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Alex Steven

Interactive Media Design

Why did you choose Northumbria School of Design, and what did you know about us before you applied?

I chose Northumbria School of Design because I had previously attended Northumbria University, studying a degree that I felt was not right for me. I had seen and heard about the new Design School building, the amazing facilities and famous alumni, and looked into which of their courses interested me.

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

The things I like about Newcastle are the friendly people, the culture, nightlife and the ease of access to the countryside and seaside.

How do you find the cost of living in Newcastle?

In comparison to other cities Newcastle is very reasonable, low-priced accommodation and transport.

Did you find the Design School welcoming?

I found the Design School very welcoming with friendly tutors and a relaxing environment!

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

The tutors are always willing to help you with your projects; they talk to you on the same level. They are encouraging, enthusiastic and helpful when it comes to course projects, and are always happy to give constructive criticism.

What are the facilities like?

The Design School facilities are great; I especially like the option to borrow high end cameras and lenses from the school, for free! The workspaces provided are perfect for the course I do, plenty of space to lay out all your work!

What do you like most about the School of Design?

I most like the great facilities and the relaxing environment (it's relaxing most of the time, except for presentation weeks!)

Tell me a bit about your course? 

I study Interactive Media Design, which involves everything from designing and creating websites and apps, to creating your own video games, or creating concepts for future mobile computing devices.

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

A laptop, without it I wouldn't have been able to create most of the work in my portfolio.

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

Believe in your ideas, but be prepared to take criticism, and enjoy what you do!

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

Creative, Challenging, Enjoyable

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

Make the most of your time at university and get as much as you can out of it.

What are your plans now and for the future?

I am hoping to get a job working in design innovation within the next few months.

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