Brodie Willis, current BA (Hons) Fashion Branding with Communication student, talks to us about his exciting collaborations, specialist practice and shares some valuable advice to prospective students...

What do you specialise in and what are you working on at the moment?

I’m currently working on creating a mock up window display for the French brand, Jacquemus, as part of my first module hand in. I really enjoy the psychology behind visual merchandising and how small changes can cause a big impact.

Image: Courtesy of Brodie Willis

How does Leeds Arts University help you develop your practice?

The University has helped me develop my practise by giving me access to industry professionals, insider knowledge and focused workshops. These have included talks with visiting professionals as well as collaborations between different courses within the University.

Tell us about any exciting collaborations that you have worked on.

The course is well connected with industry professionals and allows the opportunity to work in collaboration with several of the other courses within the University. We recently worked alongside the BA (Hons) Creative Writing course in order to help us develop our ideas for our upcoming development of a branded blog. This allowed us the opportunity to gain a different insight into the brands we’ve recently been researching as well as further develop our creative practice.

Image: Courtesy of Brodie Willis

Tell us which resources and facilities you use the most, and how they help you develop your practice.

I have definitely utilised the Mac Suites the most. Having had some prior experience with the Adobe creative software I have found the workshops really helpful in widening my understanding of each of the programs, which has enabled me to elevate my work. I also really enjoy the ability to use the workspaces outside of teaching hours, as it has allowed me space to focus deeper on my work as a whole.

What advice would you give to someone considering studying BA (Hons) Fashion Branding with Communication at University?

My advice to a new student would be to trust your tutor. A small task might seem unimportant and unrelated to what you’re currently working on, however everything has been curated to be able to set you up for a better understanding of the task you’re currently working on.


Header Image: Courtesy of Brodie Willis