my experience at the uni was unsatisfactory I feel like I’ve have not gained anything from the experience, it feels like a major waste of time, with the uni holding no consideration at all.
The uni made minimal efforts to increase employability in the careers department. Work placements were only told in brief with no further info provided and ledge told in two minutes before moving on to other information, felt there were no opportunities from the course itself.
I did not enjoy the course how they were taught. Very few tutorials were held for Further improvement development on yourself. The dissertation module Was the worst I’ve ever went through, with no academic help provided and being told To write it all at once over a summer, with no guidance from your dissertation tutor. I felt the course only focused on those less Fortunate than others with the achievers being sidelined to further less able Students.
Print rooms are a great size, for those who focus on print screen techniques. Your tables in the studio are small and squashed together. There is no designated computer space for textile students, you just have to hope ones free in the building.
The support is where this university lacks big style, I found it extremely difficult to source out help during my time there. Overall feel completely let down by their system and my time spent here was the worst.
Overall- very happy. I felt I learnt a lot more because it was a small uni with lots more time actually speaking to tutors. Helped that it was just a creative uni. Staff are great. Programme was great. I’m currently working at a small agency on placement.
Im really pleased with what the course did for me. I learnt loads of skills and I loved working in a studio and having a space to work every day. The course was really open so I got to choose what I wanted to do for the third year. Having a graphics studio to really work in- and you get a Mac- was really good. Most other unis don’t give you that. Staff were great too. Really knew what they were talking about. It’s a small uni- but so much better getting time to talk to your lecturers!
I most liked the studio and staff. Least liked the dissertation, but has to be written.
Facilities are great. Mac on each desk and your own space that you can decorate and make your own. All the software you need- all really good.
All great, could ask for academic help any time I wanted. I didn’t use any other support. Student union was good.
As said before, my experience so far has been challenging but the support of tutors and peers in my class has been great. They've helped me cope being far away from home and have also really helped me with understanding the structure of the work required and how the lessons usually pan out with workshops, group critiques and other formats of receiving feedback.
They discuss previous work placements students have done and also pass on potential places we could gain experience from. Also through the Professional Studies module, it allows us to develop a strong portfolio to take after graduating and also explore an area of the industry we wish to pursue through a report.
What I like the most is that the teachers have had suitable industry experience and I have learnt so much since only being there for 6/7 months as a direct entry student. What I least like about the teaching is that because of how many there are in the classes, there may be too many students for the teachers to go around during 1 lesson
They have everything I could think of/require such as a big sewing studio and separate classrooms.
Being a direct entry student into level 5 I've found the tutors have really helped me settle in to a class where the students would be quite advanced into the course. They go through how modules/fittings etc work so I have a clear understanding, as in terms of personal circumstances, I've found them very easy to talk to and for them to support me wherever they can.
I was promised a lot of things by staff before choosing CCAD as my university, none of which have been kept. I am extremely disappointed and feel let down by my uni.
It doesn't. If you want a work placement you have to find it independently. If you ask for advice you are told to "google it".
I like the fact that you get a lot of creative freedom and are able to work independently. I dislike that when you ask for help you are told "we are not here to help, you should know this by now, if you don't know it then try google".
We have one photography studio to share throughout all courses at CCAD, it is not just for our course, making it hard to book out and use.
Staff seem somewhat reluctant to help students. Certain members of the student support team come across as unapproachable and unfriendly. However there are some members that are really lovely and helpful.
My overall college experience so far has been a massive rollercoaster. On freshers week i discovered the uni doesnt have a student union bar, this made it difficult to make friends and instantly i thought i was going to be the last person on the bench when you pick your teams in dodgeball. The people at CCAD are different, it is a very accepting place and everyone shows their creativity in the way they dress and present themselfs, making people very open about themselfs. I guess i didnt expect this to be as hard as what it is but now im here and i can see how far i have come and how much i have learned i am so glad i came. Although the work load is hard, with the facilities, oppertunitys and staff i feel like its almost impossible to fail. I feel like im doing really well, theres so many techniques im still yet to learn. Academically, my grades are the highest they have ever been throughout my years at CCAD. 4 years ago, i left college with 4 ungraded results and since being at CCAD i am achieving 2:1's and even a few firsts. This is an amazing achievement for me and i cant wait to see what the future has for me after i graduate.
Ccad has great connections with people in the real industry, they set us up with live breifs or private tutorials with people who specialise in our subject to gain a greater knowledge. We are constantly posted about competions and oppertunitys of work experience and help is always given when struggling to find the right path. This course is not only based on your creative ability but our professionalism too. We have weekly professional study lessons with information on jobs, internships, work experince, trend websites, techniques, magazines and books, new artists and inspiration. We are encouraged to engage with the community throughout social media, galleries and trade fairs to make sure that before we leave uni, we already have our foot in the door.
Its a very fast paced course, they is a lot to learn in the little time that you have. This is mostly due to the wide amount of equiptment the course has available, along with extra weekly workshops that are volentary to attend (advanced techniques). Our time with our tutors may be limited but with the help of the team at ict and all of the print technicion ladies, help is always there or even just reassurance. The thing i like most is the space available. We choose a bay at the start of the year and we can decorate and personalise our own work spaces. This is really handy for me because i have limited space at home to do work and as you can image being a surface design student, the scale is big. It also gives our tutors a oppertunity to look at the work we have done, so if people are falling behind or have done something amazing, you will never be forgotton about. The thing i dislike most about the teaching of my course is the amount of essays, journals and reports we are expected to do in such a short amount of time. This shocked me when i first started uni because i was here because i was creative, not because i was good at english. Throughout my two years already at uni, i have always been offered support and help if i was lost, i just sometimes feel like this isnt going to help me in the future. Although the way the lessons are taught its still intresting to learn.
The faculities at this college are insane, i dont think theres anything ive ever needed and not been able to get. I choose this uni mainly because of the print rooms. We have 2 large print beds, a dye lab, pigments (these are all free to use!) A heat press machine, a sowing room , options between apple and windows computers, a insane libary with specialist books and we are able to learn the full process of exposing our own silk screens for furnishings. They are a very well kitted uni, its just a awful shame that it costs 30p to print out a A4 colour photocopy ( buy your own printer).
We are promised atleast one 30 minute sitting for each module with our tutor (Although this usually ends up 2 or 3 sittings). This doesnt include group tutorials, digital feedback or drop in sessions. Sometimes our lesson will be self directed study but or tutor will be open to drop in sessions, this gives people a chance to get on with any work they need to catch up on or you can gather in a communal room and take it in turns to have a talk about your current work, sometimes it may be 2 minutes long, sometimes it may be 45 but this time is allocated on a first come first served basis. People who dont make the time and effort to attend, do not get the oppertunity for some extra one on one feedback. At the end of every module we are given a feedback sheet with our grades, this highlights what areas of the breif we need to work on. It will also explain the reasoning behind the grade and short paragraphs depicting strong and weak points of your work. If things ever get to much, theres a person to help at student services for almost everything, from help with work, finances or even personal issues.
My Experience: Year 01: Drawing, drawing,drawing... Lots of creative projects to loosen you up and get you drawing like an illustrator should, there's trips to build up a visual library and the ability to work quite freely to produce work the way you want to. Year 02: Crazy year so far, I don't think I've worked this hard in a long time but we're working on briefs which would be applicable to the real world and it's fun to see how far you can push something from animation, to book illustration, personally created projects to work on what you want to do it's been great. Though with this comes a lot of writing and analysing, though I'm sure that this will eventually help me down the road when I break into the industry.
The efforts they make are great, there's chances to work on live briefs, allow us to partake opputunies found outside of University through contacts they hold. Through Proffesional Studies they teach us employabilty skills, such as presentation, social skills, industry standards and other great topics that will lead to employment.
What I like most is the freedom to go down your own path, there's little restriction to how far you can take a brief in a literal sense giving myself and many other the oppotunity to experiment and really find the thing which will take us forward to employability. The thing which I least admire is sometimes being put on briefs which don't fall in my area of what I want to do, while I understand it's important to get a real rounded education of the subject, sometimes it can sometimes drag on. However this doesn't last forever and the course always gives a lot of freedom, it's just up to yourself to direct that freedom to produce something cool and interesting.
The college facilities are pretty good, there's pretty much everything that you would need to get to help you whether it's a book at the libary or just a bite to eat in cafe. Location wise I do find it rather difficult to have to go to the other building to get something to eat, but it gets me in the fresh air and it's still worth going for the food.
Support is great, tutors can vary on opinion at times which to myself is a good thing as your getting an intropective from very different illustrators, though this can lead to conflicting opinions and you'll just have to put it down to yourself what works and what doesn't. Overall course support is good, they usually back off around second year to get you use to the actual standards of working out and alone in the industry, this can be difficult if you are struggling to know where to go next but they will step in if your having a melt down and give you a full explanation. I haven't had personal councilling with the university, but what I have had is conversations with my tutors which really helped. Personal problems do arise whether in family or other situations, but your never turned away when you want to talk to them, they're great at listening and offering advice.
Mostly positive, with engaging projects to work on and good opportunities, but there have been issues with some of the tutors involving favouritism between students and harsh treatment for some students for unjustified reasons
The college provides us with talks and workshops about the creativity industry, including visits from working creatives where we are able to ask questions
I like how we are given a lot of independent study time which allows us to get on with what we want to do, and to focus on our own creative aspirations. My least favourite thing are some of the resources such as the chairs in the class rooms, with some which are broken and a lot of them being unstable or cause back pain. The network is also faulty, as ours is connected to the local student accomodation which takes up most of it
The facilities such as the library and the general computer suite are good, but some facilities in the class room don’t work, such as some of the macs which are temperamental, and software not working, but since there’s so few IT staff it can take a while to get things working. The printers are also prone to not working for no reason a lot
There is a lot of time to ask for feedback with the tutors, though they can be vague with what they tell you. I haven’t tried counselling but I hear that and general student services are good
Can't complain.lots of support.good student base and lecturers.Accommodation is the best I have come across and the town is well catering towards the students and it was easy to integrate into life here.academically the university has helped me come leaps and bounds and is pushing me forward well.there is ample opportunity for networking and visits etc also
Entire section dedicated to work placements and careers (folio) and gives skills that would be useful in a range of jobs
I like the independence you get in your learning especially in level 5, I have no complaints about the teaching of the course currently
Very good academically and for counselling etc
Not what I expected at all. The workload is incredibly high compared to other courses and the communication between lectures and students is horrific along with lack of organisation in almost all places
So far there's minimal help, and there is little incentive to get work experience due to there not being much mention in class along with there being grace in workload or marking being given if the work experience is during term time
The contact time is very high although alot of it feels like independent in which for alot of the time there is no teacher student interaction so it would potentially be better to cut back on hours and allow independent study in any location instead of the classroom due to it being an inconvenience for many people who travel long distances and do activities which could easily be done at home in equally adequate fashion
The academic support is lacking and often takes a while to hear back. The student service and emotional support is very useful and easy to find
Ive loved every second wish i could do it all again the students and lecturers are amazing and so supportive . The onsite studios and facilities are first rate
Work experience, guest lecturers, proffesional practice modules, web design and lots of encouragement
The investment that the lecturers put in to your education as they are accessible and there for you.
Excellent as the course is quite small theres more than enough equipment to go around
Theres always someone to help wether it be on a personal or educational level