Seraphina's student experience

Seraphina from India talks about her life at Edinburgh Napier University.

Maitreyi Seraphina Gogate, MA Lighting Design

“I have learned more in one trimester here than I did during all of my bachelors years”

The course that Edinburgh Napier University runs in lighting design is absolutely sublime in both its aims as well as execution. My tutors are the best in this field; Malcolm Innes has superbly written what my bachelors degree tutors in Oxford called the ‘Lighting Design Bible’. I have learned more in one trimester here than I did during all of my bachelors years.

As one of only two lighting design courses in the United Kingdom (UK), the Master of Arts at Edinburgh Napier has distinguished itself through the application of principles of allied art and design fields such as interpretive design, fine art and theatre. A thorough exploration of design within live projects "keeps it real" and has endowed me with skills that I shall take to the workplace.

“If you wish to challenge the current perceptions of your field while learning important lessons to take into the world, this is the place to be.”

The University overall has a friendly, welcoming atmosphere. From the cafeteria staff to the reception managers and librarians, everyone tries their level hardest to make the students feel at ease.

Our studios are very good. People might think that they are messy upon entering them, and may expect a pristine space that isn't covered with the artefacts of a design education, but we would have it no other way. The "mess" affords us an ownership of the space that goes a long way in a creative environment.

If you wish to broaden your horizons, challenge and question the current perceptions and beliefs of your field all the while learning important lessons that you wish to take into the world, this is the place to be.

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“I got used to the city easily and have grown to love it”

My first thought when I came to Edinburgh was that it is just the right size. For a city teeming with pride and real Scottish flair, it is also very welcoming of its international guests! Quite frankly, although I do love my hometown, I like Edinburgh better!

The people are kind, the dogs friendly, buses run on time and the streets are clean. The public libraries are thoroughly stocked, the coffee shops adorably quaint, and there is never a shortage of shortbread anywhere you go! Food for vegans such as myself is not only easily available, but is inexpensive and delicious!

I got used to the city very easily and have grown to love it. I had no trouble at all moving to this beautiful land! I have friends here whom I treasure, and places that I love. I know that as incoming students from a foreign country it could be difficult for you to feel comfortable in a new environment, but rest assured that it will welcome you.

“I hope to establish myself as one worthy of bearing the great responsibility of a lighting designer”

Within the next couple of years, I hope to establish myself as one worthy of bearing the great responsibility of a lighting designer. My eventual goal is to be able to have my own start-up that deals in biomimetic and sustainability.

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