I found Uni.. Although I understand university is partially about self learning, some tutors take it to the extremes and don't seem to want to help. This makes me question why I paid so much tuition when they are not helping me do better. In terms of student life, there are a lot of clubs and volunteer services that helped relief stress. Overall, although I don't think it was worth the money, I did have an unforgettable experience.
Positives: The university has students from all over the world and provides basic facilities. Architectural education is typically not taught in lecture environments but studios, which is quite different from other courses and it is very challenging so once you made it through you feel like you can do anything.
Negatives: The university health service is always packed and there is no communal space for the faculty of built environment students. In my year, first year crucial course communications was changed. Instead of teaching technical skills, was taught about creativity. This made it difficult for following years. As a fresher, I struggled a lot and did not know where to seek help.
My advice to future students is: Make a lot of friends studying the same area so that you can help each other. The system for architecture is quite different from high school and most other university courses so you have to be good not only handling new things but also stress. You will want to quit at many points, but if you don't give up, you can make it through. Although few, there are good tutors who actually want to teach you so I hope you meet them.
I found Uni.. The student experience was good but the education experience was not worth it. The university doesn't hire tutors that want to teach but for their status so teaching quality can be inadequate.
Positives: The university provides the basic facilities. I did Bachelors in the same Uni so I knew the system. The students were generally nice and helpful. The course prepared me a bit with an architectural exam that I have to take later for licence.
Negatives: Firstly, the tutors were uncaring, seem to be only doing it for the sake of it. Feedback I get are ambiguous and only tell what you did wrong after submissions and never tell you much on how it could have been better. Secondly, there was a period of time where around half of the lab computers were not working. Lastly, there is no common/break out space for architecture students, who arguably spend the most all-nighters in he university.
My advice to future students is: For Masters, the architectural programs won't be taught anymore so learn them before hand. Get close with the tutors as they are more likely to help you. Working in Uni labs is best when you have no motivation cause there are other students working as well. The program is very stressful so find time and ways to destress.
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: Decent subjects, nice range of staff members from various backgrounds, pretty good facilities available.
Negatives: They don’t cater to anyone who isn’t available to study full time which means if you are working in the field you basically have to put uni on hold. There aren’t any classes available outside 9-5 and the uni is unsympathetic and won’t try to adjust this. There is a definite dependency on international students which can be difficult for domestic students. The course structure can also be restricting depending on what sort of field you want to specialise in - ie we have almost no subjects regarding heritage architecture.
My advice to future students is: Examine how the uni is willing to accomodate students that are also working. Sydney University seems far better organised when it comes to realising students sometimes want to work while studying.
Positives: - great faculty members. Tutors and lecturers are very knowledgeable. Most are working in the field which helps immensely.
- broad range of subjects to choose from including interdisciplinary subjects - ie subjects from other built environment degrees.
- nice uni and well maintained campus which is underdoing a fair amount of renovation.
Negatives: - our faculty is in need of renovation but there are no solid plans to do that yet.
- the university is moving into trimesters which may result in the same amount of work smushed into fewer weeks.
- architecture itself is a very stressful course and there aren’t many facilities available to students to just relax and hang out in our faculty.
My advice to future students is: I would examine how trimesters are going to run compared to semesters and take that into consideration when picking a university.
Positives: The course is a well-rounded masters to accompany the undergraduate degree in architecture. UNSW have made efforts to include specialisations within the degree to allow you to maximise the two year course. These specialisations include Housing, Social Agency, Urban Planning and High Performance. The teaching staff are knowledgeable and most tutors work within the field, which allows for networking during your studies.
Negatives: The course works in isolation despite being taught in a building that holds at least four other built environment specialisations. Therefore you do feel disconnected from current issues in planning and urban design which are integral to the design process. I do believe some moves are being made to create multi-faculty degrees though. The faculty itself needs to be updated including more printers and computers for students and a bigger, friendlier student space for people to hang out or study.
My advice to future students is: Pick your electives outside of the architecture options available. Take advantage of the great options available in the town planning, urban design and landscape degrees.
The course is tailor made to your choices. The student has the right to choose the subjects taken in the course. The master of architecture also has four different streams, so one can choose a variety to learn from. It also allows the student to choose electives from sister courses in the built environment.
The course could be more practical with more hands on experimentative means of design.
My advice to future students is: Dont fear experimenting in design. You need to have a strong convincing power towards your tutors.
The course teaches super useful skills in how to operate as an industrial designer, and also provides tutors with Industry Experience. There are some opportunities to gain experience in the industry through the University via sister companies that will provide internships to promising students.
One of the negatives may be Industrial Design is very reliant on emerging technologies and materials which are hard to keep up with, especially within the tertiary system. Industrial design is also massively broad, so many areas of design are covered but detailed coverage is difficult.
My advice to future students is: Research the course and be committed to doing it as a career for a long time. Do not go to Uni just 'because'.
I highly recommend this course if you're interested in different technologies and softwares and interested in design. The course covers a wide range of design from architecture through to furniture design through to interactive design.
Going from high school into uni, I highly recommend jumping on the website and finding the course outline for subjects, and start watching tutorials and getting yourself familiar with the interface of some of the programs you are going to use, especially with the programs Rhinoceros and Grasshopper. You're expected to know these programs really quickly and if you have a basic idea of what they are about it will definitively help!
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