Positives: The course is very autonomous so students are really able to tailor their degree to be more inline with their interests and their intended career path. The course seems to be highly regarded in the industry and seems to be highly sought after by employees. The course gives a good combination of traditional and digital design. There are good opportunities for industry experience and electives.
Negatives: The course can be very stressful at times, there is a lot of group work which isn't always the best. The course can get quiet expensive as well as there is a lot of material and printing costs outside of the course fees.
My advice to future students is: You need to be 100% committed if you want to do this course as it is very full on and requires a lot of time and effort. There are no exams, only project work so you must be suited to this style of studying. You will need to make a lot of sacrifices with work and social commitments in order to fit it all in.
Positives: This course is VERY specific and for people that already have a lot of skill in art and design. The course is an amazing opportunity to create and create and create. Most students leave with enough quality assignments to fill two portfolios. The course is quite broad in the first two years - you do a lot of photography, craft, typography, graphic design, film, collage, sculpture and all other forms of art and design. It gives you a very hard and fast lesson about what you like and what you are good at, with a strong academic basis. Design theory easily made up half of the course, and it always felt relevant. It's also a great course for making friends. It is separate from the rest of the uni, in the design building. So you won't be sharing any classes with any law students, but it does mean that you get to know your cohort quite well. Plus the first year is pretty high stress, which forms some strong bonds!
Negatives: The course has a very high drop-out rate because it is really made for people that already have a strong background in design, and many design and art related skills. If you haven't really done any photography, graphic design or sketching, this is not a 101 course for those skills. The first year is a very hard rushed crash course through a lot of theory and assignments which expect you to already have some skill. Also, this is a 3 year course, but students are expected to complete a 4th honours year. It can also be very very expensive. I spent over $800 buying materials for assignments and on professional printing.
My advice to future students is: The advice you get back from assignments is the most in-depth feedback you will ever get for you design work! The tutors and teachers are experienced and give good feedback so listen to it. Also, find a professional printer you like early - it will make life much easier. Don't expect to not have to write essays. Expect at least a few all-nighters! I would also suggest making sure you can use most of the Adobe suite before starting the course (you will need to know it quite well very quickly) and have a pretty good laptop.
Positives: I highly recommend this course due to its well structured curriculum. The course itself is very hands on and it allows you to engage with the creative and design process when working as a graphic designer or visual merchandiser. The course is heavily project based which means no exams!! Early on in the course they teach you the basics of the course and they set you up well for the coursework. Not only this but you work with industry professionals that have a great experience in the field.
Negatives: This course is very enjoyable but the only negatives that I would say is the scheduling of the classes. I currently go to university 4 times a week and the days range from 3 hours to 8 hours depending on your breaks. Since this course is quite small, they offer less classes thus it is less flexible. The only other thing I would say is that the course is quite full on in the beginning but it’s very easy to adapt when you understand how the course structure works.
My advice to future students is: I would say to choose this course if you are truly passionate about working in the design industry. Early on in your course, I would say to do your best to stay on top of tasks and trust me it will make his course that much more enjoyable.
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