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Creative Design & Innovation

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Date of Review Aug 31, 2011 Go Back
Year of Study 4th
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Student Type Traditional
From Louth Ireland
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Why did you choose your course?

I didn't. To be honest I didn't get accepted to the coarse I wanted to do as I did poorly in my leaving cert. I applied via the late applications process for the coarse. I knew I wanted to do a coarse that was based on design. When I was growing up I always loved cars and so wanted to be a car designer. To be honest I accepted this coarse without doing all that much research but it turned out to be the best decision of my life so far.

Are you happy with your choice of course?

Yes

On reflection, what made it the right or wrong choice for you?

The reason why it was so perfect for me was the freedom the coarse gives you. I hated school so was slightly anxious about going to college, especially when I was moving to the other side of the country. The coarse is not your typical, turn up for lectures and answer exams coarse. You are taught the basics of how to design, use computer software, deal with clients and think creatively but you are then given projects and deadlines to fill. You then go off and work by yourself or with your friends. It opened my mind up to a creative side I didn't know I had.

How many hours of organised classes do you have per week? (labs,tutorials,lectures,etc)

30+hrs

Are your lectures/labs mainly based on or off the main campus?

On

If off campus, does this affect you and how?

The coarse involves a lot of research into how people live and what are the problems that exist. For example researching the problems drivers have with cyclist. This involves meeting with people or observing an environment. I found it to be very insightful, and greatly helped me for dealing with people.

Is your course weighted more on

Continuous assessment

Is there an option to study abroad on your course?

Yes

What are your favourite aspects of your course?

The freedom to explore so many different avenues. The coarse on average has about 20 hrs a week lectures between Monday and Thursday but you will find yourself wanting to stay on to research and design with your team mates because its a bit infectious. You think of a new idea and you just cant wait to get it down on paper. There really are ureaka moments.

What are your least favourite aspects of your course?

I would have to say design history. This is the only standard lecture that you have in which you learned about the history of design but I got too used to the laid back approach of the rest of my classes and didn't enjoy being in a stuffy lecture theater. It is only once a week though so its bearable.

Was your course what you expected?

Yes

What do you wish you had known before choosing this course?

I wish I had known just how much contact and influence you can have on the outside world by being a designer. My image of a designer was slightly skewed before I went to college. I perceived it to be slightly art based. I would not consider myself an artist . I would liked to have known how much that you solve problems in the everyday world. The commercial aspect of design really appeals to me and I have designed products which have appeared in super value and on dragons den.

Why?

My coarse does not involve a lot of study and the majority of people in my class had laptops so the majority of the time we carried out work in our studio, which was our own designated space.

Is there a good social life on your course?

Yes

Please describe

Apart from the most improved college Sligo also has a brilliant nightlife and facilities. I did not know one person moving to Sligo from Dundalk but I can easily say it was the best decision of my life. By the end of freshers week I had made numerous new friends, most of which I am still in daily contact with. College Is a place where everybody gets a fresh start and Sligo is a great place for everything from shopping to sports.

Rate your course in terms of difficulty

Easy

Please rate your course in terms of workload

Similar to other courses

Are you an active member of any societies?

Yes

If yes, please name the societies

Yes I was part of the design and environmental societies.

Why do you enjoy being a member of this society? why should a prospective student think of joining this society?

I think joining a society gives you a great place to meet people who have the same interests as yourself. Its a very relaxed environment and something to do after hours apart from watching TV or hitting the student pub.

Are you a member of any sports clubs?

Yes

Please choose your sport(s) club

Football

Are your training facilities easily accessible?

Yes

Are your training facilities at a good standard?

Yes

Do you feel that you are playing at a standard that matches your ability?

Yes

What would be helpful to know before joining your sports club?

The amount of training you have to do combined with a team you may be playing for in your home town may become excessive. The effort and cost of travelling is also something to bear in mind.

Would you recommend getting involved in college sport?

Yes

Why?

Apart from the obvious of staying fit and healthy,another great place to meet new people. Representing the college is also a great feeling .

How much do you spend on living every week (going out, food, transport etc.), excluding rent and bills?

€80-100

Do you or have you lived away from home during college?

Yes

How much does your rent cost per month?

€150-250

As a first year did you live in college halls?

Yes

Would you recommend living in college halls?

No. I lived in student accommodation which was not directly owned by the college but was affiliated. The owners of the accommodation were very unsociable and used the vunrability of students to take certain liberties such as with holding deposits without reason, knowing that the students had little means of taking legal action.

If yes, where and why?

I would not recommend living in Yeats village or Clarion village as the people who own them are constantly in conflict with residents. I have never met a person who did not have a problem with them.

How would you recommend this college to a friend?

In one word, YES. It has been the best experience of my life so far and the most important thing out of it all is that Iv had no problem getting a good job after it. I would love to go back for another few years but the real world awaits.

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