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Ex Student- on the subject of 'Arts/vocational courses'
Alice.W >> Mon Jun 17, 2013 9:07 PM
Last updated on: Tue Jun 18, 2013 4:51 PM
I chose 'Arts courses' or courses of a more vocational nature when I joined long road. These where
-Drama and theater studies (A level)
-Art, painting and sculpture (A level)
-Photography (A level)
- and Film Studies (A level) Although this was more of an academic subject and I only studies this for the first year of my 2 years at Long Road)
I personally felt I had a very negative experience at Long Road. I leave this comment as many people have said that they think of it as a very Arts orientated sixth from and I disagree. I wish to offer the following as an honest opinion and experience from a Student which I hope will help students when they come to choosing courses:
I have heard many good things about the academic courses at the sixth form and know many students (current and ex) who have enjoyed their academic courses and received excellent teaching and grades from them.
However, it is my opinion that the Arts department (as far as Fine Art and Photography courses go) is underfunded and not up to the high expectations that I enrolled with. I feel that it is a good sixth form for those looking for an academic course but it's Arts side lets it down. I would not have thought quite so poorly of it had I not been told that it was very good for that kind of course so I just wanted to dispel those rumours to a certain degree.
My experience has been of broken equipment in the photography department (such as driers and enlargers) leading to poor quality prints and students unable to create as good work as they would otherwise be able to. And also of Photography teachers unable to use or navigate the software to a reasonable level, which they are meant to be educating and aiding the students in. They have had to call in other photography teachers to show students how to use much of the program (a version of Photoshop) which is impractical to both teachers and students and also this help is rarely available. The department also seems to be lacking the funding to supply appropriate equipment for the studio (such as blinds, white and black sheets).
I enrolled for a Painting and sculpture course for my Art A level, yet after my first year I was forced to move to a Painting and Printmaking class and my previous class split up into different paint and print classes. This was because the only teacher capable of teaching sculpture had too many classes when the next year of students arrived. Therefore I felt that I did not receive the 2 years of Painting and sculpture lessons that I enrolled for.
The Drama and theatre studies teacher which I had was regularly late, providing incorrect teaching and failed to provide information of Deadlines and curriculum which another teacher had to come in and amend for us. This teacher eventually left Long Road sixth form without teaching there for a whole year. Nevertheless this still left me with a very negative opinion.
I do not mean to say that Long Road is any worse than any other sixth from as I have not experienced any others and could not say for certain, but many of my fellow students have agreed that the Arts departments did not meet expectations.
Also a word of warning for students wishing to take more than 1 Fine Arts A level, such as I did with Art and Photography, the work load is very heavy and with coursework and exam work due in at the same time for both subjects, can be very difficult. I feel that those wanting to do purely Arts subjects may be better off choosing the Art Diploma if they do not mind not having A levels as this is a good spread of multiple forms of art including mixed media, digital, photography, painting and printmaking etc.
I think there are many good points to Long Road but it's Art Departments do not deserve to be hailed as their best nor should Long Road be advertised as a primarily Arts orientated sixth from.
The sixth from it's self is quite a long way out of the center of Cambridge but this only causes inconvenience to those who cannot/don't/don't want to use buses.
Jamie (ex student)
nrcbw >> Mon Jan 16, 2012 11:04 PM
Last updated on: Tue Jan 17, 2012 12:28 PM
I think that Long Road Sixth Form is a fantastic college, even more so complemented with its fantastic teaching staff, and it is set in 23 acres of land, though the college itself only takes a small amount of that! There's lovely mature trees (Some of which must be atleast 100 years old, if not much older), benches, daffodils and flowers (Especially at the moment, as it's spring), which makes being at the college simply wonderful. There's a butterfly garden in the centre 'quad' of the college, which contains many herbs and other such plants, in a bit to attract insects.
The teaching staff are fantastic, and seem to have enthusiasm that I have not seen before, and really go out of their way to help you, even if you're not their student! The heads of the subjects, and higher admin staff such as the senior tutors, are easily approachable and do not intimidate at all.
The support that can be given for those that need it is great, from having note takers in the lessons with you, to offering to help you with your homework. There are also teacher run 'workshops' several times a week, that go over the material that has been taught recently, which is fantastic if you have missed a lesson.
You can catch the Citi 7 bus from Robinson way, just across the road to the entrance, and that takes you down to Addenbrookes, which has a small hub there which you can then catch other buses that will take you to other areas of Cambridge. If you have a few hours spare in you day, you can easily hop on the bus, get a coffee and a Subway, and then pop back to college again! I have one month left at Long Road, and then I have finished my A-Levels. I wish I didn't have to leave!
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