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Open day questions: creative arts students

Aspiring painter, illustrator, photographer or designer? Print out and use our list of open day questions when you're on a visit to a university or creative arts college.

About the course

  • How much contact time do I get with my tutor / lecturers?
  • What is the split between theory and practical work?
  • What range of modules is available to me?
  • Will there be any public presentations / exhibitions of my work?
  • Do I get to specialise in my second or third year?

Equipment and facilities

  • How much should I budget for the cost of materials and extras?
  • Is there an on-campus shop to buy art supplies? Is this shop reasonably priced?
  • How good are the printing facilities at the university / college?
  • Is there studio space where I can work? How much time will I need to spend in the studio each week?

Placements and field trips

  • Is there any opportunity for placements / field trips? Do I have to organise my own or will I have help?
  • Is there chance for cross course collaboration or group work?
  • Do companies take interns from this course?


  • How many items of coursework are there?
  • What is the split between exam / coursework / group work / presentations?
  • Do I need to complete a dissertation or research-based project?

Graduate prospects

  • How does this course help me get a job?
  • Does the university have contacts within the industry?


  • How do I apply  through Ucas, or via another means (for example, Cukas or directly)?
  • What are your top tips when putting together in a portfolio?
  • What are you looking for from students during an interview or audition?


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