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I'm looking to apply to Leeds, Southampton, Edinburgh, and Central St Martins for 2016. I have a few questions if anyone experienced is willing to answer?

- Is coding or even computing a part of the course?
- Job prospects after?
- Are my chosen universities good?
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I'm looking to apply to Leeds, Southampton, Edinburgh, and Central St Martins for 2016. I have a few questions if anyone experienced is willing to answer?

- Is coding or even computing a part of the course?
- Job prospects after?
- Are my chosen universities good?
Hi there fellow graphic design student!

We'll get this moved over to the right forum.

All of those courses are going to be very different to one another - you really need to go and have a chat to the course leader at each place. CSM is going to be very 'design for the sake of design' - i.e. throw a bunch of letters on a page and place it to look 'beautiful'. (Please don't kill me any CSM lurkers).

Have you looked at places like Bournemouth, Falmouth, Brighton? The 'top universities' list doesn't really apply to graphic design as it's wildly different from the mainstream subjects.

Cheers,

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Hi there fellow graphic design student!

We'll get this moved over to the right forum.

All of those courses are going to be very different to one another - you really need to go and have a chat to the course leader at each place. CSM is going to be very 'design for the sake of design' - i.e. throw a bunch of letters on a page and place it to look 'beautiful'. (Please don't kill me any CSM lurkers).

Have you looked at places like Bournemouth, Falmouth, Brighton? The 'top universities' list doesn't really apply to graphic design as it's wildly different from the mainstream subjects.

Cheers,

RF
Thanks. Are you a graphic design student?
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Thanks. Are you a graphic design student?
I am, I'm studying at the University of Worcester. It's not highly rated at the moment, but the course is actually really great and up and coming.

I chose the uni based on the course, not based on rankings etc.
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I am, I'm studying at the University of Worcester. It's not highly rated at the moment, but the course is actually really great and up and coming.

I chose the uni based on the course, not based on rankings etc.
I see What do you hope to do after you graduate?

Also, is there computing involved in your course? I'm very much interested in the design aspect of graphic design, but equally as enthusiastic about the code-end aspect of it.
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I see What do you hope to do after you graduate?

Also, is there computing involved in your course? I'm very much interested in the design aspect of graphic design, but equally as enthusiastic about the code-end aspect of it.
In the first year we were using ActionScript in flash to try and get people to grasp the basics of coding for interactive design.

In the second year we've been doing web coding and in the third year it'll be whether or not we choose to do something web based for our independent studies.

I'll be looking to go into the management side of design - managing client account kinda stuff (Being the leader behind getting projects done on time and client relations).

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I just wanted to second what Roving Fish said about looking at unis that aren't the obvious 'top' choices like CSM - when I first started my search I think I focused too heavily on these rather than finding the best courses.

I'm starting at Falmouth in September, and have also visited Leeds College of Art, Norwich, Arts Uni Bournemouth and Hertfordshire so let me know if you'd like to hear my opinions on them/any other advice on applying to graphic design courses.

Best of luck!
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+1 to what charlottei says.

You really need to identify which course caters to your specialism. If you don't like the drawing aspect then there are courses which focus less heavily, similarly there are courses which focus more on CAD.
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(Original post by charlottei)
I just wanted to second what Roving Fish said about looking at unis that aren't the obvious 'top' choices like CSM - when I first started my search I think I focused too heavily on these rather than finding the best courses.

I'm starting at Falmouth in September, and have also visited Leeds College of Art, Norwich, Arts Uni Bournemouth and Hertfordshire so let me know if you'd like to hear my opinions on them/any other advice on applying to graphic design courses.

Best of luck!
Umm I'd like to know what are the A level requirements for these uni's
(sorry for barging in like this)
Also what are the study hours and uni costs exactly? (need to know if I have/can to get part-time job or not)
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Umm I'd like to know what are the A level requirements for these uni's
(sorry for barging in like this)
Also what are the study hours and uni costs exactly? (need to know if I have/can to get part-time job or not)
It's fine, no worries.

Ummm annoyingly UCAS is down so I can't tell you for sure, but I'm pretty certain my offers were:

Falmouth: 260 points (BCC equivalent)
Norwich: BBB
Hertfordshire: 240 points (CCC equivalent)
Leeds College of Art: 260 points (BCC equivalent)
Arts Uni Bournemouth: 280 points (BBC equivalent)

I'll check these on Monday, but they're more or less right. I know Falmouth for certain because I've firmed them.

As for the exact hours I'm not entirely sure, but I made a point of asking student ambassadors at each of the unis about part time jobs, and everywhere either they said they were currently holding down a job alongside their studies without too much difficulty, or they knew someone who was.
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Getting offers largely depends on your portfolio to be honest.
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It's fine, no worries.

Ummm annoyingly UCAS is down so I can't tell you for sure, but I'm pretty certain my offers were:

Falmouth: 260 points (BCC equivalent)
Norwich: BBB
Hertfordshire: 240 points (CCC equivalent)
Leeds College of Art: 260 points (BCC equivalent)
Arts Uni Bournemouth: 280 points (BBC equivalent)

I'll check these on Monday, but they're more or less right. I know Falmouth for certain because I've firmed them.

As for the exact hours I'm not entirely sure, but I made a point of asking student ambassadors at each of the unis about part time jobs, and everywhere either they said they were currently holding down a job alongside their studies without too much difficulty, or they knew someone who was.
I see,what were the A level topic you chose to get into the field of Arts and graphic arts?
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I see,what were the A level topic you chose to get into the field of Arts and graphic arts?
I did Graphic Communication, Biology and English Language & Literature at A Level, but obviously Graphics was the only one that was really relevant - I've never seen a uni require more than one art & design subject at A Level, thankfully.
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I did Graphic Communication, Biology and English Language & Literature at A Level, but obviously Graphics was the only one that was really relevant - I've never seen a uni require more than one art & design subject at A Level, thankfully.
I didn't even do Art or Design at GCSE, yet alone A Level! :woo:
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I did Graphic Communication, Biology and English Language & Literature at A Level, but obviously Graphics was the only one that was really relevant - I've never seen a uni require more than one art & design subject at A Level, thankfully.
Wow, thats great!!! I'm taking art as my 4th subject so its good to know I have more options for uni now
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Coding and computing is almost certainly part of every graphic design course in the country. Students need to understand the basics of css and html so that the understand how the technology works and can build there own site. Some courses are more technical than others and might teach expect students to be able to build apps themselves or how to code with Processing or Arduino.

However, in the professional world - design and coding are generally done by two different people. Most agencies employ or use specialist developers to do the techy stuff, so teaching it to a high standard on a graphic design course is a bit unnecessary. However, i would definitely recommend you carry on coding as a bit of a hobby - it's a really valuable skill.

Each course tends to have areas that it specialises in more than others. To find out this kind of information you need to go to open days, talk to students and have a look at the work the students produce.
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