Wolverhampton School of Art

Nicole Jurczak: Graduation Prize Winner

We’ve caught up with BA (Hons) Fashion and Textiles graduate Nicole Jurczak who has been awarded Ede and Ravenscroft Textiles Achievement Award!

1. What degree did you study with us and when did you graduate?

Nicole Jurczak

I studied BA (Hons) Fashion & Textiles and graduated with a First Class Honours in September 2016.

2. What did you do after graduation?

Once I graduated, I decided to enrol myself onto a MA course.

I chose to continue studying at the University of Wolverhampton and enrolled onto the Applied Arts MA.

I'm a firm believer that you can never learn too much and believe that applying for the MA will benefit me greatly in expanding my knowledge and helping me reach my potential in becoming a Surface Pattern Designer.

3. What is your current job?

At this moment in time, I am currently not working as I want to spend a few months focusing entirely on my MA.

Once I have settled, I will be applying for work/placements at a number of companies that have become an interest to me and appear to be the types of companies that I would like to work for.

4. How did studying at the University of Wolverhampton either help you to gain this job – or how have your studies benefitted you in your day-to-day role?

My studies have benefitted me greatly in a number of different ways.

Whilst studying at the University of Wolverhampton, I have become more confident and now have faith in the work that I produce. When creating a number of designs, it is important that you have self-belief in what you have produced and this was something that I lacked before attending University.

Being awarded the Ede and Ravenscroft Textiles Achievement Award gave me the determination and the self-belief that I needed to recognise that I am good at what I do. 

5. What, for you, was the best part of studying at the University of Wolverhampton?

Whilst studying at the University of Wolverhampton, I was introduced to a number of different people from a range of backgrounds.

A selection of these people I now consider as my closest friends and this is the best part of studying here. I came to University to learn and alongside this, I met the loveliest people. These people are with you for the full three years and from my experience, they are the shoulders you cry on when times get tough and the ones you laugh the loudest with.

6. What’s next for you? Any goals or aspirations still to achieve?

My main aim right now is to complete my MA and alongside this, work part-time in a design-based studio.

I find that working alongside my Masters will allow for essential experience and knowledge to be gained.

Find out more about BA (Hons) Fashion and Textiles!

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