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Naomi First


Naomi First decided to study Glass and Ceramics at the University of Sunderland due to our location, reputation and fantastic facilities. After studying the MA, Naomi can now envisage herself as a practising artist in the future.

Before coming to Sunderland I was working as a management consultant; I was ready for a significant career change and having taken various part-time art classes I realised how much I enjoyed creating and making. The next step was to immerse myself fully in art, and that’s when the University of Sunderland stepped in; I had worked there over 20 years ago and I had family in the North East, so I was quickly drawn to study at Sunderland. I chose to study Glass at Sunderland because of the location, reputation and fantastic facilities.

I did the first year of the BA before commencing to the MA, the two courses combined worked well for me. On the BA I learned lots of new skills and increased my creative confidence, on the MA I had the space and support to fully explore my ideas, develop new approaches to making, establish my own style and aesthetic and increase my understanding of art in the wider historical and current context.

I would recommend Sunderland as a place to study – find the programme that best matches your skills, experience and future goals and remember that Masters programmes are largely self-directed. I now wish to pursue a career as a practising artist within the creative sector.

My time at Sunderland has been transformative, now I can envisage a future for myself as a practising artist."

Published 24 October 2018

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