You will have allot of tuition in the first year and gradually this will ease off when you get to know more and are more confident, the tutors will still fluff around and help you in anyway they can though. My course includes designing and making my own jewellery so I find it so interesting seeing my paper drawings turned into reality, the challengingness all depends on how good you are!!
Along side the studio work you will be required to do 2 essays a year, not my favourite part but really useful when it comes to the history of the subject.
On my course there are weekly arranged tutorials where you are given feedback and directions to follow to help keep your work on track.
Facilities specific to my course are brilliant, its not until you go without them that you realise how useful they really are!!