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ual or reading for graphic design

i got an offer from reading and UAL camberwell

yes UAL is well ranked but student satifaction is low and i am unsure how i gonna do there.

Reading - checked the university out , also a good university for graphic communication but limits the amount i can do , as its focuses on certain points


Both universities gave me offers but choosing one of these is hard for me as i like both of them , Ual - lots of students , hardly any tutor time and don,t know if i fit in but i am glad that i have an offer also i love the place and its quite expensive , and i don,t know much about the teaching and some of the review are mostly bad

Reading - most of the reviews are positive , the ranking is mid but its good and have work experience also less connections i presume , i love this one more and i checked it out and its not highly ranked so i am unsure of how it would help me in the job world
If you’re worried about the job world, it’s what you make of it. I don’t know much about Reading so I can’t comment but UAL is good as it’s an art school, it’s easy to make connections and have opportunities to work with companies based in London and a diverse student and teaching community, 50% of students are international so you’ll have connections all around the world. However a lot of the courses are for students that can work independently with teachers there to help you with your idea not necessarily give you an idea if that makes sense. If you ever wanted to move to London it’s possibly the one chance you can experience it with all the student discounts
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Original post by Angela Pallisery
i got an offer from reading and UAL camberwell
yes UAL is well ranked but student satifaction is low and i am unsure how i gonna do there.
Reading - checked the university out , also a good university for graphic communication but limits the amount i can do , as its focuses on certain points
Both universities gave me offers but choosing one of these is hard for me as i like both of them , Ual - lots of students , hardly any tutor time and don,t know if i fit in but i am glad that i have an offer also i love the place and its quite expensive , and i don,t know much about the teaching and some of the review are mostly bad
Reading - most of the reviews are positive , the ranking is mid but its good and have work experience also less connections i presume , i love this one more and i checked it out and its not highly ranked so i am unsure of how it would help me in the job world

Hi there,

Congratulations on your offers to both universities! I totally understand your dilemma, it is a big choice deciding on a university. I hope this offers you some insights!

Reading university is a great option for graphic design, it is currently ranked 6th in the UK for graphic design as of 2024! Whilst there are modules which have a certain focus point, this can give you a focused and in-depth learning experience whilst studying. At Reading, we also have a very dedicated and helpful careers department which is an invaluable resource. They are dedicated to supporting and advising students to explore potential careers options, develop employability skills and ensure that they tailor their approach to individual needs. More information on what our careers department have to offer can be found here. This can really help when you reach the point of navigating the world of jobs at the end of your degree due to the large amount of support which is offered! I have personally found their events and workshops (and 1-1 sessions) very helpful in developing my personal skills and confidence.

The graphic design course at Reading also has a focus module on professional development which allows you to build your personal network and industry contacts! More information on this can be found under 'structure' here.

It is important to also check out more information from UAL to ensure you're making a fully informed choice. Also make sure to consider aspects such as student life, location etc! Picking a university is all about finding the right fit for you. If you do have any more questions about life here at Reading, feel free to reach out!

Best of luck with your decision-making process,

Millie 🙂
BSc International Development

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