I am a new member and this is my first posting in this forum. I was wondering if anybody might be able to help me with what seems like the end of the road for me with regards to this dream.
I'm 27 and I have a BA degree. It's time for a change... (enough said)
I now know that I want to study architecture. If only I had known when I was 18...! But now I am afraid that it's too late for me for the following, dirty, heartless reason: MONEY.
I have been researching architecure in Ireland over the past month, and had become all dreamy and romantic about the idea of a total change to a dicipline that I know would come naturally to me - and had actually made a decision to take the bull by the horns - when the harsh reality of the financial commitment of 5+ years of intensive study (with no time for earning as I had when I studied my BA) hit home.
I am wondering if anybody can shed any light - for either Ireland or the UK.
In Ireland, the government pays for a 4- or 5-year course of study for a person just once. So I've had mine, which means I'd have to pay full fees if I wanted to start again at undergraduate level.
This would be prohibitively expensive: In Ireland, UCD charge almost 6,000 euro per year (and rising) and DIT charge about 3,000 (which seems relatively low, although the lady in admissions didn't seem to have a clue). Added to this of course would be living expenses (rent, food...). I have no financial backing, no property, no savings to speak of... NADA.
So you can just imagine: "Mr. Bank Manager, could I borrow 100,000 euro to study something that has no real financial security about it? I'll be able to start paying it back in a decade or so." Hmmm...
Anyway, getting to the point:
What's the situation in the UK? Is it similar to the scene described above?
Does anybody know if what one studies in Ireland has any bearing on fee considerations for further studies in the UK?
Are there any scholarships / funds available for somebody like me? And how might I qualify for them?
Would anybody be willing to lend me 100,000 Euro?
Ah go on go on go on...
ANY advice would be most welcome.