6th June 2009 Glyndwr University
The University in Wrexham. Being in Wales is one bonus straight away. The campus was easy enough to find, about an hour from home, but the actual entrance was hidden behind bushes and not well signed – I drove past once before finding it.
Walked across campus to the hall where the stalls were, and found that Illustration was housed in a building about a mile down the road. Naff organisation not to tell us this before we got there. Still, a pleasant young man drove us down there in a Uni car, giving Cat a chance to grill him about life at Glyndwr.
The Art building is a former hospital, and said to be haunted. It seems an interesting environment in which to work, but the guy who taught Illustration for Graphic Novels was not around, so we chatted to a blondie who taught design. Seemed OK, and made the right sort of noises, but not what you’d call inspiring.
Back on the main campus for a general talk by the head of Graphic Design, who was very good. Cat and I grabbed him afterwards to ask some specific questions – the thrust was that the portfolio was important, and they look for passion.
A tour of the small campus followed – it was very pleasant, but there did not seem to be much green space for students to lounge around in. The en-suite accommodation we saw was poky, a bit grubby, and a cupboard handle had fallen off.
Cat grabbed a passing student, who took us to see the library, which was bright, airy and very well-equipped. A definite big tick for the library.
Overall, 5/10 I reckon.