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Zero positivity and depressed staff and students. Staff don't seem qualified. Please think again. I wish i went elsewhere. I could have gone to Hull and foolishly didn't apply
I least like the underresourcing. I most like the area of Yorkshire.
It doesn't do anything
The course is great for learning, and the tutors are fun to work with, but the infrastructure and services supporting those things are badly funded and badly managed. My course is pretty specialized so I don't know where else I could've gone, but in hindsight, there may have been better choices.
There are end-of-year shows for second and third-year students, as well as opportunities to work with potential employers as part of our studies. Obviously it's a little different for an art course as this is predominantly a freelance field, so I can't speak to how students on more traditional courses are treated.
The course is very practical and the lecturers are industry professionals. The lecturers are also friendly and very willing to help students individually. The small class size helps a lot with this.
I never really bothered to get involved. I assume they do...stuff, but I don't hear much about them beyond the occasional poster.
The accommodation here is old, cramped, poorly maintained, and falling apart. The heating works (when the maintenance guys remember to turn it on in the winter) and it's watertight, but that's about it. The internet is a premium service - or rather, it's charged like a premium service for a service no better than my cheap mobile plan. It's slow and prone to packet loss and frequent ping spikes. There have been occasional rodent sightings, and the caretakers, while friendly, don't seem well-organized. It took a month after moving in to get shower mats this year (they said it would be a week). There was also a week or so last year where the fire alarms went off several times a night because they were broken.
Some of the facilities are quite nice, but in many ways they're outdated and underfunded. de Montfort in Leicester has Cintiqs for everyone to use - we have creaky old Macs with the wrong kind of display, slow educational internet, and the heating is never on when it needs to be. Many of the buildings are old, and you can often see quite clearly where it's essentially held together with string and prayers.
Doncaster is a grim, grey, Northern industrial city, and that's about it. I'm pretty antisocial so I can't say much about the nightlife. If you want to get into the city, it's a short bus ride with a regular (albeit frequently late) service. Prices aren't too bad.
I'm not sure we even have any clubs and societies. There's a student bar, I guess.
The tutors give excellent feedback and one-to-one time is available just by asking, but they are often overloaded. This year our tutors are having to do paperwork for an entire second course due to another tutor quitting, which means they've been disorganized and less available. The university's internal organizational skills in general are absolutely abysmal. I haven't needed personal support myself, but I have heard that the student services people are not always helpful and sometimes antagonistic.
It's been the best thing I've done since I was 16. I am ready to start my new career and change my life. Doncaster UNI allowed me to be a father and student at the same time without eitherimpacting negatively on the other. I have one more year left and I am looking forward to doing it again.
The course has been excellent. I started the course knowing nothing about a career in Illustration and after two years I am confident that I have the right knowledge to achieve my goals. I am really excited.
The course covers all aspects of illustration. If you want to become a children's book illustrator, (which I do) you can study to suit that and if you want to become a concept artist, you can study to suit that too. The lectures have supported me in every aspect of my learning. I have personal issues and throughout the whole course they have made sure I can study in an environment which allows me to flourish. The lecturers are more committed to the course and the development of their students than any others I have encountered.
I haven't been involved with the student union.
The facilities are great. I have been able to facilitate my needs on campus.
I am a mature student and don't go into town drinking, I am more interested in the culture and Doncaster is becoming more creative as the years go on. Although I haven't been involved with town nightlife, I hear Doncaster has a great student nightlife.
I haven't been involved in the clubs. Again, being a mature student I have been concentrating on my studies and my family.
The support is excellent. Because of my personal issues, I have used the counselling services and it really helped. I don't think I would have maintained the level of work I have, if it wasn't for the support.
Due to the lack of funding in HE we have missed out on one of best opportunities to get our work to professionals (new designers) Hopefully in the years to come the funding will be available and others will have that opportunity
It's has been great to meet new people and face new challenges with excellent professors
The great communication with the lectures
UCD is based in excellent countryside surroundings and a short bus journey from the city centre which makes it an ideal place of study for all types of students. Whilst at UCD I studied Creative Music Technology and I cannot express enough how great my experience was in terms of the supervision from the faculty, the opportunties available and the people I met. I recommend this university to any student willing to learn and achieve...10/10
Prior to studying Creative Music Technology at UCD, I studied Music Tech at A level so I entered the course with a beginner's knowledge of the subject. However, this changed for the better when I started at UCD, the supervision and support I received from the music staff was second to none. They were all patient, willing to explain and excellent at introducing me to aspects and areas of music I was unaware of. I graduated with a first class honours degree and am currently pursuing a masters degree in composition. I cannot thank the music faculty enough for these achievements because without them I would not have the knowledge or reached the places I have today.
The Independant Filmmaking course at University Centre Doncaster is a decent course that covers all aspects of film production and a heafty amount of film theory. The course teaches you that you dont need amazing equipment to make great films. The Independent Filmmaking course has projects which encourages working with people from other courses such as Drama, Dance and Creative Music Technology. The Independent Filmmaking course also offers on occasion external projects outside of the course to give you first hand experience of working in the corporate filmmaking world. By the end you will have come away with a showreel and an experience that you wont get anywhere else.
Through the Independent Filmmaking course their are several opportunities that arise with the prospect of getting a job in industry after graduation
the Courses at University Centre Doncaster have lecturers who are enthusiastic about the subjects they teach and try their hardest to guide and help their students get the very best grades possible.
The Independent Filmmaking course is a fantastic course to help any aspiring filmmaker get to grips with all aspects and areas of film production. The course gives students exactly what the name suggests, its very practicle and hands on. I personally enjoyed this type of course much more than anything theory based as we learn just as we would out in industry only on the course we have added support of tutors and also other students.
There plenty of oppotunities given to studnts from outside companies and part of the curriculum actually involves producing a coporate film for a seperate company. Also there is a lot of opportunity to work and collaborate with students on other courses across the institute.
The lecturers on the Independent Filmmaking course are always on hand and will always help with any issues in anyway they can.
There is a large store of equipment at the university which is available to students at all times and also there is a large TV studio space which is kitted out with lights, green screen etc. There is a large theatre too which can be used Filmmaking students and across from that is a dance hall practice space which can be used. offices and classrooms can be booked to use as locations, meeting spaces, audition rooms etc. the Learning Resource Centre is also largely stocked libarary with an expansive online collection too.
The tutors on the course are always on hand to help and they will always do their best to facilitate the needs of the students.
This uni I would not recommend in the slightest, the lecturers are slack, all the support staff I have encountered haven't had a clue what to do and worst of all, they mark work incorrectly. After being told not to submit certain pieces of work, because i'd failed a module, they then phoned me two weeks before i was supposed to start the final year of my course again, firstly asking me if I would like to resubmit my work for it to be marked again. I decided that this may be a good option and went in, after finding out i would be entitled to no funding from the uni at all, and that all my work would be capped at 40%, i didn't want to do this, and would preferred to have done the full year again, granted it would have meant more work, but i could have come out of the end with a much better degree. I was speaking to my course leader and I wasn't given a choice and was told that resubmissions were the only way. The incompetence of the staff and lack of communication throughout has effectively cost me a reputable degree. It has annoyed me that i had no choice in the matter, and wouldn't recommend it at all. The whole course started to go downhill at the start of the second year, when the actual course structure was changed to pretty much a degree we did not sign up for, they have a habit of saying things and never actually following through with it. A further point I would like to make, is when speaking to a member of staff to do with my course, I was told that the deadline would be flexible for my benefit, today, i received an email, which has told me the deadline is not flexible any more, and it is set as a week today. I would have accepted this if it was a firm deadline throughout, but I feel that they have been unfair in telling me that it is fixed a week before.
I have been studying Contemporary Performance Practise at The University Centre Doncaster, which is based at High Melton. For the past two years and I would like to say I have so far had an amazing experience. With the campus been quite small but surrounded by nature it has created a beautiful environment to work and thrive in. The campus is well kept and the staff are friendly and will go out of their way to help you. i find this very important as University is a time in your life where you can freely discover things about yourself and gain your own perspective on life., but at the same time giving you an opportunity to expand your work and practise. I'm not going to lie at times it can be hard and stressful but with the close relations you form with the teachers and staff at Doncaster it makes the stress and panic a lot easier. This bond with the staff and teachers along with other students is unique and rare as you work more closely with one another and form a great love and respect for one another. Word of mouth from friends and family who have studied at big city universities have said their experience has not been the same as mine. I think this is down to working in big busy environments with masses of people making it harder to form these close relations with staff and students. The facilities at Doncaster in the grand scheme of things are great - we have a Theatre with a variety of software’s, equipment, Studio's, performance spaces and many other great facilities that typically students cant afford and also giving you a professional setting to create quality pieces of art and work. If you are a person searching for a beautiful campus with people who are passionate, talented and will accept you for your true self High Melton is the place for YOU