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    I did an art foundation last year and loved it, but was also good at maths and physics, and wanted a course that combined them all. So I chose Product Design and Technology at Loughborough. Its the best product design course of its kind and I'm super lucky to have got on it, but I just hate it. Its not creative enough for me to feel like I'm making any progress creatively, nor is it intellectually stimulating (tonnes and tonnes of practical work, very formulaic etc etc). The workload is a lot but alright, but I'm having trouble seeing the point of anything we are doing. I've been told first year is bad in comparison to second, but if its anything at all like first I just know I'm going to hate it. Everyone I've spoken to on my course seems to be liking it except me. I feel like I've made a huge mistake and don't really know where to turn. I don't know if I want to pursue more creative fine arty courses or continue on design. All I know is that I'm incredibly unhappy. Any advice/tips on who to go to?
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    (Original post by Lilythepink123)
    I did an art foundation last year and loved it, but was also good at maths and physics, and wanted a course that combined them all. So I chose Product Design and Technology at Loughborough. Its the best product design course of its kind and I'm super lucky to have got on it, but I just hate it. Its not creative enough for me to feel like I'm making any progress creatively, nor is it intellectually stimulating (tonnes and tonnes of practical work, very formulaic etc etc). The workload is a lot but alright, but I'm having trouble seeing the point of anything we are doing. I've been told first year is bad in comparison to second, but if its anything at all like first I just know I'm going to hate it. Everyone I've spoken to on my course seems to be liking it except me. I feel like I've made a huge mistake and don't really know where to turn. I don't know if I want to pursue more creative fine arty courses or continue on design. All I know is that I'm incredibly unhappy. Any advice/tips on who to go to?
    How about speaking to your tutor/student records office and arranging to suspend/intermit next year? That would give you time to take a gap year and think about what you want, apply elsewhere for more creative courses while still having the fall back of resuming in second year of your current course in 2018/19 if you decide with some distance that that's best for you.

    Dropping out because of push factors without any ideas about what you'll do instead is risky (not so much because it's tough to find what to do but because it will feel like a negative decision instead of a positive move - running TO instead of AWAY is better for your soul). But you can have some space to think without burning any bridges on your current course (and often just knowing that you only need to put up with something for a very limited time - and you can relax about finding accommodation next year etc etc - will be the little boost you need to get through some tough times).
 
 
 
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