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I’m not sure at all what I want to do in university and haven’t been sure for a while now and times running out I’m thinking of doing product design but I’m not sure if I really want to do it because I’m into to making designs, patterns etc in art but there’s a lot of IT in graphic design. HELP ME PLEASE
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Hey there!

Have you tried looking for a design course that would be open to you doing product design and physical making as well? Our Graphic Design course here at Plymouth College of Art may be more suited to someone like you who is both creative-minded but likes to create a physical or practical piece to go along with the design as there is a lot of freedom in the courses here. As well as having an open studio policy which allows all students to use all of the workshop spaces here at PCA, the students on the Graphic Design course also get to collaborate with other programme areas such as fashion, film and product design itself.

My advice would be to weigh up what you do enjoy and what you don't enjoy about both areas and figure out which would be more sustainable for you to be studying, there's nothing stopping you branching out into the other during or after your degree, too - don't limit yourself to one or the other. You could even consider going onto a Foundation Diploma Course, Extended BA Course or Foundation Year to help yourself figure out what you would be happiest studying?

If you have any questions, please let me know!

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Wow that was very helpful, ok I’m going to give you a list of all the things I enjoy doing
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I like art but more specifically not really the self portrait or figure drawing type of side but more of the making designs, pattern, linos, using different resources to make an art work, using other inspirations to develop my own but there’s MORE
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As I’m a very practical person I’m VERY VERY attracted to the modelling side and this initially made me gravitate towards performing arts but a worry I had was if it could be a stable to just to be easily derived after university
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I’m NOT really in favour of the technical computing side if there is but not completely all the computing, just hoping there’s nothing very complicated that has to do with computing
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And that’s why I chose graphic design you see
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Those are some of the work I did
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Hey there Ajay_q,

That makes complete sense, you're trying to combine the things you love to find something practical, and that's great because you're thinking towards the future! Wow, those are some great prints! If you wanted to continue making work like that then maybe our Painting, Drawing and Printmaking course could be for you?

Alternately, if you really enjoy making patterns and similar, it may also be worth looking into our Printed Textile Design & Surface Pattern Course. This incorporates pattern and design by creating prints that could be used commercially, for example for fashion prints, interior upholsteries, bed linen, wallpapers, patterns for plastics, gift wrap and more.

As we are a specific art and design institution, a lot of our courses overlap because PCA understands that creativity is fluid. Most of our students work with a wide varied of materials and experiment with different practices, for example, I myself am a Photography student, but I also do a lot of freelance Graphic Design work alongside my degree. There is an open studio policy which means that all students can use any workspace they want to (after being inducted) and you're not limited to your one discipline.

I think that as you're still experimenting with a lot of mediums, perhaps it would be more beneficial for you to undertake a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design as this would help you find a specialism in which you enjoy and you could then go on to do a degree in that subject area? I myself did a Foundation Diploma before coming to university, so if you had any questions about it then do ask away!

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The thing is I’m also looking for a course that’s known to give high pay as well as high in demand because art isn’t really high in demand it’s more of a solo thing
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And what’s Plymouth’s ranking for graphic design
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I’m so worried I’m going to end up doing a course I don’t enjoy or end up not getting a good job from it
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