Which course would you recomend?
- Loughborough University BA Industrial Design and Technology degree with 1 year paid experience
- Brunel University BA Industrial Design and Technology degree with 1 year paid experience
- Hertfordshire University 3 year BA Model Design and Model Effects course
- Herfordshire University 3 Year BS Product Design
I live in the UK Iâ€™m looking to get into product/industrial design, model making and possibly special effects related industries and been looking at university degree courses.
Firstly, wondering is this the way to go or will it be a waste of several years and serious debt which wonâ€™t be any use for finding work, or is a degree essential for getting a professional designer job with a company like yours?
I thought it wiser to do my homework and research before, not after committing to a 3-4 year very expensive course.
I am also 36 years now and would be about 40 when I finish how much would that go against me?
If a 3 year degree or sandwich degree course with a yearâ€™s placement is a good route to take, what should I look for in a course which would get myself employed, and how much experience would I need after it? Plus any advice on how to get it, what kind of experience that should be and what to avoid please? Plus what do you look for portfolio wise
Have you had dealings or employed anyone from the following courses and could you recommend which out of the following I should choose please.
My short list is
The 4 year (Including 1 yearâ€™s paid industrial placement.) Industrial Design BA courses at Loughborough and Brunel Universities.
The 3 year University of Hertfordshire effects degree where after you do the first core year you choose between Model Design and Model Effects, Character Creation and Technical Effects, or Special Effects BA Hons routes.
(The model making route is the one I am currently looking to do)
Or the 3 year Product BA/Industrial Design BSc also at the University of Hertfordshire degree (common core year)
Both the industrial design and model making/effects degree courses would have access to ceramic and composite/fibre-glass workshops that are not at Brunel or Loughborough universities (plus a visual effects and computer animation department I may be able to get additional training in), but lack the guaranteed yearâ€™s paid experience the 4 year courses have, just providing possibly a few months unpaid experience.
Is it essential to a BSc verses a BA course or does it not matter?
Also finishing aged 40 would have a particular relevance to entry level income as well. Whilst not expecting huge salary starts, 40 is a bit old to have to live at home with my retired mother unable to get a mortgage or rent a flat if you get the drift so wondering what entry level income is likely to be in these fields and as mentioned how much experience would be needed. I have had nearly 3 years graphic design and couple of years LARP foam prop weapon making experience in addition to many little jobs in retail, 10 years on film/TV set film extra (plus some runner)work, merchandising, promotions and other odd jobs.
Portfolio examples I have so far include chris_roses_portfolio | Flickr
Links to the courses are
Loughborough University Industrial Design and Technology BA
Brunel University Industrial Design and Technology BA
University of Hertfordshire Effects/Model making degree
University of Hertfordshire Product Design
Please can you help me decide what to do next.
Thank you for your time.