Fashion student and Golden Shears Awards finalist Monica, tells us why she came from Romania to study at Leeds Arts University and where she hopes her degree will take her next.

Why did you choose to study at Leeds Arts University?

Before making the final decision on which university I should choose for my degree, I felt that I had to come to Leeds for a Leeds Arts University open day. From the moment I first entered the University I felt as if I was already a student there. Being given a tour of the whole University, seeing all the equipment, all the facilities, the studio space and the rich library, I realised Leeds Arts University had everything I needed in order to study fashion. I also spoke to Sam that day, the Course Leader, and through her I discovered the tutors are very passionate, dedicated and willing to share all their knowledge with students.

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

I am currently working on developing my dissertation subject, carrying out research into Romanian traditions, values and art; this being my nationality.

How does Leeds Arts University help you develop your practice?

The University helped me even from the first day as I came here without knowing how to sew and having no technical skills. I really appreciated the fact that they took everyone from the same level and started from the bottom. The tutors’ help is amazing as they give relevant and helpful feedback as soon as you have work to show. Also, the technicians are willing to help you every time and give excellent advice.

What do you plan to do after University?

During the third year I hope I will truly find myself as I like experimenting and so far I have been doing both menswear and womenswear trying different styles from sport to casual and formal. After university I will go back to my home country, Romania, where I want to create my own brand and at the same time take over and help my parents with their childrenswear factory.

What makes Leeds a good place to study?

In my opinion Leeds is a great city to study in because of the atmosphere created by the large number of students. It is also an affordable and secure city with growing opportunities regarding fashion especially.