Positives: The university course allowed for a lot of flexibility with my studies. Due to the wide range of subjects on offer I was able to adapt my course to my schedule and work around it. I was also allowed a lot of flexibility in what kind of classes I could choose and found that I learnt a lot about the world in such a short period of time.
Negatives: There was not much career aspects to my degree. I studied history and international relations and as such was not able to convert that into a functional career. Although there was a lot of enjoyment for me in my course, so I dont particularly regret it.
My advice to future students is: Definitely make sure you choose convertible subjects that can grow into a prospective job. Choose majors that match and are relevant to certain careers. Use the flexibility of subjects in the first year where you have a lot of time to choose electives.
Positives: The theoretical information and the way to apply these in the real word
Negatives: The load of work. There are lots to do models, 3d modelling, presentation
My advice to future students is: Be prepared to work hard to achieve your goals and succeed in this course
Positives: Not only did studying at UNSW provide me with a new perspective on finance and economics, it was a great place to meet a variety of different people. The university and societies within the university offered so much social and networking activities, making it a really good place to learn and develop both academically and at a personal level. Also, the facilities at UNSW are top quality, providing all students with a good environment to study, when other public libraries are closed.
Negatives: The only downside I can think of in this course was the way that the course graded students. There are always students that view grades as more important than absorbing knowledge, and would focus on learning and memorise information just to pass exams. Even though many students "passed", they were not of the quality you'd expect from a graduate of the university.
My advice to future students is: I would recommend that they really put the effort to learning the courses that they pick, as it will add value to their future careers. Do not pick subjects for the sake of it being easy. Also, go to as much networking events as you can, this will make your experience at university enjoyable, and easily one of the best times of your life.
Positives: The campus had fantastic facilities and great staff. The degree was challenging but offered adequate room for growth and exploration. I completed a psychology major and there were plenty of courses to choose from that complimented my interests.
Negatives: Not a lot of negatives however at time the class sizes felt very large. Depending on the type of student you are, this can have an impact on results and I felt as though I didn't do as well as I could have in my first year because there was little support.
My advice to future students is: Make sure you are a self starter and really dedicated to the course or you will struggle to keep up .
Positives: The class dynamic is amazing and getting to know my peers and professors was the best part of this entire year. Having access to incredibly intelligent faculty and a group of people who were motivated, passionate and incredibly like minded which makes every class engaging and enjoyable.
Negatives: The course load was the single most hardest thing to deal with. When they say postgraduate studies is a step up from undergrad, they really mean an olympic-level high jump. This is a general consensus across my whole class and we all felt vastly under-prepared for what this year would be like! But in saying that, the course load is not unmanageable. I had a part time job working 22hrs a week but still manage to juggle things and get pretty good grades. In post grad you have a really close relationship with your lecturers and other marketing staff, their expectations of you as a student are understandably high and even though this can apply a lot of pressure; knowing people are invested in you to do well is a really great motivator to submit high quality work
My advice to future students is: Pick courses that you're really interested and be as organized as possible! Make sure you don't let things slip
Positives: There is quite a wide range of pathways that allow you to specialise in your major of choice, whether that is finance, accounting, management etc.
Negatives: A lot of economics content is based around economic models that are outdated and inapplicable to real world economic application. As a result, you learn a fair bit of things that you ask yourself, when will I ever use this in the real world.
My advice to future students is: Make sure you choose your major(s) carefully such that they will help you gain employment in that field.
Positives: Course enables you to develop media theory knowledge to deal with important broadcast issues such as defamation and contempt of court. Fairly good presentation of media history within Australia with a taste of political and societal issues.
Negatives: The course lacked practicality skills and time on computers developing photoshop or audio editing skills is limited, particularly in third year.
My advice to future students is: Be prepared to spend plenty of time studying and remembering theory and law based concepts. Do not plagiarise!
Positives: Course is detailed in areas of theory and legal practice. This course allows you to develop a sound knowledge of the media landscape and potential issues when it comes to publication and defamation. The course also provides opportunities to develop skills in introductory marketing and public relations matters.
Negatives: The course can be quite-heavily loaded with theory based learning, therefore practical real world experience is somewhat limited compared to similar courses in other institutions across Sydney. Students would benefit from more hands-on experience with technology and tools useful in the journalism field. Room to improve building relationships between student cohort and potential employers.
My advice to future students is: Come into the course with an open mind and be ready to learn plenty of theory around the history and future of the industry. Ensure you work hard to make connections and friends in the media industry while you study, do not leave it too late. Apply yourself and learn about technology as it will help your theory based learning.
Positives: Great connections to business and jobs
Negatives: Didnt learn much applicable info
My advice to future students is: Experience is the best teacher
Positives: Teachers, cohort, reputation
My advice to future students is: Go for it!
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