You have to be self motivated to build up a social life at Exeter College as there aren't many clubs or social activities, however if you build a good relationship with your peers, that doesn't have to be a problem. The tutors here are knowledgeable and supportive and give their time willingly to assist students with their projects. Interesting briefs are set to build up good portfolios. There are excellent opportunities provided with live briefs. One student was involved with designing for the Rugby World Cup 2015 in Exeter last year and our group provided the branding and promotional designs for a local Animation Festival, which are now in use. The standard of work by the end of the second year can be very good. Last year one of the students was commended by Design Bridge (London) for her packaging designs! I have been happy with my time at Exeter College and hope that they extend the 2 year FDA to a 3 year BA Hons degree in the future.
The large quantity of tutor contact time is a huge plus here. We have 2 full days with tutors on hand for inspiration, assistance and feedback. They have all worked in the industry and their help is invaluable. Also the student groups are very small in comparison to most universities, therefore the tutors can afford the time to sit and discuss work in detail.
I loved this course - The lecturer was fantastic and very supportive, I feel he taught us in a way that really readied us to go out and get a job straight away. Teaching was for 1 and 1/2 days a week which gave us plenty of time to do research and development independently, an aspect of the course structure I really liked. Briefs were varied and we were all given individual tutorials that enabled us to all experiment and discover where our strengths lie. Personally, the course really helped me to discover what I wanted to do and prepared me for my top-up year at university. Couldn't recommend the course more!
Absolutely loved this course, the lecturer was incredibly supportive and I felt really taught us with readying us for job prospects in mind.
Lecturer was incredibly supportive! Teaching was 1 and 1/2 days a week, with the rest of the week focused on self-supported learning, which really gave me a sense of independence and particularly prepared me for my top-up year at uni
Facilities were varied and accessible, the libraries were perhaps a bit frustrating at times, as was the lack of HE dedicated space - did find ourselves having to sit amongst noisier college students - frustrating when you're trying to concentrate!
Exeter's a great city! Plenty to do, with all you need close by
Didn't get involved and clubs and societies simply because I lived away from the city so transport would have been an issue, but clubs I had previously been involved with at the college were excellent.
I personally had learning support which was excellent - really helpful and friendly learning support, made me feel very supported during the course. Lecturer was also very understanding and supportive.