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Traumatised for life

Posted By stingosaurus

University : University of Cumbria
Course title : BA (Hons) Graphic Design
Year of graduation : 2009

1 out of 10
Overall opinion

Worst mistake of my life. The best thing that could happen to this university would be if it was demolished and rebuilt from scratch, with a completely new set of staff with a new, contemporary focus on design. Billions of pounds would have to be invested in making Carlisle a more hip town, otherwise I think this university is doomed.

1 out of 10
Quality of course and lecturers

It makes me sad every time I think about the fact that I spent 3 years at this piece of sh*t course, when there are literally hundreds of amazing design courses out there in the world. I wasted my precious years in this inbred, cookie-smelling turd that is Carlisle at the most insufficient, ignorant and degrading design course ever created. The majority of the teachers didn't give a damn about 90% of the class, they were not contemporary in their views about design nor even willing to teach their students properly. To some degree I believe they even held a certain level of jealousy towards students who got jobs or cool internships afterwards. The classes were non-existent. In the first year we had one general design class, one tutorial, one elective and one design history class a week. In second year we had one Design Discourse class and one tutorial a week. By the end of second year we were not even given proper crits, because our work should "speak for itself". In third year we wrote a long essay and had one tutorial a week or every other week. It was so minimal, I would say I spent more time with the student services than my lecturers. My final mark was completely out of the blue, because I never received a single word of feedback. After I graduated I had a lot to learn before I could actually work as a designer. After five years I'm still struggling to make design for a living and I'm haunted by the memories of disappointment from this so called university. It has been a major source of depression and PTS for me over the years and I wouldn't wish this experience on anyone. My advice to new students is to get out of there while they still can. I can guarantee you that you'll find something much better anywhere else.

2 out of 10
University facilities

I liked hanging out in the screen printing facility, but that was the only decent facility on the campus. For graphic designers this campus is catastrophic. Not a very creative space to work in terms of studio, computers are old. From what I've heard the designers have been moved to the space that used to be the library. Sounds pretty f*cking terrible if you ask me. In terms of sports facilities I never heard of such a thing while I was there. So no, nada. Was there a bar? If there was one I would have hung out there a lot. The cafeteria was pretty crap as well. Oh yeah, and do I need to say that they don't really have a library anymore?

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Student union

Never heard of the existence of one. I never saw anything that resembled a student club or anything. If there was I would have loved to join.

1 out of 10
University societies and clubs

Like I said; non-existent.

1 out of 10
University life

Carlisle sucks balls! It's small, smells of cookies, it's humid and full of teen-mums and chavs. There were literally two places to go to if you wanted to go out; The Brickyard and Concrete. Both sucked. There were no student activities to take part in either. The only form of organised group activity was the sharing of illegally downloaded tv series, which took place among a group of us all over the campus.

5 out of 10

I was lucky to find a good landlord who leased student accommodation for cheap and good quality. I wish I could have avoided the accommodation of my first year however; at a student apartment house in Caldewgate. It was expensive, cold and tiny.

NA not rated
Job prospects and careers service

I received next to zero help in this department. We had one lecturer who asked us to write an essay about what we wanted to do. That was it. Afterwards I have struggled to find permanent employment for five years.

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