Hand-Ins and Deadlines!
Hello and welcome back to my blog for the second post of the new year. I would like to start with a thank you for your interest and support, and I hope I can continue into this new year with newer, better content to entertain and inform you.
Now on to the topic for this post: Portfolio Hand-Ins.
I have chosen to write about this topic for a number of reasons. The first is that I have just completed my first hand in but another reason is because I want to debunk some of the myths surrounding doing a degree level art course.
I will start by talking about the build-up to the hand in, and the process of preparation. This process was a very stressful and let me also point out that an art course is not a cop out and if anything, the level of stress at a major hand can exceed that of a spaced-out group of exams. I digress. One of the main contributions to this stress is the fact that every art student come in over the last couple of days before the hand in and tries to print and do their final preparations AT THE SAME TIME. This makes it nearly impossible to function, adding to the already unbearable stress.
The next part of this that is stressful is the process of handing in the work. You have to find the room and be there at the right time. Then you have to find the place to put your portfolio that matches your name in the alphabet. There is never any room left so you put it on the floor and then you freak out that they will miss it, or it will get trashed. You just can’t win.
Now you are faced with the waiting game. Everyone hands in at the same time and all of the folios are being marked because of the mass hand in everyone is involved in marking which means you sometimes has weeks of nothing to do which is in some ways a blessing as you have the time to recover from the ordeal, but at the same time this is horrible because you have all this time to wander how you did. Normally you didn’t do that badly but because of all the time you have had to think about it you work yourself into a frenzy over nothing.
So there is the basic low down of what it like to be an art student during a big hand in. I this post can make none art students more appreciate that our course is challenging too and for those of you who are art students I hope I have done this explanation justice.
Thank you for reading my little rant and I wish you luck with hand ins, exams and life in general!