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Fashionstu
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Hi I’m thinking of doing the Fashion Marketing and Communication degree at the FRA, however I’ve heard very mixed reviews, can anyone give me an opinion on the college and how they’ve found it?
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Hi Hun!

I'm currently a student there doing a Level 3 and its a great qualification to have but they are very unorganised. There is not a lot of support given. If you read google reviews of the Fashion Retail Academy you will see how it is. I have mixed reviews my self. I'm in the last year of my Level 3 course now and I'm progressing to university and didn't apply to FRA at all since i just know it wouldn't be great.

I applied to LCF, Ravensbourne etc and even tho tuition fees are more expensive and you are in more days i think its much more worth it and you learn a lot more. Keep in mind the degree at FRA is with falmouth university.

Let me know if you want to ask anything else.

Good luck! x

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Hi I’m thinking of doing the Fashion Marketing and Communication degree at the FRA, however I’ve heard very mixed reviews, can anyone give me an opinion on the college and how they’ve found it?
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Hi thank you for your response!

It’s so difficult because I know someone that goes there that loves it!!

In what sense is there no support? & do you think the connections with industry are good?

Thank you x
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No worries at all,

There is very little support - assignments and deadlines are very unclear. The lectures doesn't give as much support as they are supposed to i.e their feedback given on your work as well as helping you with assignment/bringing your ideas to life. They tend to just give you the assignments brief and expect you to know everything. They don't really care on what you do after the course. For my level 3 course i had no UCAS or portfolio help and they don't really encourage you to progress to university.

The communication towards lectures and students are also very poor. Lectures are not as specialised in their teaching course and not as well experienced compared to other universities.

For BA courses there is very limited space to work in as well. Not sure if attend the open day yet?

I personally have mixed reviews too but i have more cons than pros.

I guess you can always give it a go and leave after if you aren't enjoying it - But its honestly your preference if you feel like you will enjoy it at far just give it a go theres no harm Did you apply anywhere else or planning too?

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oh okay thank you!

I am currently at the University of Leeds studying Fashion Marketing but I feel as though all I am being taught is words from a textbook.
Thats why I was looking at the FRA because I thought it would be better being taught by industry professionals and thought I would also gain more contacts within the industry. I also find that i have a very distant relationship with my lecturers as there are so many on the course and it is hard to engage with them and listen, so I thought the FRA would be more personal and therefore it would be easier to learn, but now I'm very confused!! hahaha
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Oh really aww so sorry to hear that!

And at FRA industry connections are quite good. We also have careers fair where companies like Arcadia, Boohoo, Karen Miller, Liberty etc come in and we are able to give them our CV to see if they offer any internships or placements (Even shop floor roles are available)

I think FRA is deffo more personal then since there aren't that many students compared to other universities.

Not sure if the BA offers a placement - if you want to be guaranteed a place you have to make sure your attendance is really good. xx
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okay thank you so much for your help!
I've just got a decision to make

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FRA is a terrible choice but you get what you pay for, nothing. Better not waste your time there and look for an apprenticeship straight into the business you want to be in.
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