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    I have a dilemma.
    I've sent off my UCAS with my choices listed as Brighton, Camberwell, Kingston, Hertfordshire, and Southampton Solent. And then I found out about Westminster. :eek3:

    I was never sure about applying to Camberwell - I haven't had a chance to look around the campus, but I know it's got high standards, and I'm not sure I'll get in, so it seems like it might be sensible to apply for Westminster instead (through course substitution on Track) because their entry requirements are closer to what I've got, I think.

    Basically, I wanted to know people's experiences with both Camberwell and Westminster.
    What's it like for location?
    What's the interview like?
    What are the courses like (if you're there already)?
    etc., etc.

    (In case a little background info helps, I didnt do A Levels, I went straight for a 2 year BTEC National Diploma in Art and Design, got MPP, did a semester of Fine Art at Farnham UCA, transferred to Rochester to do Modelmaking and quit, and now I'm starting afresh with an ABC Foundation, specialising in Fine Art Illustration. Hoping to get a distinction, if I'm lucky, but I think that's being optimistic.)
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    I'm at Westminster and know a few people on illustration. They are very talented and speak well of the course. It is based on an actual campus (the old harrow school of art and design) and the only reason you wouldn't get halls is if you live in London.
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    The illustration course at Camberwell is amazing! My friend is trying to transfer on to it at the moment. I think if you go on the website they will show case the students work. The college itself is really lovely with it's own community feel and apparently you are given a lot of time with tutors. From the outside the building looks shabby but inside it's vintage, old-fashioned creative feel is a great working environment, and I think the illustration students kind of get the best part of the college to work in/treatment as this is THE course at Camberwell. It has a great reputation and i'm sure you have just as good chance as anyone as getting in, don't be afraid or think you will get rejected! Good luck.
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    (Original post by surrealdelirium)
    I have a dilemma.
    I've sent off my UCAS with my choices listed as Brighton, Camberwell, Kingston, Hertfordshire, and Southampton Solent. And then I found out about Westminster. :eek3:

    I was never sure about applying to Camberwell - I haven't had a chance to look around the campus, but I know it's got high standards, and I'm not sure I'll get in, so it seems like it might be sensible to apply for Westminster instead (through course substitution on Track) because their entry requirements are closer to what I've got, I think.

    Basically, I wanted to know people's experiences with both Camberwell and Westminster.
    What's it like for location?
    What's the interview like?
    What are the courses like (if you're there already)?
    etc., etc.

    (In case a little background info helps, I didnt do A Levels, I went straight for a 2 year BTEC National Diploma in Art and Design, got MPP, did a semester of Fine Art at Farnham UCA, transferred to Rochester to do Modelmaking and quit, and now I'm starting afresh with an ABC Foundation, specialising in Fine Art Illustration. Hoping to get a distinction, if I'm lucky, but I think that's being optimistic.)
    Hey there (again). I've been to the actual place when I went to open day for Photography. It's in peckham area which is okkkk I guess, the college itself looked not nice looking at all on the outside (I think there's two campuses and I saw the one on Peckham road), it seems a little dingy on the inside, whereas looking at the virtual tour for the Westminster campus, it looks like a nicer campus with green area surrounding it, but that's only showing the outside. There are halls right near Camberwell and Westminster too. I'm not sure what's around the area of the Westminster campus but it's in Harrow, so not in central, whereas Camberwell is much closer to it. All I know about Camberwell is that it is a small college compared to some of the other University of Art ones (such as London College of Communication or Central Saint Martins), so the course sizes are smaller. When I saw photography, they had around 35 students for each year, but it also means more tutor time. There is an open day coming up on the 4th February for Westminster if you want to see, and on their website they don't mind late applications for Illustration, but I would double check that with them.

    http://www.camberwell.arts.ac.uk/cou...lustration.htm has some links to student work including degree work. If you look around there is a couple of videos of a student talking about the course.
    http://www.wminillustration.co.uk/ has their most recent work also.

    Have you seen any of the other places also? Just incase you don't want to swap Camberwell, but another. Personally I don't really know anything about the course at both places, so think carefully.
 
 
 
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