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    Hi there!

    I wanted to start a thread for those of us who will be starting our UCAS applications soon ready for 2017 entries. That way we have a place to discuss courses and portfolios.

    I'll start by introducing myself,

    I'm Jazz and I want to do a BA Graphic Design. I currently study A levels in graphic design, photography and geography. The universities I'm looking at (from dream to ok) are Edinburgh College of Art, Falmouth, Cardiff Metropolitan and UWE.

    What about everyone else?
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    Good idea Jazz! (it's Meg by the way)
    I'm frustrated because the only place I want to go to is Falmouth But I'm also considering Portsmouth, Plymouth, Goldsmiths, UWE, Bath Spa and Weston College. (not in order)
    I'm not sure how to start my personal statement, any advice?
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    (Original post by leafscatter)
    Hi there!


    I wanted to start a thread for those of us who will be starting our UCAS applications soon ready for 2017 entries. That way we have a place to discuss courses and portfolios.

    I'll start by introducing myself,

    I'm Jazz and I want to do a BA Graphic Design. I currently study A levels in graphic design, photography and geography. The universities I'm looking at (from dream to ok) are Edinburgh College of Art, Falmouth, Cardiff Metropolitan and UWE.

    What about everyone else?

    - hey hey, my name is Seville and I would loveeeeeeeee to study Graphic Design at Leeds....<3
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    (Original post by Meggymoo16)
    Good idea Jazz! (it's Meg by the way)
    I'm frustrated because the only place I want to go to is Falmouth But I'm also considering Portsmouth, Plymouth, Goldsmiths, UWE, Bath Spa and Weston College. (not in order)
    I'm not sure how to start my personal statement, any advice?
    I havent got a clue on the personal statement yet lol. And I get where youre coming from about Falmouth cause its how I feel about ECA.

    Hi Seville! Have you visited Leeds on an open day at all? What do you like about it, cause its one of the ones on my "long list" sos to speak.
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    Hello,

    I am planning to study Graphic Design in 2017. I have not yet my decision on what uni I should apply to. I am living in London but I'd rather live and study in a smaller city than a big city.

    Any suggestions? What universities are good for design courses?
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    (Original post by Redis)
    Hello,

    I am planning to study Graphic Design in 2017. I have not yet my decision on what uni I should apply to. I am living in London but I'd rather live and study in a smaller city than a big city.

    Any suggestions? What universities are good for design courses?
    Hi there!
    From the research I have done, some of the top universities for design are Falmouth, Brighton, Leeds, Manchester, UCA, Goldsmiths. Have you maybe looked at league tables? It depends what sort of course you are wanting.
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    Hey! I'm applying for Graphic Design too :') So glad to have found this thread. I've been to a few Unis during summer but have a few to go. Going to see Leeds this friday and also planning on visiting Falmouth and Norwich, both of them look really good O.O My dream was always to study at Central Saint Martins but doubt that will happen hahah. Is anyone else finding it really difficult deciding which Unis to pick? The course is so different everywhere... Haven't even started my personal statement or portfolio T_T
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    (Original post by Redis)
    Hello,

    I am planning to study Graphic Design in 2017. I have not yet my decision on what uni I should apply to. I am living in London but I'd rather live and study in a smaller city than a big city.

    Any suggestions? What universities are good for design courses?
    Hi Redis,

    Here at the University of Hertfordshire, we're 25 minutes from London by train but tucked away in a vibrant, leafy campus in Hatfield, so this could work well for you.

    Graphic Design sits in our School of Creative Arts and was rated in the top 10 courses for design in the country in the Guardian's 2017 league tables.

    The School has an employability rate of 95.7% for graduates in employment or further study within six months of graduation (DLHE, 2015), and this is a testament to the strong industry connections we have, which lead to live projects for students with big companies such as Wagamama, Topman and Taxi Studio, and allow students to network and build connections.

    We also have an in-house design agency where businesses come in and commission students to do work on real products (such as redesigning a company's brand), and students have won nearly 100 awards in national and international competitions in the past years.

    There's also the option to do this course as a sandwich course and study abroad or undertake a placement for a year to build your professional knowledge and connections. The course is led by a team of experts with years of professional experience in the industry, who will support you every step of the way.

    To find out more, feel free to get in touch on here or check our course page: http://www.herts.ac.uk/courses/graphic-design

    - Rhianna
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    (Original post by InnocentAngel)
    Hey! I'm applying for Graphic Design too :' So glad to have found this thread. I've been to a few Unis during summer but have a few to go. Going to see Leeds this friday and also planning on visiting Falmouth and Norwich, both of them look really good O.O My dream was always to study at Central Saint Martins but doubt that will happen hahah. Is anyone else finding it really difficult deciding which Unis to pick? The course is so different everywhere... Haven't even started my personal statement or portfolio T_T
    Welcome to the crew haha. How did you find Leeds?
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    Hi all,

    You've got so many choices when it comes to Graphic Design. It can feel really confusing but the best piece of advice I can offer is be honest with yourself about what you need. Pick the institution that you feel will bring the best out of you. As much as statistics, employers and opportunities are something to think about, what might be the Best University might not be the best university for you.

    Think about what you need to succeed and whether each one will offer you the right opportunities to help you achieve that. If you're nervous about being lost in a large institution or city, that's ok; pick a campus where you feel more comfortable. If you value more hands-on experience to really understand, then the academic option might not be suited to you. If you want to be among like-minded students and staff, then a specialist institution might foster a more productive and exciting atmosphere for you.

    Pick the best university for you and you'll get more out of it than struggle to make yourself fit. I hope that helps!

    If you wanted to find out more about NUA, we have five Graphics-based courses to choose from, each with its own area of expertise: Graphic Design, Graphic Communication, Design for Publishing, Interaction Design or User Experience Design. You can find out more about portfolios under each course (as a starting point of course).

    Regarding personal statements, my best tip is to include examples of projects that you're happy talking about at interview - the types of projects and experiences that you get "talking with your hands" excited.

    Best of luck!
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    hey! i want to apply for graphic design but i don't know where.. i'm not from the uk so could maybe someone tell me some of the top schools? i've heard about ual but i've been seeing a lot of bad reviews here i don't know..
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    (Original post by leafscatter)
    Welcome to the crew haha. How did you find Leeds?
    Hey I've researched Leeds too and it's my favourite at the moment! How was it?

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    Hi, everyone!
    I´m Rocío and I´m also applying for a foundation in art and design this year and probably doing graphic design afterwards. I´m from Spain and I´m thinking about studying in Scotland. Maybe Dundee, ECA, GSA, RGU... I´m so stress! Here we haven´t got A levels so everything I know has been taught by myself and I haven´t got much to show in the portfolio. I´m really afraid about the level! I´ve seen some portfolios of students and they seem very prepared.
    Just recieved my IELTS results and they are fine! So fingers crossed about the portfolio
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    Hi

    I am currently doing HND Graphic Design and want to carry on and do my degree..BUT...places in Scotland are extremely limited with fierce competition and I'm a mature student..went to Open Day yesterday and have come home deflated and disillusioned...won't stop me applying though...😉
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    (Original post by leafscatter)
    Welcome to the crew haha. How did you find Leeds?
    Leeds was pretty good! The course is quite different from say like Norwich or other art unis as it seems more academic, they have more lectures and essays which you might find less appealing, it's kind of similar to Edinburgh's. However the students seemed to produce really good work regardless and I love the university overall. They also don't require portfolio interview I think.

    Went to Norwich this weekend and it was really nice too, far more 'arty' with studio spaces, really good facilities (I think this is where the art unis have an advantage' and a great creative atmosphere. It's much more practical, based in studios.
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    Hey!

    I graduated from Plymouth College of Art recently after studying a BA (Hons) in Graphic Design. It's a great place to study and one of the few remaining independent art schools in the country, offering solely art, design and craft courses.

    As a Graphic Design student, it’s the best feeling to be surrounded by other creative people and opens up opportunities to collaborate with students from other practices too. The lecturers are all practising designers, so they can give you their first-hand industry knowledge, which is extremely valuable.

    The campus itself is constantly growing, keeping up with the fast development of the city. The college celebrates traditional practices as well as new which is very refreshing to see, as a lot of institutions are phasing them out. For example, there’s a FabLab containing 3D printers, 3D scanners and laser cutters, but also glass blowing and ceramics facilities.

    The location itself was also perfect for me. The college is in the heart of the city where everything is within walking distance. There is a really unique contrast between the urban city environment, seaside, moorland and countryside here, and this can definitely influence your work as a designer. There’s a bus station and a train station just a short walk from the college, making regular journeys to London, Bristol and the North.

    I had a great experience there and would highly recommend Plymouth College of Art for Graphic Design.

    I hope this helps - good luck with your decision!

    Tom
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    (Original post by mbeatriz)
    hey! i want to apply for graphic design but i don't know where.. i'm not from the uk so could maybe someone tell me some of the top schools? i've heard about ual but i've been seeing a lot of bad reviews here i don't know..
    Hi! Well it does depend what youre looking for, I know a lot of london based universities are regarded quite highly but I dont really know which ones specifically. Some of the reoccuring names for the arts are Falmouth, Norwich University of Arts, Brighton, UCA, Glasgow. Id suggest looking at league tables but honestly its the course and location that matters more than their ranking
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    (Original post by RocioRey)
    Hi, everyone!
    I´m Rocío and I´m also applying for a foundation in art and design this year and probably doing graphic design afterwards. I´m from Spain and I´m thinking about studying in Scotland. Maybe Dundee, ECA, GSA, RGU... I´m so stress! Here we haven´t got A levels so everything I know has been taught by myself and I haven´t got much to show in the portfolio. I´m really afraid about the level! I´ve seen some portfolios of students and they seem very prepared.
    Just recieved my IELTS results and they are fine! So fingers crossed about the portfolio
    (Original post by Vapour rub)
    Hi

    I am currently doing HND Graphic Design and want to carry on and do my degree..BUT...places in Scotland are extremely limited with fierce competition and I'm a mature student..went to Open Day yesterday and have come home deflated and disillusioned...won't stop me applying though...😉
    Good luck to both of you in your applications!
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    Hi!
    I'm Evelyn, I'm also looking for a BA in Graphic Design. I'm doing A-Levels in Fine Art, Photography and Media Studies. The universities I'm looking at are Nottingham Trent, Ravensbourne, Bath Spa, and I'm not too sure about the others yet. Any suggestions?
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    Does anyone know if the UWE/Man met Graphic Design courses are any good?? I'm currently doing an art foundation in London
 
 
 
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