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    Hey guys, I am currently struggling in choosing two top choices for my universities to read History of Art. Any insight and/or opinions would be very appreciated. Here is an overview:

    University of Manchester
    - -(BB)

    - -Really impressed about the city campus-societies etc

    - -2 or 3 professors teaching my favourite modules

    - -One of my teachers did her masters here and loved it./really digging night-life and chance of working in the city.

    - -Russell group.

    - -Good career connections and experience through uni

    BUT

    - -I have no connection here/need advice.

    - -Unsure whether it’s a uni more suitable for curating rather than conservation/restoration.

    University of Nottingham
    - (AB/ unconditional if chosen as firm choice)

    - Stayed for about a week in a friend’s dorm and loved the experience. Lovely campus.

    - Okay night life

    - Small department-nice.

    - Will stand out because most students apparently like contemporary stuff-I prefer 1500-1800.

    - Lots of careers advice -was really impressed about that.

    - Chance to see the career paths from the HoA degree- in case I like marketing etc- although still with the chance to get into conservation and restoration.

    - Russell Group uni.

    - I know people here.

    - Nice gym.

    - International students.

    - I have a teacher who did her PhD of Art History here and she loved it.

    -Chance to study abroad in another uni for a semester.

    BUT

    - -only one professor doing my favourite modules/Renaissance-Baroque

    - -Hard to go to galleries (apparently, it’s tricky to arrange outings with the department)

    - -Unsure it it’s a uni suitable for restoration/conservation.

    Warwick
    - - (ABB)

    - -Liked the campus and how small the department was.

    - -There are professors specialised in the modules I’m interested in.

    - -I’d be doing History of Art with Italian, which apparently is impressive to accomplish- also, I really want to learn Italian.

    - -The uni offers a semester in Venice at the start of the second year.

    - -Loads of PAID projects, internships etc offered at the uni.

    - Russell Group

    - -Jobs are offered in the uni campus, including curating the campus’ art gallery, so it’d be easier to find a flexible part-time job that doesn’t affect my schedule.

    - -Nice gym

    - -International students

    BUT

    - -night-life—meh

    - -I know no one that goes there so I need more info about the place.

    Birmingham

    - (AB)

    BUT

    - -Not interested.

    The Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London
    - - (ABB)

    -I've been told that I would be silly to reject my offer from The Courtauld, and that it’d the best place to read HoA.

    -Access to museums and galleries in London for work experience, internships, etc.

    -Love the modules here.

    - -Good contacts from the uni, and straightforward path to art conservation and restoration MA at the Courtauld, (you need either chemistry of History of art to qualify for an MA)

    - -I have friends living in London so the 2nd and 3rd year I wouldn’t have to spend too much money on rent.

    - -London-I’m interested in working during my time at university, so it’ll be easy to get a part-time job there.

    - -Can easily use the gym/swimming pool at King’s college (it is allowed for Courtauld students)

    BUT

    - My tutor said not to go because it’s better to go there for a masters (I don’t fully understand tbh)

    - -London-living will be more expensive.

    - Didn't feel like a proper ‘uni’ (my mother is disappointed about that hahah).

    -If I go off to work in the art world, a degree from the Courtauld will look really impressive but if i go into ANYTHING else, it won't be recognised as a good university degree because it's a small specialist institution which employers may not have heard of (they may just assume I went to a poorly performing university)-Maybe a Russell Group will be safer.

    This is my overview so far (might have forgotten some bits) and anyone can use this for reference. Remember its my point of view, so don’t follow it too closely.

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    (Original post by flapjacktoast)
    Hey guys, I am currently struggling in choosing two top choices for my universities to read History of Art. Any insight and/or opinions would be very appreciated. Here is an overview:

    University of Manchester
    - -(BB)

    - -Really impressed about the city campus-societies etc

    - -2 or 3 professors teaching my favourite modules

    - -One of my teachers did her masters here and loved it./really digging night-life and chance of working in the city.

    - -Russell group.

    - -Good career connections and experience through uni

    BUT

    - -I have no connection here/need advice.

    - -Unsure whether it’s a uni more suitable for curating rather than conservation/restoration.

    University of Nottingham
    - (AB/ unconditional if chosen as firm choice)

    - Stayed for about a week in a friend’s dorm and loved the experience. Lovely campus.

    - Okay night life

    - Small department-nice.

    - Will stand out because most students apparently like contemporary stuff-I prefer 1500-1800.

    - Lots of careers advice -was really impressed about that.

    - Chance to see the career paths from the HoA degree- in case I like marketing etc- although still with the chance to get into conservation and restoration.

    - Russell Group uni.

    - I know people here.

    - Nice gym.

    - International students.

    - I have a teacher who did her PhD of Art History here and she loved it.

    -Chance to study abroad in another uni for a semester.

    BUT

    - -only one professor doing my favourite modules/Renaissance-Baroque

    - -Hard to go to galleries (apparently, it’s tricky to arrange outings with the department)

    - -Unsure it it’s a uni suitable for restoration/conservation.

    Warwick
    - - (ABB)

    - -Liked the campus and how small the department was.

    - -There are professors specialised in the modules I’m interested in.

    - -I’d be doing History of Art with Italian, which apparently is impressive to accomplish- also, I really want to learn Italian.

    - -The uni offers a semester in Venice at the start of the second year.

    - -Loads of PAID projects, internships etc offered at the uni.

    - Russell Group

    - -Jobs are offered in the uni campus, including curating the campus’ art gallery, so it’d be easier to find a flexible part-time job that doesn’t affect my schedule.

    - -Nice gym

    - -International students

    BUT

    - -night-life—meh

    - -I know no one that goes there so I need more info about the place.

    Birmingham

    - (AB)

    BUT

    - -Not interested.

    The Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London
    - - (ABB)

    -I've been told that I would be silly to reject my offer from The Courtauld, and that it’d the best place to read HoA.

    -Access to museums and galleries in London for work experience, internships, etc.

    -Love the modules here.

    - -Good contacts from the uni, and straightforward path to art conservation and restoration MA at the Courtauld, (you need either chemistry of History of art to qualify for an MA)

    - -I have friends living in London so the 2nd and 3rd year I wouldn’t have to spend too much money on rent.

    - -London-I’m interested in working during my time at university, so it’ll be easy to get a part-time job there.

    - -Can easily use the gym/swimming pool at King’s college (it is allowed for Courtauld students)

    BUT

    - My tutor said not to go because it’s better to go there for a masters (I don’t fully understand tbh)

    - -London-living will be more expensive.

    - Didn't feel like a proper ‘uni’ (my mother is disappointed about that hahah).

    -If I go off to work in the art world, a degree from the Courtauld will look really impressive but if i go into ANYTHING else, it won't be recognised as a good university degree because it's a small specialist institution which employers may not have heard of (they may just assume I went to a poorly performing university)-Maybe a Russell Group will be safer.

    This is my overview so far (might have forgotten some bits) and anyone can use this for reference. Remember its my point of view, so don’t follow it too closely.
    So looking at your thoughts about each university, if nightlife wasn't important at all to you then warwick looks like one that stands out more to you, if you forget about the russell group entirely what would your opinion be?
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    (Original post by claireestelle)
    So looking at your thoughts about each university, if nightlife wasn't important at all to you then warwick looks like one that stands out more to you, if you forget about the russell group entirely what would your opinion be?
    You're correct: I don't mind whether its a city or a campus uni.. my biggest dealbreaker is the offered opportunities to study abrod, connections with potential workplaces, etc. Thanks for the help!
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    you havent truly sampled nottingham nightlife.... if you want to attend a uni with some serious careers support that would be this one... obviously careers in your field will require a master, i think thats what your teacher was referring to. London is a killer for student life (costs). Warwick is in the mid of nowhere thats its major downside otherwise reputation equal to nottingham, considering its not known for "arts" you would need to examine its reputational strength for history and its on nottingham level there.

    I mean the CI of A im not interested in spelling (or ever going there). But i do know thats its vaguely difficult to get into.... tough decision indeed.

    But as a nottingham student i will unbiasedly advise you nottingham lol.

    City/Campus balance like no other, employment is possible here easily, deliveroo fast food etc.
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    (Original post by flapjacktoast)
    Hey guys, I am currently struggling in choosing two top choices for my universities to read History of Art. Any insight and/or opinions would be very appreciated. Here is an overview:

    University of Manchester
    - -(BB)

    - -Really impressed about the city campus-societies etc

    - -2 or 3 professors teaching my favourite modules

    - -One of my teachers did her masters here and loved it./really digging night-life and chance of working in the city.

    - -Russell group.

    - -Good career connections and experience through uni

    BUT

    - -I have no connection here/need advice.

    - -Unsure whether it’s a uni more suitable for curating rather than conservation/restoration.

    University of Nottingham
    - (AB/ unconditional if chosen as firm choice)

    - Stayed for about a week in a friend’s dorm and loved the experience. Lovely campus.

    - Okay night life

    - Small department-nice.

    - Will stand out because most students apparently like contemporary stuff-I prefer 1500-1800.

    - Lots of careers advice -was really impressed about that.

    - Chance to see the career paths from the HoA degree- in case I like marketing etc- although still with the chance to get into conservation and restoration.

    - Russell Group uni.

    - I know people here.

    - Nice gym.

    - International students.

    - I have a teacher who did her PhD of Art History here and she loved it.

    -Chance to study abroad in another uni for a semester.

    BUT

    - -only one professor doing my favourite modules/Renaissance-Baroque

    - -Hard to go to galleries (apparently, it’s tricky to arrange outings with the department)

    - -Unsure it it’s a uni suitable for restoration/conservation.

    Warwick
    - - (ABB)

    - -Liked the campus and how small the department was.

    - -There are professors specialised in the modules I’m interested in.

    - -I’d be doing History of Art with Italian, which apparently is impressive to accomplish- also, I really want to learn Italian.

    - -The uni offers a semester in Venice at the start of the second year.

    - -Loads of PAID projects, internships etc offered at the uni.

    - Russell Group

    - -Jobs are offered in the uni campus, including curating the campus’ art gallery, so it’d be easier to find a flexible part-time job that doesn’t affect my schedule.

    - -Nice gym

    - -International students

    BUT

    - -night-life—meh

    - -I know no one that goes there so I need more info about the place.

    Birmingham

    - (AB)

    BUT

    - -Not interested.

    The Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London
    - - (ABB)

    -I've been told that I would be silly to reject my offer from The Courtauld, and that it’d the best place to read HoA.

    -Access to museums and galleries in London for work experience, internships, etc.

    -Love the modules here.

    - -Good contacts from the uni, and straightforward path to art conservation and restoration MA at the Courtauld, (you need either chemistry of History of art to qualify for an MA)

    - -I have friends living in London so the 2nd and 3rd year I wouldn’t have to spend too much money on rent.

    - -London-I’m interested in working during my time at university, so it’ll be easy to get a part-time job there.

    - -Can easily use the gym/swimming pool at King’s college (it is allowed for Courtauld students)

    BUT

    - My tutor said not to go because it’s better to go there for a masters (I don’t fully understand tbh)

    - -London-living will be more expensive.

    - Didn't feel like a proper ‘uni’ (my mother is disappointed about that hahah).

    -If I go off to work in the art world, a degree from the Courtauld will look really impressive but if i go into ANYTHING else, it won't be recognised as a good university degree because it's a small specialist institution which employers may not have heard of (they may just assume I went to a poorly performing university)-Maybe a Russell Group will be safer.

    This is my overview so far (might have forgotten some bits) and anyone can use this for reference. Remember its my point of view, so don’t follow it too closely.
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    (Original post by Realitysreflexx)
    you havent truly sampled nottingham nightlife.... if you want to attend a uni with some serious careers support that would be this one... obviously careers in your field will require a master, i think thats what your teacher was referring to. London is a killer for student life (costs). Warwick is in the mid of nowhere thats its major downside otherwise reputation equal to nottingham, considering its not known for "arts" you would need to examine its reputational strength for history and its on nottingham level there.

    I mean the CI of A im not interested in spelling (or ever going there). But i do know thats its vaguely difficult to get into.... tough decision indeed.

    But as a nottingham student i will unbiasedly advise you nottingham lol.

    City/Campus balance like no other, employment is possible here easily, deliveroo fast food etc.
    Yeah I reeally liked Notts when I went there, (that chinese place in the main building had amazing stirfry noodles omg) and with an inconditional offer I could just go there with less stress. However, I am unsure whether to decline Courtauld, as I've been called stupid to even think about that..

    Thing is, when I went to my interviews and open days for my others, I hadn't had my relpy back from Courtauld, and being so sure I wasn't getting that offer might have made me biased when judging them, in order to make myself feel better.. so I might have to see each from a more criticizing persective at this point
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    (Original post by flapjacktoast)
    Yeah I reeally liked Notts when I went there, (that chinese place in the main building had amazing stirfry noodles omg) and with an inconditional offer I could just go there with less stress. However, I am unsure whether to decline Courtauld, as I've been called stupid to even think about that..

    Thing is, when I went to my interviews and open days for my others, I hadn't had my relpy back from Courtauld, and being so sure I wasn't getting that offer might have made me biased when judging them, in order to make myself feel better.. so I might have to see each from a more criticizing persective at this point
    Honestly since it is a specialist school for your career, im not going to tell you blindly take nottingham, do this go to Court (sorry still not learning the spelling lol) have a look about knowing you have an offer, and see if you can envision yourself there..I did that after i got my offer from royal holloway, and it wasnt for me. Though i was still waiting on Nottinghams offer(praying) it saved me. But going to a place knowing you have a place is very different....
 
 
 

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