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UCAS Manchester Exhibition

199510T513he UCAS Manchester exhibition once again proved to be an overwhelming success with our stand being inundated with people wanting to know more about the National Design Academy and the courses that are on offer. With more students in attendance at the Manchester event than the London exhibition our two design tutors who were manning the stand were rushed off their feet ensuring that they made time to talk to every student that was interested in studying with the National Design Academy.

As Tuesday afternoon drew to a close, our two highly esteemed design tutors; Vicky Arbuthnot and Sarah Lockett spent some time reflecting on the success of the past two days.

Vicky Arbuthnot

“The UCAS Manchester event was a wonderful opportunity to meet some very enthusiastic budding interior designers. The education landscape is changing and more importance is being placed on having the opportunity to work whilst studying, whether that be part-time or a full 9-5 job. We believe that this is why we have had such an overwhelmingly positive response from the students in attendance at the UCAS events. The most popular course at the Manchester convention was our BA (Hons) in Interior Design, this course offers the perfect next step from an A Level or Diploma in Art/Design whilst allowing students to specialise in a certain area of interior design. I have loved my time at the UCAS stand and am so proud to be able to recommend the NDA as an alternative option to attending a standard university.”

Sarah Lockett

“We have had a very busy couple of days here at the UCAS Manchester event. It has been wonderful to see so many young students show a real interest in interior design. We have seen a wonderful range of educational backgrounds from the students that approached our stand, from Diplomas and A Levels in Art and Design to the more unusual A Level Fine Art and Textiles. The courses on offer at the National Design Academy cover a range of topics allowing students to select the most suitable pathway for their future career, be that in retail design, garden design, heritage design or a broader view of interior design.

Over the two days, we were also visited by several different careers advisors for schools and colleges, online distance learning is quickly becoming a much more popular form of studying especially at degree level. The rising cost of university fees coupled with the increasingly competitive job market make online learning much more appealing. Students are able to work in the industry either full time or on a work experience basis whilst still studying for their BA (Hons) degree with the National Design Academy. This will mean that once they graduate they will be in a much stronger position to get their dream job, not only will they have the required academic accreditations but also many years of ‘on the job’ experience, making them very appealing to future employers.”

For more information on the BA (Hons) degree courses offered by the National Design Academy visit our courses page.

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