Entrance exam preparation course – Linh’s experience

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The application process can be challenging. Sometimes, after even reading the assignment description, you don’t know how to get started. It is good to have some support in this kind of situation. Someone who could be there for you through the process.

The Entrance exam preparation course, through different tasks and feedback, helps you practice for the exams or entrance assignments. The study method applies to your choices and ideas, as well as teachers’ asking the relevant questions and giving you feedback so that you feel confident about your work at the end.

Entrance exam preparation course — Scandinavian Design School

This course is for students interested in the creative field degree studies;

  • Design
  • Industrial design
  • Package & Brand Design
  • Game Design
  • Media & Arts
  • Fine arts

Let our student Linh tell you more about her experience.

How did you find out about the Scandinavian Design School – Entrance exam preparation course? 

I have always been interested in art and design.

Linh’s first design sketch

It all started when I was searching for Aalto University. Going through the search, I saw a Scandinavian Design School course that was about how to get ready for entrance exams. After reading the course description, I decided to contact Scandinavian Design School for more information. Later, I had a meeting where I was introduced to the course and my schedule was made.

How did you feel when the course started?

I was excited and a bit nervous, because I have had quite a little experience in the field of art and design. The preparation course has many lessons and tasks, so each student can practice beforehand, and it doesn’t matter how much experience you have had before. 

The final sketch

Preparation course topics;

  • Introduction of possible assignments (lessons reflect on different university application assignments),
  • Evaluation criteria,
  • Critical thinking and how to develop a product so it is understandable for the viewer,
  • How the idea can become a real product.

Lectures and course tasks provided me with new knowledge about the process of entrance exams and how to approach each task. The provided examples demonstrated that there were numerous ways to complete the assignments.

With this course program, I was able to practice before Aalto University’s entrance exams were published.

Applying to Aalto University

When the application process started, Scandinavian Design School teachers provided me with guidance;

  • On what to pay attention to,
  • How to find focus,
  • Where to look for inspiration.

These simple tips helped me to feel more secure and left out the process of doubt.

With different suggestions on how to develop tasks, I was able to discover different design approaches and ways. Also, another helpful thing was that the teachers not only gave guidance on the tasks but also introduced me to different materials and ways of working.

“ The process was very independent, I had my own freedom!”

The construction

Feedback was constant thought throughout the whole course. The teacher’s feedback did not ruin the creative process, but it helped me expand and change my point of view. I was able to improve my work techniques and get better at design thinking.

“I felt that my understanding of the design grew day by day.”

Now each day, when I encounter someone’s design work it makes me pay more attention to the message of the product.

How did the course change you?

Teachers’ support and advice were very important to me, and they helped my skills and knowledge to prosper.

Now, for me, design is about creating a message that can help you believe in yourself and how you perceive yourself and your surrounding. In my opinion, design has the power to make people feel good about themselves.

The first draft

Three top things that have learned since I applied to the course;

  • How to perceive the requirements and evaluation.
  • To have as many ideas as possible so I have more concepts that I can analyze and improve.
  • The importance of products message, I have to be sure that my product has a clear and understandable message.

The course showed me that there is nothing impossible, no matter how much experience or knowledge you have. It all depends on you! Scandinavian Design School will be there for you.

Remember, you can do it!

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