A day in the life of a visual arts student
Ever wondered what it’s like to study arts at university? Here’s what the average day looks like for Bachelor of Visual Arts and Design student Ines Leskovar.
7am – 9am
"My campus is about a 1.5 hour train trip from home. I know this sounds long, but it doesn’t bother me at all. I use my time on the train to practice my sketching, or sometimes I like to just zone out and think about new ideas for upcoming assignments. My degree involves creating so many different artworks in all kinds of mediums. This means I’m brainstorming ideas constantly. So, while I’m not doing traditional study during my travel time, I’m always thinking about my course."
9am – 11am
"After the shuttle bus from the station drops me at uni, I like to find a tucked-away nook to spend some time preparing for class. Or maybe I just do some reading – I’m a total bookworm – and chill out for a bit."
11am – 2pm
"I usually have a three-hour workshop class, which is a combined lecture and tutorial. We’ll listen to a talk from the lecturer or they might teach us a new method and chat about a particular medium, such as sculpture, drawing or painting. Then we all go straight into our own work or tackle the next set assignment. I really try to throw myself into the work and concentrate for the full three hours. If we’re looking tired, sometimes the lecturer will give us a short break so we can regroup."
2pm – 4pm
"Once class has finished, I often stay back in the studio to keep working or I pop into the Mac Lab to work on my assignments for a few hours. With visual arts, you really have to take the initiative to finish work on your own as you can’t fit everything in during class time. I never like to rush my projects either. I also have to make time to go to the library. It might seem like we only spend our days painting and drawing, but my course still involves research into art theories or reading about a new technique."
4pm – 5pm
"I love drawing inspiration from art galleries, and sometimes I’ll go into the city at the end of the day and visit some galleries to check out new work. I also work as an ACU Student Ambassador, which might mean I have to go to an event or expo during the day. I usually have lots of notice when my ambassador work is coming up so it’s easy to schedule it around my classes."
6pm – 10pm
"After catching the train home, I’m usually happy to keep studying. I have a retail job as well which can take up my time, otherwise I’m often doing some research or working on personal projects."
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