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    HI!!! im looking to study graphic design in September...as im 22 and applying independently i never relised the closing date for ucas applications was so soon!
    i originally wanted to go to salford uni...but ive rang and they said there course is full!:mad::mad:
    they have contacted me to tell me there advertising design course isnt full yet! but im unsure weather to go ahead with this option as id be more happy if i got on the graphic design degree?! although i do like the advertising side of design!?

    does any1 know any other better universities that do graphic design (preferably in the salford/Manchester/Bolton area as i intend to study from home??) i do no Manchester and Bolton do theses courses....but i just want to make sure i pick the best one!!!

    also, the manchester college offers a graphic design and advertising foundation degree(2 years)and the awarding body is Manchester Metropolitan University.it says you can go do a 3rd year aswell...... is this good? whats the difference from a normal 3year degree?

    i wish i was in college so some1 could help me! its all a bit confusing and hard work but hopefully il get there in the end.:confused::confused:

    any advice would be great!!!

    thanks!

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    MMU is quite good for art courses. Huddersfield uni perhaps? There isn't much if you're looking around the north west region. How about Sheffield Hallem and De Montfort?
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    Have you thought about hanging on until 2012 rather than starting this September so that you'll have time to do all your research properly and make the right decision rather than hurry and just go where there's space?

    I know the fees are going up, but if its your first degree you won't have to pay them upfront and if you're working its an extra year to try and save and build up your portfolio so your application will be as strong as possible.

    MMU do a foundation course in art and design that's very good and if you aren't sure about what area you want to go into that might help.

    http://mmu.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses/1036/
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    Have a look on UCAS. They show a map of universities in your area doing the degree. I'll send you the links. 2 secs.

    This shows a map of universities in your area if you just select your region:
    http://www.ucas.ac.uk/students/choos...oosinguni/map/

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    Just type in 'graphic design' into the search bar, choose your region/s and it'll show the universities around that area:
    http://search.ucas.com/cgi-bin/hsrun...run?y=2011&w=H

    MMU is brilliant for art though, but I can't imagine that there will be many spaces empty because they've had so many applicants this year.

    I'd also recommend a foundation year (if you're not already doing one) as it'll help you get into universities and help you make your mind up about which subject you want to do. You might end up changing your mind about graphic design. It happened to me!
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    (Original post by cassidy1932)
    HI!!! im looking to study graphic design in September...as im 22 and applying independently i never relised the closing date for ucas applications was so soon!
    i originally wanted to go to salford uni...but ive rang and they said there course is full!:mad::mad:
    they have contacted me to tell me there advertising design course isnt full yet! but im unsure weather to go ahead with this option as id be more happy if i got on the graphic design degree?! although i do like the advertising side of design!?

    does any1 know any other better universities that do graphic design (preferably in the salford/Manchester/Bolton area as i intend to study from home??) i do no Manchester and Bolton do theses courses....but i just want to make sure i pick the best one!!!


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    The BA Graphic Design course wasn't very great in my opinion; I transferred course to the second year of BA Design for Digital Media (best thing I did!) after I'd finished the first year of Graphic Design.

    BA Graphic Design was too over subscribed, felt as though I was on a Foundation course, and thought it was extremely disorganised. There are one or two really good tutors, but overall, I didn't feel like I was being motivated or inspired, and wasn't learning or developing skills.
    Some people like it, but from my experience and how some of my friends feel about the course, I usually advise people to stay away from that.

    I know people on BA Advertising that are really loving the course - though it is more Advertising based ,you still look at the fundamentals of Graphic Design, and business aspects of design also, so it's quite 'real world'.

    Have you taken a look at BA Design Futures? Again, looks at the fundamentals of Graphic Design, yet you can experiment, take your own approach and direction.

    If you like more digital and new media, the course I'm doing, BA Design for Digital Media is fantastic.

    The great thing about the 3 courses mentioned is that it's smaller class sizes, more tutor time, and more focus. I'd take a look if you like the look of Salford.

    If you're interested in other Unis, UCLAN (Preston) has a decent Graphic Design programme, and a range of other design degrees.
    Bolton is also getting a great reputation for Graphic Design also.

    In my opinion though, don't be upset about not getting on Salford's Graphics!

    If you want to ask any questions, feel free to PM me
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    I need help please. I have 3 offers to study Graphic Design starting in september and need some advice on which is best from other peoples opinions.

    My offers are from University of Leeds, Bath Spa University and Leeds College of Art.

    Which would you choose?

    Thanks.
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    (Original post by Lisa Y)
    I need help please. I have 3 offers to study Graphic Design starting in september and need some advice on which is best from other peoples opinions.

    My offers are from University of Leeds, Bath Spa University and Leeds College of Art.

    Which would you choose?

    Thanks.
    Leeds College of Art, in my opinion. Universities such as Leeds University, tend to excell in more academic subjects, plus, Leeds uni's art department's rubbish (but I'm comparing it to better universities for art)
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    Thankyou Emmargh.

    Yeah, I've heard bad things about leeds university also. But the only thing worrying me about leeds college of art is how well known it is in the industry, and also the accomodation.

    Thanks again.
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    (Original post by Lisa Y)
    Thankyou Emmargh.

    Yeah, I've heard bad things about leeds university also. But the only thing worrying me about leeds college of art is how well known it is in the industry, and also the accomodation.

    Thanks again.
    I couldn't even pretend to know about the accommodation, to be honest. You're better off looking at the website, on forums (on here) and on other websites. The school is a specialist art college, and put it this way, Henry Moore graduated from there Can't be THAT bad. Honestly though, it does have a very good reputation within the industry, and quite a few of the courses do a work placement, which is probably what you should be looking at because graduates who leave university are pretty much useless because they have no experience of how to industry works. So, get volunteering in graphic design companies (even if you're making business cards like my friend was) you're still getting experience to slap on a CV. Good luck
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    Ahh that makes me feel a lot better.

    Thanks again.
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    (Original post by DarkShadows)
    The BA Graphic Design course wasn't very great in my opinion; I transferred course to the second year of BA Design for Digital Media (best thing I did!) after I'd finished the first year of Graphic Design.

    BA Graphic Design was too over subscribed, felt as though I was on a Foundation course, and thought it was extremely disorganised. There are one or two really good tutors, but overall, I didn't feel like I was being motivated or inspired, and wasn't learning or developing skills.
    Some people like it, but from my experience and how some of my friends feel about the course, I usually advise people to stay away from that.
    Hi there, as question to DarkShadows - I currently hold an unconditional offer to study Graphic Design at MMU and am quite likely to go, but was horrified to see that you hadn't recommended the course! I've been quite impressed by looking at the work that students have been producing on the course and was just wonderign what exactly you weren't happy with on the course - as I am actually looking to move from Nottingham Trent Uni doing Graphic Design and start again at MMU as I have not been totally happy with the course I a currently on and seriously don't want to make the wrong decision..

    Do you think it was the subject in general i.e. graphic design, that you weren't happy with, or do you think it's just MMU's course that is unsatisfactory? I know that on these courses you have to get on with the work and you don't necessarily get taught as it is the same at NTU, we have short workshop kind of things but then we have to just practice and learn as you go along to further progress and develop.

    If you can just be honest and try and let me know as much about the course that you expereinced, that would be so so useful to me before it is too late!!

    Many thanks, Sophie.
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    (Original post by sausten)
    Hi there, as question to DarkShadows - I currently hold an unconditional offer to study Graphic Design at MMU and am quite likely to go, but was horrified to see that you hadn't recommended the course! I've been quite impressed by looking at the work that students have been producing on the course and was just wonderign what exactly you weren't happy with on the course - as I am actually looking to move from Nottingham Trent Uni doing Graphic Design and start again at MMU as I have not been totally happy with the course I a currently on and seriously don't want to make the wrong decision..

    Do you think it was the subject in general i.e. graphic design, that you weren't happy with, or do you think it's just MMU's course that is unsatisfactory? I know that on these courses you have to get on with the work and you don't necessarily get taught as it is the same at NTU, we have short workshop kind of things but then we have to just practice and learn as you go along to further progress and develop.

    If you can just be honest and try and let me know as much about the course that you expereinced, that would be so so useful to me before it is too late!!

    Many thanks, Sophie.
    Hello Sophie - I was talking about the Graphic Design course at Salford.

    The original poster said that she originally wanted to apply for Graphics at Salford, but that the course was full, and she'd been offered a place on Salford's BA Advertising Design course instead. I was explaining that she shouldn't feel upset about not getting on the Salford BA Graphic Design degree, and that there are better Art & Design courses at Salford, and at other institutions in Manchester and Lancashire such as Uclan, Bolton, MMU.

    I know a few people that go to MMU and like the Graphic Design course, but I can't tell you a great deal about it, I'm afraid!

    Any questions about Salford's Art & Design school though, feel free to ask.
 
 
 
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