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Avoid like the Plague

Posted By Peanut Butter

University : University of Cumbria
Course title : Fine Art
Year of graduation : 2014


3 out of 10
Overall opinion

It seems the course might be personality driven more than anything else. Or if your work shares similarities to that of the tutors then that's a plus. They should encourage us to develop our own skills and a few are telling us what to do. It seems irrational.



3 out of 10
Quality of course and lecturers

Overall the quality from the lecturers somewhat vary. There is only one tutor that gives it all and seems to adapt easily to students from all walks of life and is empathetic. Majority of lecturers/tutors though seem depressed. The problem I had is that you usually have to use your own initiative to contact the tutors to arrange a tutorial in regards to your practice. Tutors don't respond in a timely fashion by e-mails i.e. Normally in a week. Some speak in riddles other go off in a tangent and some don't guide you as the way you would like to be guided. What really doesn't happen is the discussion on what you need to aim to achieve a higher grade. So most of the time it feels like you're walking around blindfolded and the grades might seem random like a Bar Slot Machine. This is especially the case when you have an appraisal and the result is an outstanding grade then comes the assessment grade where it drops drastically, there is absolutely no consistency! It seems strategic on their behalf. I would avoid applying for this course if you have no prior knowledge of Art History or Philosophical understanding or anything Contemporary. Seems you will be frowned upon and belittled especially by a couple of senior lecturers, just be prepared to get patronised. If you are looking to gain new practical skills then this course is less about practicalities and more on theoretical thinking. The only benefit is that your practice gets a little polished up but nothing to call back home to. Though the benefits of the course is the communal aspect. You have to be a team player as all the finance for setting up shows, especially the degree show is out of your own pocket and you have to put all your personal differences to the side. There are two on-site technicians one specialising in metal and wood work etc and the other in photography and technology. They're super friendly and extremely helpful, probably the most interactive staff at Caldewgate. The studio spaces are adequate but make sure you claim your territory at the beginning of the year or there will be disputes. One aspect which can be a repellent to some is this "family" scenario which some tutors encourage. As it is a small campus there is no quiet place to escape to allow yourself to get stuck-in with your work.



4 out of 10
University facilities

As the Caldewgate campus is a 30 minute walking distance from Brampton the main campus, you'll be trekking back and forth if you may want to use any of the facilities at Brampton- including the library. At Caldewgate there is a computer lab which functions to all needs from Photo editing to Video production on Mac and Window computers. There is also an industrial printer so you can print to customized size papers.



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