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Alec Mackenzie

Interior Design

Alec WebWhy did you choose Northumbria University, Newcastle?

I originally came to an Open Day with my school as a year group. I got to see the new facilities that were now available such as the City East Campus. I was always interested in design I just didn't know which branch to aim for, so being able to visit a site such as that with so many disciplines on offer in the same building was a huge advantage for me.

What have you enjoyed most about coming to Northumbria University?

I think that my course is the thing I have  enjoyed most. It is constantly allowing me to express my own creative abilities within the various projects, and although the work does take up a lot of my time outside of the lectures and study periods, I do find it a worthwhile experience. It is setting me up with good practices for future life outside of university.

Who has inspired you most at Northumbria University?

My tutors have been an integral part of my success this year. They are always able to provide us with real experience and knowledge of the design world and any current significant areas of design to be aware of. This breadth of combined knowledge really gives us perspective when we start a project. They are always on hand to help if we are struggling with first hand experience or at least point us in the direction of something that will help.

What is your favourite place on campus?

The new studio for Interior Design on the 4th floor of the Design Building (CCE2). It is a creative space that allows me to both see other students work and see how the other year groups approach their work. The expense is clearly visible in the quality of the furniture and we treat it with respect as we know we will be using it in future years.

What is the best thing about your course?

I think the projects we get given are the best thing about my course. Although we are given certain restrictions and timelines, it really allows me to be as creative as possible whilst simultaneously improving my skills in all areas, such as Photoshop and model making in the workshops.

Have you taken up any opportunities to travel with your current course/undertake field trips? If so, please tell us about them.

We were given the opportunity to travel to London, shortly before Christmas, for a week. I really enjoyed it as it was a structured visit. We were taken to specific places that we would benefit from both in relation to our then current project but also design in general. The tutors were often on hand to offer advice if we had any questions. We also were given the opportunity to visit a renowned design company, Dalziel & Pow. The visit proved very informative as we were able to see how an actual design practice worked and the sorts of people that worked there. It seemed like a very pleasant and rewarding place to work. All in all - a successful trip!


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