A new direction

9 years

I made a decision to apply to study a degree in Communication Design with Swinburne Online.

I am very interested in this course because it covers many modern design techniques and photography (!). I had to submit a design portfolio with different works I had created and explain my communication and design objective, which was an interesting task. I also had to include a personal statement that gives them an idea if this degree is right for you (I hope they think so). I am a little nervous about it, because I have not studied since 2010 (wow).

I know that this will be a good opportunity for me and give me direction and solid goals. Even if I am not approved for this degree, I am going to find another one (such as Internet Communications that I had started in 2010). For many years I have been floating and not really sure where I was heading. I like to think that this is the start of a new phase that has many wonderful opportunities.

I also got my Nerd Block for March which had some cool items in it. Such as Simon Pegg’s book, Shuan of the dead tee, Guardian’s of the Galaxy nesting tolls and other fun things. This probably could have been an entry of it’s own, but I am multitasking (I don’t know if that counts).



((I don’t think Kitdung was really that pleased about this!))

1. Have you studied/studying in college/university?
2. What did/do you study?
3. How did/do you study? (online or on campus)
4. Has studying changed your perspective?

47 Responses

  1. I’ve no doubt you’ll get accepted Kya, but if you don’t, there are other programmes to look into. If you do get accepted, good luck with it! πŸ˜€

    For uni, I studied English. Most of my classes were face to face, but I did take a few online courses. My primary focus on this degree was on Romantic and Modern poetry and literature πŸ™‚

    For post-grad, I studied youth development, and that was entirely online. My main focus for this was youth and technology, with my capstone project focusing on how fanworks can be utilised to promote positive youth development.

    Studying definitely changed me a lot! It has opened my eyes to so many different topics and subjects, so I’m glad to have done my uni and post-grad studies πŸ˜€

  2. Sounds awesome, especially that you design things for real clients, that is neat! I assume it’s remote learning? Or do you have to physically go there?

    1. Have you studied/studying in college/university? I studied a diploma of Communication and Media at tafe as well as doing a Cert IV in Frontline Management through work as an apprentice (apparently).
    2. What did/do you study? As above πŸ™‚
    3. How did/do you study? (online or on campus) For the diploma it was on campus, this was back before online study was a standard choice (I wish). For the Cert IV it was all online.
    4. Has studying changed your perspective? I don’t know if it has, I never completed the diploma, I decided that there was too much media in my communication & media studies and that I liked working and making money more than turning up to class πŸ˜›
    I suppose with the Cert IV it showed me how motivated you need to be to study online/from home/at your own pace-ish. A few other colleagues did the same certification as me, they had the bonus of having the instructor come down and help them out a few times (they were in Sydney, I am in Canberra.. no one ever came to Canberra) and yet I finished the certification before all of them. I had more motivation to get it over with than they did and it showed. If you’re doing something you’re interested in though I’m sure that won’t be a problem πŸ™‚

    1. It’s all online, which I am glad about. πŸ˜€ I have found that studying at Uni with something I am interested in is much different to when I was doing my HSC (which I did through distance education). I didn’t have much motivation for that, but some how I finished.

      Some people are not that into study and that is completely fine. It’s not for everyone and some people learn more skills from working. That is what is good, having the choice and deciding on what works best for you. πŸ˜€

  3. This is awesome! I’m sure you’ll get accepted.

    I studied Cultural and Historical Studies, I went to Uni. It was small though, so not too overwhelming and rather niche – which I liked.

    1. Thank you! πŸ˜€

      That would have been an interesting area of study. I think having a small Uni would be nice. Too many people and mass crowds would be a little too much, at least for me. :G

  4. Don’t worry, I bet you’ll get in πŸ™‚ The course sounds interesting indeed, and it would be something that would interest me as well! πŸ™‚

    Good luck, Kya! πŸ˜€

  5. Woo hoo! Hope it works out for you. I studied for a degree with the Open University. I did it part time, at home, with books and online, for six years. To be honest, it hasn’t really changed my perspective. I’m exactly the same person now as I was before I began it. But, I am 54 so that probably changes things. By the time you get to my age, you’re pretty much as you will always be. I did the degree for my own amusement. I studied literature, the arts, religion, language and creative writing and loved it.

  6. Congratulations on making the decision to pursue a degree in Communication Design :). I’m sure it will take you a long way; especially with the skills you have. Hope everything will follow through for you :). Your Nerd Block package had some pretty neat stuff in it! Especially with the tee and everything :D. Hope you’ll enjoy it~


    I’m currently in university right now, majoring in computer information systems. I’m studying at school-school but will have my first online class this upcoming quarter (since it’s a really easy class). I always thought education is one of the best investment one can make these days. πŸ™‚

  7. Congrats on your decision to get a degree in Communication Design! Woot. I bet it’s going to be hardwork but I believe in you! I had no idea that Simon Pegg had a book. I need to track it down. How is it?
    Is it any good?
    Please do let me know ^^

    Hahaha, your kitty means business. Animals are something, you know? They really do heal you. They really do so much. I’m glad that they exist and we domesticated them. At least the cats and dogs. Honestly, I want to help others, so I changed my major to social work, so at least that can help others. I’m hoping that I can do that.

    1. Thank you! I have no read the book yet, but it was one that I heard about before and am interested to read it. πŸ˜€

      Social work would be a very interesting to learn about, and rewarding in it’s own way as well because you would be directly helping people.

  8. Congratulations on deciding to pick up where you left off, but on a different route. I did the same honestly. I was merely going to school to learn Japanese, but got so interested that I wanted to continue. However, at the time, I did not know what I wanted to pursue in. Anyways, I thought about going to the Art Institute (which I did) to pursue a degree in Web-Designing (which was also my major). However, one quarter I got sick and missed 14 days. I went back, and was on the verge of passing all my classes, when I got dropped for missing classes due to moving etc. So, I never went back. At the time I started to think do I really want web-designing to be my career? It’s my hobby. So, when I met Tristan I started thinking about being a Scientist. However, there’s not really a future in being a scientist. So, I wondered if there was such a thing as Computer Science. I found that there was, and now I’m going for the gold. I’m actually doing my prerequisites at the community college nearby. I’m just finishing up my first year as a Freshman. I really love it too, except for the math classes. Yuck! Good luck with your future endeavors.

    1. Have you studied/studying in college/university?
    I’m actually in community college studying to be a computer scientist.
    2. What did/do you study?
    So far, General Education.
    3. How did/do you study? (online or on campus)
    I’m studying on campus. I’ll most likely take an online class whenever I get the chance.
    4. Has studying changed your perspective?
    It has! I always was a procrastinator in high school, and thought that if I studied I would fail. Now, I study and I actually pass it without having to wing it.

    1. I think some people would probably have careers in science fields, but it probably wouldn’t be a mainstream demand for it, unless you also wanted to do teaching as well, or something like that.

      It’s good you found something you are interested in. πŸ˜€

  9. I started TAFE again this year, and I’m enjoying the new design techniques they’ve been teaching us. I prefer to study on campus, as I like to be in the “learning environment”. I also like to use my teachers as mentors. |)

  10. How exciting to go back to school! And it sounds like a really interesting subject too! I’m keeping my fingers crossed for you πŸ˜€

    I haven’t studied much in my life. Other than the standard elementary and high school I’ve only done 2 years of vocational education to learn the advertising industry. I’ve had a decent career so it worked out well, but in hindsight I sort of wished I had done “real” studies at a proper University. If nothing else so only because I like schools and Uni life seem crazy and fun. πŸ™‚

    (Btw, how’s the Simon Pegg book? Worth reading?)

    1. Thank you! πŸ˜€

      But, doesn’t your country have some of the highest academic scores in the world, and have really good teaching methods? I am sure what you did learn was good, and obviously you know your stuff! πŸ˜€

      I haven’t read the book yet, but I am going to read it next. πŸ˜€

      1. Yeah, we have pretty nice schools for the most part – the best thing being that they’re free to attend. If they weren’t I probably wouldn’t have studied at all πŸ™‚ My biggest problem, and main reason why I didn’t go to university, has been to decide WHAT to study. πŸ˜›

  11. Aw, I really hope you’re accepted into the program! I think it’ll be a wonderful area for you to study, and I’m sure you’ll excel in it. πŸ˜›

    1. Have you studied/studying in college/university?
    I have not! I start university in September and it’ll be my first time. :3 I’m equally excited and terrified.

    2. What did/do you study?
    I’m planning on studying for a degree in English. Not sure where I’ll go with it yet, but I’m considering majoring in Marketing and Communications and minoring in English.

    3. How did/do you study? (online or on campus)
    I’ll be studying on campus! I’m excited for it because I’ve always wondered what it’s like to sit in a big hall.

  12. Good luck, Kya! If your portfolio is anything you have on your blog, I’m sure you’ll get in. πŸ˜€

    I went to a typical 4-year college. I’m interested in enrolling in an online course to boost my programming knowledge. I love back-end development, and I hope to be proficient in it!

  13. Good luck! I think that’s great that you found something you’re interested in and that you’ve found a direction that you want to head towards πŸ˜€ I hope you get approved!

    haha, I love the Guardian’s of the Galaxy nesting dolls. That’s so cool. I’m also a big Simon Pegg fan!

    I graduated college many years ago with a BS in Computer Science. I did it on campus, and it made me realize that CS really was for me! I’m a software developer now πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you! πŸ˜€ That is so great that you were able to study something that you are happy with and been able to do as a career!

  14. I hope you are accepted, it sounds like a fun thing to study. And the nesting dolls are so cute!
    I am currently studying Computer Science at a Norwegian university called NTNU. It is very interesting, and I am enjoying it a lot. It is also challenging, but I feel like I have learnt so much, both about myself and about the subjects since I started. :]

  15. Dude total awesome nerd pack! The guardian of galaxy nesting dolls is uber cool! Yay for going to back to Uni (I was so excited when I saw the fb update) and looking forward to hearing more about it.

    1. Have you studied/studying in college/university?
    I am doing a degree in early childhood education.

    3. How did/do you study? (online or on campus)
    Mixed of both.

    4. Has studying changed your perspective?
    A little. Haha I am still new to it.

  16. I’m currently studying Computer Science at the University of Hasselt. It’s pretty heavy going but I’m getting there! πŸ˜€ I’m in my first year now. I would like to get more into the web dev side of IT.
    Studying is on and off campus, I go home every day after class and a hella lot of stuff is “self study” .. Congrats on going in a new direction! ^.^
    xo Grace

  17. 1. Have you studied/studying in college/university?
    Yes. I finished last year in a college called Mapua.
    2. What did/do you study?
    I got a degree in ECE after 4.5 years. =)
    3. How did/do you study? (online or on campus)
    Campus, definitely. Online school is not that prevalent in the Philippines.
    4. Has studying changed your perspective?
    Of course. After finishing my degree and starting to look for work, I came to realize that I wanted to study again. Maybe in another field.

  18. Ohmygosh, I am so happy for you! I decided to go back to school last year and it was the best decision I’ve ever made. It’s been 7 years since I’ve graduated high school. It’s an 8 month program (I graduate in July!) for business and I already have an internship set up as well as all of my certifications. If I don’t get hired at my internship site, I am planning on transferring to the local college for Accounting but hopefully I can start working right out of school!

    1. Also, they would be ridiculous if they didn’t accept you! You are one of, if not the, most talented designers I’ve ever known or come across online. I have full confidence, I know you got this! πŸ˜€

  19. the different names set for courses in universities across countries never fail to impress me. here, communication design is just another name for graphics design and yes, they cover the aspect of photography too although not too deeply. being an interactive digital media student myself, my course / stream actually stood under the faculty of design aka the parent course of my stream is, surprisingly, comm design / graphics design. so basically students in my faculty get to pick between graphics design and interactive design media stream and the graphics design students can get a double degree from swinburne university…i’m not sure if the swinburne you’re talking about refers to swinburne uni of technology because if yes then wow, you’re lucky! unfortunately for interactive students, we have no opportunity for double degree since it’s still quite a new stream in my campus. sucks. and most people think the interactive media stream is …in short, not quite as “amazing” -__- they just don’t know that dealing with UI design and whatnot isn’t easy.

    either way, i hope you get to learn interesting and deeper stuff about photography. in my uni, photography wasn’t done quite…intensely (and yea i’m sad because i love photography). we didn’t even get to experience analog photography since we jumped into digital instantly. sucks, really.

    i hope you get to learn about stuff you anticipate πŸ˜€ when i signed up to my current uni, i expected to learn some things i’m interested about, only to be disappointed by the fact that my lecturers are lame and we all rely on self-teaching. pfft. how ridiculous.

    1. Have you studied/studying in college/university?

    currently doing it πŸ˜‰

    2. What did/do you study?

    interactive digital media major under faculty of design πŸ˜‰ so…let see, what did i study, huh… UI design, the web and other stuff relating to the screen. no printouts like the graphics design students πŸ˜›

    3. How did/do you study? (online or on campus)


    4. Has studying changed your perspective?

    depends. i never really thought about it. maybe it does influence my perspective in ways i never really took notice of.

  20. Congrats on your decision to pursue a degree! I am sure you’ll get accepted!

    1.Have you studied/studying in college/university?
    Yup, I am studying at Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute (V.J.T.I), Mumbai
    2. What did/do you study?
    I finished my Bacherlors degree in Computer science last year and now I am pursuing Masters in Computer Applications (MCA)
    3. How did/do you study? (online or on campus)
    It’s an on Campus 3 year course with an internship πŸ˜€
    4. Has studying changed your perspective?
    I have been kind of a lazy student in my school days but studying for a degree in the field of my choice actually got me very interested in studying and in exploring the vast field of computers!

  21. That course will be perfect for you, and I’m sure you will be accepted and do brilliantly! ^_^ I’m very proud of you. :’) Those little GOTG dolls are so cute! XD <3

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