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Art School 101: Art University – Should I do an arts degree?


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As it’s that time of year, I thought it might be quite useful for some of you if I wrote about my experiences of arts education. As the fees are now averaging £9000 a year, going to do an art degree might seem like a huge risk financially and something that you might want to consider very carefully. Questions you might be asking yourself: will I get a well paid job at the end of it? Will I even get a job at all!? Is it worth it? What will I learn – if anything?!

When I went to university the fees were still around £3000 a year, so the loan didn’t seem as big as £9000 a year. I imagine with any degree now at such high costs, a lot of people will be contemplating even going ahead with a degree at all, especially an art degree.

There is SO much to cover, so I’ll try to write a couple of posts over the next few weeks. In this first post, I’ll highlight a couple of things you may want to initially think about before starting your course. I hope this will be of help to someone! I’ve also fished out lots of my old illustration work that I made on my degree (the fun – omg so much bad photoshopping!) so all photos/drawings on these posts are from my time studying.

Grab a cup of tea… this isn’t short!
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Puppies puppies puppies!


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My parents have 9 German Shepherd puppies at the moment so I went to visit them. They are almost 8 weeks old and it is such a good age to see them at. They all have just started showing their personalities! Some are bolshy already (see: sticking up ears puppy – named Pinky) and some are groany and shy. All are cute as hell! Now for the mega dog photo post…

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Amsterdam pt. 3 – Rijksmuseum & Dutch pancakes


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The Rijksmuseum museum had just opened again in April after almost ten years of renovation, so we visited!DSC_3139
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A Mondrian YSL dress!DSC_3217
You know you’re a designer/illustrator when the thing that excites you the most in this museum is the style guide. Oh god. LOVE. The colour palettes are also designed based on the most famous paintings in their collection. Amazing!DSC_3203 DSC_3205 DSC_3208
Afterwards we ate delicious nutella, banana, strawberry and cream filled pancakes!
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Amsterdam pt. 1 – Everyone has blue eyes.


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The view from our airbnb apartment! We arrived Sunday afternoon, and I actually got on the plane with no valium (minor miracle). We walked to the red light district and ate some delicious pizza..
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The canals! It’s so easy to get lost in Amsterdam. Every street is a canal! DSC_3063 DSC_3064
We drank fizzy wine in the apartment, ready to go out!DSC_3104DSC_3099 DSC_3103
We read about Door 74 online, a kind of secret cocktail bar! It was great, I drank champagne.DSC_3107
We paid ALL of 2 euros to see some not-very-sexy people fucking.DSC_3119 DSC_3013
Albert Heijn’s breakfast! I love foreign supermarkets..DSC_3024
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Bikes everywhere!