Ariel Cong Zhao, MSc Fashion Business Creation

Airel Cong Zhao

MSc Fashion Business Creation

Ariel studied the MSc Fashion Business Creation course at GCU London. Ariel previously studied the BA (Hons) International Fashion Branding course at our Glasgow campus and joined us in September 2016.

She tells us about her experiences of studying and living in London:

“There are many reasons which pushed me to decide to study at GCU London. First, it's the location. London is an amazing city for fashion, and it has many opportunities to study and work. Second, GCU London offers me opportunities to talk to successful business people face-to-face. It is quite useful to hear their experiences. Third, because of the subject; MSc Fashion Business Creation is a new subject in the fashion industry - GCU London is the only fashion school in the world to offer this subject.

Before GCU London, I studied International Fashion Branding at the Glasgow campus. When I was in Glasgow, I heard lots of information from my tutors and University staff about GCU London.

I chose my course because I had the relevant academic background in fashion and I am interested in fashion business. Furthermore, the course tutors, such as Christopher Moore and Erica Charles, are amazing . They have very strong professional and academic backgrounds, which is very helpful.

I have learnt a lot during my time at GCU. They told me if I want to finish my work perfectly, I need to know what a team is. I also learnt how to think independently and I need to tell others what I am thinking and what my opinions are when I am working with others.

Life as a student at GCU London gives you freedom. As a student, I have enough space to develop my own ideas and to exchange those ideas with tutors and other classmates.

Ariel has one final piece of advice for future students: “Be yourself, don’t care what other people are saying or talking. Do everything you want, now, because you have enough time to try, and enough energy for adventure.”