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1. You don’t have to be a ‘Fashion Designer’ 

The number one thing that worried me when I began studying Fashion Design was the thought of: “Am I limiting myself?”. You instantly assume if you study fashion design that your degree will lead you to be a fashion designer, but this is not the case at all. There are so many job roles within the industry, such as garment technologist, womenswear designer, menswear designer, trend forecaster, pattern cutter/grader, fashion merchandiser/fashion buyer, stitcher, stylist, visual merchandiser, social media management, PR and events. 

2. Sewing isn’t everything  

When starting my degree in Fashion Design I was very nervous about my sewing skills, as they weren’t the best. This really worried me but during my first year I learned so many new skills, and being in an environment full of fashion creatives, you pick up many skills without realising. And credit to the amazing garment technologist Paula! She can teach you everything about sewing! 

3. Collaborations 

An amazing thing about Creative Campus, Kingsway is how easy it is to collaborate with other students. I have collaborated with drama students in the past and many photography students on photo shoots! This can be extremely helpful if you’re doing little projects.  

4. Fabric is expensive 

The one downside to being a fashion student is that you will spend money on fabrics, so keep a bit of money aside from your student loan. Make use of the fabrics that the University provides and always look in the reduced section in Abakhan Fabrics in Chester - it’s a lifesaver! To help the environment, try to repurpose materials as much as you can. This is something I did to save money and help the environment. 

5. Apply for that internship 

Gaining experience doing small internships alongside your degree will really help boost your CV. When you go to apply for grad jobs you’ll really stand out from the crowd. Of course, most fashion internships are unpaid and this is kind of rubbish, but if you can find the time to do just one day a week helping out somewhere, it will really help you in the long run. 

6. The fashion studio is your happy place 

The Fashion studio located at Creative Campus, Kingsway is a light and spacious studio full of fabrics, patterns and everything you would need all in one place. The fashion studio is an amazing place full of like-minded people, it’s great to get other people’s opinions on what you’re working on and to see what others are creating! 

7. LinkedIn is your best friend 

Social media, and LinkedIn especially, is your best friend! On these platforms you can make connections in the fashion industry which can open so many doors for you. Post like you’re some kind of international influencer! Post about your modules, your grades, what you’re making, your opinions on the fashion industry, interact with people who work in your industry and connect with people who have your dream job! Follow these people and showcase your work - it honestly helps more than you can imagine, and remember, employers are watching! 

8. It’s okay to have a part-time job that has nothing to do with fashion 

This one had me feeling so bad! I always felt like working at Tesco was a negative thing, but if it pays for your bills, fabrics, lifestyle and future then it’s 100% worth it. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself to have an industry job, sometimes a nice part-time job just to give you a bit of money to help towards your degree is all you need. 

9. Your classes are small - take advantage of this 

The University of Chester BA Fashion Design course is usually very small with around 15 students each year. This means that connecting with your teachers is easier than ever. Delphine is an amazing Programme Leader and she’s always just an email away for whatever you need. Booking tutorials and 1-2-1 chats is easy to do and getting regular feedback really helps to improve your work. 

10. Industry speakers are so beneficial  

On the BA Fashion course we were visited by many industry speakers, which really helped to give us an insight into industry life. Their talks are always so interesting and they are always happy for a 1-2-1 chat too! Getting an industry professional's opinion on your work can be such a fabulous insight - plus connections, connections, connections! 

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