We caught up with Foundation Diploma in Art and Design student Stephanie about studying in the UK, what inspires her work and her future plans...  

Why did you choose to study at Leeds Arts University?

I’ve chosen Leeds Arts University because I heard about the atmosphere of the school is really good, you can get support from your tutor all the time and there’s not much international students so you could focus of speaking English. Most importantly, YOU HAVE YOUR OWN STUDIO SPACE TO WORK, so I don’t need to squeeze when I’m doing work and I don’t need to fight for a space.

What are the advantages of studying at a specialist arts institution?

You can concentrate on one subject but in a wider range is probably the biggest advantages of studying at a specialist arts institution. You can work much deeper during the process because you’re require to research artist and reflect your work all the way, so you will have better understanding of your work.

How have you adjusted to life in the UK and what advice would you give a new international student?

To adjust my life in the UK it wasn’t easy, because the languages are different, the culture are different and also the weather climate. But I think the most importantly is to step out your comfort zone, speak up, even you’re not good at English or you’re shy. Try to communicate more to other students, everybody is nice in here.

What are the studios and facilities like at the University?

The studios and facilities are great at the University. Use the facilities wisely when you’re here, go to the print workshop and wood workshop more to explore your work.

Do you feel that studying at Leeds Arts University is preparing you well for life after graduation?

Leeds Arts University definitely gave me more opportunity to explore and develop my own work. I’ve receive lots of supports and opinions here, which leads me to gain more confident for the life after graduation.

Tell us what you like about living in Leeds

Leeds is a fascinating city, it’s modern and stylish. Accommodation and University are not far away from city centre, you can always in stock your supplies in town. The shop I like the most in town is “Fred Aldous”, it’s definitely the paradise of every art student, they’ve got lots of art equipment in the basement. I usually shop in there every once a week. Leeds art gallery is just a street down from University, so whenever you’re stuck at ideas, you can always go down to find some inspiration there after school.