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Working in fashion was always a dream of mine, but I didn’t know exactly what area I wanted to work in, wanting to gain more knowledge of the fashion industry and how clothes and accessories were made. I decided CWA was the place to start.Working in fashion was always a dream of mine, but I didn’t know exactly what area I wanted to work in, wanting to gain more knowledge of the fashion industry and how clothes and accessories were made. I decided CWA was the place to start.

CWA's fashion course had an excellent reputation. I started watching the CWA fashion show at the age of 14 and fell in love with the students' collections and sketchbooks. I was academic at school and was probably expected to go to 6th form for A levels - but I decided to follow my heart and attend CWA.

I loved studying fashion and art history; building up knowledge of different eras was invaluable. I particularly enjoyed fashion illustration, finding my own unique style through experimentation, and learning how to pattern cut.

My CWA course gave me a head start on other students who had studied A levels, because I had fashion-specific skills and knowledge to build on. The course also built up my resilience to criticism, learning that comments about your work are not personal. Each student is seen as an individual and encouraged to explore their personality and creativity at a crucial time in life.Since finishing at CWA, I attended university at Bath where I achieved BA (Hons) Fashion Design. I now work for River Island as Assistant Designer for Kidswear Bags and Footwear. My products are now finally in store and online and it’s an incredible feeling to see this is available to the public.

I couldn't be more grateful for everything I learnt at CWA and for being pushed quite hard by the exceptional staff. I wouldn't change a thing about my education and would tell any young person thinking about further study options to think about what they would enjoy learning more about, becoming skilled in and eventually earning money from doing. You don't know where exactly it will lead you, but that's a good place to start at 16!

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