I'm on my way back from Edinburgh as I went to the applicant day today. This is my last uni visit, thankfully, so when I've heard back from them I need to decide where to go next year...... I was really impressed by the course at Edinburgh. The year is so small, about 20 people, and they act as an agency- joining with other year groups and going from jnr designer, to senior designer, to creative director. This is really unique to this course and the real work experience would be so valuable in terms of being employable after uni. I also like that the course is fairly academic as you have a context module and do an essay each semester- I enjoy writing so this actually appeals to me. It's hard to know how I would adapt from being in London and in a massive war group to going to a much smaller city and a tiny year group. There are definitely advantages to a big year group because you have more people to meet, more feedback on work, and possibly a more challenging and creative environment. The course at CSM and Manchester are over 100 and could be better in this way? Also I've got so much inspiration from being in London and being surrounded by so much creativity. I liked the feel of Northumbria when I went, but the facilities weren't that great and it's maybe a bit close to home for me? But that was a much smaller year group, like Edinburgh, which could be an advantage too? Manchester felt most like CSM, both in terms of the city being comparable to London and the size of the art school. I like that at Manchester and CSM the different disciplines have studios close to each other because I get really inspired by seeing other people's work and the atmosphere is really busy and exciting.
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