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      26.08.2000 05:35
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      Design studies sounds like a pretty spurious title! In a nutshell Design Studies gives the student 4 years of intensive training into the practical and acadmic sides of what design is and can do. Possibly the best part of this course is the ethos. Get 35 people in the same room from all walks of life and get them to teach each other what they each know how to do best. Guide this freeform ethos with excellent lecturing and workshop practice and you get left with a product that will be able to react well to many situations. Most of my lecturers have left now, on to all sorts of areas but they founded a great movement. Their vision was to equip people with the ability to think for themsleves and for others in a liberal yet groomed environment. They themselves from all over the place learned a lot too (so they said waving goodbye! The course was very integrated into the whole Goldsmiths ethos of doing things differently - a real talent of the arts in the UK generally. Links to Media and communications as well as to fine art, textiles, film making and drama gave a huge resource to anyone wishing to work on collaborative projects and often they did with great results. The structure of the 4 years works out as a year doing general stuff - from learning typography and psychology to mechanics and colour theory. Then comes a year of refining your areas of interest culminating in a year of work experience based upon your desires at that time. Taking the experiences of your 3 years you then do a major project and dissertaion in the last year to take you into the industry of your dreams (the tough bit - having been given free reign, where does the wish to specialise come from?) Put these results together with the 4 major essays a term on the theoretical and business side of design and you get your grade. The mixture of coursework and examination gives a good reflection of ability but then again it is only a guide really - your abilities to sell yoursel
      f as a designer are what really get you anything in the end! I loved this course and majored on interactive design and concept. If only the Government rated the arts a bit more we would have had the money to have more than 4 macs between 35 . . . . . . time management training they used to call it ! ! ! ha ha ha ha ha

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