mothsie: hi :D could you tell me about how it's been for you so far at camberwell? i'm going to be applying to universities soon for illustration/visual communication and i'd really like to hear about what it's like for you :) thank you in advance, sorry if this is a little creepy..
Yeah, I am now in my 2nd year at Camberwell :)
I really like it, I’m very happy!
Well, I too applied for Illustration/Illustration and Vis Com courses. Four of them in London and one in Bournemouth, where I lived. I in the end was just attracted to the big city and how everything is happening here.
In terms of the course, I was attracted to the fact that they want to develop their students as thinkers as well as image makers. It’s kind of a given that because everyone made it onto the course, we all have relatively good drawing skills/practical skills. So, we don’t get taught ‘how make illustrations’ by our tutors but how to think and develop through a project in order to make successful illustrations. I guess that is what ‘Methodology’ means. It’s because I guess tutors feel you have to get that right first and then great Illustrations will follow. So wise!
The course is good, a range of projects and the tutors are great. What really excited me was at the start of the course last year, Darryl our course leader said something like how ‘it’s okay if you do work in a particular style or way of working as long as your push yourself and explore with in that’. Because sometimes it can feel like there is too much emphasis on being ‘loose’ and ‘un-stylised’ to the point that you can feel like you’re being cattle herded into ‘naïve’ illustration. If that makes sense? At least that is the impression I got on Foundation. So that was good. Did you do a Foundation or A-levels?
Camberwell as a college has great resources; printmaking, ceramics, darkrooms, 3D resource and digital media suite at your disposal. You see, not many students take advantage of these so there not too busy when you need them! This is what I love. And because it is a part of UAL, loads of events that are organised at the other 5 colleges, you can go to. Like last week I was at Central Saint Martins for My Digital Life where there was a Design Talk, Food Consumerism talk and I learnt HTML for making websites! And then next week Grayson Perry is doing his last Radio 4 lecture there J
Our Illustration studios are great, good lighting and lots of space to work in (when the whole class isn’t in!). That’s rare to find this. The people on the course make it your regularly bog standard course where most people turn up for lectures and workshops but then some people don’t. People still leave work to the last minute like in school J But people are really passionate about Illustration and out of all the course I say we are the most down to Earth and fun. Our end of year show last year had the most buzzing atmosphere!
And of course it isn’t creppy! I did the same thing to a Guy on Painting. I saw his work at the End of Year Show and messaged him like ‘hey some of my friends are on your couse and I really like your work..!’ and now he is studying in Japan and we message now and again about art J
What else would you like to know? I am happy to answer, I was really excited you messaged as actually yours is my first message on my arty tumblr! It makes me feel important ^_^
I personally am really happy with the course and the opportunities I get from it and in London.
Where else are you thinking of applying?
Did you know Camberwell have open Days on Wednesdays, they alternate between Fine Art and the Design. I know this Wednesday is Design and the following week is Fine Art, so like that J
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