Before I started my degree at Coleg sir gar I had dreamt about a career as a fashion buyer and thanks to this course it became a reality. I have worked in buying for 5 years now and have loved every minute of it. It was all made possible by doing my fashion degree in Carmarthen.
I learnt so much on the fashion design course that I have been able to take with me through my career in fashion. I have been working in buying since finishing my course in 2012 and am so thankful to Coleg sir gar and all the lecturers for their support and mentoring. I wouldn't have the career I do if I hadn't done that course.
The course is what you make of it. It is hard work but very rewarding and you get so much help and support from the staff. The lecturers are more like friends than teachers! The studio has a friendly open environment that encourages you to learn from other students as well as the lecturers. You are given the opportunity to work on live competition briefs which have the potential to give you some amazing experiences as a student. The best part of the course is watching your final collection go down the runway at the end of year show.
The fashion course has all the machinery and equipment you need.
My experience was excellent, I had a great amount of support and thoroughly enjoyed my course. The great amount of one to one tuition helped me learn at a fast pace and I left the degree with a 1st.
The university helps you partake in live competitions with employers and actively encourages internships which are incredibly important for fashion careers. They also do a module where you focus on you, and selling yourself as a brand/to employers helping you write a CV, create and business card, website etc.
The small groups sizes - they allow you to get a great amount of one to one tuition which you wouldn't get elsewhere.
I'm a parent (mature student) so don't use the union much - have had a few nights out but not really involved myself due to time and personal reasons.
It's a small town with a city nearby. Perfect for those who want both scenery and shops!
Very good, the support I received was outstanding. Couldn't have faulted it.
Going to uni was a life changing experience for me! It was a roller coaster from start to finish I loved it all! Amazing course taught by amazing tutors! The course covered a wide range of topics that have all been incredibly helpful since Graduating.
Fantastic course it really does prepare you for the Fashion Industry
Amazing support offered by the Uni after discovering in my second year I was Dyspraxic. The tutors have been fantastic.
To me, this course has been life changing and life enhancing. My time as a student is actually one of the best periods of my life (and I've led an exciting life!). My only regret is that I cannot afford to take another course at Carmarthen School of Art!
The college runs an incredible Enterprise module at the end of the third year, bringing professional artists, employers and teachers from a large section of the profession to give talks (and be available afterwards for Q&A), encourage students to have work placements, and generally help the student to start up on their own or find employment. I was dreading it, as a mature student, but found it incredibly useful and informative, as did my classmates. The tutors we have are all practicing artists and their insight was also generous and useful.
Where to start! I want to say "Everything" but that would not be helpful! The teaching staff are superb - dedicated and wholley supportive of students. Nothing was too much trouble, despite staff being busy, they would find time to give advice, support - emotional as well as practical (I lost my mother during my final year and couldn't have felt more cherished by my head of department). My background is in photography, so I had no knowledge of painting techniques, I had never drawn anything and never made a print before starting the course, but, by the end of the three years, I had a first class degree and am more than competent in all the disciplines. The college also runs excursions to places such as Berlin (amazing galleries) and Venice for the Bienalle, of which I freely availed myself! These trips are subsidised by the college and are a fantastic part of the education process. The cameraderie and inclusiveness of the students is a lovely thing - as I said, I am a mature student, but never felt excluded because of my age, and I loved the company of my fellow students, with whom I still keep in touch. The teaching methods are thorough and clearly explained, and the artists and teachers who gave regular tutorials are inspiring and encouraging, and always helpful in suggesting things you might to to improve the work you are making.
I didn't get involved in the Union, it seemed to revolve around activities more suited to the younger student and I had a family at home to attend t, so didn't participate in the night-life! I have heard good things from fellow students about it, though.
Carmarthen is not one of the more wealthy campuses! Having said that, the painting department is well equipped, the life drawing classes are fantastic, with brilliant models and the print-making is the only side I would say could do with a boost, facility wise.
Carmarthen is a rural market town. Great shops, close to the sea, close to the countryside and has good places to eat and is a friendly, decent community.. The nightlife isn't my scene, so I couldn't comment on that.
Again, I'm not qualified to comment on this - sorry!
Absolutely brilliant. The college counsellors are amazing ( I speak from experience having had help after the death of my mother). The feedback from my teachers and tutors was clear, productive and kept me on the right track thoughout my course. There is also tremendous help offered from Study Mentors for anyone needing help with learning or that has physical difficulties.
Awful town, awful course.I would only recommend this course and college to lazy people who want an easy degree or people who are already local to the area and again, do not mind where there degree came from.
Modules in the second and third years are focused upon enterprising and the promoting of one's practice and further career development opportunities.
Guest lecturers and guest tutorials were excellent though in-house staff and tutors were found lacking. Spelling mistakes were common on typed briefs, tutors always seemed too busy to listen to student's concerns or to make sure that the group had understood what was being taught. Poorly organised degree course with a high drop-out rate.
I did not get involved as I was busy doing a degree.
There is a gym, a Starbucks and access to 3 very well-stocked libraries.
Non-existent. The nightlife involved 3-4 pubs in a rural town.
I wouldn't know.
The support at Coleg Sir Gar was so good that when students are failing the tutors bend dead-lines and spoon-feed to students the correct information for them to pass assignments.
I'm enjoying it here a lot, atmosphere and people are friendly! I like that I'm learning new stuff and techniques. The uni facilities are usually spacious, could use upgraded macs though, these begin to be a bit slow. The student's union is a valuable source of uni information and help. Uni also offers good learning support for various reasons. I might be able to find a job linked to my course of study, however I'd have to broaden my range of search.
Overall enjoyable experience, but I wish the coursers gave more of what you want to do. I like going to book stores and art stores in Carmarthen. There is also good learning support for various students and problems. The student union is good and they give lots of help and information. One thing which could be improved are the macs.