As a first-year student of Fashion Design at Westford University College, I decided to share my experience at Westford. In the last one year, I have had a lot of fun and at the same time I have learnt many new things.
As budding designers, we are given a lot of freedom at Westford. The fashion classes are conducted in a very informal way allowing the students complete ease and flexibility to be their creative selves. Being formal wasn’t something we were expected to do, we thoroughly enjoyed our classes, and the support of faculty members made getting through the assignments a cakewalk! Being a fashion student, I have explored a lot in this one year. It has been an intense analysis of my own identity as a student of fashion who is still learning and exploring new skills and techniques each day. The art of fashion has no boundaries,neither do we students! We were free to explore our talent on our own; we took part in a variety of projects and fashion shows where we discovered our own skills, abilities and realized our potential. These projects included different tasks to showcase our work, for example, we were given a task to make our fashion illustration portfolio. No specific themes were given, and the presentation totally depended on our individual abilities and design perspectives. In addition, we had a hands-on experience making a design brief. We learnt how to brand our outlet by creating logos and tag lines and choosing the interior design of the outlet.At the beginning of the illustration classes, we were taught how to illustrate a perfect body figure and give life to all the drawings and paintings we did, using the proper shade and strokes of our pencils and illustrating tools.
At Westford,the teachers and students share a very healthy and positive relationship. The tutors push us at every instance to bring out our creative side. Due to the exposure and experience gained in the last one year we have already started to imagine ourselves as a part of the fashion industry. The constant encouragement from the faculty and staff helps us showcase our talent freely, as mistakes are welcomed and considered as a stepping stone for success. The modules are designed to help us understand the many facets of the fashion design industry. It is balanced well to accommodate both design and commerce aspects. Constructive and regular feedback through assessments helps us constantly evolve as designers.
One of the best things about being a part of Westford is that the environment here is so supportive and warm that it makes us feel like home. It is extremely professional, with a lot of respect, support and encouragement shown towards the students; and all these things come together to allow us to explore different aspects of design with a fresh outlook.
This one-year experience at Westford university has been a crazy fun ride that I really don’t want to end. I have received plenty of opportunities to grow and learn as a fashion designer. We are a huge family who grows, shares and learns from each other. Westford truly prepares its students to be more confident as they step into the real world.
HND Fashion Design, Art & Design
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