If you follow me on social media, you'll probably know I recently graduated university, I'm super happy to say I graduated with a 2:1 in Photography, Video & Digital Imaging at the University of Sunderland, more on that to come soon! Today I wanted to write a post with some advice for anyone who is looking to study a creative subject at university. I found that people are quick to judge studying something that you won't get a guaranteed job from, but these days, most people don't walk out of university and straight into their dream job. I think that some people have old fashioned thoughts, like why waste thousands of pounds on something that some see as not academic. I'm here to tell you that they couldn't be more wrong, with a few shots of my degree show work slipped in!
For me, studying something creative was completely worth it, some will say that you don't need university for something like this, of course you don't, but I've gained skills and experiences that I would never have gotten without uni. In particular with photography, I've been able to experiment with so many different techniques and used so much great equipment that I never would've had the chance to use. It's made me figure out just what kind of photography I love doing and how I want to move forward in my photography career.
Even if you don't continue down the career path of the subject you decide to study, the skills you gain really can be transferred to any number of different jobs. The sceptics will say "do you really need to study art", in my opinion yes, of course you'll get successful artists who've never had any training, but in my eyes, the knowledge you gain is invaluable. So if you're sat thinking, "I love art, but do I need to study it?", my advice is absolutely yes! Don't listen to those who doubt it's academic merit, being a Bachelor of Arts has made me realise just where I want to go in life!