"I fell in love with my course, learning new knowledge, skills, techniques, producing projects & outcomes that I never thought I would be able to"
Whilst studying for both my BA (Hons) Clothing Product and Development degree and my MSc Advanced Product Development I gained skills that I have carried through to my career. I was able to develop practical skills in pattern cutting, design, Adobe suite and product development knowledge and application but also strong personal skills including: confidence, resilience, networking, understanding how to differentiate myself and how to be innovative.
Taking a placement year was one of the best decisions that I made whilst at university the experience I gained enabled me to start up a small freelance business Victoria Eskdale Designs, a freelance design agency specialising in the development of technical specification packs for the mass market. Simultaneously I began lecturing at Manchester Metropolitan, delivering Computer Aided Design classes for fashion students based in Manchester Fashion Institute, formerly the Hollings Faculty.
I currently work at RMIT University in Vietnam, as a Lecturer on the Business of Fashion; Merchandise Management course. I also coordinate four other courses: Fashion Materials, Product Specification, Product Ranging and Advanced Product Development. I also recently took on the role of Internship Coordinator.
I have also been involved in research at RMIT Vietnam University, having recently curating an exhibition at Dia Projects, Dong Khoi Street. The exhibition ‘Design & Heritage’ was a collaboration between Fashion4freedom a NGO & I to highlight the traditional artisan skills of the craftsmen of Vietnam with particular focus on the aLoui tribe based in Hue. Amongst the artefacts presented at the exhibition, was a small jacket collection that I had researched, designed and sampled. I also work directly with RMIT Melbourne to enable study tours between RMIT Vietnam students & RMIT Melbourne. Creating an action packed timetables in Vietnam including, guest talks, factory visits, small-scale design projects for groups of students. I am continuing to do research in my academic field, and I am currently writing my PhD proposal with the hope of enrolling in 2018.
I have found that I have always needed a professional and interesting portfolio, so be prepared at all times and keep it up to date with current projects. Continually strive to personally develop, take on more courses, network, take on freelance roles, keep learning. And finally be interesting; surround yourself with interesting people & projects.
My time at MMU was a period of my life that I thoroughly enjoyed! Socially; I enjoyed meeting new friends, now who are amongst my best, student nights, being involved in a creative space, the northern quarter proximity, student collaborations, the buzz of Manchester, the music and art scene. Educationally; I fell in love with course, learning new knowledge, skills, techniques, producing projects & outcomes that I never thought I would be able to, the facilities, the positivity of the staff,