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Design or Media?

PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2009 10:47 am
by Whatsername
Heya.. its my second year for college next year. I have just finished my art and design course and I have applied for 3 different courses.. design/digital art/media.. only 2 of them gets me into university. So its out of design and media.. but im not sure which one to choose?
Can anyone help me?
I really want to use photoshop and design artwork on there instead of just drawing, which would be best... design which is craft/3d/graphics.. or media which is graphics and film?
I have done all my interviews, and asked them questions but im still not sure which one would be best.

Sorry if this is confusing. #-o

Re: Design or Media?

PostPosted: Tue Jun 02, 2009 7:28 pm
by all_apologies
I know nothing about design and media (though from your descriptions it sounds as though design may be better for you). Anyway, what I would suggest is getting in contact with either the course coordinators of each scheme, or students who are on those courses in higher years. I've had a few students I've met on nights out who are in lower years asking what to expect, and I always wished I had someone to ask when I was at that stage too! Most degree schemes will have some sort of society that you could email for advice if you get stuck.

Re: Design or Media?

PostPosted: Thu Jun 11, 2009 7:02 pm
by Peanut1977
To be totally honest, a lot of universities still view media as a "soft" subject, in that it's not really that demanding nor teaches you anything. It's a shame as I know it can be a great subject and a lot of people enjoy it. But as you can get a lot of what you want from the design course and it looks like you want to go more down the 'arty' route, I'd probably suggest design. Go to then go to 'job families'. Look for the jobs you want to do and see what it suggests a good subject is to study.

Re: Design or Media?

PostPosted: Fri Jun 12, 2009 9:37 am
by dipsydoodlenoodle
Why weren't you my careers advisor Peanut?

My friend studied Media at uni and she's not had a stable job since (3 years); although she probably is the most awkward person ever - being 'let go' from her many many pub jobs. She's not had a job in media, except for placement few week/month jobs. She did get a placement at Ardman (who do Wallace and Gromit and Creature Comforts) and I think she did really well there, but it was only a placement job.