Each year students on my programme, BA(Hons) International Fashion Branding, travel to one of the world’s fashion capitals to get first-hand experience of the industry. I visited Barcelona. The experience was highly beneficial to my course and a highlight of the trip was a tour of the design studios/atelier and retail space at Ailanto, a fashion design house established in the city in 1995. It gave me an insight into the world in which I would like to work when I leave GCU. The fashion industry is notoriously difficult to break into. So, being able to hear first-hand all about the hurdles and opportunities I would need to be aware of on the way was fascinating.
I chose this programme because I wanted to study a subject that would give me some creative licence but would also be very applicable when the time came to apply for jobs and begin my career.
I had originally started studying psychology at another university but after doing that for a couple of years, I decided that I wanted to pursue a degree in a field I would enjoy much more. Study trips enhance the purely academic side and are useful because they show students like me how the skills and knowledge we gain in university are applied in the real world. The exciting and interesting surroundings of a new city also heighten the experience.
I’m the first in my family to come to university. I chose GCU because its campus is located in the heart of the city centre and because it is one of the few places where I can undertake a degree like this.