I've transcribed about 9,000 words for just 5 out of 9 tutorials for my last project, so that my tutors can't strawberry float me over by randomly complaining in the assessment feedback (so you have no chance of correcting it) about how I didn't make my own strawberry floating artwork in a way they would do it. For my 1st out of 2 30 credit major final project units I've actually taken on board almost all of their feedback. Having a black and white record of what they said to me, and it being evident in my project that I carried out their recommendation, should save me from that bullshit.
That's more than the minimum dissertation word count for my BA, and I've only written a 450 word introduction for that so far.
I will get a first though because my essays are amaze.
I got 75% for a formal analysis of cityscapes and representation of cyberspace in Blade Runner and Ghost In the Shell, strawberry floating cool topic really. The next essay was a fine art one which I wasn't quite as sure footed in (I don't really know why I produce sound installations in a fine art context but my best theory is in film
) but I still managed 70% despite dictating most the essay in one 45 minute recording and working on that document for just a week.
I don't know how the strawberry float I would manage if I couldn't belt out decent theory work, given the sheer motivational effort I'm having to put myself through to build installations/sculpture every day all semester. Collating documentation (about 900 RAW photos for this, maybe a hundred audio recordings many hours long, and over 2 hours of HD video footage) for an extensive practical coursework is a strawberry floating nightmare, especially when they want it all printed and filmed onto DVD, at least if you want them to actually bother looking at half your work.
Never EVER EVER try to use Adobe Encore to put together a rough cut clip DVD using HD Motion JPEG files and Mother of God you'd be better hanging yourself than expecting to throw your 3GP mobile videos into the mix. I've spent almost 2 weeks just getting my footage into a format my tutors can be bothered to look at (one of them can't even work out how to open a video file in VLC player) because of a hellish degree of program crashes, random infinite program error loops, running out of hard disk space, waiting 2 hours for one MPEG-2 to encode despite running on a 2.66Ghz Core i7 and then realising everything always strawberry floating defaults to NTSC video standard instead of PAL so there's a chance it might
not work on whatever random POS DVD player the staff spend 5 minutes working out how to turn on. Now I'm using Final Cut Pro I'm okay but strawberry float strawberry float strawberry float, I'm not actually producing any work, I'm just making it presentable for assessment
Science/maths grads (with all due respect since audio engineering and programming all come into my work) who think art degrees are a doss can get strawberry floated.
Also my girlfriend has gone on a street photography trip to Berlin for a week. While it's true you're more likely to get laid at an art school, your productivity plummets when you suddenly can't, otherwise I'd be in bed by now.
This isn't Gaf where being a Junior Member means you're opinion is worth strawberry float all, this is GRCade where nobody has a decent opinion.
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