We spoke to current BA (Hons) Fashion Design and International student, Sif Thrastardottir, on what it's like to study in the UK and at Leeds Arts University, how she decided to study Fashion Design and her plans for the future...

How does Leeds Arts University help you develop your practice?

The university has such a comfortable atmosphere and you get a good sense of how it embraces each individual that studies here. In my course of BA (Hons) Fashion Design, they teach us a variety of different design methods, that explore both technical and creative processes. The tutors and lecturers are really supportive, I feel encouraged to explore and experiment, and I can feel how willing they are to help me find my strengths and identity within the fashion industry.

Image: Courtesy of Sif Thrastardottir

What is the best thing about studying in the UK?

Leeds is a great city and a hub for diversity and opportunities, where people are so friendly and there’s always something to do. I get inspired by the city a lot, it’s such a student-friendly environment, and there are easy connections to travel and explore different parts of the country. Different towns, sceneries, cultures, and people inspire me a lot. 

What did you study before starting University? And did you always have an interest in BA (Hons) Fashion Design?

I have been creative since I was a child and my favourite classes were always arts and textiles. When I’m designing and making something out of nothing is when I feel the most alive! But when I got to college I was so unsure of who I was that I followed my friends and finished a degree in sociology. In spring 2016 I went to a Dale Carnegie course in Leadership and Sales Training. It was then that I got motivated to follow my heart and signed up for college again for Textiles and Fashion Design, where I planned to find my interest within the creative industry. During my studies back in Iceland I got the opportunity to go to Finland as an exchange student and that inspired me to look for further education abroad. 

Image: Courtesy of Sif Thrastardottir

How has the University helped you to settle here?

The university has helped me settle in to Leeds, by helping me to find accommodation suited to me in my first year, and giving me opportunities to find likeminded people and introducing me to different creative practices.

Image: Courtesy of Sif Thrastardottir

What do you plan to do after University?

I would love to continue my studies in fashion and I aim to do my master's degree after graduation. Right now, I’m thinking about universities in Florence, Antwerp, and London, but I’m keeping an open mind. If I get a good job offer after graduation I would most definitely grab the opportunity and gain some experience before I go for my master's degree. I would love to work closely with a high-end designer or a flagship and learn even more about the industry through experience.