This was an amazing first year at Birmingham City University. The course was exciting, I got plenty of support and I have learnt a lot regarding cameras and lighting techniques.
The structure is poor. We have too many students on our course and in our year. Our class is too large to fit into a lecture theatre so we have to sit in an IMAX cinema for lectures with no tables and pathetically dim lighting. Puebla lecturers do not respond frequently to emails and even less frequently are in their offices when they've told us they would be. We have Formative assessments to allow for feedback but they do not give us a grade of percentage so we have no idea how we are doing with the course until the end of the year. The seminar lecturers do not even bother to learn your name even if week after week you are one of the only people to actually do the prep work and participate in class. The combination of these factors have lead myself and three other students that I am aware of to transfer to different universities to continue our law degrees for next year as BCU's law department is so dire. Apart from three lecturers, two of whom have actually left this year and the only remaining being Alison Turnbull, who is absolutely wonderful, a phenomenal lecturer, fantastic woman, and would do anything to help us.
Great selection of modules to choose from over the four years. If your like me and do not have strengths in accounting and finance you can take a different route , I took hr and marketing
Whilst all of the course tutors are professionals in their field and very informative, I don't think that they are very supportive in terms of help for assignments or getting real work experience. The course itself covers a wide variety of topics which is good if you're uncertain about which aspect you're particularly interested in and is great for the first year when you're learning all the background knowledge. This is less useless as you progress as you find your interest in certain modules and less for others. The structure of the course is poor as some of the modules would make more sense in the same term. The assessments are more or less all reports, with little practicals involved which is silly as it's a very practical course. If a practical is involved, you have to write up a long report explaining what you've done. The course content is complex as it is a BSc, so a lot of background reading is helpful to understand the content of some modules. My enjoyment of the course is fairly dependent on the practicality of the modules. The more practical work I do, the more I enjoy my course.
The course offers a diverse range of different skills and techniques that makes learning enjoyable, with a mixture of project work, theory and hands-on labs. It is a hard course wherever you study it, but is definitely doable with skills in STEM subjects. I feel like the teaching, however, is slightly outdated - some of my 2nd year powerpoint slides were made in 1998 and haven't been changed since! Many of the professors offer help and support should you need it though, and there are PHD students in many tutorial sessions to help with the work at hand.
When I first started university, I wanted to quit! But I soon realised with perseverance, hard work and dedication I could achieve the goals I wanted. I had a great teacher Jane, who would give back honest feedback,
What I liked about the course was that it was flexible to what you wanted to do, from photography - UI design. In my last year I chose to focus on UI design, and had the support from another great tutor James, he gave back constructive criticism and always wanted me to do my best!
Really glad I went to uni, it's shaped me into the person I am today, and has opened a lot of doors for me career wise.
The course was useful. I wouldn't say it was completely useful to get a job i would recommend getting experience as well as the degreeSome aspects of the course didn't seem necessary or useful. Overall I'm glad i did the degree because it's helped me land a job in the industry i want to work in.
Well, the course overall is quite fun. It's not your average type of film course. It has the creative side to it where you obviously make films, but then there's this other side to it, where you learn about the technology and how it works - hence the sciencey BSc bit.
The clinical placement was very good and staff were generally good at teaching however we were the first year on a new version of the course and so it wasn't as well organised as expected with the format of certain assessments often not being made clear!Preparation for certain aspects of clinical placement was poor, for example we never got to use the image intensifier in university as it was broke and has never been fixed during our second and third year. This may have been beneficial as theatre imaging is quite daunting as a student!I feel that in third year the assessments could have been spread out better throughout the course of the year, the dissertation, a presentation, viva and 2 exams are all within 3 weeks of each other which makes the volume of work very high.I would not say the course has been difficult however the volume of work is quite great.
The teaching at university has simplified the topics so we understand the basics before we go into the deep ends, this helps build a platform year on year ta university. Has helped me use that knowledge outside of university already and I am only in my 2nd year. Having knowledge that others probably do not have helped me to stand out in my part-time job, and people I associate myself with. The forms of assessment are outlined to you, and the structure in which you should follow, this helps us keep our work relevant and gives us a baseline to work towards.