Zhiyi Zhang

I did the MA Fashion Enterprise and Society programme at the University of Leeds in 2020-2021. I am currently staying on to do my PhD at Leeds as I want to pursue a career in academic research. My experience of studying during my Masters at the University of Leeds has made me feel that I would very much like to stay here. Working closely with my supervisor also made me realise that the tutors here could provide me with very strong academic support and assistance.

What made you want to apply to your MA course and to Leeds?

I wanted to have a study abroad experience and have a different pedagogical experience. Leeds is a very beautiful city and the campus in particular is a perfect mix of modern design and traditional architecture. I chose the University of Leeds as my study choice because the textile design course at Leeds is one of the top courses in the UK. The MA Fashion Enterprise and society programme, which focuses on the integration of fashion and business, was perfectly suited to me and an area I was very interested in.

The most surprising and enjoyable aspect of my time at Leeds has been my involvement in the University's societies. The University of Leeds offers a wide range of interesting societies. One of the societies I joined was the Caving Society. The society organises weekly trips to caves in the English National Parks. It was also great to interact with people from different countries in the society.

What is it that makes you passionate about your area of study?

I really enjoy the study of fashion direction. I think fashion is a field that is full of diversity, aesthetic differences and dynamic changes. My love for the direction of fashion was deepened during my year of study in Leeds. Not just in the course itself, but in living in the UK. When travelling to different cities, especially London, I felt the city embrace diversity and have a passion for fashion.

What aspects of the course did you enjoy the most?

One of my favourite courses is fashion future. In this module, we were not only introduced to the pioneering designers and design concepts in the fashion industry, but we also had training in making garments in workshops. I felt that this course allowed me to experience a new side of British education, which focuses more on developing logical training in design and respecting a diverse aesthetic.

Did you work closely with a particular tutor or member or the University’s academic staff?

During the writing of my dissertation, I worked closely with my module supervisor Dr Kevin Almond. He is a very knowledgeable and responsive teacher. Under his supervision, my dissertation writing was very enjoyable and well executed and I graduated with distinction. I was also lucky to have Dr Kevin Almond as my supervisor during my PhD studies.

Is there anything else you would like to share about your time at Leeds and on the course, or about the skills you developed?

Although the one-year MA programme may sound short, it is in fact very richly structured. It includes both design and business courses. If you want to go on to do a PhD, the final training in dissertation writing will assist you on your academic path.

What would you say to anyone thinking of applying for your course?

The MA at Leeds has a great curriculum. All the tutors and teachers are very friendly and willing to provide all kinds of help. If you are an interdisciplinary student, you don't have to worry about managing your studies as the university offers very strong academic support. There are also many school societies that will take you through different aspects of the UK. If you're considering applying, then get started, you won't regret studying at Leeds!