- It's very different to High School. Not only can you know where your own clothes but your class will be filled with people of different ages and the whole working system is different. But don't worry it's really easy to get the hang of.
- Don't quit in the first 2 weeks because you don't like it. When I first started I was so ready to pack it in and quit I hated it so much, but after I started to get used to it and the work started after the ice breaker sessions and introduction work is over it's great. Plus because every-one is stuck together in a great working environment it's great to meet so many different people.
- Wear clothes you don't care about. You'll most likely be covered in paint, chalk and glue etc everyday, so wear clothes you don't mind getting messy. If you don't have anything old just nip to a charity shop or primark and get a mens button down shirt in a size bigger than you would normally wear and wear it over your clothes. Also if you do wear something nice and your tutor suggests wearing a apron or overall and you refuse to wear it because it's not flattering and you end up getting messy, it's your fault not your tutors so don't hold them responsible.
- This is important... SAVE MONEY FOR SECOND YEAR. In first year I wish some-one had told me to save! In first year you have to buy your sketchbooks and materials you need but in second year you will need to buy a portfolio to store/show your work to be marked and assessed, some assessment people won't mark your work unless it's presented in a portfolio. Also if you are planning to go to Universities that are not close to you you will need to pay for transport for interviews if you do not have access to a car or fly carpet.
- If you are doing an Art and Design course you should start thinking about a part of art you want to focus on, this will be focused upon in your second year but also it helps you decide what you want to do in university if you decide to go.
- Work your butt off. If a brief says do a minimum of 5 paintings that doesn't mean stop at 5, keep going and do as many as possible. Do artist research and find artists that interest you and can influence your style and way of working. Also, Work at home. Working in your own time can be such a good thing, it shows you have the motivation to work but also you'll get stuff done.
- Be organised. Keep a journal or a planner. Keep track of deadlines and when your homework has to be back in for. Also it's good to make a kind of timeline, if a brief says it's lasting four weeks organize what you do in each week, say like one week for experiments and research etc. and just work your way around it, that way you know how much time you have for projects rather that trying to finish a final piece in an hour (this happened to me and I was a mess, I'm oh so professional, I learnt my lesson the hard way).
- Don't be afraid to ask for help, your tutors are most likely professional artists so they know what they are doing just ask if you are unsure.
- Try everything. My college had great facilities that many people took for granted, but use them experiment and find out what you like. In the future you might not get the chance to use them for free.
I absolutely loved my two years at college! Even though in the beginning I was miserable but by the end I had made amazing friends who I was so privileged to be working along side for those two years.
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