Digital arts case study

Amy Cooper - FdA Visual Communication

Why did you choose the course?
I felt that the course would give me a good overview of a range of creative disciplines, but also allow me to focus on a specific area of interest in your second year, which I liked. I felt that studying the course would really benefit me by helping me to become a more flexible and well-rounded designer in the future.

What are the facilities like at the College?
The facilities are great! We have a fantastic, lively studio that we can work in but there are also quiet areas that I can work in if I feel that would be a better environment for me. There’s on campus printing services right across from the design building which is really handy. The canteen also serves great food which is welcome after studying!

What do you enjoy most about your course?
I really enjoy working in our studio with all the fellow students; there’s always a really lively environment where we can share ideas and bounce off each other. We have access to industry standard facilities and our studio has a great little library area with a lot of interesting and helpful material. There is a lot of inspiration around me that I can draw upon within my work.

Do you like the fact that assessment is not all based around exams?
Yes, I love it. Exams aren’t my strength so the coursework and portfolio based modules allow me to explore creative freedom and work hands on with the project.

How would you describe the staff at the College?
The tutors are really friendly and are always happy to sit and chat through any aspect of your work, from idea generation all the way through to final outcomes. Getting that early feedback from your tutors makes all the difference.

How do you think your degree has set up for employment?
Feedback from tutors has helped me a lot along the way. Also, experience of a live brief really helped us to all realise the importance of working towards a client’s needs, taste and timescale - obviously all things that are really important in the industry!

What has been your highlight of studying at Newcastle College?
Some artwork I created for a live brief with Road to Recovery Trust at George Street Social was shortlisted and eventually chosen to be installed, which is amazing. It’s so exciting knowing that people will be able to actually see my work in a reality.

What’s Newcastle like as a student city?
I absolutely love living in Newcastle. Getting around is really easy with the metro and everything you need is right on your doorstep. No matter what your interests are, there will always be something for you to see and do!

What are your plans after your course?
I really want to work for an interior design firm in the advertising department; interiors were my first love, I’m really passionate about branding and I really enjoy writing too. So the plan is to try and put them all together!

Any words of advice for any student considering studying at Newcastle College?
Just do it. If you think the course is right for you and you’re willing to apply yourself, jump!

Describe your experience in 3 words.
Rewarding, fun, eye-opening.

Top 5 tips for making the most out of your degree
1. Buy a laptop and invest in the Adobe Software Suite. It’s worth your while.
2. Make sure you are interested in what you are doing, it makes all the difference.
3. Don’t just switch off when you leave the campus. Learn, learn and learn some more!
4. Utilize the tutors, their feedback, expertise and friendship can really make your time at the college.
5. Really take advantage of the resources your course offers as great opportunities can come your way.