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Review of "Kent Institute of Art & Design"

published 19/12/2003 | gobalino
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Pro Its's fan-dabby-doody
Cons It's expensive, they expect you to leave at the end of it - tsk
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"Schoooools out fooor the summer - BOOOOO HISSS!!"

Well, where to begin? The Kent Institute of Art & Design, KIAD for short, is situated between Chatham and Rochester in Kent (obviously - thus the name of the place). They offer a wide range of courses, anything from fashion, animation (or Digital 3D Design as they like to call it) which can be used for films or computer gaming to fine art to furniture design.

Their official web address is, if you go into this site and skip the flash intro you are taken into their main menus where you can search for whatever course you wish to study or if you merely want a job with them, it’s all covered in this site, they even have a link for you to provide you with a map very thoughtful of them. If however you don’t have access to the internet, they can be contacted on 01634 830022, this will get you through to the main reception. They will be only too happy to discuss what you are looking for and they will send you a prospectus of the courses they offer. I’ll put these contacts at the end of the review so you don’t get lost in my waffling, trying to find them again. Once you have decided this and yes this is the college you wish to attend, obviously you will need to attend an interview. AAAAARRRGGGGHHHHH!!!! Not the ‘I’ word I hear you shriek, well fear not, the interview is so laid back and friendly (speaking from personal experience of course) you can’t help but ramble on about how wonderful you are and look at all the fabulous, creative drawings you’ve created, which is all you need to take with you. I never had any references, just three books full of drawings but I never went there straight from school, so yes they may ask for these at some point. They’re all for equal opportunities and accept international students so don’t worry about this either (not that any of you wise people were of course). These courses can be expensive though, mine costs £1,125 just for the first year and it's a 3 year course - YIKES, but don't let this put you off, like I did for so many years. If you are eligible, you can apply to your 'Local Education Authority' for a grant. The fees you don't have to pay back but any additional loans you will have to so be careful how much you ask for. I was offered over £4000 for my first year. Great, super I thought, show me the money. But then I thought, over 3 years, that's going to work out over £12,000 in debt, no thank you, i'll just have a little bit and keep on working for the rest. Be careful you don't fall into the debt pit, although it's great at the time, you will find it hard to get out of again.

Anyway, they offer part time course as well as full time, although the course I’m attending could easily be mistaken as part time, they are very understanding of the need for students to work, so in some cases if necessary they are happy for you to leave a lecture early as long as you keep up. Although most courses you are finished by 4 pm anyway so there’s no need to miss anything. What is even more fabulous is that they have outside companies setting up little book stalls in the main reception every month or so, allowing you to get any reference materials you may need, brand new and cheap (yes we like cheap, cheap is good when you’re a student). They also have their own little shop selling anything you need for your course slightly (although not all the time) cheaper than you would find them in the shop.

I’m rambling now, don’t worry I’ll try to finish soon, there’s so much good stuff to say about them though, so I shall carry on. Where was I? Oh yes what they offer other than courses, if by any chance you’re attending from a place too far to travel every day, don’t worry, they offer accommodation for the first year students, which is a lot cheaper than renting a flat, but there are notice boards everywhere for students who are willing to share. They lay on a lot of entertainment, there’s a little mini bar in the college, although I wouldn’t recommend anybody getting blotto during college hours, and that’s NOT speaking from experience. They show all the latest films, free, during certain days of the week, as long as you show your student pass.

If you will be travelling to this college by train then get off at Chatham station and not Rochester (even though the address comes under Rochester). Just outside Chatham train station there is a hill called Fort Pitt, the college is at the top of this hill whereas if you get off at Rochester you're facing a 10-15 minute walk to the college and then facing an even steeper hill which is just nasty to get to the top of, so remember Chatham station, it's a lot easier believe me.

And then, lets not forget that wonderful NUS student card you are issued with during enrolment day. This super little card entitles you 10% discount in certain shops, though I’ve discovered it’s just about every shop you ask in. ID Photo’s are needed for these and they cost you £2. And last but not least field trips - HOORRAAAYYY!!!! Day off studying (and work if you’re cunning enough). So far I haven’t had to pay for any of these, Just one I paid for my travel which is fair enough as they still paid for us to get into the exhibition.

Tell a lie this is the last (promise), the super duper people you get to meet hurrah for them. I even met my neighbour on my course, never knew them beforehand, how freaky is that? But you really couldn’t ask for a nicer bunch of people and that isn’t just the other students, the tutors teach you like their with their best mates so it makes it a lot easier (for me anyway) to understand them better. So on a finishing note (thank God, she’s gonna shut up, I hear you say) Join KIAD, It’s simply the best college ever (and I’ve been to a few, failed miserably mind you) and I dread graduation day because it means I’ll have to leave - BOO HISSS.

Those contacts again:
01634 830022

Many thanks for reading, you may leave now if you wish to : )

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  • vikstar published 08/01/2004
    A little more info would make this a VH for me. Also, do you realise that the amount of money you pay is the same as most uni students? The people who don't pay it are those from families who earn less than a set amount. Good luck! Enjoy the rest of your course xxx
  • unnameable published 08/01/2004
    great review... tonnes of useful info! Marc
  • Soho_Black published 28/12/2003
    You say a lot about how to apply, contact them, get there etc, but not so much about your experiences.
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