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Julia Price


Fashion-Womenswear-Pathway_Student_Julia-PriceWhy did you choose Northumbria School of Design, and what did you know about us before you applied?

I first heard about Northumbria Design School when a friend of mine studied there. This was when I was 14 and from that point onwards Northumbria was my only choice. The schools excellent reputation and the friendly staff sold it for me.

What do you most like about Newcastle, and how do you find the city?

For me the thing that stands out the most about Newcastle is its friendly people. I had only visited the university once before I moved to Newcastle from the Orkney Islands and had no problems finding my feet, as the people were so friendly and welcoming. The university environment also provided the perfect environment to meet new friends. Being situated on the coast also provides many fun seaside fish and chips outings.

How do you find the cost of living in Newcastle?

The living cost in Newcastle is extremely reasonable. I have found that rent prices tend to vary from around £50 - £100 per week.

Did you find the Design School welcoming?

In first year we were assigned specific year tutors who follow and support your journey throughout the first year. Alongside this we were also assigned 4th year mentors who were able to answer any queries about the course and settling into Newcastle life.

How do you find your tutors and the staff within the School?

Tutors and staff are always more than willing to help with any problems you face including set work or concerns you may have outside the university.

What are the facilities like?

Northumbria University design school’s facilities come second to none. As a textile student I have enjoyed first class printing facilities along with excellent technical support. This technical help is also spread out through pattern cutting and knit.

What do you like most about the School of Design?

My favourite thing about being part of the design school is how your creativity is nurtured and developed. It is like being part of a big family.

Tell me a bit about your course?

Fashion design is a mixture of working in 3D making garments and also working 2D on your drawing and portfolio skills. In 1st year you take modules in womenswear, menswear, textiles and knit, this is to help you decide which pathway you wish to take forward into second year.

The course also includes a year of placement which is a fantastic way to get your foot into the fashion industry door. On graduation this experience is also viewed very highly. The placement year also provides the opportunity for travel. I was lucky enough to work in Australia, New York, India and London.

If you had to pick an object to represent your course, what would it be and why?

I think it would have to be a pair of scissors we wouldn’t get anywhere without them.

What are the most valuable lessons you have learnt to date during your time with us?

Grab every opportunity that is presented to you with both hands!

If you had 3 words to sum up your time with us what would they be?

Creative, Personal, Exciting!

If you could offer some advice to students thinking of coming to study here what would you say?

My days at Northumbria have been some of the best days of my life.  The opportunities that have been presented to me have been both exciting and out of the ordinary. For example as part of my final year I entered a design competition which I won and consequently travelled to India to watch my products being sampled.

What are your plans now and for the future?

My plans for the immediate future is to produce my final year collection ready for the Newcastle Fashion Week catwalk.  After this, I am excited to start my career in the fashion industry.

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