Since I’ve had a lot of queries regarding studying in the UK, I figured I’d answer them all in one post. my advertising agency Good Blood <3
HOW DO I FIND THE UNIVERSITIES?
I would do research on the internet and by calling professionals. For example as I wanted to work in advertising, I spoke to people in that profession asking where they would study and their recommendation was LCC. You can also go to UCAS.COM which is the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service and search for the subject you’d like to study.
my favourite boy Jordan
WHAT DO I SEARCH FOR?
If you’ve finished high school, 6th form college or an international baccalaureate you would study a BA or an Undergraduate. If you’ve got a uni degree already you are up for a post graduate or a MA / masters.
me and my uni girls
WHAT DO I NEED TO APPLY?
You will need several things so make sure to start in time:
– TRANSLATE YOUR GRADES. Depending on your degree and country you need an official translation of your grades. This through the government or an accepted organisation.
– A PERSONAL STATEMENT. This is a document where you get to present yourself and convince the submission team that you should get accepted. THIS IS MOST IMPORTANT! It should include your strengths, your experience (if you have any), what you would contribute with, why you are passionate about this subject, why you’ve chosen that particular school and what you want to achieve in the future. Make yourself stand out and get at least one English person to proof read it for you to correct grammar and help you improve it.
– IELTS TEST. If English is not your 1st language you need to take an English test, like IELTS and receive a 6 or higher out of 9. The test takes a whole day and needs to be booked a month ahead. No need to worry though, as I found it very basic and received an 8. This test will cost you around £140.
– REFERENCES. You will also need a reference from a previous teacher or boss if you’ve been working for the past years. This person will then have to answer several questions about you regarding your personality, skill set, working in groups, abilities etc. so pick one you trust!
– PORTFOLIO. Look up the requirements for your course as you might have to provide a portfolio with examples of your work.
the perks of studying at an art school: when people dress up as massive vaginas for the final presentations
WHEN IS THE DEADLINE?
The 1st deadline is the 6th of January but a lot of universities will accept your applications all the way up to start of term. With that said, the sooner you apply the more likely you are to get accepted.
HOW MUCH IS IT? The tuition fees vary depending where you’re from. If you are from EU/EEA you usually pay £9 000/year in tuition fees, if you are an international student your fees will be around £15 000/year.
My lovely Dee
HOW CAN I AFFORD THIS?
Some countries will give out a loan for tuition fees abroad. Sweden for example will only give £3 000/year so I applied for a loan in England instead. This I did through Student Finance.
HOW LONG BEFORE DO I HAVE TO APPLY FOR A LOAN?
It’s a living hell going through their process as you will have to send stuff back and forth several times, including your passport. I would say it takes two-three months in total so start in time.
Daria on a friday drinking session at uni
WHAT IS THE WORST ABOUT STUDYING IN THE UK?
I haven’t gone to universities anywhere else but a major difference I’ve noticed is the age. Most people start uni when they are 18 or 19 in the UK. Being 22 I am among the older students (even though far from alone). This also comes with differences, as in motivation, discipline and priorities. Being 22 I have been living away from home and supporting myself for the past three years. All I wanted was to study advertising and become a master, learning ALL about it. Many of my fellow students (who are wicked people) are away from home for the first time and want to explore everything that comes with that, as in getting drunk every single day and not showing up to uni.
This is not a problem at all, apart from when we have to do group work, because I’ve ended up doing so much more than others at times, as they are busy not caring. But as the 1st year doesn’t really matter in regards to grades, don’t care too much! Do what you can, take help from your teachers, but BE AWARE.
BUT ALSO, not all students are careless of course! I’ve managed to find true gems so far, and it’s just getting better and better. The teachers will also notice that you are making an effort and concentrate on making you flourish, which is great. Another thing that is wicked is the variety in background! People from every where, as in countries, social status and experience join, and IT IS BRILLIANT.
ALSO the fact that feminism barely exists and my uni LCC, are showing us sexist ads to copy and bring the scumbag Terry Richardson in as a speaker. Makes me absolutely sick.
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND IT?
As long as you KNOW what you want to study, are MOTIVATED and the uni you are going to is good, DO IT! LCC is brilliant as it really ties you to the business, having real briefs, constant competitions and placements. And London is probably the best damn city in the world so YES. Even when you go back to your home country it looks brilliant on your CV.
HOW DO YOU FINANCE YOUR LIVING?
As Sweden luckily is generous I get £270 in grants every month. On top of this I have two jobs, one as a part time nanny and then this blog! I only have lectures two & 1/2 day a week so there is a lot of time left to work! As you need around £1000/month at least I also take a loan from the Swedish student finance CSN.
DO YOU NEED TO BE SUPER TALENTED TO STUDY AT LCC?
It is fairly difficult to get accepted as only 10% get accepted. I would also say it is more difficult for non british students as they have a priority. What’s good with studying at an art school is that barely anything is academic but practical instead! This term I only had to write one essay, and that of 1500 words. So English isn’t a problem, as long as you have brilliant ideas, or at least many ideas! I’m sure this is very different to a lot of other schools and courses though.
Please let me know if there is any question I’ve forgotten to answer.