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An international reputation for excellence

Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) is one of the largest and most popular universities in the UK. 3,000 of its 37,000 students come from more than 135 countries to study at MMU, thanks to its international reputation for excellence.

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Focused on your employability

When you progress to MMU, your learning will benefit from a dedicated focus on employability. The University was the first to offer paid industry placement years (called 'sandwich years') in its courses.

It offers more than 1,000 undergraduate degree and postgraduate programmes, with the University in the top 20 in the UK for 8 subject areas (the Complete University Guide 2016).

MMU also has more professional accreditations and associations than any other UK university. This means that your qualification will be widely-recognised, and will help you get the best possible start in your chosen career.

INTO Manchester in partnership with MMU Seo Jeong Yeom from Republic of Korea

Seo from
Republic of Korea

"The things I have learnt this year will be really helpful to study at university; managing my time, presenting my thoughts and developing my ideas."

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Meet Seo who studied International Foundation in Art and Design at INTO Manchester in partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University. She is now studying BA (Hons) Fashion at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Can you tell us about this course?

We did different projects every week. Sometimes, we did three-week projects and six-week projects. Our final major project was allocated ten weeks of time. For every project, tutors would give us a key word to explore; then we developed our thoughts and ideas using the key word as a starting point for every project.

Do you think the teaching and learning methods enhanced your learning?

The teaching and learning was very different from my previous education experience. The best thing was the freedom that was given to us as students. There were no rights or wrongs; so I could try to express my ideas in many ways and this was really helpful in revealing my creativity.

My practical sessions took place in the Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) Art School. This was magnificent as I could see other students’ work and be inspired whenever I wanted. It was also helpful to understand the processes involved in handing in coursework and what happens in general at the MMU Art School.

Our tutors didn't force ways upon us which in a way, is their own method of teaching. They always respected each students’ individualities and their ideas. They would give us some direction to help us extend our ideas. But the finding of an idea or making the actual output in each project was the student's role. At first, I was not able to deal with each project. But now, through all processes throughout this course, I think I have developed myself more and more through the tutors’ teaching and advice.

What skills have you learnt and developed?

Initially I was interested in fine art and explored many ways within it such as; installation, sculpture and painting. After all my exploring I chose fashion design and tried to find my illustration style and sewing skills. The most important skills which I acquired during studying this course were a variety of sewing techniques and using sewing machines. I was taught how to deal with the sewing machine and I learnt how to make garments.

Which module is your favourite and why?

The final major project was my favourite module because there was no key word. I could decide the subject myself and the whole process for my final piece was very exciting. I needed to lead the whole process for ten weeks. I used the sewing skills and drew fashion illustrations. I put all of my abilities to use. Through this process, I learnt how to manage time and every part of a project.

Has your English improved while studying in Manchester?

I think my English has improved because I have been living in Manchester and I needed to use English to live, naturally. Also, throughout my course, I learnt different ways to express myself and words related to art and design in English for Academic Purposes.

Do you think that the work you have done has prepared you for life at MMU?

Being able to show my work at the degree exhibition was an exciting experience for me because it was the first time that I have ever shown my work officially. I was really happy to do this.

When hoping to study an art and design course at university level, it is very important to be able to explain my work to others, so, it’s given me practise for next year. The more I talk about my work, the more confidence I will gain when presenting my work in future student exhibitions and in my career. My tutors and friends who visited the show complimented my work; strangers even did as well! Most of them said that my work was lovely and beautiful. Above all, young girls liked my clothes and drawings.

One of my pieces was inspired by 'Alice in Wonderland', so the girls could feel the kind of mood which I intended to be felt. I will never forget this event and I have mixed feelings now I’ve finished the entire process. It’s a difficult feeling to describe. I feel somewhat sad it’s over, but I’m also looking forward to starting again next year on the Fashion course at MMU!

Is there anything else you'd like to say?

If there are people who want to study art and design in the UK, I would recommend INTO Manchester because this course is good for exploring different ways of approaching different areas such as fine art, graphics, fashion and photography. Anything art and design related, really.

World-leading teaching and research

Your future university learning experience will be among the best in the country. The Quality Assurance Agency placed MMU in the UK top 20, and the University offers an award-winning business school that is placed in the top 5% of global universities with AACSB accreditation.

It is also home to the second oldest art and design school in Britain.

The UK Government graded 85% of the University's research as 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent'. 260,000+ alumni all across the world have already used this excellence to impact on society, the environment, the economy, culture and public policy. And now you can join them.

A £350 million programme of investment

As an MMU student, you'll enjoy the results of a £350 million programme of investment.

  • The spectacular £75 million Business School and Student Hub has some of the best teaching and learning facilities in the UK.
  • The new £35 million building for the Manchester School of Art provides classrooms, workshops and multifunctional studio spaces.
  • The award-winning £140 million Brooks building is home to the Faculty of Health, Psychology and Social Care and the Faculty of Education. It features large modern lecture theatres, a multi-function sports hall, drama studio, art gallery and studios, music technology suite, and specialist teaching areas.
  • A multi-million pound investment in the Hollings Faculty has created industry-standard facilities, including fashion product development, CAD and fashion technology studios, a human physiology laboratory, and sensory analysis facilities.
  • The University has won awards for the environmental design of its new buildings, and is proud to the 3rd greenest university in the UK's People and Planet University League.

You can also find out more about our new Birley Fields building - a superb new learning and teaching environment for more than 6,500 staff and students that was opened in September 2014.