We spoke to BA (Hons) Printed Textiles and Surface Pattern Design student, Kara Ferguson, about why she chose Leeds Arts University, her love for the course and what her plans are after graduating...

Why did you choose Leeds Arts University?

I had always wanted to study at a specialist institute, and the minute I came to the Open Day I could see myself here. The resources were extensive, especially the print room, and I loved the open plan studio spaces. I enjoyed the close-knit feel of the University; there was a lot of socialising and the space felt very inviting. Even the student ambassadors at my interview were welcoming and passionate about the course; it really made me want to come here. 

What made you select BA (Hons) Printed Textiles & Surface Pattern Design?

I had always loved painting and drawing but was unsure how I could use this after my A-Levels. After doing a Foundation Diploma in Newcastle, specialising in Textiles, I realised that this was a perfect degree to find ways to extend my practice. I not only get to do what I love every day but can use this for a range of markets and in job opportunities!

What do you really enjoy about your course and the University?

I love how open the course is to different styles. Everyone is doing something interesting and new, and you never feel pressured to be a certain way. 

What do you plan to do after university?

I would love to find a job as a Textile/Pattern designer but I would be happy in any type of creative career!

What makes Leeds a good place to study?

There's always something creative going on. There's always something to see and do, but it's not too big that you're ever intimidated to explore.