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!
I go through phases where I’ll buy lots of things for my flat, then nothing for ages. Recently I’ve felt like changing my room around a bit, so here are a few things I’ve purchased!
Above: Pineapple (it opens and you can put stuff in it!) is from JOY. I saw it in the Brighton store but the one they had was broken. They didn’t/don’t have it online *sadface* – cue my happiness when I spotted it in the Angel Islington store window, it was mine! I believe it is £12.
Duvet set from IKEA (literally only a fiver! – I love the pattern). White tea light holder also from IKEA. The Orange tea light holder is from Oliver Bonas and was around £5 (I can’t find it online but I’ve seen them in a couple of stores, I think you can get other colours too – correct me if I’m wrong!)
I love this filling green lentil salad, it’s so tasty and pretty healthy! The salad is based on a Delia Smith recipe, which does include walnut (though personally i’m not a huge walnut fan so have taken these out!).
You will need:
- Dried green lentils
- 1 red onion
- 1 garlic clove crushed
- Walnut oil
- Olive oil (or extra virgin olive oil)
- Balsamic vinegar
- Mustard or mustard powder
- Goats cheese
1. Cook your lentils as per instructions – dried lentils take about 45 minutes to cook, read the instructions on the packet for how to properly cook them. (If you don’t have much time you could use pre-cooked ones that come in a sachet, however dried ones are much cheaper and you can make more : ) ) I used about 1 small mug full. You should use 1 part lentil to 5 parts water when you put it in a pan to boil. 1 mug of dried lentils is enough for two servings.
2. Sauté the onion and garlic in a pan with some walnut oil adding a tablespoon of fresh thyme.
3. When the lentils are cooked – drain and rinse them with boiling water. Add back to the pan with the red onion/garlic/thyme mixture and stir together on heat.
4. Prepare your dressing, mix 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar, 2 tbsn of walnut oil and 3 tbsn of extra virgin olive oil together with a teaspoon of mustard (or mustard powder if you have it), add extra garlic if you like, and a pinch of salt and pepper.
5. Stir in the dressing to taste and serve with the goats cheese crumbled on top and some rocket on the side. Eat hot or wait to cool down and eat cold. Either is goooood!