During the first term of my course, there was a lot of hands on teaching, such as drawing technique workshops and life drawing. I also had contextual studies seminars which helped with essay writing, which weren't continued onto the third term, but I was perfectly happy about that. In terms of personal contact with tutors, if they were around the studio they would give constructive criticism as well as trying to get you to see some faults in your own work which could need altering, helping with learning how to criticise your own work. There were also group criticisms in which we could see what other students in the course were up to and let them know how we felt about their work.
The course is interesting because the briefs are vague which could lead to a number of outcomes, and we never came up with the same ideas, making the crits and the group exhibitions very interesting when trying to curate them. It is very challenging because of the vagueness, but that's kind of what makes the projects so fun. The tutors are always available to contact when you're stuck too, either in the studios or via email.
There are no exams, just coursework and essays, which aren't challenging, and are made easy to do with the help of the contextual studies sessions and the fantastic library collection. If the library doesn't have something to help you (which is rare) the librarians can point you in the right direction and the Norwich library is only a ten minute walk away.
The feedback from tutors is brilliant. You get one to one sessions a few times a term to see how you're getting on with the project and the course, and as I've said before, they can always be contacted for help.
The course specific facilities are also wonderful. Go to all the workshops you're offered at the beginning of the year, because they'll help so much further down the line when you want to do something different, or they can help you find a new thing that you love to do. The staff within these workshops are lovely and friendly, and again, are always there to help, so never be afraid to ask!