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- Thank you so much for joining us. And welcome to our virtual open day. My name is Simone. And I'll be hosting this evening's session. Now without further ado, I'm going to introduce you to our lovely panel first and foremost. So I'm joined this evening by my colleague Bhavna who's part of the student advisor team. Hi, Bhavna.
- Hi. Hi, Simone. How are doing?
- Hi. And then we're joined by two of our current students. So we're joined by Catherine, who's doing our masters in Illustration. Hi, Katherine.
- And we're joined by Sam, who's doing our masters in creative events management. Hi, Sam.
- Hi there. How are you doing?
- Hi. Good. Thank you. Thank you so much to all of you for making some time free this evening to talk to us.
- So I'm on the creative events management masters, and I'm currently just moving into my final research project. So I started in 2021 just before, that was the year after lockdown. There was the second lockdown in the middle--
- It becomes a blur, doesn't it?
- [INAUDIBLE] blur. Yeah. So I started in the middle of lockdown. And yeah, it's the time's just flown by.
- Lovely. Thank you so much, Sam. And last but not least, Catherine could you give us a brief introduction of yourself as well?
- Yes, sure. I'm in my final module of the illustration MA. So I'm in the final four or five weeks now. And my background is fashion. So that's why I chose to do illustration at Falmouth.
- So your academics will guide you through, you'll see them as long as, usually there's about 10 weeks of webinars. So you'll see them weekly in a webinar. The webinars are usually arranged in conjunction with-- it has to be with their availability. But they try to be sympathetic to the students' availability as well. But they're always recorded if you can't attend. So you can pick up on them later. And then you get a set amount of short tutorials with them.
But they're also available via email and things to ask if you've got any queries or you're stuck on something for academic support. But they wealth of knowledge, it's like you think you've found some interesting new thing in the text. And then they go, oh, yes. And then give you 5 more minutes. So there's always more information to be gleaned from them.
- What is good about the academics of course, as well as each module, which I presume it applies to most of the courses, you get a different tutor, a different supervisor each module. So you get the opportunity to meet more than one tutor and they've all got different specialties. And as Sam said, they're there for you if you need them. Many a time I've sent emails at midnight go and all freaking out slightly. And they always come back to you.
And you do have tutorials throughout the module, which I strongly advise anyone who can be there to join in because that's where you get the most support from not only your tutors, but your fellow students. So yeah, the support this as much as you want, if that makes sense. Because it is an MA, and you will be doing a lot of independent work. But there's as much as you need. So yeah, it's good.
For me, it was very important for me to find a flexible course because I needed something that could fit in with my work and home life. And the idea of it being remote as well really appealed to me because the more I looked at it, the fact that lectures webinars were recorded. So if you couldn't make it, you weren't missing out on anything. And there's not many courses out there that offer that kind of-- a lot of them are very campus based. But for me, it was really important I had that flexibility.
And even when I wasn't sure, I spoke Tuva Norbye who is my course leader who sort of reassured me that people who are on it do work full time, part time. And I think most people on it with me, that's pretty much why they chose it because it gives you a huge amount of flexibility. So that's why I chose it.
- So working full time, family full time, all of those other life demands are needed something flexible. I also started in the depths of the second lockdown. So there was no chance that was going anywhere and was quite impatient to get started on my master's.
- I came into the course with very little illustration experience. I was working as a designer full time. So I'd done a little bit. So I suppose for me the course has helped me career wise. It's focused me a lot more. I've sort of realized what it is I want to do. And the course has given me the tools to do that. And also, you do get an awful lot of support through the course. They have guest speakers who come on who are brilliant, they working illustrators or the AOI, which is the Association of illustrators, which I can highly recommend.
And I think it's just things like that for me. It's given me the confidence to actually go out and start thinking I can do it professionally. And I've also started setting up my own business to do things. And again, there's help with that as well. The support for you the students, your peers. And I think that's what it's helped me with massively.
- So it's an events management, but it's creative events management course. So what it's done is really consolidate really quite diverse experience where I've just been winging it on making events happen. And so it's actually put a lot of the theory in behind it. And so I feel more confident, and I'm more aware of behind the scenes and more aware of different perspectives. So it's a more complete understanding of what I can do in that sector.
But it's also I think importantly, the networks as well that he developed. So the peer networks, the tutors and the professionals you meet, particularly in events management, your networks are your lifeline for contingency plans and things like that, and creating opportunities.
So it's really started a lot of that off as well. And as Catherine says, there's opportunities to set up as freelance or join other organizations. But you have to go out and find those. But I think the confidence that the course, brings you puts you in a good position for that.
So as I mentioned before, I've come from an art practice, music and arts. And because it's creative events management, I wasn't sure how much of that was going to be creative. It turned out quite a lot. And so and also it's a really developing area in terms of critical studies and things like that. So you can make it as academic as you want. So I've been able to incorporate my thoughts about art at my own practice, but also understand how that then can be applied to the industry.
So it was a bit of-- a I've always had sort of art practice and then what I do to earn money is separate things. And what it's been-- what has done is brought those two things together. I can see a role in art direction and experience event management and things that combines all of that together.
- Personally, I think as I said before, it's given me a lot of confidence that I didn't maybe have when I started the course and allowed me to interact with other illustrators, which has helped massively because it is not easy, learning virtual. It's not. Some people can take to it brilliantly. And most people I'm on the course with have. But we all have times of self-doubt, and you're worried you're not going to be able to do it. And anyone creative will probably relate to this.
There are times when everything you do, you hate. You just don't feel like you're getting anywhere. But what really helped me was a lot of the students will set up WhatsApp groups. We organized our own meet ups, and that helps you deal with some of the personal stuff, the negative and the goes because you get a bit of both. If you're really enjoying it, and you're listening to the people that really gives you a buzz as well. So even though you're not with each other, you are, if that makes sense.
- So I manage my time in a variety of like big and small tasks. As Catherine said, you might look through the module ahead. You might skim through and identify things that you can sort of dive in and out quickly, you might listen to podcasts take some notes and stuff. And then you've got some other reading material and other work or some planning stuff to do, and you give yourself a large amount of time for that.
So I mean, it's a course that has an element of project planning as part of the learning experience. So you do learn methodologies for that, actually whilst you kind of evolve it as you go along. And certainly, I think my time management has been something that I've had to improve. It has got better. And yeah, bit-sized chunks wherever you can.
- I thought I was organized until I started the course. And then it's a different type of organizing. And I don't think I was the best when I started. I was pretty helpless to begin with. But as time progresses, you do sort of start to as Sam said, you realize the bits that you can do. I used to listen to podcasts while I was working or I'd have the lectures on in the background. So you can still interact even if you've got other work to do or you just sit in the evening you play it because there's a lot of Ted Talks and things like this.
And I think as long as you keep on top of that, and the reading. A lot of people on my course, found it really difficult to begin with the reading list and then not if you can just keep on top of them. And I found by setting myself little targets throughout the week. Do I needed to read two chapters or and do some sketching. And I think as long as you can set it up so that you give yourself time, you'll be fine. It is a part time course after all. It's not a full time. So don't freak out. Just plan your time.
A lot of it sort of fits into time management. You do have to be organized. You have to learn to become organized. And I think some of the things I think of as skills is not just being able to draw and write academically. It's you've Got to be open to new challenges because you'll get lots of new things thrown at you. And you need to be able to work with other people, with other students. Because even though you're not together, you still have tutorials.
So it's trying to learn some skills that, and even doing this getting used to being online and not being afraid to talk and put your hand up and say, I'll answer that question. And also, be able to ask for help and support. Because a lot of people think it's I won't ask, because it will make me look like I don't know what I'm doing. That's far from the truth. And I think it is a skill to be able to say, I'm sorry, I don't get it, I don't understand. And I think if you can do that, the rest of it is a lot easier to deal with.
So for me, the skills that you really need to try and get yourself to that point when you start the course.
- Because the course is based around events and team working is inevitable part of the environment that you'll be going into. But obviously, it's a remote course. So you're having to-- but it's bringing that sort of respect and rationality to your peers, working with your peers as a team on project as well. And all those skills of being empathetic and listening and communicating well so that you can all do as well as you can together because there are team projects that are marked together.
And pitching in as well, being again, that respectful thing about sharing workloads and things like that. But I think also, in terms of learning, obviously, you need to be able to use the Canvas environment. But I would also recommend being able to use out use other apps depending on what kind of learner you are. Because for example I find it hard to sit still for very long periods of time and read stuff.
So I use things like speechifying and things so that it reads it or when there's something that does text to speech, I can walk around like Catherine was saying earlier. And you can do other stuff. And actually I take the information in better that way. So I think knowing what kind of learner you are is quite useful. Certainly on the creative events management course, they explore that right at the beginning that is part of your starter module. So they can help you with that.
- Anyone spotted during the illustration course is daily drawing. I can't recommend it enough. If you are doing the course, you get told it all the time. And if you don't do it, you'll miss out because it helped me massively. So that will be my top tip for anyone doing the illustration course.
- Same principle. Keep a journal. So with your thoughts and reflections. I mean, you can reflect by drawing, you can reflect by writing, you could record it. Whatever way you want to record it. But make a note of your thoughts because often you circle back around and you surprise yourself with what you already know. So I left everything to the last minute when I applied. So [INAUDIBLE] recommends you don't do, I did.
- But you're here.
- But I'm here.
- So well done.
- Yeah. It was-- I applied to start a week later or something. It was quite short. I wish I'd spoken to the tutors a bit more because each module came as a massive surprise for the first two or three modules. I really should have done more research and looked ahead a little bit more. But I think I got so sort of focused in on it. So that when the deadlines and the assignments were done, I sort of I had to kind of come up for air and sort of take a breather, a mental breather from stuff.
But again, like does come back down to planning. So just looking ahead and scoping like the year a little bit more finding out a bit more so you know what to expect.
- When you start the program, each module, you are given the opportunity to maybe share work. There's a board that you can upload your work on. And there's reading that you're given. And then there's a sort of a text chat like this that you can chat to your fellow students and put your thoughts and what their thoughts are. And I did avoid it a little bit at first because I was a bit like, oh, God, I'm not sure.
And I think now looking back, I wish I had done more of that because it's amazing how much you learn from the other students and their thoughts and their perspectives on things that. Because what you've got to be careful is don't be too tunnel vision in your own ideas. Listen to your other students, the lecturers. And as it went on, I did become more involved, and I benefited so much more from it. So that's what I wish.
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