Sunday, 28 May 2017

END OF AN ERA


Like I said, the degree work is complete, and next week I pack up my belongings and enter the big bad world as a graduate. It scares the shit out of me to say goodbye to the student experience, and being the sentimental soul that I am, it has brought me to reflect on the past two years.

I think that the value of an arts degree depends entirely on the individual. It's not always about the doors to a career that the piece of paper opens up, as more often than not graduates end up in positions they couldn't of imagined. I think that it is what you make of it, and for me it was definitely a huge turning point.

I didn't have a proper plan as to when or how I was going to return to education, but before I knew it I was thrown into a group of new people with a busy routine, and forced to start thinking about things differently. Whilst I have always been creative and known I was into the arts, I was learning to push myself harder than before, and churn out ideas like a machine. I learned a lot about my interests in ASMR, video, photography and binaural soundscapes, and realised that I had a true passion to actually continue practicing within the same mediums upon graduating. I'm learning to start executing my ideas and plans, but with a little less self-doubt about my abilities and even more motivation.

I've watched others on the degree grow and create some ingenious works that are incredibly inspiring and beautiful. It's been an amazing environment to develop my practice in, and for anyone who is debating whether they want to do an arts degree or become self-taught, I would advise that whatever the outcome, be sure to surround yourself with like-minded creatives that will push and drive your practice. It has been significantly important for me to be able to spend time around artists and I have plans to begin collaborations in the upcoming weeks, so it is a really exciting time. 

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