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Hi, I want to apply to Camberwell's foundation course but I've seen so many mixed reviews about UAL. A lot of people say that the tutors and lecturers weren't particularly helpful or nice. I've also heard complaints about the facilities being too small and the student union unproductive.

If any of you have been to UAL, can you tell me what the community is like? I know they focus on independent learning a lot, but will there be anyone to help continuously guide us? And as someone who has a long way to go to become 'great' in art, will they really help us develop our skills? If yes, how?

Do you recommend this university? I'm also looking at Art University Bournemouth (great reviews) and University for the Creative Arts (had a talk with the representatives and they were super friendly). UAL was my top choice because my sister lives in London, but now I'm not so sure anymore.
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Remember that UAL has almos 20,000 students across 6 colleges, so student experience in terms of teaching and facilities can vary wildly. Think of each college as a separate university. each college has its 'specialism' and unfortunately this means that the other subjects can get left behind. It seems like all the colleges get left behind CSM in terms of financing etc - it has the best facilities by far, and compare that to chelsea and camberwell which have next to nothing and you can see why people complain.

What do you hope to study at uni, so we have a better understanding as to what might be good for you?
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I was originally planning on applying to the foundation year in camberwell because it's more general than the other foundation courses. I'm not sure whether I want to go into graphic design or animation, so I thought that would be the best option.
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(Original post by Woro)
Hi, I want to apply to Camberwell's foundation course but I've seen so many mixed reviews about UAL. A lot of people say that the tutors and lecturers weren't particularly helpful or nice. I've also heard complaints about the facilities being too small and the student union unproductive.

If any of you have been to UAL, can you tell me what the community is like? I know they focus on independent learning a lot, but will there be anyone to help continuously guide us? And as someone who has a long way to go to become 'great' in art, will they really help us develop our skills? If yes, how?

Do you recommend this university? I'm also looking at Art University Bournemouth (great reviews) and University for the Creative Arts (had a talk with the representatives and they were super friendly). UAL was my top choice because my sister lives in London, but now I'm not so sure anymore.
how is teaching at ual?

well i was a student at london college of communication is did a foundation diploma in art design specializing in graphics and i can tell you from first hand experience that the tutors where not at all helpful the course, tutors actually bully their students i was a target by one of the tutors here and chose not to complete my course.

you should do your research about ual online to see whats really going on here

http://bulliedacademics.blogspot.co....ur-hearts.html

http://bulliedacademics.blogspot.co....ollege-of.html
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how is teaching at ual?

well i was a student at london college of communication is did a foundation diploma in art design specializing in graphics and i can tell you from first hand experience that the tutors where not at all helpful the course, tutors actually bully their students i was a target by one of the tutors here and chose not to complete my course.

you should do your research about ual online to see whats really going on here

http://bulliedacademics.blogspot.co....ur-hearts.html

http://bulliedacademics.blogspot.co....ollege-of.html
Yeah, I've heard that was the case before. Got me a bit worried, especially since I'm not a UK/EU citizen myself. Reconsidering applying there.
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Hey there!
I did the foundation year at LCC specialising in photography and it was the most helpful year of my life (in all seriousness!)
UAL has a great atmosphere, I can only speak for LCC but generally everyone is friendly and collaborative between courses which is so important.
In terms of the teaching, I've never had a problem and I'm in my third year of a BA graphic design course. University is so different from college or anything before it, that it can take some getting used to. They do emphasise alot on independent learning but that's really important for your future too tutors are always on the other end of an email or in the office and you can organise extra tutorials or meetings if you need to. Certainly, foundation year particularly has alot of contact time, normally around 3 and a half days a week plus one to one tutorials once or twice a term?
Not to sound like I'm blowing their trumpet too much but if you do the foundation year you also have a great. great chance of getting onto a BA anywhere under UAL pretty well and my experience has been pretty good. There are obviously some downfalls with everything, but generally as an all rounder, UAL in my opinion offers the best courses. Especially if you're looking into a foundation year that's a bit more general. Hope that helps
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