Indeed, the technoculture essay is a bastard. Becareful to only reference stuff that they know about. I put some up to date references in mine, which they took as bull shit. So I failed. Ah well "shit happens". But what pissed me off the most was when i handed in the referal, with only 4 quotes added that they asked me to put in. I got a "this is now an excellent essay" on the comment sheet......fah fah sah!
On the illustration thing, they expect us to be already be able to draw. I did alot of drawing because i did fine art before going to SIAD. However ive suffered form not doing it everyday as i used to, my life drawing and observation drawing skills have gone to shit. Have got back into painting recently though, and what ive done has gone ok.
In my opinion the best track to listen to in the morning is "Out of the races and on to the tracks" by The Rapture. Starts kinda slowly, and then really kicks in. Its like youve relised "oh shit ive gota be at uni in ten mins".....