The positive aspects of an arts degree is the flexibility, you have essentially opened your own pathways to areas such as law, teaching etc.
A negative however is the popularity, I've been told that arts degrees are not highly recognised as they're so popular and broad and so I feel like it'll be hard to utilise the degree when I apply for a job
My advice to future students is: Go for an arts degree if you're unsure what area you're wanting to go into
1. Being an off campus student was difficult, however there were LOADS of resources to assist with managing online work, which is amazing. Deakin's online education portal is wonderful, I couldn't fault it.
2. The course material was up to date and in line with current digital trends and social topics, so it was incredibly interesting and relevant.
My advice to future students is: If you're studying off campus, take up all of the additional resources and side courses available to you to get the most out of your external studies.
I studied Journalism and I didn't feel as though the course really got us NEWSROOM ready. It would have been great to have more real life touch points, so that we were prepared!
My advice to future students is: Seek to do your own internships while you're doing the course so you have hand to hand experience before you go out to work.
I majored in Media studies.
The course is incredibly flexible. I changed my areas of interest after my first year from film to PR and Marketing, and this did not add any extra units or time to my degree. The only negative was that Marketing units weren’t available until later in my course, as it falls into a different faculty.
My advice to future students is: Take on as many extra curricular activities as possible (e.g internships) which the lecturers often mention. That will help get you employed.
Deakin provides a modern and innovative learning environment for students. However, some courses I was very excited to study were only available either online or at the other campus. Tutors are usually very hands on as a whole and can provide care and support when required
I majored in Media and Communication.
Positives: I would say the best aspects of the course were the experiential learning opportunities, rather than the course itself. Deakin has great connections in the journalism field so I was able to get a range of on-the-job experiences (although one of these was not paid - this may have changed, it was back in 2011). I would also say the variety of subjects able to be chosen was great.
Negatives: The lack of contact hours (nine was my maximum for my entire 3.5 year course) made it hard to connect with my fellow students.
My advice to future students is: I would urge potential future students to surrender themselves to the experience, and throw as much of themselves as they can into university life. That way, not only are you getting an education, you're also getting life stories.
Positives: Good variety of subjects to choose from and ability to major in subjects which combine with other degrees.
Negatives: Individual teaching staff were unprofessional at times and difficult to get a job with just this degree.
My advice to future students is: Course plan well so that you are able to gain entry to the workforce with your chosen majors
Positives: It gives you alot of hands on experience in each of my units. We are required to do alot of discussion and work from our own thoughts and ideas
Negatives: My university doesnt provide the best favilities for certain units within the course
My advice to future students is: You do not need to select a major straight away,you can use your first year to explore different units within the arts degree and decide on your path
Positives: The course provides a good variety of interesting and applicable classes that prepare me for employment
Negatives: I find that sometimes there is a lack of communication in terms of what is required of me
My advice to future students is: It's OK to be unsure of what you want from a course/degree
I find Uni.. Overall a positive experience, but not a ticket to a job - you must seek outside/adjunct opportunities to really succeed.
Positives: Good quality academic staff/materials, excellent campus facilities, good internship/travel abroad opportunities.
Negatives: Poor student services, long waiting times for information relating to enrolments/changes.
My advice to future students is: Read all the course rules very carefully, A300 (Bachelor if Arts) is very flexible but you need to select carefully as to graduate.
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