Positives: I love how you can study whatever you want and whatever you are passionate about. You meet tutors and lecturers who will offer real life experience to do with your field of study which comes in handy when picking your career and what you choose to focus in. I became aware of jobs I didn't even know existed
Negatives: I wish there was more focus around employment and the end goal
My advice to future students is: Just study what you are passionate about. It will all fall into place
Positives: Industry professionals as teachers. Diverse areas studied.
Negatives: Diversity of options means doing things you would hate/despise
My advice to future students is: You're not gonna know what you wanna do straight away. Do an arts degree and figure it out from there.
Positives: It was nice to move through the degree with the same cohort of people. I enjoyed the practical subjects, like radio and video, and the assessment tasks that gave us scope to talk about our fields of interest. The campus culture at USYD is fantastic, and I really enjoyed my English major.
Negatives: It seems redundant to teach 'online media' to kids who have grown up in this environment. These lessons always come from the perspective of 40 year old academics, when instead, they should be coming from someone younger who is a digital native. A lot of the course was also repetitive. I am learning the same thing in my fourth year as I learn in my first.
My advice to future students is: If you're looking purely to gain professional skills, go somewhere like UTS or TAFE. This degree is more academic than practical.
Positives: Good diversity of content and topics
Negatives: It's a long degree, it's too focused on journalism rather than a wide variety of media types
My advice to future students is: Put yourself out there!!
Positives: Great to have a cohort of like minded peers
Negatives: Terrible organisation, over emphasis on theory
My advice to future students is: Go to UTS. This is over priced and not worth your time. You won’t be able to get a job in your field
Positives: Good teachers
Heavy focus on analysis rather than theory
Negatives: Limited majors
English proficiency among teachers
Information is not always engaging
My advice to future students is: Research the Job market and how it relates to your degree more.
Do more math.
Positives: Amazing, passionate teachers, tutors and lecturers. Engaging course content. Opportunities to socialise.
Negatives: Facilities are lacking. Engagement levels fluctuate depending on the faculty.
My advice to future students is: Do your readings. Don't try to be cool and act like you don't care about uni. Try to learn, you're spending a lot of money.
Positives: There are many majors to choose from in the Bachelor of Arts and I could incorporate psychology subjects into it. The study load for my arts subjects have been light (as opposed to my psychology ones). There is more flexibility in essay topics.
Negatives: A lot of the readings do not feel relevant to the course or the real world. Tutors struggle to engage students and select topics/content that really interest students and motivate them to work hard.
My advice to future students is: I wish I had selected my first year electives more carefully. They were random choices and let me to major in anthropology when I may have preferred to study something else for my 4 years at uni.
Positives: The people are amazing and wonderful
Negatives: The tutors are incredibly disorganised and marking can be ambiguous
My advice to future students is: If you want to do Media, know that it is very journalism heavy, unlike courses at UTS and UNSW which offer specific streams
Positive: The lectures are a mix of theory and practice, meaning that there is an application of theories using case studies, discussions and presentations in every lecture. Lecturers try to teach students how to critically analyze circumstances and ask critical questions. Thus, active involvement of students is very much expected throughout the course.
Negative: In some classes assignments were unclear and students did not know about what the professor expected the assignment to look like as no example was given.
My advice to future students is: Prospective students ought to be active in class and engage in the discussions as well as be familiar with the weekly academic readings.
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