Hadley Trueman recently completed the UAL Level 2 Award in Fashion Business and Retail at Derby College and won the 2019 Origins Creative Arts Festival prize for their work 'The Yellow Line for Selfridges'. Their work promotes Selfridge's history, heritage and innovative qualities.
UAL Awarding Body caught up with them to find out about their further education experience.
Why did you choose to study this particular qualification?
I chose to study this particular qualification because I wanted to acquire a range of skills suitable to work within the fashion business industry. I felt that a qualification where I could complete coursework instead of sitting exams would be more suitable for me.
What is the most valuable thing you have learnt on this qualification?
I have leant how to use Photoshop and now understand Visual Merchandising as well as other marketing techniques. I feel like I have learnt a lot about how the fashion industry works on the inside.
What is your favourite thing about the qualification?
Instead of being assessed by exams, we were given a brief which I could then approach in my own way. Having to use my own initiative to approach each brief is a skill that I know I'll use while working in the industry.
How did it feel to win a prize at Origins created art festival 2019? Tell us what inspired you to create the work you exhibited.
I was surprised, I really did not expect it. I took a different approach to my work - I didn’t want to just develop a PowerPoint presentation like everyone else, I wanted to do something different and relevant, so I decided to set up an Instagram account because that’s where the industry is at the moment. I felt it was a stretch and I had to work hard to complete it so that gave me the determination to make it the best I could.