First Weeks in Architecture

Finished my first piece of architecture work woop. We had to create an A2 poster showing our understanding of The Collection by Siobhan Davis – I have to confess that I did not enjoy the dance but I generally do not understand modern art. I managed to achieve the second part to notate the dance which did not have the outcome I wanted but it was hard to notate such a fast moving dance easier.

It shall be reviewed tommorow and I shall tell you the feedback, I shall also release a few of the elements for you to view.

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First Day at Uni

My first day at uni was rather eventful. Was terribly and unctrollably ill on the train to uni to such an extent tha I had to purchase some new aftershave that was no really factored into my budget. When we got to the campus we were put onto a walk to the other side of birmingham to digbeth which was fun. Where we learned that most of our lectures will happen at this place while the uni was sorted, which is always fun. Then walked all the way to sign my life away with enrollment so my uni journey has started.

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Refreshing the blog

Rosshetherington.com is having an overhaul over the next few weeks. I shall be updating the behind the scenes architecture of the website and the sky. This will reflect my new student life as an architecture student.

First up I plan to apply the new wordpress system to the blog to generally speed up everyones experience and refresh my RSS feeds. Then a new theme shall be adapted to suit the new look blog with revised advertising.

So what’s new? Well I hope to incorporate podcasts into the website as there is a giant hold in the iTunes library for architecture blogs. This will probably go into a rant of sorts as all things do.

Oh how apple changes things.

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On the Road to Architecture Part 4

I do believe it is about time for me to update you lovely people about my journey to university and my chosen subject to read of Architecture. At the last contact I had been made an offer by both BIAD and Oxford Brookes for architecture courses and I was thinking about the technology that I needed to acquire to do this course.

On the offer front I have made BIAD my first choice for architecture on my UCAS form, this is mainly because I feel as a university it has a much better feel that at Oxford. Even though Oxford is a nicer area for my studies I believe it has to be Birmingham all the way.  Some people may be confused by this decision over a ‘higher’ placed university, but that university did not fit me and it also did not fit my ethos of an environment that should make you happy the second you walk in, much as what Birmingham provided me.

In terms of technology, I do believe I will be purchasing a Macbook Pro sometime soon as at the moment they are running a free iPod Touch offer and printer rebate. That all sounds lovely and inviting for me. I may in the future by an iPhone but it depends on my financial situation.

Talking about finanaces I have a good solid chunk of money coming my way, courtesy of the student finance people. As I am not staying in Birmingham this should tide me over nicely.

My next update should be after my A level results.

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Tecnology Decisions

Although I should be thinking about exams, I am more interested in the various pieces of technology that I wish to acquire before I go off to university for architecture, providing I meet the grades.

The decision of a main laptop is a hard one, I want an Apple Macbook but I cannot justify the £1000 price tag plus all the extra stuff you need to ensure it is secure for the first 3 years. So the decision mainly comes crumbling down to a Dell but I have been so frustrated by their machines I may just have to splash the cash on such a device.

Now because going to Birmingham and back with a Apple is going to be some slog even though they are not heavy, I think a netbook may be in order. It can do all the writing capabilities of the Mac but will weigh so much less. This will be good for days where pure theory lectures are happening and when I don’t need to be creative. There is that option or I could purchase an iPhone although I would loose the word processing functionality it would still allow me to be in contact where ever I am and on the move.

The decisions of these products are going to be expensive but hopefully I can work it out after my exams. My iPhone decision may become answered when the 3rd gen of it is announced next month.

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On the Road to Architecture Part 3

On Tuesday I went to Birmingham City University for an interview and the open day, I was a tad worried as everyone else arrived with massive A1 folders probably brimming with art work and I had an A3 folder full of product design; oh and my lamp.

I love Birmingham it is a cosy little campus, with creative students at every turn. The kind of place where having designers block is probably not possible. When I went for my actual interview (with the course director) I found the whole experience amazing we talked about all kinds of random issues and it was great.

Today I have been notified that I have a conditional offer for BCU and I am chuffed.

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Portfolio Finishes

The first phase of improvements to the portfolio are over, cramming in more and more designs and things I have been involved in. From pictures of St. Pancreas station to working on the restoration of a classic web design. I spent all of 8 hours on it yesterday and as such today I look like the following:

The Scream

(ofcourse that is ‘The Scream’ by Edvard Munch)

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On the Road to Architecture Part 2

Well it has been a few weeks since my UCAS has been sent off; progress of my education has been made beyond my hopes before it went off.

Initially Birmingham City University contacted me first and put an interview date and then so did De Montfort, and now Oxford Brookes which completes the set. I am really pleased that ‘Brookes university actually allowed me the privilege of having an interview/portfolio review, as apparently they have over a 1000 applications and must cut it down someone significantly at interview stage.

I did apply to Nottingham University, but was rejected for architecture. This was mainly because I did not meet the entry criteria (which I never checked) which was an astounding 3 A’s at A2. Nottingham did  not completely reject me, they offered me a place on a new course called Sustainable Built Environment which looks pretty good and I would be willing to go there.

So overall progress has been made and I am very pleased.

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Collating Your Life

As you will know if you are going through the wretched time of attempting to complete your UCAS, you will understand how difficult it is to throw your life down on a piece of paper without sounding like a narcissistic ejit. The whole aspect of throwing down your short life into 47 lines is somewhat daunting, where do you start? How do you do it?

My personal feeling of personal statements is that you should write a huge hunk of everything that you could have possibly done to do the university course that you want to do. So everything from making Airfix kits to joining the boy scouts so long as it’s relevant. Then you need to cut it down to the bare essentials and you should have a statement to be proud of.

That theory goes somewhat out the window if you are doing a subject which is remotely creative. With not only a personal statement, but an interview and a portfolio to content with you need to be planned and organised to complete everything that’s thrown at you to a significant standard.

As you may know I want to study Architecture at university which is a minimum of 7 years commitment to education at an institution. Therefore the staff are constantly looking to see if you will make it through or barrel out because you cannot cut it. I myself am attempting to complete my portfolio by the end of the month, a significant challenge for me as I will need to create up a selection of works in order to get it to a significant level in order to be shown effectively – but it is not just the portfolio it is the gumph that goes with it, the stories and the information to talk about when you are with the admissions tutor.

It is a worrying time for me atm, if anyone has any creative ideas I would be grateful.

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