Lewis has been shortlisted in the Design Innovation Plastics Awards and is excited for his future.
'I have developed so much, both personally and professionally during my three years here.'
After I left college I wasn’t sure what to do next, but after a year out I knew I wanted to further develop my education and qualifications. I knew that this would put me in a good position for future career opportunities.
I chose Teesside University because it is my local university and has a good reputation for product design. I also spoke to my college tutors who vouched for the University and the courses it offers.
The best thing about my course is that I have the freedom to design what I want and implement my designs during projects. I also get the opportunity to apply my own style and branding to pieces of work which is important when becoming a designer.
I really enjoyed the module exploring identity as it prepared me for employment and helped me understand what types of roles are available in the product design industry.
I am part of the New Designers’ Society where I am the chair of communications. Our society received a grant of £16,000 from the Student Experience Fund to put towards our end of year trip to a national design exhibition.
I have also mentored and delivered tutorial sessions with local schools and colleges that have visited our department.
Middlesbrough has good nightlife and there are plenty of surrounding areas good for relaxing or exploring. The cost of living is also relatively low compared to other cities.
I would recommend both the University and my course without a doubt. I have developed so much, both personally and professionally during my three years here and I am now in a position I never thought would be possible at the start of my journey.
I have also been shortlisted in the Design Innovation Plastics Awards 2018 and will present my design to judges in London.
*Course now known as BA (Hons) Product Design and Creative Innovation - BA (Hons) Product Design and Creative Innovation.