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My overall experience during this year of academic is was hard for me, since lockdown because of COVID-19, we wasn’t able to have the full experience of being inside of uni especially when it’s our first year. Having online class sometimes it becomes hard because of the internet connection, hard to understand the new programs etc... but other than that it being also great that having those problem it was a issue to not stop us completing our work.
It will be much better to teach us in person rather then having online class, is hard when we have some issue with photoshop or Rhino programs because they can’t really helps us that much.
If we have some question we can email them easily.
I really appreciated all the technical skills I learned from uni - research, design, pattern cutting, manufacturing, print. However, a lot of technical sewing workshops are very rushed and it was hard to see what the technician was doing. The timelines for sewing homework was often very rushed so most students had no clue what they were doing, and were unnecessarily stressed. Moreover, the course leader constantly emphasises how hard the course and the industry will be on the students, instead of being encouraging. I understand that it is a strenuous course, but some encouragement could be a massive difference to people's mental health. By the third year, many people are extremely depressed and just want to get things over with, especially with each fitting being more of a design critique. Tutors were unprofessional in fittings, using personal attacks instead of being neutral and speaking purely about the work. The tutors don't agree with each other so you constantly get a push and pull on your work depending on who is teaching, so students are very confused. Course leader isn't great with keeping to deadlines so he will constantly push until he realises that the deadline is too close for us to keep developing. He also encourages us to not trust our instinct, and to keep developing things until it is unrecognisable. This uni is great for people who are extremely headstrong and who aren't afraid to argue or stand up to the tutors. It seems like the people who didn't listen are the ones who did the best. For everyone else who actually wants tutors who foster your design signature and voice, go somewhere else.
Career services is a bit useless when you need some extra help. He isn't present for his office hours and doesn't respond to emails. Industry speakers are great. They have a few connections with Vans but tend to choose the same few students for work opportunity recommendations, instead of fostering everyone's growth. Internships and work are up to the student to look for.
Course when I was there from 2016-2019 was good. First year lessons were great and then with each year, the quality/content of teaching diminished. By third year, it was as if they thought we should already know everything and already have industry knowledge because we went on an internship.
The fashion department is seen as separate from the university.
I rented privately and found it extremely difficult to find accommodation near the university that was of good standard. Private accomodation near the uni is quite expensive. I would recommend living in a hall.
Library is decent but is quite small. Sometimes there isn't a lot of space to work, and there are a lot of issues with the printers.
Located very close to central so it's great to explore London!
Very few societies and no sports clubs.
The one counsellor is overbooked so it's very hard to book with her. In fact, she has told me that there are many many students from the fashion department coming due to issues with the tutors being verbally abusive.
This university is a soul sucking place which takes your curiosity, enthusiasm, hopefulness and joy and TRAMPLES all over it and crushes you. The tutors are little boys with ego problems who manipulate students for their own personal gain or masochist pleasure. AwFULL!!! do NOT GO HERE
The course is awful and absolutely soul crushing. Do not do this course. The tutors are messy, disorganised, clueless, have favourites and act like you’re a girl they’re dating and leave you on read when you ask them for a tutorial. They waste time by making you try to conform to what they would like to design rather than encourage you to develop you’re own design style. Tutors would take personal calls during times that were meant for tutorials, some would just sit there like a statue and not go up to anyone. Just a ridiculous set of men who are clueless.
Not good. The prototyping equipment is always full and you waste days just waiting for the device you need to be available. People also book things 5 months in advance. Toilets are disgusting. Not enough chairs and tables for the students.
Lame / near non existent.
Not good, feedback would be minimal or regressive and make you waste time and rethink ur design when it’s too late. Counselling is literally pointless, Everytime I would be struggling and want to seek help the office would be closed or busy or something. The tutors on this course are the biggest joke. They are not supportive.
I find it hard to make friends so i am very lonely despite being surrounded by people. I am the only student on my course so i find that really difficult as i have no one else to help me or bounce ideas off of. I also have no one that can share work with me. Travelling to and from the uni can be nightmarish. My course constantly requires me to buy model materials and they havent given us any money for that, which is unfair. But most of all i just want a close group of friends.
I think career support is very good. I like them, especially Clara Beckley
I like how it is cross collaborative across the architecture courses. But i dont like that there are no specific lectures for my course, and i dont like how disorganised ravensbourne is with their timetabling
It's not great really, there should be something done about giving architecture students a budget each to spend on model materials. Also we should all have free a4 and a3 printing at least
They're average, it is such a small building. I wish the library was huge or even a separate building. The variety of course books is not good enough, especially for landscape architecture and the amount of fiction books is minimal, which is very upsetting. However I don't know if this counts but we really appreciate having free student software
It is an hour commute for me, so very time consuming and tiring to come in every day. Sometimes the journey deters me from coming in.
Awful, there is no variety i find, and the ones that have been set up have very low numbers and are therefore failing
It could be better. In tutorials i need my tutor to let me know if my work is below par or anything below an A. So far no one has pointed this out so i get nastily surprised when i get my results. As for counselling, i would like to receive it but i am low priority apparently so i dont receive any. However sometimes i get spoken to by Lizzie who is lovely.
Its been mostly positive but wish we would have more specific lectures and practical lectures. Most lecturers are okay but some are not trained in teaching so have little experience in the field.
There are industry people that come in but would be nice if they'd offer more realistic work places as a lot aren't possible
I like the industry connections and access to equipment but wish we would have more lessons based on specific areas of tv
Theres a decent amount
A reasonable amount
Overall I have enjoyed my university experience so far, but there is definitely plenty of room for improvement. I have made some great friendships so I don't really have any issues socially, but I think that the lack of clubs, organised social events, and places to hang out (such as how many other universities have campus bars, for example) mean that the students who are more quiet or shy may find the social experience at Ravensbourne a bit less engaging than at other universities. I also would greatly appreciate more theory work and stronger work placement encouragement.
We do have optional CV and employability workshops sometimes, and we are encouraged to find work experience outside of uni, however we aren't really given much help with actually finding or organising this. Certainly not in first year at least, but I haven't really heard of anything like that in later years either. I know at some other universities they have actual work placement modules as part of their curriculum, such as a placement year or term, and I think something like this would be extremely beneficial for us and should definitely be added to the curriculum, especially since one of Ravensbourne's main selling points that it markets itself on is its industry connections and employability rates.
What I like most about my course so far is the amount of practical learning - I am halfway through my second term at uni and am currently working on my sixth film. I think that learning by doing is really the way to go with something like filmmaking, and I particularly like that we are able to experiment and make mistakes at this early stage, since our first year films are not graded, so we make them purely with the purpose of learning from the experience. What I like least about the way my course is taught is the complete lack of in-depth theory. While I think practical work is definitely the most important and I'm glad that Ravensbourne places so much emphasis on that, but I think there could definitely be a better balance and our lectures could be a lot more in-depth. For example, during our Film Language & Technologies unit last term, we had a few introductory lectures at the beginning that went over the basics of visual language and how the different elements of a scene can be used to communicate the story, mood, etc. I found these really interesting and assumed that these broad introductions would be elaborated upon and explored much further in future lectures, but this never happened. The same thing is happening now in our Creative Storytelling unit. I was really excited for this unit and the recommended books on the reading list made it seem like we would be exploring topics like the anatomy of story, how to craft an effective story arc, character arc, etc. and different narrative theories. However, again these subjects were barely glossed over in lectures, and fascinating concepts such as Plato's Allegory of the Cave will be brought up in passing but never explored.
I don't know a lot about the goings on of the students' union, but they did organise some fun events for freshers' week, such as a rooftop party and going to see The Lion King on the west end. Since then, however, it would be nice to have more social events, organised activities and societies.
For my course, digital film production, the facilities are pretty good as we have access to lots of really good quality filming equipment as well as editing suites.
Ravensbourne has a really good location in terms of amenities - there are plenty of shops and places to eat around thanks to being right next to the O2. Another very convenient thing is that the uni is right next to North Greenwich Tube Station, so getting into central London is quick and easy, and no matter where students live the uni is pretty easy to get to.
0/10. This is the one major issue I have with Ravensbourne. There are no sports whatsoever and very, very few societies. I know some students who are trying to start up new societies, but the university makes this quite a difficult process and so at the moment there are still hardly any. We don't have access to a sports hall, field or gym of any kind as part of our campus, and so sadly I don't think we will ever have any sports teams or clubs. This really should be changed as basically all other universities that I've seen have vibrant social scenes with diverse clubs available for students with all sorts of interests. It just makes university life much more enjoyable and gives a better sense of social cohesion.
There is good support offered if you actively seek it out. I have found that the only real way to get feedback on work or get any kind of help is to approach the lecturers and talk to them one on one at the end of a lecture.
Ravensbourne is good, I think one of the things that lets it down for me is the lack of a student Union. I wish there were more societies (sports etc), that a lot of campus universities have.
They offer jobs within the uni which is good
It’s very industry based, and quite independently working based so you have to constantly prove you are good at your work - which is a motivator
Very good, and the job prospects are really good
Considering they don’t own my accomodation, the travel time is fine. It’s two stops away from Stratford/Westfield so that’s really good.
There are none.
No joke, i am enjoying it so much. The Advertising and Brand Design course has established a tight community that we all love and care for one another! Anything I need is available to me if I ask and in general my whole experience has been amazing. The people, the tutors, the environment, its just great!
We work with the industry thats what Ravensbourne is all about
Most= working on live briefs and live clients Least= nothing really, i am pretty happy overall
Amazing, less is more
Its a small uni, so not a HUGE amount of societies/sports, but still good
I would desperately urge people to do another course at another uni. The contact hours are so limited. The past 3 years have just been rubbish. Please don't take what they say about collaborating with other courses seriously. The second year is rubbish apart from the VM unit and the work experience. first year you are shocked by how little time you are in. I've made no friends. 3rd year I just want it to be over. PLEASE LOOK ELSEWHERE. THESE HAVE BEEN THE LONELIEST, DULLEST YEARS OF MY LIFE.
we do work placement in year 2 which is helpful and they do prepare you with mock interviews and CVs. I would say this is good.
this is where it goes downhill. the tutors are nice and helpful. however, contact hours are VERY limited. Third year you are in (I'm not joking) HALF A DAY PER WEEK. in first year- 2 days on a good week. Second year same, but you are on placement for a term so you only get 2 terms. the tutors act like they are just so busy and you just can't understand why. it's kind of a joke.
not sure- haven't used them
ok. library is very small. access to online resources is good which is what is most helpful.
badly- they dont have many that aren't religious
ok. there is counselling offered by student services. the tutors are helpful with feedback and you can contact them out of class via AULA messaging.
Positives: Very easy to meet people and make friends, super collaborative, amazing kit store. Negative: Lectures can feel irrelevant and disorganised
Really strong at this. Everything is very job and industry focused. In all our group chats and forums, everyone is constantly sharing jobs.
Most: Very practical, hands on, industry focused. Least: Unstructured, sometimes pointless activities that are hard to complete in the size of the course.
Not really that aware or connected to the student union.
Excellent. I study film and it has the most incredible kit store.
100%. Right in the centre of the O2, next to North Greenwich station and 10 min walk away.
There are basically none, but would be too busy to take part anyway.