I am in such a difficult situation I don’t know where to turn at the moment.
The story is: I love my product design A-level course, it has become literally the only reason I go to school anymore (I also do physics, maths and further maths - i just glaze over in those lessons!).
I’ve gone through UCAS, and got all my replies back from the universities I applied for. I’ve got an offer from Loughborough, for their Industrial Design course. I’ve also got an offer from Cambridge, for Engineering Science, at Churchill College.
Now, I know I want to do product design. It feels so right, its fun and challenging, and the course at Loughborough looks fantastic!
The problem is: everyone expects me to go to cambridge. It seems that getting an offer from them, means that i must go there, whether I don’t like the course there or not.
Since i got the offer from cambridge on new years eve, my dads been giving me major grief over my decision to go to loughborough (I havn’t sent off the reply form to UCAS yet though, the decision is still open) … he’s a pretty tough guy to argue against (I don’t seem to have inherited that particular “talent” (sic) )
So, after our latest arguament, I’ve decided to scope out what actual product designers think. The main issue of the last arguament was financial secuirity in the future. My dad seems to think that going to cambridge = financial secuirity guaranteed (he’s probably right there), and that studying at loughborough = me living in a box after university (in less words).
I want to know … how financially secure are you product designers in the UK? How was life after you left university? Are there any regrets? In my position, what would you do?
I’ve looked at my product-design options after university, and I’ve found a course at the Royal College of Art, called “Industrial Design Engineering,” that requires a degree in mechanical engineering to apply for.
This seems perfectly suited to my needs, except for the fact that I really dont want to spend 4 years at cambridge beforehand. I’m afraid I’ll lose my lust for designing, end up doing a boring job, and hating myself and my father for the rest of my life. Plus, apparently places on this course at the RCA are pretty hot, and well sought-after. I don’t want to hinge all my ambitions of being a designer on the chance of getting into the RCA! If I go through cambridge, then get rejected from the RCA!
Are there any other UK-based product/industrial design postgraduate courses out there that require a degree in engineering beforehand?
Please, if anyone could help me, you would be doing me such a service, and probably helping shape my life to come. I have to hand in my decision to UCAS by the 28th of april. There’s not much time left to swing the decision of those around me!
Also I would be grateful for the addresses of any other websites where I can post my plea … I’ll be posting this at www.productdesignforums.com soon, are there any other product deisgn forums out there?
Thank you all