I'm majoring in Fine Arts and doing this online via Open Universities Australia.
Positives: Excellent online delivery. Remarkable organisation of learning exercises to achieve individual skill development. Ready access to tutors and personal engagement with course organisers. Diversity of tutors and high standard of learning materials. Flexibility of curriculum. Lots of options and room for personal creativity/direction.
Negatives: Lack of continuity with change of tutors during consecutive courses in third year. You are trying to complete your major work series (four subjects) and change of tutors leads to confusion about expectations. Wastes a fair bit of time and is annoying. Tutors seem overworked and unable to spend time getting familiar with student projects.
My advice to future students: Do the drawing courses as early as possible. They are very time consuming. Perhaps double the hours stated in the course outline. They provide skills which are vital to effective composition of other art works. Certainly don't miss them. It is possible to complete the Fine Arts major without the drawing research units but they are brilliant for skills development and for pushing you to explore additional media and processes.
I'm studying this online through Open Universities.
Positives: The teachers are approachable and encourage an active learning through the online discussion boards. There are no exams, only written assignments or presentations. The units are varied but complement one-another with some crossover in content which is useful in such a broad degree.
Negatives: There is a lot of reading. Generally the articles are long. This takes a lot of time and you can fall behind very easily if you don't stay on top of time-management.
My advice to future students: Start your readings early and keep up to date with current world events. Try and find volunteer work as early as possible
Positives: Psychology is a very interesting and broad subject to study. The content is delivered in an interactive and fun way which makes you enjoy the subject a lot more. There is a lot of support within this course from peers, older students and lecturers which boosts confidence in Academia and increases productivity
Negatives: Some aspects of the course a little tricky and mundane, this is negative as some content can become boring and repetitive
My advice to future students is: Work hard, ask for help if needed. Go into lectures with a positive attitude and tackle tasks that are boring with a positive attitude. Every course has boring parts but pull through, it will be rewarding in the end
Positives: The teachers are well motivated, experiences and are hard working. The course was interesting with the good units mixed in with one that aren't so great like stats, so each semester was balanced. The uni life is also amazing.
Negatives: No practical experiences
My advice to future students is: Take every opportunity given to you, make sure you ask questions about everything and use every resource to get the best out of everything.
I majored in History.
Positives: Most positive is there are no exams. That it allows me the flexibility to studying fully online from home. Great for full time workers and mum.
Negatives: Group assessment tasks online are near impossible to achieve a high score/ result. Hard to reach all content that an in face lecturer or tut would normally provide. Can be frustrating.
My advice to future students is: Ensure you have an end goal so that through the tough or sometimes boring units/ parts of your course you have the motivation to pull through
Positives: Fun learning environment as well as practical learning to prepare you for actual working environment.
Negatives: Nothing out of the ordinary. A lot of planning and teamwork required.
My advice to future students is: Stick to your passion and push through the obstacles that are to come.
I'm doing a screen arts major
Positives: Full on practical work
Negatives: Trusting the student to understand a role without giving workshops
My advice to future students is: Take out of class workshops to develop your skills
Positives: Getting to network and meeting industry professionals who can help grow your career
Negatives: The difficulty in breaking into a high earning job market.
My advice to future students is: To start networking early and make use of uni resources straight from first year
Positives: The one thing positive about this course is that you get to use industry equipment to learn. It’s good to have people in the industry with experience to also teach you so that if you get into the industry properly most things won’t be new to you.
Negatives: The negative part is that there is so much to learn about one equipment that you don’t get to learn everything before the semester is over. you end up having more than 5 equipments to learn at the same time and then you don’t get to learn them properly before the semester runs out and before the next semester you forget how to use the previous equipment and jump to a new one.
My advice to future students is: The advice I would offer a potential future student is to make sure they really want to practice and if possible get a volunteer work in the industry so as to master everything otherwise learning it in uni won’t be enough to get you going.
Positive aspects: It is a fun and enjoyable course if you want to learn more about human interactions.
Negative aspects: When I was in my fourth year I only realised I still have to complete another 2 years of masters and internship in order to be a certified practising psychologist. The university could have told us about the course outline or job prospects with this degree during our orientation. With a Bachelor of Psych degree, it is insufficient to practice psychology services. I would have switched course if I knew about this earlier.
My advice to future students is: Psychology isn't all just about understanding human interaction. There are lots of statistics involved in this course. A good mathematic foundation would be great for this course.
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