澳洲留學 – 攻讀藝術Art設計Design學士學位
澳洲遊學留學 – 到澳洲念設計
萊佛士設計學院(Raffles College of Design and Commerce)
學期: 1~3學期 0.5~1.5年
學期: 6學期 3年
澳洲留學 – 想當”第二個賈伯斯”設計屬於自己的”手機應用軟體”嗎?
位於雪梨ULTIMO大學城區的 AIT學院 (電腦資訊學院)，在2014年度新開設了”Bachelor of Information Technology (Mobile Applications Development) 手機應用學士課程。
Study Digital & Interactive Media – Masters degrees in Sydney
Study Digital Media – Masters degrees in Melbourne, Victoria
Swinburne University of Technology
Victoria: Melbourne (Hawthorn campus)
About Swinburne University (CRICOS 00111D)
Swinburne is a modern, forward-thinking university with one of the best design faculties in Australia. Swinburne and RMIT are both well-known for their commitment to the creative industries and both institutions are key partners with the Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation (Australian Research Council). In Swinburne’s case, the university has a strong international profile that also seeks strong connections with the Melbourne community and industries. Swinburne promotes its programs by emphasising their flexibility – one of the key aspects of the course design.
Multimedia at Swinburne
You can choose one of two study directions in Multimedia:
Master of Multimedia and Master of Multimedia Technology
How are these courses similar?
The main elements in common are the core units. Both Master of Multimedia and Master of Multimedia Technology have the same main course units (described in brief below).
The key differences are:
– Master of Multimedia Technology is longer (2 years instead of 1.5)
– The longer program aims to allow you time to develop and perfect your core multimedia knowledge and project management ability
– Importantly, the Master of Multimedia Technology has a stronger emphasis on practical skills
Course overview – About the programs
Here are some of the main courses for these Masters programs – your core units of study will include:
- • User Experience Design用戶體驗設計
- • Multimedia Imaging多媒體影像
- • Multimedia Authoring多媒體創作
- • The Internet and World Wide Web 1網際網路
- • 3D Modelling & Animation3D架構與動畫
- • Multimedia Project Management多媒體項目管理
- • Digital Video and Audio數位影像與聲音
- • Professional Communication Practice專業傳播實習
What do you need to enter this program?
English language standards to enter the either Master of Multimedia or Master of Multimedia Technology degrees at Swinburne are set at IELTS Academic 6.5 overall, with every subtest score above 6.0. You’ll normally need a recognised Bachelor degree; however, if you have a great CV that shows the university plenty of relevant multimedia industry experience then Swinburne may consider you for Master of Multimedia course. Also remember, the Graduate Certificate of Multimedia may provide another way into Swinburne’s design department.
Career – Who are the Swinburne design graduates?
Here’s how your career opportunities will develop from pre-Masters qualifications, onwards to the Masters degree. If you complete a Swinburne Graduate Certificate you will possess multimedia authoring skills and a knowledge of the interactive communication process. After a Graduate Diploma you will have the skills and insight to create multimedia projects using an extensive range of multimedia authoring tools and methodologies – career opportunities will include work as a multimedia developer.
With your Masters degree, your multimedia development abilities and knowledge of the production process will ensure you are a capable and proficient professional. Swinburne graduates are trained to cope well working within professional teams, or as independent multimedia producers.
- multimedia producer/developer/programmer/network administrator
- website developer/programmer網站開發人員/編程人員
- project management項目管理
- running a multimedia business多媒體業務
- instructional designer教學設計
- interactive content creator互動內容創作人員
- 2D/3D modeller/animator2D/3D架構/動畫
- multimedia advertising多媒體廣告
- digital media production – particularly streaming media and webcasting
- digital signals and image processing數位信號和圖像處理
- database developer數據庫開發人員
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University (RMIT)
About RMIT University (CRICOS 00122A)
RMIT has a first class reputation internationally and is widely known as a leading research institution. The university really excels in Design and Technology, but RMIT also has a QS university ranking in the world’s top 100 universities for Communication and Media studies, Computer Science and Information Systems – so your Masters degree will be very well set-up and resourced, with great connections to industry.
Creative Media at RMIT University
Next we’ll have a look at an alternative direction for students committed to creative technologies. RMIT offers the following program:
Master of Creative Media (Animation and Interactive Media)
Course overview – About the program
The Master of Creative Media (Animation and Interactive Media) aims to develop your understanding of how to coordinate different media as powerful tools for exploring and expressing your ideas; the focus is on time-based media. Crucially, students work with narrative and interactivity, and skills are also developed through experimentation.
What does this mean for your studies? In year one your studies will include Concept Development and Storytelling. You will complete units is Collaborative Studio Practice before working alone in Individual Studio Practice, and the year ends with a final Major Project.
You will have a special interest in:
- • storytelling, time-based media, creative writing and developing narratives
- • you’ll analyse stories by looking at them critically
- • you’ll develop ways of telling the story using your medium
Towards the end of your first year you will work independently, but first you will do group-work (Collaborative Studio practice) with these aims:
- • getting practical experience of team-based production methods
- • collaborative work is common in this industry, so you will want to develop as a good communicator in creative contexts
- • you will need to adapt your ideas according to group-input
What do you need to enter this program?
You need IELTS 6.5 to enter the program. There is another test of your English skills because as shown above, one of your study focuses will be storytelling and RMIT expects applicants to demonstrate some Creative Writing skills as an entry requirement. This is part of a special pre-selection package for applicants. In addition, you’ll need a folio showing a range of your creative work in different media, and be ready to show 3-Dimensional Computer Generated Imagery if you want to specialise in this area.
Career – Who are the RMIT University design graduates?
Holding this Masters degree may lead to your career in one of these areas:
- 2D or 3D animators2D或3D動畫
- interaction designers互動設計
- matte artists磨砂/霧面藝術設計
- web designers網頁設計
- character designers字元設計
- games artists遊戲藝術設計
- online education designers線上教學設計
- machinima director/producers.機器操作或製造
Take a closer look…
Victoria: Melbourne (Caulfield and Gippsland campuses)
About Monash University (CRICOS 00008C)
Monash University is mainly located in Melbourne and was established in 1958. Even though there are far older universities in Australia, in a relatively short time Monash University has succeeded in building its reputation as one of the world’s top higher education providers. In 2012 there were about 17,000 postgraduates studying at the university, and the student population is fairly evenly split between Australian and International students.
You will study in MADA – Monash Art Design & Architecture faculty – with some of Australia’s leading academics and professionals. The MADA school promotes itself as encouraging creative and critical thinking and collaboration, producing graduates with strong visual communication skills, the ability to inquire and also to generate innovative solutions that impact the world in positive ways.
Multimedia Design at Monash University
At MADA your options include:
Master of Multimedia and Master of Multimedia Design
Course overview – About the programs
We will look at the longer program: the two-year Master of Multimedia Design. This course provides you with the space to tailor your own program so that it fits your key areas of interest. That involves selecting your course units from a variety of Design, Information Technology and Digital Media subjects which are offered. Studio practice is designed to create opportunities for self-determined work as well as work that must be realised through collaboration with others.
What do you need to enter this program?
You need IELTS 6.5 overall to join this program, but with minimum Writing and Speaking sub-scores set slightly lower, at 6.0. Applicants to Monash tend to be academically strong, and you will need a Bachelors degree from a recognised university in Taiwan.
Career – Who are the MADA alumni?
Monash University explains that Postgraduate Multimedia studies offered by Art and Design are designed to enrich any career.
You can discover more about preparing a Portfolio here…
You can discover more about Design here…
Digital Design /
Estimated annual fee for 2013
|Master of Multimedia Design
|– IELTS 6.5
(minimum 6.5 for Listening & Reading; minimum 6.0 for – Writing & Speaking)
– Bachelors degree
|Master of Multimedia
|Master of Multimedia Technology
||– IELTS 6.5
– Bachelors degree
– Folio of 10-15 works
|Master of Multimedia
|Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University (RMIT)
|Master of Creative Media (Animation and Interactive Media)
||– IELTS 6.5
– Bachelors degree
– Folio of 10-15 works
– Examples of your creative writing
Your design portfolio: how to use your portfolio before you apply
Portfolios are important in several professions, and a wide range of students also keep one. As well as showing off your best work, taking a critical look at your portfolio can help you make important decisions. On our blog we’ll look at how that might work for a Design student about to enter a Fashion program.
Your portfolio – your work – your process
A portfolio – or folio – is a rich resource when used well. Your portfolio of work will showcase what you do, whether you are about to apply to university, apply for a job or meet potential business clients. Getting a folio of your work ready when you apply to study in Australia is also an essential way to prepare yourself.
What is a portfolio?
A portfolio is a way to present visual documentation of ideas you have or work you have done. Much like a CV/resume, students and professionals choose to show different things in their folios depending on each situation and the specific results they want.
Who keeps a portfolio?
Anyone who does work that can be presented visually can have a portfolio… so that’s a wide range of professionals and students! Do you want to work as a Product Designer? Your folio of design work will probably include technical drawings plus information on how your objects can be constructed. Advertising and Marketing professionals bring portfolios of work to meetings with their clients. Or perhaps you’re a Graphic Artist who loves the Batman illustrations that made DC Comics famous? If so, your folio will present how you illustrate different scenes and characters with a developing narrative; a Film Maker will do the same with a portfolio of their story-boards. So you don’t have to be an artist to keep a portfolio, but if you work visually then you are more likely to use your portfolio regularly.
We have been talking about Fashion Design courses in Australia, so let’s take that as our example…
What could go in my fashion portfolio?
This depends. For example, Fashion Designers without a lot of work experience might include ‘mood boards’ to focus on the look they want to create. Mood boards could include colours and fabrics, style and influences. Designers often create mood boards using images they find and cut-out from magazines.
Or your portfolio might present your own original drawings, showcasing your flat sketches of original clothing designs and helping your viewer understand how each design should be worn. Do you have the knowledge to go even further? Your folio could present more technical drawings, indicating how your garments can be constructed, showing detail about types of stitching to use.
And if you helped create a runway show, your portfolio could offer a collection of photographs from any fashion shows you have been closely involved in, whether you were a designer, a production assistant, or you had another kind of involvement.
Do I need a portfolio?
For some programs the answer is yes, you will need a portfolio. Many other courses don’t ask to see your portfolio before you start. Some of our clients find this surprising!
Isn’t it important to show a university my work before I start a course?
You might think so! But it isn’t always possible – international students living a long way from Australia would find that very difficult. When universities don’t ask to see your portfolio, your written personal statement will be even more important, deciding whether or not you are offered a place on the course.
For more advice on that, come see us at YEC!
So why isn’t it always necessary to show a portfolio?
The answer reflects the many different kinds of people you’ll meet in one of Australia’s large and vibrant Fashion Schools.
Fashion courses typically have different entry points. The different pre-requisites for entry reflect the diverse kinds of work, the varied skill-sets you need to succeed in the profession, and the many different ways you can specialise within the fashion industry later on. Keep in mind that candidates for Fashion-related courses can have quite different backgrounds, entering fashion study with different kinds of experience. Also, the industries linked to fashion are enormously diverse and students might intend to specialise in one area after they graduate. For these reasons people qualify in different ways to study within a School of Fashion and Textiles. This may also be the case for you!
How about when I arrive in Australia – should I show my work then?
Presenting your work when you arrive will certainly help your tutors to understand what kind of work you do and how accomplished you are. Being ready for this can help you feel confident and more fully understood, particularly when images can explain your creative work better than words – however good your English may be!
In this blog, we are also saying that just by reviewing your portfolio in the right way you can make the process of choosing a course much easier, benefitting you now and later.
So how can I use my portfolio?
Here’s our advice. Begin by paying attention to the detail when you examine specific requirements for entry to different courses. If you need to demonstrate your ability in a portfolio, treat this as an opportunity to shine. You must show your work plus your presentation skills at their very best. Present clean and well-organised work, selected to display your creative and technical skills in the best possible light. Do focus on your strengths but if possible, think about how your portfolio will demonstrate you have what it takes to tackle a variety of different challenges. Choose work your have done for a range of design briefs and different styles so that your ability comes forward in the broadest way.
This is a careful process, but you get a really great sense of satisfaction when it’s done!
Should I still prepare a portfolio if the college doesn’t ask to see one?
Well, this is the crucial question, because everyone can benefit from the process of deciding how best to show their work. And organising portfolios can help you make some important decisions about which design course to choose.
First of all, the process sharpens your awareness of what truly interests you. When you reflect on your finished and unfinished work, it becomes easier to see what most stimulates your creativity and imagination. Your strengths and weaknesses are clearer – areas where your skills are more and less developed. But you also feel where those sparks of interest lie, in areas that could be developed even if at present you lack what you need. Where do you want to take your work in future?
So it is a revealing and positive step towards clearer study and career goals, whether you are compiling a portfolio for the first time or critically reviewing a finished collection of your professional work.
Now push the exercise even further. Can you bring your portfolio into touch with your future studies in Fashion?
So how can I relate my own work and ambitions to the study options in Australia?
For each university that offers a course in your field, study the detailed course information very carefully. Ask yourself how your experience connects with what the college plans to teach you on their specially-designed and resourced program. Look at the core courses (the ones you have to do) and electives (courses you can choose). Breaking each course into separate elements, you have the perfect opportunity to assess college facilities, the specific expertise of teaching staff, plus opportunities to get industry experience that’ll benefit you even after your course is complete.
And make a sketch of your study pathway through the whole degree – do that even if you’re not ready to make final choices just yet.
Actually, it feels too early to decide!
Even at this stage, some decisions are necessary – you just want to make sure they are informed decisions, not guesswork. And don’t refer to university rankings as your only guide. This is too general (and lazy!) and you can easily miss out on opportunities that suit you best as an individual.
When you focus on your own work, and examine course components in detail, you will be able to sense links between your work and what is on offer. And when a program connects strongly with your work, being conscious of what your own priorities are will help both your application and your success on the program… but this could also help match courses to your priorities, helping identify the specific courses of study that would really suit you.
If there is no connection with fashion work you have done so far, consider how strongly you feel about a type of study that will lead you in new directions. Ask yourself: how specialised have you already become in your fashion career?
Can YEC help?
Yes we can – if you have a portfolio of work you can bring it to us for discussion. It helps us see how you view the work that you do, and how you would like your creative work to progress in future.
Our counsellors have professional experience teaching in creative arts at well-known universities overseas, helping us to know what questions to ask and how to listen to your answers. With your creative work in view, we can offer advice on the most suitable courses – the best match for you as an individual – as well as all other aspects of your application.
However you choose to do it, the exercise can be worth it’s weight in gold!
Fashion and textiles courses in Australia are a popular choice for international students, with Australia’s universities and TAFE schools enjoying an excellent reputation in the country’s flourishing fashion-related industries.
Visit the blog to read about Fashion study in Australia, starting with the bachelor degree in Fashion at Queensland University of Technology (QUT).
Fashion & Textiles – Study in Australia
Plan to study Fashion in Australia? Australia presents world-class opportunities for all those interested in Fashion at university level. Australia’s specialist schools have a reputation for producing graduates of professional standard who are able to work at all levels in the fashion and textiles industries.
Who might decide to study Fashion in an Australian university?
Your ambition could be to start your own fashion Fashion & Textiles business.
Or your goal might be working at a large, established fashion label.
It could be that you have a strategy to improve your professional profile and employability within the Fashion industry, getting what you need from a Masters degree. You want to show you have the kind of practical and theoretical knowledge that adds value to a company.
The Fashion industry plus the industries that link to Fashion exist in a creative and business environment characterised by rapid change, so the Fashion world needs well-trained individuals with an enormous range of different skills. Universities face the challenge of nurturing each student’s creative ability while also enabling them to skill-up in business. This means as well as their craft, Fashion graduates know about merchandising and distribution, about the management and sustainability of supply chains – and plenty more that artists in other fields never need to consider. Universities must also provide industry-standard facilities, and teaching staff with impressive resumes full of industry experience.
Among the best universities meeting that training challenge are the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University (RMIT), and Queensland University of Technology. First we’re going to have a quick look at QUT in Brisbane – a great destination for undergraduate study in Fashion – and we’ll answer some important questions about choosing to enter university first if you have your eye on a job in this most vibrant and competitive of the creative industries.
Into academic training in Fashion at QUT
Bachelor of Fine Art (Fashion)
Also look into options for double degrees:
Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Fine Arts (Fashion)
- Top Fashion undergraduate degree in Queensland
- Have your designs reviewed by Fashion professionals
- Complete an internship in the Fashion industry
- Learn about Fashion business planning
- Consider an international exchange or scholarship – letting you study or work abroad
Where will I study?
Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane.
Duration – how long is the course?
3 years Full Time.
Entry – what do I need?
- Your portfolio of design work
- Year 12 Senior High School Diploma superior grades
- Or Junior College Diploma credit grades, Or 1 year Bachelor degree pass grades
Language – English ability
IELTS 6.5 overall (with no band score under 6.0).
Queensland University of Technology: Bachelor of Fine Art (Fashion)
So you’re thinking about undergraduate training in Fashion…
Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane runs the Bachelors in Fine Art (Fashion) degree (or BFA for short). It’s an intensive course designed by QUT to build your creativity, to keep your individuality at the fore, and develop your awareness of the industries connected to Fashion.
What’s different about this course – and what’s special about the study culture at QUT?
First, BFA tutors tell us they emphasise certain things to create the right kind of study culture. For example, you are encouraged to take risks with your work and tutors stress that they don’t teach Design in terms of right and wrong. Instead, your own unique style – your individual identity – is respected and encouraged.
As we said, the course is intensive but the setting for the Bachelors in Fine Art (Fashion) is relaxed, supportive and friendly. Because the aim is for you to develop self-awareness about your own personal sense of style, QUT explains that you’ll always be encouraged to keep reflecting on your creative process. On campus you work in a studio environment – a large open study space with lots of activity and creative energy. This helps you not only to think about your ideas and working methods as an individual – you also engage regularly in group discussions, shared with the whole study group.
OK, now tell me how QUT will improve my fashion skills and technical know-how?
You will get going straight away – because right from the first semester you gain key skills. We mentioned the ‘Design Studio’ units – a series of six courses spread over the entire degree. In Semester 1 you begin by learning about the components, principles and processes of contemporary fashion design. You put your knowledge into action by tackling a design brief, together with your first training in fashion pattern-cutting. Then you’ll be using key sewing techniques to manufacture garments. In this way, you’re prepared for Semester 2 when you extend your knowledge into more complex pattern engineering, but also start devising production plans for your garments.
Or you begin with ‘Drawing for Fashion’ in your first semester, starting by examining ways of generating fashion graphics both by hand and using digital technology – vital skills in presenting garments and showing how your fashion collections could evolve. You’ll look at how to show human figures and how to recreate a sense of different fabrics. Then, by your second year, you’ll be ready for a far more in-depth study of Computer Aided Design as it applies to the Fashion industry.
As with many programs in Australia, the BFA in Fashion at QUT comprises core courses that you must do (like it or not!) and electives, which you can choose yourself. For a really close look at the Bachelor of Fine Art (Fashion), come and see us here at YEC.
Will I learn enough about the business side? I want to start my own fashion retail business in the future.
Yes, the BFA (Fashion) program clearly sees the development of Fashion business acumen as a priority from start to finish.
QUT offers several different ways to do your degree, including double degrees like the Bachelors in Business/Bachelors in Fine Art (Fashion). The degree produces creative graduates with sophisticated technical skills in fashion, as well as highly developed knowledge in business.
QUT 提供數種攻讀學位的方式，包括像商務學士/ 時尚主修美術學士的雙學士課程。此學位讓畢業學生同時具備高階時尚專業技術與商務技能。
The BFA in Fashion at QUT – theory and practical study together
Is the BFA mostly a practical fashion course? What else do you study?
QUT explain that design work you do within the department is at the heart of your training. But as well as your practical work, and the pieces you create in course units like ‘Design Studio’, you complete core modules in the history and theory surrounding fashion. These studies help develop your understanding of market forces and of how developments worldwide have come to influence the textile and garment design industries. So you might think, for example, about the growth of ethical fashion and textiles business during the past fifty years. Certainly, you must learn how garments are constructed but you also need a good understanding of issues such as ensuring that goods are produced ethically.
But I’m much more interested in the practical side than I am in the theory surrounding fashion – I really want to focus on designing clothes.
比起理論我還是對實務操作比較有興趣 – 我想要專心設計服飾
You are not alone! The majority of undergraduates want practical experience most of all. But remember that you cannot be quite so selective at this stage: a Bachelors degree has to be comprehensive, covering practice and theory. This is true wherever you study – it’s one thing that distinguishes vocational study from what you need to do at university.
你並不孤單! 多數本科系學生都想要專注在實務操作。但是記住: 在這個階段你還不能對課程太挑剔，本科系課程必須廣泛涉及實務及理論兩方。這點在各個科系都相同，也是區分職訓與大學課程的特點之一。
How does a theory side support me and help me become a great practitioner?
First, keep in mind that the less practical side of your course can inform your creative work, taking your designs in directions you might not otherwise have found. It’s this kind of learning experience that can set university study apart.
When you focus on history of fashion it will challenge you to think what has already influenced your eye and imagination. Making the connection between the global spread of trading empires, and the sudden availability of new fabrics or dyes from around the world, you could see how traditions from Asian culture became stylistic influences on key moments in European fashion history.
A course at QUT like ‘Unspeakable Beauty 1: A History of Dress and Fashion’ asks you to examine how fashion developed as a medium linked to social class, and to notions of gender that may seem incredible today.
QUT的課程如「不可言說的美 1: 洋裝與時尚發展史」將會帶你重新檢視時尚與社會階層的連結，以及在今日看來令人感到不可思議的性別概念。
How does QUT see the interaction of theory and practice?
They echo what we’ve said above in that the historical and conceptual side encourages you to see your own practical creative work in a wider context, and they say this occurs in ways that are easy to link with today’s real-world of fashion.
QUT say that this is in itself a form of business knowledge because after all, if you possess a thorough knowledge of fashion precedents (styles from years gone by), you may become great at recognising not only where new designs have come from, but also at sensing how trends could develop in the future – that’s an essential skill if you want to run your own fashion retail business, or to work in fashion merchandising in the future.
This comprehensive mix of practice and theory lets you become a more rounded professional in your chosen industry. It can give you a competitive edge later on.
Would you like to have your own questions answered? We can help, so contact us at YEC for an interview.
Alternatively, visit QUT online: http://www.qut.edu.au/study/international-courses/bachelor-of-fine-arts/bachelor-of-fine-arts-fashion
Courses in Design and the Arts are precious if you want to develop as a creative person or professional.
What’s more, by studying Design or the creative industries in Australia, you might set yourself up for a career that gives plenty of space for your imagination to work.
This could be your first move towards a career that’s rich in opportunities to use your creativity, setting you up for the kind of job that gives your imagination space to work. A course in art and design can be transformative, giving you the chance to become a more creative and original thinker who can lend their resourceful mind and critical eye to work and to life.
The career route which you eventually choose is not something easily predictable because art and design encompasses such a broad range of study focuses. Course subjects spread out from the fundamentals of design – where you could study furniture design, or electronic media, digital animation or interactivity – to the traditional territory of fine art painting, sculpture or performance art. Or your direction could just as easily be the theory and history of the field, which could lead you towards a career curating shows in galleries or museums.
Expect to choose one of three main areas when selecting your course. Fine art will cover those disciplines of painting or sculpture, photography or art installation. Visual communications will cover areas like graphic design and illustration, including the use of software. Often falling under the applied arts will be practises such as fashion, the design of jewellery, or interior design and furniture. But even after your selection, the channels for you to develop your work into other areas will usually remain open, allowing you to dip into areas of design practise that could extend your main focus or specialism.
So you can expect a certain amount of flexibility once you start to work. Art and design courses are hands-on in that they give students an opportunity to focus on creating and developing. Lending support to this process, teaching staff at university level are often working artists who can help you to follow up on your creative impulses, helping you bring your creations to fruition.
Getting onto an art and design undergraduate program will sometimes (but not always) require a foundation or diploma year. After a foundation course your basic skills and main areas of special interest are likely to be more established – and evident to university providing the course you want – so even students who apply without a foundation can take this as a rough guide about the standards a university will expect them to meet.
When it comes to selecting a university, location can be very important. For their effect on your study experience, you cannot put a price on the city’s art galleries, museums, and cultural life in general. And of course, you must look very closely at the facilities which each art and design department makes accessible to its students. Will studio space and equipment be there for you when you need it, and do you think there will be enough room for your work to develop in new directions?
To follow up your interest in a study program, focus carefully on the different course components – and remember that programs with identical names often exist at several universities, but what you actually study can vary greatly. To be even clearer about your decision, find out exactly who will teach your course. What are their special areas of interest? You may well discover an established designer or artist will be tutoring you, and their reputation could support you in future. The same goes for the reputation of the school itself, not only because of its international standing – some schools have close links with contemporary artists and the galleries that promote their work. It’s a kind of network that could help you survive as a practising artist in your future.
Will your degree allow you to make a living from art? That’s impossible to promise, yet there is no doubt you’ll learn a very broad range of skills, useful in an equally broad array of design and media contexts. Graduates also take on work in arts management, take positions in museums or galleries, or they embark on careers in art therapy.
If you’re thinking of a course that is more directly related to a target vocation, such as Architectural Technology, then your priority will be to make sure the course contains the vocational elements you need, allowing you to get professional qualifications.