As a degree I believe it is an up and coming subject considering the state of the environment at the coming time. It's a great course with only 2 official exams over 4 years and 2 online exams. I would like more moduel choice and content, but think it's off to a great start.
The dissertation module involved a 8000-9000 word dissertation, fully referenced. The topic is chosen by the student - best to choose something that they are passionate about otherwise it becomes a real slog. Having already had some experience in academic writing, the module wasn't too out of reach however there were a number of students in the class who faced difficulties such as dyslexia or English not being their first language. I felt these students could have had more support during the module. The first submission had plenty of feedback, however this diminished as time went on. The feedback for the first didn't get to the student in time for the second submission so this stalled a lot of students in knowing where their current grade was for the third and final submission.
This module looks at how rural and folk people use performance in relation to celebration and tradition. Although maybe not everybody's thing, we were able to adjust our brief to something we found interesting, and created a short film and installation piece for a public audience, based on the legend of the Selkie. The piece could really be as detailed and in depth as you liked, but you were pushed by the lecturer to stretch yourself. I appreciated this, but when she disliked your ideas it was plainly obvious and flat out made you change it. Assessment came in the form of the performance itself, and an Educational Resource Pack (ERP) made using publisher. This was easy for myself as I have a grasp on using this product, but for those less confident, little help was given bar a short lecture on the basics.
Content and structure- very informative and enjoyable. Allowing links to the industry, and freedom to undertake tasks and reports within the boundaries. Assessments are evenly spaced allowing for time to be taken to complete these. Thoroughly enjoying this module
The content of the degree covers tutorials, workshops, industry involvement, professional practice and theory related to the visual communication industry. The classes are structured face to face with the lecturers who are available to offer advice and feedback when needed. The first year is especially focused on technical skills, and as the course progresses the student is left to their own decisions. The technical workshops (software skills, typography, layout) have been especially helpful. I felt that there could have been more constructive feedback, ie what works well, what could be improved, designer suggestions etc. The course is assessed by continual assessments - no exams - but the body of work expected to be produced is high. There is a big jump between year 2 and 3, and I feel that this could be transitioned more easily for the student eg lecturers could encourage students to consider topics or themes in the summer holidays between 2nd and 3rd year.
Whilst the university building is brand new, along with the degree - this course is suffering because of it. For the number of students on the course there is only one small theatre and no spare practice rooms. The other students and lecturers have problems with the drama students rehearsing in public spaces. Due to the lack of room in the place, it means the timetabling for classes in the theatre is erratic and unhelpful if you live far away or need to get public transport. When rehearsing late at night, the canteen closes at 3ish, so no food available. Some modules are good, but to be honest, there is very little acting training done after the first year (HNC) so if you want to be an actor this is not the place to study.
Content- good in the sense of relating to the music industry. Lecturers- very helpful, and push you to your potential. Forms of assessment are good, allowing enough time between each. Timetables and alerts of classes could be a bit more organised, however overall is a great course.
This is the module I remember as being the most interesting and I really enjoyed it. I had Alice as a tutor and she is absolutely brilliant!
Voice lessons at Inverness College UHI are taught by professional opera singer Reno Troilus. He has toured with Scottish Opera, Welsh Opera and many other professional companies. He knows everything there is to know about the voice, how to effectively use it in performance and how to look after it. His lessons mainly take the form of masterclasses so that he can work with each individual student in order to help them improve and give them personalised advice. Group sessions take place as well and are usually geared towards preparing students for the future; techniques include vocal warm-ups, breathing exercises and how best to approach an audition. Reno also teaches the inner workings of the throat and the respiratory system so that you can learn how everything works and how to keep it all in top shape.
Lecturer is very good, good knowledge. Enjoyable module Good feedback given back quickly.