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Ultranol
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Ive got a choice out of Northampton or Leeds. I was thinking of Reading but the department is too small. I havent been to visit Leeds, but have seen Northampton. Its got a good reputation for Art and Design (Ranked 7th I think) but not a good Uni overall. But the department is huge and has loads of good facilities. Leeds has a good reputation for Art and Design and is a much better Uni overall but I think its a bit too far away for me and Im not sure I would enjoy living in a city. Where should I go??!
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Overall Leeds (if you mean proper Leeds) has a much better reputation than Northampton. I know a few people form there and they don't seem to do much work, just smoke dope all day and get pregnant.

There is no point on going to Leeds if you won't be happy there though.
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A fellow designer!!

I've applied to do graphics this year, and two days ago I got an unconditional offer for my top choice!! i'm so happy.

Anyway, in answer to your question, dont forget the art colleges.

Yes the places you mentioned are good, but the best BEST places are the art colleges.

The London Institute is good, there are 5 colleges to it, and its all in London - V competetive though.
Birmingham Institute of Design is very highly thought of too, and its v nice.
Falmouth College of Arts - where i'm off too - is also good, but its not in a city.

I suggest you look at the art colleges.

But knowing how confusing art courses are, if you need any help at all, then just ask, its SO much more confusing than normal applications, and having been through it all, just ask if you need a hand!!

Hope it helps.
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I thought St Martins in Lancaster was a very good place to do art.
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Its good, but it must be remembered that just because somewhere is good for art its not necessarily good for graphic design.

The guardian university guide has an art and design course performance table here http://education.guardian.co.uk/high...665239,00.html

It is from 2003, but things havent changed too much

1. Wimbledon - v good for fine art, that much I know, graphics I dont know.

2. Central School of Speech and drama - lol, dont get this, I guess its 'art'.. and its the best place for drama, but not graphics.

3. Falmouth - Good for graphics, one of the first founded courses.

4. Oxford Brookes - V good for architecture

5. Lancaster - I never noticed it, but its got a good ranking!

6. UCL - i think it might be for art history

7. Northampton

8. Southampton

9.London Institute - V good for graphics - v specialised

10. Leeds
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Hey thanks for your replies, I don't think Ive got what it takes to get into any of the London colleges although I do know they are the best places to go, strange that they're not in the top ten I thought.

I've heard good things about Falmouth, and it looks like a beautiful place so well done on getting in there! Havent heard of Birmingham Institute, might have to check that out.

'I thought St Martins in Lancaster was a very good place to do art.'

Do you mean Central St Martins College? Thats part of the London Institute.
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Falmouth is amazing, but its certainly not everybodys cup tea, very far away and remote, no clubs really, but is beautiful!!

The London places are the best, but I hated them!! lol. They seemed v pretentious. I went for an open day, an NOBODY showed us round. It was rude. We just got told to look round for ourselves, and ask tutors any questions. It was so so so pretentious.

I say go for Northampton. Amazingtrade is right. If you dont like the place, the fact that it may be a better course wont make a slighest bit of difference, cos you wont like it!

And at the end of the day, when it comes to getting a job employers wont be bothered about where you went as much as they will be about the work. Go somewhere you'll be happy, and if you put the effort in, you'll get results!!

I say Northampton, and good luck!!
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(Original post by hester)

And at the end of the day, when it comes to getting a job employers wont be bothered about where you went as much as they will be about the work. Go somewhere you'll be happy, and if you put the effort in, you'll get results!!

I say Northampton, and good luck!!

somewhere where theyre keen to get you expanding your portfolio i say.
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Falmouth is amazing, but its certainly not everybodys cup tea, very far away and remote, no clubs really, but is beautiful!!
It has a club. "Remedies". Don't even bother wasting an evening going there, just stick it out in the pubs.

And you're right, the London colleges (especially St. Martin's) are very pretentious.
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Exactly!! I thought that, way too up their own.. well.. up a certain part of thier bodies.

It has a club? lol, great! I like the pub culture thing, and the student accomodation is behind the big pub, so its all convienient! I cant wait to go!! its gonna be great!! Do you know that cos you go to falmouth or what?? sorry i'm just curious, lol, I dunno anyone who goes there or anything!
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Exactly!! I thought that, way too up their own.. well.. up a certain part of thier bodies.

It has a club? lol, great! I like the pub culture thing, and the student accomodation is behind the big pub, so its all convienient! I cant wait to go!! its gonna be great!! Do you know that cos you go to falmouth or what?? sorry i'm just curious, lol, I dunno anyone who goes there or anything!
My brother and his wife went there, so I've spent quite a lot of time down there. Everyone that I know is leaving this year, though, so no more Falmouth. Thank God for that, it's so dull Do you drive ? The public transport down there is non-existent.
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I dont think its dull!! I think its great. The art college is open like 24 hours, so i'll just be living there anyway! Its my idea of heaven, art, pub, friends. What else do I need?

No.. I dont drive, lol I'm planning on learning this summer, cos yes without a car i'm pretty much stuck. It takes 4 changes on the train, and trains down in the west country are awful!
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Hello again, I think Ive decided to go to Northampton, went to look round again and really like the department.

Hester, I read what you said about Reading and I agree, Universities are probably not the best palce for art because more academic subjects take priority. I think at Northampton art is a major strength and there is a whole seperate campus for it, its like a seperate college just for art subjects. At a University like Reading or Leeds you wouldnt get the attention to art as you would do at a college.

Good luck at Falmouth, Im sure you'll have a great time!
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