Holly Duckworth MA Design student

Holly Duckworth

Please tell us a bit about yourself and your background.

I studied Fine Art at the University of Northumbria and graduated with a first class degree. I wanted to refine the skills I learnt as an undergraduate into the area of design, and the MA in Design at the University of Leeds offered exactly this. Following on from my MA in Design I am now working as a Graphic Designer.

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

As a BA Fine Art graduate, I was working as an artist, selling paintings and commissions. I decided I wanted to learn more about design and branding. I attended a University of Leeds Open Day, and really liked the School of Design and the facilities there. The University offered a range of skills in the area of design and I decided to apply to study the MA Design course.

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

Designing for people. Being innovative and problem solving, to create new ideas or outcomes that help people. On my course, I enjoyed the continual commitment and guidance from my tutors, as well as the range of topics and areas offered to you to specialise in.

What would you say about Leeds as a city?

Leeds is a vibrant city, with lots going on and there is a great student culture. Leeds has everything: culture, great restaurants and bars, galleries and shops. I have really enjoyed how kind and helpful the people are. 

What would you say about the learning facilities in your School and at the University in general?

The facilities are fantastic, particularly the library resources. The School offers many different types of workshops and you are encouraged to take part in these. The School also has many rooms to work in, I found the VISCOM room to be a great place to go and have some private study time – especially as it is exclusively for postgraduate students. 

What extracurricular activities have you enjoyed while studying at Leeds?

There are lots of workshops, for example laser printing. You are encouraged to join University societies and take part in extracurricular events, such as Design Jams, which were all really good fun. The School of Design runs Design Jams once a semester, which bring together students from various subjects in the School of Design to respond to a design brief. 

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

If you are willing to work very hard and you are committed and want to learn a lot about the many aspects of design, then apply!

What do you plan to do now you’ve finished your course?

I want to continue developing my skills and knowledge of design. At the moment I have specialised in graphics, but I am keen to continue to expand my skills. I am also considering taking on further study in a PhD.