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Winchester School of Art

Eleanor Weston Fashion Marketing with Management (2021)

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Winchester is a really nice place to study, as the campus isn’t too big, or too overcrowded and there’s loads of little spots on campus to work in – not just the library. There’s also the option to travel to Highfield and use the library facilities there so there’s so many options.

As a whole studying in Winchester has been such a positive experience and I’ve had the best time living here, I felt at home here straight away and because it’s not a massive city it was easy to settle in here and not feel daunted. The size of the city and the University definitely makes the transition from home to Uni feel more comfortable, and it’s so much easier to get to know people at a smaller campus.

In my second year I was lucky enough to secure an internship in Paris working in a showroom for Zimmermann during market week, through the help of my tutor, which was an incredible opportunity that definitely increased my confidence, and love for the subject.

My highlights have definitely been the all the ‘extra stuff’ that comes with uni, we’ve had incredible opportunities through the course for example going to fashion trade shows in Berlin, also going on a wide range of trips to London to exhibitions, or talks have been really fun and interesting. But in general the Fashion Marketing course is such a creative course that some of my highlights have been specific modules – I absolutely loved doing a styling module in my first year which allowed us to spend loads of time in the photo studios experimenting, and trying out new things with your friends and course mates.

I also took part in being Social Media Ambassador towards the end of my second year, which was interesting to do alongside my degree and will definitely be such a beneficial thing to add my CV. It also allowed me to be a more independent worker, and helped my time management which will be so beneficial towards my degree and when applying for jobs after Uni.

I love that it’s a coursework-based degree. Which means no exams – which suits my style of learning and working perfectly. It gives us the opportunity to work at our own pace, and improve as much as need to, we can edit along the way and write our reports alongside what we’re learning. I also enjoy the mixture of creative and theory-based learning, it’s both challenging and fun and a perfect balance of the two. The theory never feels too heavy as there is always a creative aspect of the course to complement it.

My advice to new students is to get involved in as much as you can, join societies or if that’s not your thing make the absolute most out of the years you get to live with, and study with your friends – have fun, because Uni goes super quickly and you’re the only person that can make it the best time of your life. Just throw yourself into it, and enjoy it, because it can be hard, and it can be full on but it’s also a place where you meet your best friends and spend three years doing something you really enjoy.

After graduation I’d like to do something working in ideally digital marketing or content creating, and I definitely feel the course has prepared me for those kind of roles so it would be nice to be able to eventually work in them.

 

Find out more about Eleanor and her projects as part of BA Fashion Marketing with Management on the 2021 Graduate Showcase.

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