We interviewed current BA (Hons) Fashion Design student, Tin Kou, on studying at Leeds Arts University, the support the University has to offer and why she loves living Leeds.

Why did you choose to study at Leeds Arts University?

I like the study atmosphere. Leeds Arts University has provided a lot of space for students focusing on their own creation, and this is what I need. As a beginner in tailoring, I need space to learn and explore for myself. The University also maintains a nice creative platform, so students and staff can share ideas and build friendships, rather than panic from the pressure from peer competition.

Image: Courtesy of Tin Kou

How does the University support you?

Leeds Arts University provides great care for students in different aspects, e.g. language support. I got English support since I am studying as a non-native English speaker, sometimes I found it challenging in communication and writing. Nevertheless, the staff are always patient and kind, and they always give me a hand when I need help. This is not limited in language but also my coursework when I was at bottleneck stage. The staff want you to enjoy your course and have a great time in Leeds. If you need help, the only thing you need to do is ask. 

Image: Courtesy of Tin Kou

What was your route to University - what did you study before starting University? Did you always have an interest in Fashion Design?

I studied Foundation Diploma in Art & Design before I decided to do BA (Hons) Fashion Design. I did the Foundation course because I was not very sure what art degree I wanted to study. Before my foundation year, I thought fashion was stressful and you would not easily make friends in course due to the competitiveness  of the industry. However, it is not the case.

I enjoy it much more than I expected and there is so much to learn about. It’s not just about fabric, but the way you can change its shape or place it on a different part of body. To experiment and alter presents a different atmosphere every time, it’s very exciting! It gives me the confidence to create and present my work. 

Image: Courtesy of Tin Kou

Where do you see yourself in five years?

I think I may still study at university or college for art. I have a list and there are still many things that I want to find out or experiment. Nevertheless, there is one thing I want to have a try first, which is to work with passionate designers and experience of fashion industry. I think gaining experience is important, it will allow you to build up your own knowledge and skill.

What do you like about living in Leeds?

Leeds has a great balance between busy and peaceful. It is safe and convenient. Everything is close together, such as the University, accommodation or supermarket, and I do not need to spend hours travelling. It saves my time and allows me to create my pieces or hanging with friends more.