Fashion case study

Samantha Quinn - BA (Hons) Creative Enterprise (Fashion and Textiles) (Top-Up)
Fashion Designer

What are the facilities like at the College?

The facilities at the College are very good. Throughout the course we had access to the sewing rooms, design studio and computer suites pretty much whenever we wanted, this helped massively when producing the more practical elements of our projects. We were also taught how to produce CAD [computer-aided design] technical drawings which is a very important part of fashion design these days, especially with international work. I am still coming into the college one day per week to work on new designs.”

What are the staff like at the College?

All of the tutors that I worked with at the College were very helpful. The dressmakers in particular were extremely supportive and working with them was an invaluable learning experience. I also found the graphic design tutor very helpful and supportive. He introduced me to one of his students who helped to design my business logo.

What’s Newcastle like as a creative city?

Newcastle is rapidly growing as a creative city. We have some of the best fashion, theatres, fairs, museums, architecture and galleries in the UK.

What was the highlight of studying at the College for you?

If I had to pick one moment, it would have to be the business competition that I entered during my Creative Enterprise degree year. I took part in a Dragon’s Den-style competition in the Lifestyle Academy and ended up winning a business mentorship, which helped massively when it came to setting up my fashion label.

What prompted you to set up your own business?
When you look at the fashion industry the majority of jobs are based in London and because of my children, I was very keen to stay and work in Newcastle. With the growth of the internet and e-commerce, it is becoming increasingly easy for people to develop their business and take it international from anywhere, including the North East.

How did the college support you in setting up your business?

The College were very supportive when I was developing my business idea. They always encouraged collaboration between students and other departments. As well as the incredibly supportive dressmakers, I worked with the graphic design team during my time at the college, who helped with the digital elements of my business, including my logo.