield and highly recommended it to me.
I took a placement year at a refrigeration company and was able to see products I had designed being made. The final year really shapes your career prospects but I would always recommend doing a placement year. A placement allows you to gain an understanding of what is required from you from a design perspective and working in industry. It is very different from University and a placement year is something you can use to shape your professional career.
I visited the university and after going to talks and looking around the facilities I felt it was the best place for me – all of the students I saw working in the studios seemed really happy and I really liked all of the tutors I met on the day. Something that also attracted me to this university was the opportunity to undertake a placement year to set me up for working in industry when I have completed my degree.
In my first year at university I’ve become a lot more independent, as I moved away from home and had to adjust to living in a completely different place. I’ve met lots of new people and have made some really good friends in quite a short space of time. My learning has become a lot more self-directed and I’ve been introduced to the theoretical side to art and design within the contextual module on the course – before coming to university I had barely scratched the surface! As a class we have also held two exhibitions, one within the university and the other in a public shopping arcade. These were quite challenging but turned out to be really successful and gave us experience that will be helpful when it comes to organising our final show.
View Louise's blog: http://louiserobson.tumblr.com/
I undertook a 48 week placement at Primeur Ltd which is a home interiors company designing home accessories ranging from cushions and flooring to wall art for major UK retailers. Tasks included working to briefs set by the buyers on trends and in store collections, which are launched throughout the year.
As well as design work I was given the opportunity to meet a selection of successful buyers for major retail stores and sit in on meetings to gain knowledge of the buying field and receive first-hand feedback on my design work. This was pretty scary at times but it definitely boosted my confidence in my design work and I learned to build on any criticism.
I also had the chance to go to many trade fairs some of which took place in London and Chelsea.
It was fantastic to see my design translated onto a cushion or a piece of wall art, as was seeing my designs in stores! I feel I have developed as a designer and it has given me the confidence to start up my own little business designing stationary and cards and freelancing in my spare time.
Lucy graduated from Textile Design in 2014 and is employed as a Garment Technologist at Burt Brothers Hosiery.
I chose the University of Huddersfield as it was highly recommended to me and, after I attended an Open Day, I just knew!
At the University I developed many practical skills in knitting including using the domestic machines, industrial machines, technical details of different yearns, working out specifications etc. as well as developing my design skills. I did a placement working on the technical team at Burt Brothers. It turned out to be very useful because it helped me to build on my knowledge of the industry, broaden my network and they also offered me a job when I graduated.
Lecturers at the University, as well as my supervisor at Burt Brothers, have influenced my career. Working as a technologist, you realize that no single day is ever the same and there is so much to learn. The Knitter/Programmer at Burt Brothers helped me when I was researching for my dissertation and he has given me more advice whilst I have been working in the industry than anyone else.
Visit Lucy's website: http://lucyjade2401.wix.com/lucy_littler
During my placement year I got the opportunity to work for two companies Mexx Europe, based in Amsterdam, and Worthington Brown Design Agency, based in Huddersfield. By experiencing both in-house design and agency design I was able to gain a broader outlook of design within industry.
Working for Mexx was fantastic! This allowed me to experience first hand the design process for a major fashion brand. During my time at Mexx I got involved with marketing campaigns, E-commerce design and strategic planning, along with in-store point of sale.
I didn’t necessarily think that I would be given so much responsibility, but I was definitely thrown in at the deep end. Always the best way for gaining experience in your field!
I feel my placement year will prove to be invaluable both for final year and for job hunting. I really did gain a greater understanding of my field and how this can relate to my work and learning at the university - deciding factors for me when it came to choosing universities. The dedication, support and guidance from the University was brilliant, and it wasn’t long until I was on my way to begin a year that was incredibly beneficial and enjoyable.
It was a great experience being part of the Enterprise Placement Year (EPY). I gained invaluable knowledge on what it takes to run a successful business. The tutors are extremely knowledgeable, friendly and easy to talk to and I have kept in touch with them and I am in the process of launching my company in the summer this year. This would not have been possible had I not been involved with the EPY.
The EPY allows you to work independently which can be hard work at times but you gain so much knowledge and experience in setting up and running your own business. Expert knowledge is readily available so you never feel that you are on your own.
Windigo Equine is a company I have set up that specialises in sourcing a wide range of products to suit participants of the equestrian sport. Our company is suitable for a variety of disciplines such as eventing, dressage and pony club. We provide a range of comfortably fitting garments and accessories to suit whatever standard our customers are at, whether they're a beginner or a high-class competition rider.
The support has been amazing! Whenever I encountered problems the tutors were always there to help me, advise and guide me through to the solution and no problem ever felt impossible to resolve. The tutors believed in me the whole time, and that has given me so much more confidence than I had when I first started on the EPY.
Mark Powell graduated from Fine Art: Painting and Drawing BA(Hons) in 2006. He is an exhibiting artist who has shown in the UK, USA and Europe.
Visit his website at: http://markpowellartist.com/
During my placement year I was a junior designer at Sharman Shaw Exhibitions. From the very beginning I have been engaged with live projects; my main duties included ideas development, creating 3d models, producing initial and final visuals and working drawings. I’ve had a chance to work on all stages of the design process allowing me to gain invaluable, practical, hands-on experience. The greatest part of the year-long experience was to see my designs being constructed.
One of the projects that I’ve completed during my placement year was an exhibition stand to represent University at various UCAS fairs. I’ve had a chance to attend UCAS events in London and Manchester which gave me a deep insight into how my design worked and how people interact with it.
I am very happy that I had an opportunity to undertake my placement year with Sharman Shaw; I have been offered a part-time position for the duration of the final year with a possibility of a full-time job after graduation.
Matthew graduated from Interior Design in 2014 and is currently employed by Checkland Kindleysides as a Junior Designer (3D). One day he would like to open his own design practice.
I chose the University of Huddersfield for its great facilities, fantastic community spirit and great course. I loved University! I was apprehensive at first but I decided to go and loved every minute. I have learnt many life skills living away from home – you learn how to cope by yourself. The Interior Design course was amazing; I loved everything I did on the course.
The placement year helped me to develop my Interior Design skills and helped me communicate my work to others. I felt it made me more confident which helped me get to where I am now. The skills I learned aided in the development of my portfolio, which came in very useful during the interview process. A good portfolio is one of my top tips for graduate employment, alongside confidence and a strong work ethic.
For eight months I was an Exhibitions and Head Marketing Co-ordinator at a contemporary art gallery, Surface, in Nottingham.
During my time I acquired invaluable skills which allowed me to curate and co-ordinate a solo exhibition for an award winning photographer, as well as one of the gallery's most important earners; the International Open Postcard Show, which received record entries. This exhibition even got me on the radio, on Nottingham Trent Uni TV, and in the newspaper.
Alongside this I learnt how to manage the gallery's social media outlets, eventually co-ordinating the whole online marketing for the gallery independently, increasing both visitor numbers and followers.
I also got various opportunities to work with other local galleries, youth groups, graduates and artists, and gain hands on experience with every aspect of the running of a contemporary gallery.
The confidence and experience I gained from this placement allowed me to work with Leicester Council Museum and Art Gallery, shadowing the Exhibitions Officer for a further three months, where I installed contemporary artist Marvin Gaye Chatwynd's renowned performance piece, as well as helping to host and deliver a week of children's workshops developed by Maria Zahle.
Both of these placements have given me an insight and practical knowledge of the contemporary art scene and provided me with priceless experience and contacts for the future, as well as inspiration for my final year.
The opportunity for a placement year secured my choice as the University of Huddersfield. The course was amazing and was run at a number of other universities, however they didn’t offer the vital placement year that Huddersfield did.
I had the best university experience, I loved my course, I loved the social side and I particularly loved the placement year that was available through my course. That year in industry was pivotal in securing where I am today! I worked at some amazing company’s including House of Holland, ASOS, Alexander McQueen, JD Sports & BANK Fashion; I worked doing a number of roles all of which allowed me to confirm where and what I wanted to do once I had graduated.
I’ve always wanted to go into styling or be involved with photoshoots. Through my internships, where 2 of them involved styling and photoshoot production, I have achieved a job in styling at ASOS.com, before I had even finished university. So I have pretty much achieved my dream career. However the ultimate ultimate dream career aspiration would be to style photoshoots for a key fashion publication, that’s the dream!
The reason why Huddersfield stood out to me was the facilities that the design department offered. I was torn between Surface Design and Textile Design however I felt Surface Design had more variety in terms of what I could design and the surfaces available to experiment with. I loved that the course offered a placement year, its offered me a lot of opportunities and given me a real insight into the working world. I also loved Hudderfield itself, it has a great student atmosphere and you’re only a short train journey form Leeds and Manchester.
As part of my placement year I undertook a 9 month Erasmus scheme in Finland where I attended the Kuopio Academy of Culture who are leaders in design and graphic design. Here I undertook a range of modules from Finnish language classes, digital CAD and 3D product design. During this time I got a range of my digital designs picked to be exhibited at the Frankfurt Heimtextil design trade show. I also undertook a three-month internship during which I worked closely with Margo Selby in her weaving studio, helping with production of the company, trade fairs and assisting in her studio with the day-to-day running of the business. This internship allowed me to excel in a textile area I was unfamiliar with.
The student experience has been great, I’ve gotten so much from my university course, and I’ve progressed so much over the 4 years at the University of Huddersfield.
Below Michael talks about his time at the University of Huddersfield, if you want to find out what he had been up to since graduating, have a look at his website.
I currently work for LEGO as a Design Manager. I create LEGO models and manage their progress through to production. I design toys for various age marks using an in-house construction system whilst meeting high company standards at all times. Sketch visualisation and computer modelling are just some of the skills used.
My experience at the University was hard work! Huddersfield love to send out well-qualified students who really know what they’re talking about, which is definitely a good thing. They get these results by pushing you hard. A good designer is someone who loves and is inspired by what they do, however this is nothing without the broad range of key skills collected at the University.
I chose the University of Huddersfield because I was drawn to the University for their experience within the field and an impression of true quality time available to students.
During my placement year I spent a full year living in Denmark working for LEGO. I found this more difficult than anything I had done before but it gave my career an invaluable head start. I made a good impression during my internship year, good friends, new experiences and products to market.
I returned during my studies for freelance work before accepting a permanent position.
My top tips for successful graduate employment are to create good links with a placement – this can lift a lot of the pressure when leaving university. Don’t just sell your skills; sell yourself, your motivation, enthusiasm and dedication.
I took on a one year high street fashion placement with JD Sports Head Office in Manchester. I worked in the Own Brand Department which covers men, women and children. I assisted the designers, product developers, buyers and the shipping department. It was an amazing placement as I saw the whole of the design process from initial design, through the development stages to getting the product into the store. I also worked with the Marketing Department on product campaigns.
I lived in Manchester for the year and was paid a good salary for my full time work which covered my living expenses. I would recommend Manchester as an alternative to London as there are a lot of fashion head offices based there and many paid placements on offer.
A placement year was a fantastic opportunity to gain experience in the industry and learn from experienced designers and product developers. It was a year of hard work but was very rewarding and prepares you for your final year of study.
As a resident of Huddersfield my first instinct was to look further afield for a university, but after researching the facilities at Huddersfield, I looked no further. Due to its diverse content and the placement year it offered, I applied for a place on the Virtual Reality Design course. The campus facilities are second to none, the staff knowledgable and approachable, and as a student experience it's hard to beat.
I was fortunate to gain a placement at Fantastic Media as a Junior Developer. They are a full-service marketing agency, providing everything from websites to mobile apps. I learnt a huge amount during my time there which made my final year much easier to manage.
I continued working at Fantastic Media during my final year, and then joined the company on a full-time basis after graduation. The placement year was an amazing opportunity and gave me a broader, hands-on experience that I would not have gained otherwise.
This expereince was the driving force for creating Unifolio.co.uk. Unifolio is a free, student focussed portfolio website that offers a showcase to the work of creative students, helping with the all-important work experience and offering an insight to the creative industry. It aims to give students access to the tools and information they need to succeed in a fantastic industry.
Without my placement opportunity I would not have started my own business, with this in mind, I highly recommend a course that includes a placement year. The University of Huddersfield offers this experience across a wide range of courses and is to be commended for the pro-active approach it has on Graduate employability.
I was a junior designer at Ferrious in Manchester, but also carried out other tasks apart from the design side of things. I helped with online orders, website building, online promotion and much more. I was a Librarian to the collection of samples and catalogues and a showroom sales assistant.
Overall, the placement has been a great success and I’ve stayed at Ferrious in a part-time role for the duration of my final year, with a possibility of a full-time job after graduation.
What I enjoy most at university is meeting new people - university staff and guest lecturers as well as individual students; people who share similar interests and opinions as you and from whom you can always learn something new.
The atmosphere surrounding university is really friendly, I found it really easy to adjust to not living at home since there was always someone to talk to.
The tutors are very supportive and they always try to do their best to help you regardless of how big or small the problem is. You always get detailed feedback advising you how to progress your work as well as many opportunities to learn new skills.
During my placement year at Huddersfield I took an unpaid position, working three days a week at RAS Publishing. My role was as the Editorial Assistant and it was here that I learnt the basics of magazine publishing, how to hone my writing for a certain audience, and how to conduct myself professionally. I loved the job and luckily they asked me back before I had graduated as a full time member of staff. Over the years I took on more responsibility and they promoted me to the position of Fashion Writer.
In my role as Fashion Writer I work alongside the editor of each magazine to generate new content across each issue and the online platforms. My role involves producing the style pages, such as highlighting seasonal trends to reviewing catwalk shows and forthcoming collections at international trade shows. I’ve also taken on the responsibility of running the fashion shoots, from calling in the samples, to booking the models, photographers, and locations, to styling the shoots.
The favourite parts of my job are the ones everyone thinks are the most glamorous, but are actually the least: working on fashion shoots and attending trade shows. As the Fashion Writer I attend the main trade shows in London, Paris and Copenhagen twice a year. This means working a lot of weekends and by the second day every collection can blur into one. However, the thrill of discovering a new brand your readers will love, or learning about the amazing people and inspirations behind a collection is always rewarding. On the other hand, shoots can take weeks to organize, and even then they never go to plan. They are challenging and sometimes exhausting, as they normally take place during show season when my schedule is already jam packed, but the end result – seeing your work in print - is always worth the stress.
Nichola graduated Textile Crafts in 2014 and is now working with the Enterprise Team here at the University to help establish and develop her own hand embroidery business. Nichola was highly commended at the Community Rail Awards for the ‘Stitch the Line’ project.
I chose Huddersfield due to its reputation for textile crafts and fashion. I gained a good education within the crafts field, which allowed me to specialize in hand embroidery. The equipment and teaching facilities were great. I liked having the opportunity to test yourself in the different textile areas; you can then figure out which one suits you and really focus on it.
Visit Nichola's website: http://ncdembroidery.wix.com/ncdembroidery
I chose the University of Huddersfield because I had heard it was one of the best for textile courses and with it being in the heart of a town which is big in the textile industry I thought it would be a great choice. The University has friendly helpful staff that are easy to approach and great facilities for each specialism - especially print.
I took a year placement at a dyeing and printing company called SKA Textile Ltd. They are situated in Huddersfield so it was easy for me to get to and was great experience both in terms of design and print. Most days I would be designing prints to customer briefs and helping SKA with choosing the seasons sample prints to send out to customers. I also helped out sending bulk samples for the customers to be approved. I got a really good hands-on experience of the dyeing and printing machines they use from the rotary screen printer to a stenter finishing machine.
In my final year I was one of 12 students that got chosen to use the new programme, Optitex 3D simulation. This gave us the chance to add our textile designs to a 3D animation model on a catwalk to see how they would look as a finished garment.
Many universities around the UK have a Photography course but what stood out to me at Huddersfield was the fact that the Photography course was digitally focussed. The way in which the industry is moving, commercial photography is where the majority of Photography work lays and that is something that the University of Huddersfield have recognised and worked on. With the amazing photographic studios, endless top of the range equipment, wonderful staff and tutors and so much support from all I really couldn’t have wished for anymore at Huddersfield.
My past three years at the University of Huddersfield have been so amazing in helping me grow as a person, allowing me to meet wonderful students and tutors, but most of all allowing me to produce a substantial body of work and skills needed for me to set foot in the industry of fashion photography. By best experience yet was being selected, by an external assessor at the BIPP (British Institution of Professional Photography) and my course tutor David Lake, to represent the University of Huddersfield for the best student portfolio award. From there, my work was put before a panel and I was awarded an Associateship with the BIPP.
Patricia Camara is a Social Media Digital Designer at Burberry
Originally from the Phillippines, I grew up in San Francisco. spent two years in Barcelona, then settled in London with my family about ten years ago. Craving a new adventure, I decided to move up to Yorkshire when I got offered a place at the University of Huddersfield in 2008 to study Illustration.
My time at the University of Huddersfield was the best three years of my life. Being a member of the Crim Collective and getting a placement at Hallmark gave me the confidence boost I needed to get out there and step foot into the design industry.
I am influenced by people who make no excuses, aim high and are hungry for success. Within the next five years I hope to move to Singapore and eventually kick start my own business.
If you really want something, work hard and make it happen. The only limits are the ones you set yourself.
I chose the University of Huddersfield as it offered the year placement in the four-year course. I was also close to my home at the time, and two tutors from the course visited my college and told us about the course which drove my ambition to apply at the University.
I found the tutors on my course very easy going and easy to get along with which helped me progress well on the course. The University has great facilities for my course such as the printing hub and the design programs available. Although I did not use a lot of the campus facilities other than the course building I was pleased with the facilities available at the library.
I took a placement year at FITCH Design Consultants for 14 months. I am currently working there now and believe it helped me get me to get a first in Interior Design and due to this I was offered a job.
My top tips for successful graduate employment are to work hard on your placement year, and hopefully you will be offered a job. Other than that work hard on broadening your current skill base for your career, be ambitious and apply to jobs where you believe you would fit in well. More often than not companies are not only looking for a successful graduate they are looking for someone they can work well with and who will fit in with the company.
My position within RPW was Librarian and Junior Designer. I held supplier meetings, organised the office library and worked on a range of high-end projects including Crockfords Casino, Mandarin Oriental Hotel in London and a variety of 5* Marriott and Four Seasons hotels all over Europe.
As the practice is based in Central London, I was able to explore the city and attend supplier parties and design events with my co-workers, who where instantly welcoming.
I started to work closely with the Managing Director on a special project in Kensington. This was extremely advantageous, as I was able to learn directly from her about the world of interior design. Seeing a project through from beginning to end, together with the problems that can arise was an invaluable confidence building experience.
A placement year is an invaluable and amazing experience - a necessity!
I worked for Marks & Spencer covering fabric trends and sourcing. This was my most rewarding placement as I learned about a job role I didn't know existed and became extremely knowledgeable and confident in working alongside fashion designers.
Working at Elle decoration taught me a lot about interior styling. I was involved in assisting the shopping team across the various sections, liaising with interiors companies, PR to press information and conducted research for news, trends and best buy pages.
My placement at Thornback & Peel was very hands on and I gained experience in screen printing which is very helpful for my final year.
My placement year was a thoroughly enjoyable year in which I learned a lot about the industry and the way in which design and research within businesses works and how exactly the design process is initiated.
Even though it was a practically brand new course introduced to Huddersfield at the time I already felt that it had more to offer then similar courses around the area. It felt that Huddersfield was moving forward and trying to innovate rather than the other universities who had already established a base to work off. The course has really allowed me to look at my Photography at a completely different angle and create work with a more authentic and honest eye.
My future career aspirations are to make it as a successful professional Photographer. Working in the commercial and fine art markets and creating great projects that can make an impact in the public sphere of photography. To make a comfortable living as a working Photographer would be a dream goal.
Throughout my placement year I have worked on mostly theatrical productions exercising my skills in both Construction and Printed textiles. I started my placement with Northern Ballet expecting to spend one month in their Wardrobe Department working as a seamstress on their production of “The Great Gatsby”. I actually spent 9 months there and learnt a great deal about the workings of a ballet company and the day to day demands on an in-house Wardrobe Department. Spending so long in one company allowed me to become a part of the team and gave me the opportunity to learn and refine a huge range of new skills. In the end, I was very sad to leave! The increase in my confidence and self belief throughout my placement year has been immeasurable. I feel the experience as a whole has set me up with a strong mind set for completing my final year.
Other companies I worked for whilst on placement were ReMade in Leeds, Nicola Killeen Textiles, Dots Printhaus, and The Library Theatre Manchester.
Taking a placement year has helped me to develop and refine my skills whilst at the same time growing in confidence on both a personal and professional level.
At Huddersfield's Open Day everyone was so friendly and the standard of work produced on the course was extremely high. I liked how supportive the tutors were and how they encouraged each student to be individual in their approach, playing to their strengths. The fact that Huddersfield offered a placement year was also a big deciding factor as the chance to gain experience in industry really sets you aside from all the other graduates in the country.
I had an amazing overall experience studying at Huddersfield. The projects I completed on the course were varied teaching me a broad range of skills from technical to conceptual and helping me define the direction I wanted to go in. I took part in a number of live briefs where we worked in groups and sometimes got the chance to work with students from other design courses which was great practise in preparation for industry.
I completed a placement year in London at retail and branding agency Portland Design Associates. This was a challenging but extremely valuable experience. I learnt alot of very useful skills which went on to help me in my final year. I would definitely recommend doing a placement year if you get the chance.
My time at the University of Huddersfield was a four year rollercoaster of new experiences. The world of fashion was fairly new to me as I had come from an A-level background. It was a great environment to be in, socially and academically. It involved an incredible amount of hard work and determination to reach the last few weeks of university, but the final result was very rewarding. This has helped me to maintain a good work ethic in the working world!
Taking the placement year was an important part of the degree for me. I worked for a variety of companies in and out of London, undergoing a range of roles with in each company. This helped me get a better idea of what areas of the fashion industry I was most interested in and gave me a wide variety of knowledge on all areas of the fashion industry. Additionally it looked great on my CV to new employers and A&F in particular who could see clearly that I had worked successfully within a variety of areas and gained a good overall understanding of working in retail fashion design.
I chose the University of Huddersfield because of the diversity of the course, the facilities that were available to the students and the placement year. The course offered tutoring on a wide spectrum of aspects, which would enable me to have a better overview of the fashion industry and in turn enable me to apply myself to any area of the fashion industry after graduation. The facilities were really good in comparison to other universities I had looked at. Over the last four years the facilities have got even better due to the new Creative Arts Building which was a great place to be during my final year at university. Additionally the placement year was a requirement for me when looking at universities. The University of Huddersfield offered this with good links to the industry.
Becky is now an Associate Designer at JCPenney
Rick Jones graduated from Graphic Design BA(Hons) in 2012 and is working as a Visual Designer at Google.
I work as support staff within the Costume team on BBC's Casualty. My job is varied; I help out on set, carry out alterations and I'm there when the costume teams need an extra hand with anything. My main role is to help with the smooth running of production, which mainly involves sorting, tidying and organising costume, kits and prep rooms.
I grew up on a canal boat, my interest in costume developed at college when I watched DVD extras and I saw that you could work behind the scenes in film. I studied arts at college, going on to study cotume at university, but had never actually made any clothing before university. While at Huddersfield I took every opportunity to get experience within the costume industry and I still can't believe I've landed a year long job with the BBC!
I really enjoyed my time in Huddersfield and I still consider the town to be home after living there for nearly five years. The course is good, especially if you don't want to study purely historical costume, as there is a lot of emphasis on the contemporary. To study costume you have to very commited as the course is very time consuming - don't expect to sleep much in final year!
My time at university has given me the skills and qualifications so that I can pursue the career I want to. I was also given the opportunity to take a placement year which meant I could bulk up my CV before I graduated. My aim for the future is to become a costume supervisor in the film industry.
My advice would be to get as much experience as you can. Email and ring any contact you can; be cheeky - if you don't ask you won't get. Expect to work hard for little or no pay in the beginning but, most importantly, don't give up!
I've thoroughly enjoyed my time at the University of Huddersfield so far. I have made so many great friends and met some really inspiring people. I feel I have learnt a lot and my experiences and placement have helped me to create a realistic career path for my future.
I have always enjoyed textiles and wanted a career in the business side of the industry. After researching several universities I felt the University of Huddersfield had a great reputation for fashion courses and good connections in the industry itself. I was drawn to the course by how much it related specifically to the buying role and thought this could really benefit me.
I have recently completed a 13-month placement where I was employed as a Buyers Admin Assistant on the Toddler Girls clothing department at Sainsbury's. I really enjoyed this and it has given me the chance to see first hand what it is really like working in the industry in this specific role. It has re-enforced my thoughts that this is the career I would like to pursue. I was given a lot of responsibility on my placement, which has allowed me to realise all the work that is involved at higher levels too, and I feel it has been a huge benefit to me.
At first I felt I did get thrown in at the deep end on my placement with a large workload, however this became more manageable as my confidence grew and I inherited even more responsibility, eventually being responsible for buying all Disney styles on the department. I was solely responsible for buying 22,600 pieces across six Disney styles during my time there, as well as having an active role in checking submissions for all other styles and managing the range plan. I communicated with Far-East and UK based suppliers on a daily basis to build and manage relationships and ensure all orders were kept up to date at all times.
I chose the University of Huddersfield due to it's reputation for Art and Design and for the quality of its Transport Design degree. After considering other universities I felt Huddersfield was definitely the best option. Already knowing the tutors, what the university could deliver and being familiar with the campus made undertaking an MA at Huddersfield the natural choice. Apart from that it’s a great place to study. Throughout my time as a student I had access to cutting edge technology such as the latest digital modelling and motion capture software, stereoscopic film equipment and 3D printing. Encouragement, guidance, one to one tutorials with positive feedback and great teaching helped me develop as an artist/designer.
There has been a whole spectrum of influences throughout my time at university that has helped me develop. A passion for cars and art attracted me to my original degree, but the chance to be truly creative as a concept artist had greater appeal.
My future career aspirations are to become involved in the pre production phase of computer games and motion pictures. The ultimate goal is to become an Art director for a leading game design or special effects company.
Ryan Mosley graduated from Fine Art: Painting and Drawing BA(Hons) in 2003. He has since established himself as a practicing Artist, exhibiting in group shows both nationally and internationally as well as solo shows in the UK, USA, Germany, Austria and Russia.
Visit his work at Alison Jacques Gallery.
During my placement year I have undertaken eight placements in different areas within costume and theatre, including three placements based in Lancashire; a youth production, an outdoor installation project and a Christmas show for Treasure island. I also worked as an assistant for alterations on a cruise; worked on a media campaign for healthy body image; trained for four months with a hat maker; worked as an assistant maker for Scottish Opera and finally as a Wardrobe Supervisor on a new opera based in Yorkshire.
Over the year I have grown in confidence through the different responsibilities allocated to me and have gained invaluable experience from the experts within the industry. I would recommend a placement year to everyone; it is hard work and a requires a lot of effort but It is well worth it and the experience has changed my outlook.
After what was a slightly rocky start, I finally got into the swing of things setting up my own business making my own creative liqueur drinks. The biggest issue for me was licencing and getting qualifications to make, sell and brand my own products. While it was difficult to start off, it was rewarding having letters come through the door saying that I could progress with my business idea and it really made me feel like I was going somewhere.
After my first few selling events things started to take off, and it was the help of the EPY staff and other small businesses that both motivated me and gave me some great ideas about where to take the business and new routes to market.
The support from the Enterprise Team has been astounding, even after my placement finished they still like to keep up to date with how things are going. I dodged a huge pitfall with labelling when Phil asked if there were any requirements for labels, which I hadn’t look at. There were and it was a saving grace that he mentioned it.
Taking an EPY year was the best decision I ever made in regards to my education by far - worth every minute.
The work I did throughout my placement year was extremely varied and tailored to what I wanted to learn more about.
My dream has always been to live and work abroad, using my creative degree and a year of experience as a spring board into an extremely competitive field.
I started in London, moved to the US and finished in Australia having worked in the Textile, Lighting, Bridal, Fashion, Ballet and Opera industries.
My tasks overall included: helping with the design processes by using CAD, sewing, beading and trend researching. Making deliveries, conversing with customers and suppliers, taking measurements, quality inspection, fabric orders, toiling, alterations, administration and many more.
Even though there may have been some tasks I did not enjoy, and occasionally I may have made mistakes, overall it was an opportunity to learn, allowing me to mature and become a more independent and well-rounded person.
I studied Product Design at Huddersfield from 2001 to 2005. At that time, I was mainly designing domestic and electronic products.
I chose Huddersfield, in particular, because I felt it was more practical than other Universities and provided the option of a year in industry. I opted for the four year course, one of which was the placement year. During this placement I experienced 3 different Product Design consultancies and spent a large portion of my placement working in London for Opius Design. In total I spent 9 months there, designing everything from airplane seats to hands free kits. I spent only a few weeks at one company specializing in toys and games, but this was enough for me to realize it was an area of work I enjoyed. The whole year was a steep learning curve but it was invaluable experience in preparing me for a professional design position after graduation. A company will always look to hire students with experience over a student without. This is why I think it is important to take this year in industry.
Upon completing my University course I was selected to exhibit my work at a graduate show in London called New Designers. It was here I met someone from LEGO and they liked my work (which surprisingly was not actually a toy related project). Following an interview I was offered a three month trial and then I was hired on a full time basis which meant moving to Denmark.
The engaging and interesting tutors, as well as the incredible facilities and buildings, influenced my decision to study at the University of Huddersfield.
My time at the University has been great and my final year has been absolutely fantastic. Students are given complete creative freedom with their projects and, whilst the tutors still stand by for guidance and to make sure projects are working right, they don't limit your ideas. Instead they act more like a consultant.
The placement year was something I wanted to do right from the start, I feared I would not have the skills to acquire a placement job but I ended up being offered two, so I was lucky enough to choose. I did my placement at Manchester based animation studio; Studio Distract. While there I learnt the ins and outs of the animation industry and a lot of new skills. Placement year is an absolute must for anyone on this course. It really prepares you for what actual work is going to be like and the best ways to go about getting a job.
Valentina graduated from Fashion Communication and Promotion in 2014 during which time she was shortlisted for the Graduate Fashion Week Innovation Award for her final major project. Valentina is working as a Press Office Assistant at Vivienne Westwood and in the future she aspires to be Head of Communications or Head of PR and Events for a department store or high street fashion brand.
I chose the University of Huddersfield because I wanted to move away from home and I felt a connection when I visited Huddersfield; I liked the campus and the fact that a range of courses all studied in one place.
I had a great time at University and always knew it was something I wanted to do, not just personally but academically. My subject area was something I was unable to study at school and fairly niche; I wanted to expand on that and gain as much knowledge as possible combined with hands on experience, which I gained through a placement year. Without University that combination wouldn’t have been possible and I truly believe in this industry that having both is essential.
A placement year in this industry is fundamental, not only does it increase your chances of employment, at the end it teaches you important skills that you may not gain in the classroom and that can be a deal breaker for many employers. By doing a placement year I have increased my chances to go into full time paid employment after graduation without the need to intern on an unpaid basis, which for many can be difficult.
My tips for successful graduate employment are: work hard, show your determination, always listen and write everything down – even if you think you’ll remember it – be organized, attentive and bring personality to what you do.
Designer and Director of Green Nippers
As I didn’t know what area of fashion I wanted a career in, I chose the course at Huddersfield University as it offered a great course covering all areas of fashion (design, manufacture, marketing and promotion). I enjoyed my time at Huddersfield University as it had great facilities. My degree developed my knowledge and skills in all areas of fashion.
I undertook a placement year, which I think really helped benefit my career. My placement year was spent in London. I started at Marks and Spencer Head Office within the children’s wear design department for 6 months, I then completed a 1 month placement at Magicalia Publishing with Junior Magazine, I completed my placement year for the final 5 months at Couverture, which is a women’s and children’s wear boutique in Chelsea. Each placement gave me a different but very beneficial insight into what it would like to have a career within the fashion industry.
I think my placement year had a huge impact on my career as it gave me a great insight as to what it would be like to work in the fashion industry. I also think the knowledge and skills which I learnt and developed during college and university definitely have helped my career as they gave me a good base to work from.
My future career aspirations are to continue to grow Green Nippers into a successful organic baby and children’s clothing label. My aim is to increase our presence in the children’s wear clothing market both online and through our worldwide stockists. I would also like to educate more parents and children about the importance of organic, and why organic is better for their babies and children.
Virakon graduated from the Architecture BA(Hons) course in 2014 and is now working as Vice-President and Consultant at his family’s business Kongmunkanchang Construction Ltd in Thailand.
At first I chose the University of Huddersfield because it is located in a peaceful town, which was good for me to concentrate on my studies and then when I started the course I could tell the lecturers really wanted us to be the best. The lecturers were always there to help and gave the best suggestions and advice. I have learnt a lot and gained experience from the University of Huddersfield.