Studying An Arts & Design Course at University

is studying an art and design degree worth it

Truths Behind Studying an Arts Degree

I wanted to do a little post today to both give some insight into what it’s like to study an ‘arts’ subject at university, and also what people who have just started said subjects can expect from their course. I’m not going to lie, university was a total shock to the system for me, especially doing a design subject where it’s not really something you can be taught, you either have it or you don’t.

The first thing I realised at university was that you will not be spoon fed, and you don’t realise how much you took it for granted during school and college years; which at first made me question a little, well, what am I even paying for? And several times over I had considered dropping out. But I soon realised that you’re paying for your own learning at the end of the day, and if you want to make the most out of it, then it’s down to you. All courses will have tutors who are there to guide and support you, but they aren’t going to do the work for you, and nor should they.

Over my past three years now at university I’ve come to accept that actually I have learned a lot from it, and there are some great courses out there for a whole range of related subjects. But don’t be disheartened if it isn’t what you expect, it’s all just a massive part of learning, and you’ll be thankful for it at the end of the day. So hang in there, make the most of the experience, and finally, enjoy it.

This post was in collaboration with Middlesex University, London. All views are genuine.



Welcome to The Little Things, a Scottish travel and lifestyle blog. Written by Louise, a graphic designer, living and working in Edinburgh. Sharing all of the little things in life which make her smile along the way. With her boyfriend Luke, and their cat Gizzy.

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  • Andrea

    I think this post is true for all university experiences πŸ™‚ in the grand scheme of things it's maybe three years of your life that can truly help you develop as a person! I'm a big believer in manning up and getting on with it haha!
    Hope you had an amazing university experience πŸ™‚

  • Ibbs Quinton

    Totally agree! Uni was so very different from what I expected, and in hindsight, I wish I'd chosen a different course. But I've made great friends along the way!
    Also, is that your desk? If so, I love it. A lot.