London Metropolitan UniversityFull time Part-time evening
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London Metropolitan UniversityFull time Part-time
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All tutors are professionals still working in the translation industry, so they can really help with translation problems and provide insight into the industry. This BA course has an agreement with the Institute of Linguists (IoL), meaning that successful candidates will be credited with the first exam of the Diploma in Translation (DipTrans). I was allowed to enter directly in year two, saving me time and money. All staff and course leaders are welcoming and helpful, and the students on this course come from a variety of countries and walks of life. I have tried Universities in Germany, Denmark and the Netherlands, but this is the best one. It is also amazing to realise how many employers look for languages- don't dismiss this as a pure "Arts and Humanities" course- translators and linguists are sought after and can earn good money! This also provides valuable skills like Trados skills and Personal continuous development.
Having graduated with a first I have to say I enjoyed much of this course but there were many pitfalls and I'm still left wondering whether it should really have been a degree at all. The workshop was well equipped and the technicians were very friendly and knowledgeable. The library has almost every book on musical instrument making ever published, the few books didn't have they were happy to order in. In the first year we learnt how to sharpen and set up our tools, but we then went on to make a 'travel guitar' a very basic instrument of somewhat limited potential. It seems London Met attempted to turn a practical diploma into a degree by adding completely irrelevant subjects from other courses, this leaves the students with barley enough time left to get a basic hold on the highly advanced practical skills involved in making a fine instrument. All this without the added advantage of learning any additional theoretical knowledge one might hope to gain from a degree level qualification. The lecturers go very little into how one might make a good guitar (which is surely the whole point in doing the degree in the first place) which leaves one to wonder if they in fact know themselves. They are constantly chopping and changing this course a testament to this is that when I first looked at applying for this course it was a BA but now it's supposedly a BSc, Suddenly guitar making is a science now not an art, I don't think they even know what's going on. These additional theoretical subjects might have been more useful if the teaching had been of an acceptable standard and the content tailored more specifically towards our course. Finally we were given very little advice about how one might actually make a living as a guitar maker leaving one feeling less than optimistic about their future career as employment opportunities in the industry are virtually nonexistent. Hence the title (as a hobby) because this course doesn't really prepare you for much more than this.
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