Where next…?

February 12, 2006

My FdA course is nearly at an end and I am now facing the ultimate question; Do I stay on to top it up to a BA or do I leave and get some work? The FdA is a minimum of two years, so I could leave in June with an FdA qualification and go out job hunting or do an extra optional year and leave with a BA(Hons).

Ladies & gentlemen of the jury, the case for leaving…

  • The organisation is an utter joke. I have spent the last two years being tacked onto the FdA Photo/Video modules and so have been taught almost exclusively by photographers and videographers. There have been numerous occasions where lecturers didn’t even know they had FdA New Media student in their lectures.
  • My course leader really doesn’t seem bothered about us. There are only three of us on the course and we just get forgotten about.
  • None of the tutors seem to communicate. We took on a major (and I mean major) piece of work at the end of last year which we were told (by the course leader) could be put towards one of this semesters modules. The module leader, on the other hand, wants an extensive file of research into a particular subject area – nothing at all like the job we took on! There seems to have been a major communication breakdown and the course leader doesn’t seem to know what will be expected of us for each module. It’s their fucking job to know!
  • I will have spent nearly £3,000 on tuition fees for a course run by utter cretins.

And the argument for staying on…

  • It’ll get me a BA
  • Its only another 7 months of shit to put up with

Likely scenario is that I will leave this summer with the intention of working for a year. Then I will reassess my position and if I’m happy and settled in a job, I’ll carry on indefinitely. If I’m finding it hard to land a job without the hallowed BA, I may have to grit my teeth and go back to study.

Time will tell, my friends.



  1. Your advantage is that 99% of design jobs will go on a good portfolio. If you are looking at web jobs then a nice link on your CV is all you’ll need to get them interested and offer you the interview. Unlike print work where you need the qualification to get the interview so you can show them your portfolio to get the job…

    The only downside is when somewhere asks for a degree level qualification – and these places are usually businesses that don’t know anything about design, such as a Council or offices that suddenly decide they need a website and don’t wanna pay outside for it. These are not the jobs you wanna take if you’re a designer.

  2. Yeah, I know mate. Been trying to convince my Dad that getting a job in this industry is maybe based on a cursory glance at your qualifications and a massive look at your portfolio. He’s old school. Thinks you have to have a degree to get a job. Bless him.

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