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Is it good? Do you enjoy it?

I have got a place to do textiles for fashion and interiors and I think it's my first choice. I do keep hearing people saying that Bath Spa is a rubbish uni though, which makes me worry!
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My other half is going to Bath Spa to do a 3D design course based at the Sion Hill campus. She starts this September

When we went for her interview the campus looked amazing and had better facilities than Leeds and Nottingham (she has since been there for interviews) and facilities at least on par with Loughborough (which is very widely respected). As far as the university's reputation goes it is a well respected institution, one can do much worse.

I know I am very proud of her for getting an offer from there and think anyone should be pleased with getting an offer if they liked the university when they went and looked (if they did).
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Thanks for the reassurance. Congratulations to your other half! Would you mind me asking if she is a mature student?
I loved Bath Spa a lot when I visited. I fell in love with the city, the studios, the work, the accomodation - everything! And the head of textiles seems like she knows what she is doing. I am just a worrier, I guess, so when I heard people saying it's a crap uni I started to stress!
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Congratulations to your other half! Would you mind me asking if she is a mature student?
No, she finished A levels last year and is mid-way through a foundation diploma.
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Hii! I went to Bath today for an interview for textiles for fashion and interiors and got a place! its actually the first time i've been to see the uni but I absolutely loved it. I'm just wondering if youve already put it down as your firm choice?? I know a few girls that went to bath last year and absolutely love it! But one of them said that she missed out on the student accomodation because she was too late argh! i'm getting myself in a tizz now because i have another interview to go to before I confirm that bath is my firm choice but I really dont want to miss out on accomodation! I've looked at charlton court but ideally want to go to waterside court because its ideal for first years but no option is coming up for it on the unite accomodation website. Does anyone know if its already been booked up already?? AND oh my god those studios are amazing, that view out of the textiles studio is to die for!!!
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Hii! I went to Bath today for an interview for textiles for fashion and interiors and got a place! its actually the first time i've been to see the uni but I absolutely loved it. I'm just wondering if youve already put it down as your firm choice?? I know a few girls that went to bath last year and absolutely love it! But one of them said that she missed out on the student accomodation because she was too late argh! i'm getting myself in a tizz now because i have another interview to go to before I confirm that bath is my firm choice but I really dont want to miss out on accomodation! I've looked at charlton court but ideally want to go to waterside court because its ideal for first years but no option is coming up for it on the unite accomodation website. Does anyone know if its already been booked up already?? AND oh my god those studios are amazing, that view out of the textiles studio is to die for!!!
Well done for getting a place! I've already put it down as my firm. About 2 weeks ago. I havent received any info from Bath Spa at all, so you're not missing out. Waterside is not available as far as I know.
I've been checking this website regularly: https://housing.bathspa.ac.uk/

It all says "Coming soon", even Charlton Court, but that's not available on the Unite website so I'm thoroughly confused. And Waterside isn't even ON the Unite website! My friend emailed them and apparently it's all going to be available in April, so I don't know why you can already book charlton.
I want Waterside as well! It looks really nice.
Are you defo going to put it as your firm? It looks so so lovely doesn't it! I love the studios too. There's only 35 people on the course so we'll probably meet each other! Did your friends do the same course?
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Ooh thank you! Yeah I've got one more interview at Leeds College of Art for Surface Pattern & Printed Textiles mid April but I'm pretty sure I want to go to Bath now after seeing it and meeting the tutor. Definitely the best interview I've had by far, she was an absolute dream! Oh thank god I've been having such a panic trying to figure it out. I registered with Unite yesterday and I got a voice message from them today wanting to talk to me about my options but I completely forgot to call back so I think I might try them tomorrow and see what's happening. Where abouts are you looking at for accommodation?? Apparently Waterside Court is ideal for first years and its been highly recommended by the girls that I know who already go there. Charlton Court is newer, but is open to all years whereas Waterside is apparently primarily for first years. One of my friends does Textiles for Fashion & Interiors whereas the other does fashion so she's at the Circus instead but they both love it! My only hang up is I live about a four hour drive away in Southport so its a bit of trek and all my other choices are closer to home so I've got a huge decision to make and obviously not much time to make it arghh!!!
Anyway, thanks so much for your help, much appreciated! xx
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good luck with your next interview! 4 hours is pretty far, but have you checked out how long it takes by train? It's often so much quicker. I'm only a couple of hours drive by car (London) but the train is only an hour and a half. Yeah i defo want to go to Waterside court. It looks the nicest and cheapest as well.
ooh would you mind letting me know what happens with unite after you call them? i am worrying about it a bit now!!
ooh you want to do print and pattern? me too! for interiors?
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I really hope I don't get into Leeds just on the basis that it'll make my decision so much easier!
Its even longer on the train! 5 hours! absolutely shocking! Because I have to change like 3 times and it costs £80 with a railcard. Grim! I still havn't called them back, I'm so sorry I'm horribly unorganised sometimes. I'll give them a call today but had a heavy night out last night so whether or not I make any sense is another matter.
Yeah I specialise in print. At the moment my work is mainly just for fashion but I'm hoping to try a bit of everything! Have you got any online portfolios?
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haha don't be silly it's fine about not calling them!
goddd 5 hours is pretty long! I was going to apply to Falmouth because it looks so lovely but it would be like an 8 hour journey so I changed my mind!
That sounds cool, yeah I want to specialise in interiors for sure, but I guess I haven't tried any fashion stuff so it would be nice to give it a go. No sorry I haven't got any online portfolios, have you? xx
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haha don't be silly it's fine about not calling them!
goddd 5 hours is pretty long! I was going to apply to Falmouth because it looks so lovely but it would be like an 8 hour journey so I changed my mind!
That sounds cool, yeah I want to specialise in interiors for sure, but I guess I haven't tried any fashion stuff so it would be nice to give it a go. No sorry I haven't got any online portfolios, have you? xx
One of my friends goes to Falmouth and hes from Southport, where I live, it takes him 10 hours on the train and £150, but he loves it. he does graphics and never wants to come home. Print for fashion is pretty easy, I tend to just translate the patterns onto fashion illustrations and then print on a load of fabric to make garments. Sometimes I wish I took the fashion route but then I think that it'd spoil dress-making for me as a hobby. I have a flickr with some old work on, should really update it but I've been so lazy recently - www.flickr.com/la-vie_est-belle
Have you started your final major project yet? I'm trying to do some work for it now, but yet again my inability to be productive strikes and I have a whole series of America's Next Top Model to catch up on, life is so hard.
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One of my friends goes to Falmouth and hes from Southport, where I live, it takes him 10 hours on the train and £150, but he loves it. he does graphics and never wants to come home. Print for fashion is pretty easy, I tend to just translate the patterns onto fashion illustrations and then print on a load of fabric to make garments. Sometimes I wish I took the fashion route but then I think that it'd spoil dress-making for me as a hobby. I have a flickr with some old work on, should really update it but I've been so lazy recently - www.flickr.com/la-vie_est-belle
Have you started your final major project yet? I'm trying to do some work for it now, but yet again my inability to be productive strikes and I have a whole series of America's Next Top Model to catch up on, life is so hard.
Wow I have no idea how to design textiles for fashion/ doing dress-making. Though hopefully I'm going to do a dress-making course this summer to brush up my (non-existant) sewing skills. It's quite bad that I'm a textile student who has no idea how to use a sewing machine!

Your work looks really good! Your sketchbook pages are beautiful.
yeah I've started my FMP, though in the Easter holidays, so I haven't done any serious work for it yet! Just sketches and stuff. I'm doing it on animal patterns like on butterflies and feathers on birds and stuff... it's all a bit vague at the moment! Yeah I'm finding it sooo hard to be motivated. I keep getting distracted by facebook and this website!
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Wow I have no idea how to design textiles for fashion/ doing dress-making. Though hopefully I'm going to do a dress-making course this summer to brush up my (non-existant) sewing skills. It's quite bad that I'm a textile student who has no idea how to use a sewing machine!

Your work looks really good! Your sketchbook pages are beautiful.
yeah I've started my FMP, though in the Easter holidays, so I haven't done any serious work for it yet! Just sketches and stuff. I'm doing it on animal patterns like on butterflies and feathers on birds and stuff... it's all a bit vague at the moment! Yeah I'm finding it sooo hard to be motivated. I keep getting distracted by facebook and this website!
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My mum used to sew loads when I was little; she makes bespoke curtains for her friends and people so I've pretty much grown up around her and my nana sewing. It drives her mental though because I never ever follow the instructions on the pattern and just dive in head first into any project I do which half the time doesn't work out too well but oh well! So many people on my course at college didn't know how to use a sewing machine either so don't worry, its so easy, they just look complicated! I've got a load of old sewing machines so if we end up in the same class you can use mine.
That sounds amazing, a girl on my course is looking at like reptiles and patterns to do with that, her work looks so good so far! I'm doing like a toyland theme with repeat pattern hopefully, and looking at really cheaply made bright plastic toys in Chinese and Japanese culture, all a bit specific but oh well, see where it takes me! I've literally done nothing all day, still in my pjs, baked some cakes for my nana and watched telly, I feel so guilty! xxx
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That's so cool, I wish my mum could sew! Yeah the only sewing machine we have is an old wooden Singer sewing machine that weighs a ton and you have to turn a little handle to make it work. It's lovely but not really useable!
Wow the toyland theme sounds so fun! I'm a bit uninspired at the moment. I haven't done anything apart from stick some photographs in my sketchbook so far today...
I did apply for my student loan today though! Took HOUURSSS. So boring!
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Hey guys! Nice to meet you all! I'm Suki and just accepted my offer from Bath Spa doing Textiles as well
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Hey guys! Nice to meet you all! I'm Suki and just accepted my offer from Bath Spa doing Textiles as well
Hi! Are you doing the same course for fashion and interiors?
so exciting! where are you from and are you on a foundation? do you know which accommodation you're going to apply for!? can't wait for september!
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Yup I'm doing the same course! I'm from Brighton and doing a foundation this year! Soooo excited about uni, Bath is such a beautiful place! Am having a tough time trying to decide between Bankside (which is closer) or Waterside Court (which is cheaper but more to walk )... so yeah how about you? Do you know what you wanna do? xxx
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Yeah I'm finding it kind of hard choosing. Bankside is lovely and close (more of a lie-in!), but Waterside is cheaper and you get your own bathroom. I think I'm going to go for Waterside though. It seemed a bit more sociable and my friend said the uni buses stop there and take you to the SU bar at night, so that would be useful! Plus the ensuite just does it for me!
Ooh I went to Brighton on Tuesday. I love it there. Yeah I'm on a foundation at the moment too, in London.
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Ooohhhh only just noticed your posts, how exciting! I'm pretty sure I'm going to go for Waterside, from what I've heard its better because all the first years live there and its got a more studenty party atmosphere than Bankside because Bankside is a mixture of ages/years. Its about a 20 minute walk from Sion Hill but there are also buses that take you up there.
I think I must be the only person ever to go to Bath from the North, I'll come back from uni talking all posh hahaha! damn youu!!!!
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Prowan, I just had a nosey at your profile; please please please please please please please bring your bike to bath!!! When we went to look at Sion Hill M&D were like 'thank god she can't bring her bike, there are far too many hills here!' but I intend to defy them and bring my bike anyway and get really good hamstrings in the process!!! oh oh oh and I am also obsessed with baking cupcakes, its really sad and it makes me so obese :'(
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