Why did you choose to study creative arts?
I chose fashion because I could not see myself in any other area I have a creative mind that needs to be nourished and it makes me happy to create objects of quality and beauty. My studies pushed me to problem-solve and work to create beautiful things, while the optional marketing sub-major I completed allowed me to explore another field of interest.
What was the best thing about your course?
The staff were all very experienced and had an amazing background in design. I also enjoyed the creative atmosphere as a whole, which pushed us to think outside the box. The broad range of knowledge we acquired prepared us to work in a range of areas.
What was the worst thing about your course?
The degree will not guarantee a job, so internships and work experience are necessary. The course is also expensive. Along with fees, there are additional studio fees and fabric costs.
Have you found work in your field?
Yes, but I am one of few. The course can be draining, so after completion many graduates feel the need to travel and relax. I worked throughout my degree, gaining as much experience as I could and I never slowed down. I am currently creating orders for my own private clients as well as working in a full-time role as design assistant and product developer for a bridal wear designer. Getting a job is very much based on persistence.
What advice would you give to students considering studying creative arts?
If you are the type of person that likes to cruise through doing the bare minimum, this course is not for you. The field is very competitive so you need to be active in the industry while studying in order to compete with those around you. The course is difficult and it is even more difficult to get your foot in the door, but if you are a hard worker who never gives up then you will do well.