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Abigail Cucolo (22), Fort Stewart, GA, USA : Master of Arts (Costume)
I have always loved England, so I knew I wanted to attend a school in the UK. The courses at Arts University Bournemouth offered the independence that allowed me to encompass my wide range of interests. It was also important to me that English was the native language and that there was a similarity in cultures, but my fondness for English history and literature was the deciding factor.
My transition went very smoothly. As America and England could be considered extended family, the change was not too drastic. When the course began, we had an introduction to the curriculum, procedures and protocols as well as a tour of the facilities.
The international office is always available to help with any issues foreign students may face, and student services can help with general queries. I have had brilliant help from the finance office in regards to my aid from overseas – they have been very patient and prompt.
The course has three phases, each 15 weeks long and focused on developing your practice, culminating in an exhibition of your final piece at the end.
The entire MA group meets once a week for research seminars or guest lectures, but each student’s work is independent with guidance by an assigned tutor. Though I enjoy the course it has definitely been different from my undergraduate studies in the US, where the focus is on a more structured, lecture-based learning environment. The independence the course offers is its greatest benefit, but also the most challenging aspect.
I would recommend the experience to anyone with the personal drive and motivation necessary to succeed. You need to be dedicated to your practice, time management skills and be highly self-motivated. However, make sure you don’t pass up the opportunities provided by living abroad. Make time for travel, enjoy the history and the people – experience the country and apply it to your work.
Aleksandra Leontyeva (21), Moscow, Russia: BA (Hons) Digital Media Production
I decided to study in the UK, after I have realized that I’m totally obsessed with films. UK is great filmmaking industry, and like no other country has different specialized Universities and courses in this sphere. I tried to find some short filmmaking course to help me to understand if I am really interested in making films. I found Arts University Bournemouth which has wide range of short courses, including 2 months summer short course of filmmaking. The great benefit of this course was that at the end each student directed own short movie. It was great chance to try yourself. So I decided to apply to AUCB, and I was accepted. I applied to FdA Digital Media Production course, because in my opinion it gives you more freedom in creativity.
During the time when my documents have been processing, International Office supported me, with this a bit boring process. They helped me with it, gave all information about University, helped with transfer to the town and accommodation. People who are working there always opened for help.
I’m living in student house, with English students. It is giving me great opportunity to practise my English 24/7.It’s great cultural exchange also, which helps me to understand more English culture and style of life. My housemates are welcoming, friendly and really helpful. I also made some Russian-speaking friends, who help me not to feel homesick.
Bournemouth is really hospitable (especially for students) and pleasant town. It’s a lot of students here, so you wouldn’t find a problem to make friends. You will never be bored, because it has lots of amusements too.
So far this year I have reached the goals that I wanted, I picked up lots of skills and found new friends, which supported me. If I’ll have chance to change my decision I wouldn’t change anything. I’m absolutely happy that I’m studying here.
If you are ambitious, creative, easy-going person and if you know what you want to reach in your life, don’t miss your chance to get it!
Feini Dong (21), Shanghai, China: BA (Hons) Film Production
I became aware of studying Film Production in England when I saw the Harry Potter films. I was impressed by the way it was designed. So I first attended the University at Brighton before transferring to Arts University Bournemouth, which was highly recommended by my previous tutors.
I think that the AUB tutors take so much care about us and are very professional. They are happy to pass their up to date knowledge onto us, as well as give us an insight of working in the industry. That is what makes me feel prepared for the challenges in my future business life. Their opinion and feedback keeps me thinking and often changes my point of view.
I have the feeling that I’m getting to know everything about production and how to get the best result out of a co-operation with my fellow students.
I really enjoy living in this peaceful and quiet environment where there are so many lovely places, like the Bournemouth Garden, its town centre and the surrounded area – and of course all the shopping facilities. As I grew up in the busy and loud City of Shanghai, I can enjoy all these Bournemouth amenities so much more. The local people are very polite and helpful to students from abroad, although I had difficulties involving in the community due to the Cultural shock. I wasn’t able to understand the people clearly when I came to England, but I’m happy to say now that this is no problem for me anymore.
During my winter holidays I travelled around Europe for 20 days. I spent some time at Paris, Evian, Lyon, Munich, Berlin, Hamburg, Milan and had a stopover at Venice.
After my graduation this year I would love to work in England but that depends if I will be granted a 2 year -Working Visa. Otherwise, I am going to have plenty of time to look for a job in China during my long summer holidays.
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