Positives: Some very interesting and engaging subjects
Negatives: Some complex and disengaging subjects that are hard to follow
My advice to future students is: Involve yourself as much as possible in extracurricular activities (eg mooting)
Positives: My course gives students the opportunity to work in the legal field, particularly international law, as well as develop analysis and research skills which can be useful and applicable to many job opportunity’s in general.
Negatives: The assessments can become overwhelming and there is a lot of reading involved so unless you enjoy the material explored in the particular class your undertaking and can be a lot of work.
My course also involves one year of study abroad in a foreign country, the country which uses the language you have learnt. This could be a very enticing and positive Experience for some and a negative for others depending on each individual.
My advice to future students is: To creat study groups with other students in the same course so as to lighten the load with assessments, note taking and case summaries.
Additionally, students should also take advantage of the educators available to them as well as other university resources.
When learning another language, watching shows and movies are extremely helpful.
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.
Positives: The capstone subject is meant to give you experience in your field.
The hours are flexible.
Negatives: The capstone subject gives you experience, but is insufficient to start your career with, volunteering and internships
Many subjects are not related to your career, and do not correlate to careers outside of the course rendering them useless
My advice to future students is: Choose the quickest course that will get you any degree, and gain valuable experience by doing internships which actually further your career
Positives: I enjoy learning about a foreign country and the different culture and language aspects of another country (France).
A bachelor of laws helps develop your analytical and research skills. One of the most positive aspects about a bachelor of laws included the analysis of cases as it can provide a very interesting and unique learning experience.
Negatives: Law can be a difficult and comprehensive degree with a lot of reading and difficult assessment tasks.
Learning another language can be difficult but rewarding
My advice to future students is: To ask for help from instructors and educators available to them when needed in order to reduce stress. As well as completing assignments as early as possible.
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: Great faculty members and teachers who are currently in the field. Ability to network is quite high.
Negatives: During the time I was undergoing the course there were significant cuts to the subjects available. I had completed some subjects as steps to others which were then cancelled, leaving me with a very poor range of subjects, some very specific and not to my taste.
My advice to future students is: Look at other journalism degrees at other universities before applying for this one. Despite outcry from many students they decided to cut subjects which affected a lot of people during the course.
I'm majoring in Social and Political Science.
Positives: One of the things I love most about my course is how practical and engaging the content is. We study a wholistic view of both politics and sociology, not just what it is, but how it is right now in Australia, where it’s working, where it isn’t, and what needs to change. Many of our lectures were swapped with guests speakers from across a variety of professions, all at the forefront of their fields and all providing deep and interesting insight. My tutors were sweet and funny and really helped me get the grades I did.
Negatives: Options are limited in terms of picking minor subjects, and I ended up in a creative writing stream that I found to provide far too little direction and actual teaching and then marked far too harshly considering the lack on content provided. UTS also provides a free group tutoring session for students called U:PASS, however I was disappointed to find this didn’t really help much.
My advice to future students is: If you want to do political or social work, this is the course for you. If you are passionate and driven, and want to learn how to make real change then you are exactly where you should be.
I major in Public Communications.
Positives: I think a major positive aspect is that is all assignment based - no exams!! I also like that its very individual and creative based, we come up with campaign ideas which is my favourite part.
Negatives: I think a negative is that as its all assignment based the lectures can be totally irrelevant since it wont add up to anything serious. Another is that we are given many group tasks involving strategy development, so the beginning stages are hard due to ideas clashing and dividing up the tasks.
My advice to future students is: Essay writing is key in a Communications degree, so they really need to work on this. Another thing is that Photoshop and editing programs may be used significantly, so its best to have at least working knowledge on this.
Positives: Extremely knowledgeable teachers who are experts in their field, guest tutors and lecturers who have industry experience. Assessments and topics that are directly relevant to the course and help you understand how you would apply theories in practice. The uni also provides a lot of flexibility in how your course is structured and when you can study, meaning it's easy to work around your schedule in terms of work etc.
Negatives: A significant amount of study is involved and some of this is extremely difficult. Some lecturers do not make lecture recordings available online which is difficult if you cannot go to lectures due to needing to work, illness or other issues. Very often, lecturers do not communicate with each other regarding the due dates of major assessments so that core subjects will have assessments weighted around 40% - 50% due at the same time, which can lead to stress.
My advice to future students is: This is a great course to study and I would absolutely recommend it - you do have to be very organised and keep on top of everything including weekly readings, set activities, and of course assessment/exam preparation.
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