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    (Original post by TheonlyMrsHolmes)
    What would the world be without Disney?

    I know my childhood and even my life now (XD) would be very bland! I watched snow white a couple of weeks ago (the 1937 animated version) and it was so beautiful, gosh I'm so thankful for his work!
    Snow White and Cinderella will always be two of my faves. No matter what.
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    I don't think taking 'soft' A-Levels is that awful as people make it out to be, honestly. All of the people I know who have gone into creative subjects are very happy, and also seem to be doing pretty well for themselves. If your friend enjoys those sort of subjects, and he has talent in the area, it sounds like he would be able to get somewhere if he was willing to work hard at it! And really, doing A-Levels in creative subjects doesn't limit your prospects that much. My mum did artsy A-Levels, for example, and then an English degree and now she teaches English. Different people are suited to different things, and not everyone is concerned with doing a 'respected' degree at a Russell Group and getting a conventional job.
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    I know a lot of people are saying that your bashing him, but you never know if that assumption is correct or incorrect
    it could be that the original poster is genuinely concerned if he'll find employment that he wants or will regret his A Level options as he is said to be very academic
    But I think that's how life is: unpredictable. I wouldn't say he is throwing his life away, but I can see where you are coming from as sometimes people with incredible talents at the ARTS subjects can be under estimated as it's not exactly a STEM subject, but creativity is extremely important, but I see where you are coming from, just a bit
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    I'm not into the more creative A-Levels (save for Music Tech), but I do know that there will always be a big need for creative minds! Art is a pretty wide field with a lot of competition so the first job he finds might not exactly be what he wants, as there is a lot of competition in this field, but he can work his way through to get there. As long as he buckles down and puts a lot of effort into these subjects, is very flexible, and 100% determined that this is what he'd like to do, then why shouldn't he?
    Even though none of his A-Levels are the 'traditional' ones a lot of the top academic universities look for (e.g. English, sciences, history, maths etc.), if he is more interested in these kind of subjects, then these will be more important for the kind of thing he'd like to do than the ones I mentioned earlier.
    I know you may be pretty concerned about him, but your friend would probably just like to do as he wishes. I'm a big believer in following dreams, as cheesy as it sounds. If he wants to do these subjects, as long as he's committed, then I can't see why he's throwing his life away.
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    (Original post by Jerry)
    I don't think you're 'bashing the guy' I just think you're a concerned friend. I think after advising him you can't really do anything to change his mind so i would say just let him be. Maybe he's making the right decision maybe he's not but if he makes a mistake i'm sure he'll learn from it or he could turn out to become really successful. Just focus on yourself before you know it you'll be moving on and you probably won't even be in touch with this friend you're so concerned about.
    I haven't even advised him or really be that concerned about him. (We don't talk that much, but he's really the only person I know who is full on taking up the arts) I've known for about a year and really I'm glad he wants to do something like that.
    I suppose I'm just quite split on the fact whether people should do it or not, especially because what I've seen of him he's quite clever. What if he decides he wants to do something academic? If you have academic A-levels, you can still go into the arts department. Hence why I mention the regret. At least you understand where I'm coming from, though. And if you go into it, and can't find any jobs - where do you go? It's an interesting thing to discuss [in my and no one else's opinion paha]
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    (Original post by reinaadira)
    I know a lot of people are saying that your bashing him, but you never know if that assumption is correct or incorrect
    it could be that the original poster is genuinely concerned if he'll find employment that he wants or will regret his A Level options as he is said to be very academic
    But I think that's how life is: unpredictable. I wouldn't say he is throwing his life away, but I can see where you are coming from as sometimes people with incredible talents at the ARTS subjects can be under estimated as it's not exactly a STEM subject, but creativity is extremely important, but I see where you are coming from, just a bit
    That's what I'm trying to get across. Like I've repeated [a gazillion times now haha] I'm not too bothered - we hardly talk but I used him for an example. It's quite obvious you can become very creative and go into the art world from academic subjects, but is it quite so possible the other way around? What if you change your mind? There's no going back, really. In such a competitive field too, makes you wonder.
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    (Original post by laura5746352)
    I haven't even advised him or really be that concerned about him. (We don't talk that much, but he's really the only person I know who is full on taking up the arts) I've known for about a year and really I'm glad he wants to do something like that.
    I suppose I'm just quite split on the fact whether people should do it or not, especially because what I've seen of him he's quite clever. What if he decides he wants to do something academic? If you have academic A-levels, you can still go into the arts department. Hence why I mention the regret. At least you understand where I'm coming from, though. And if you go into it, and can't find any jobs - where do you go? It's an interesting thing to discuss [in my and no one else's opinion paha]
    Maybe you should sit down and talk to him. Suggest for him to do 2 academics and then 1 softer subject OR at least 1 academic and 2 softer subjects. That way he will be giving himself options for the future because trust me as humans we change our minds often. Plus when he applies to a university they wouldn't really see someone as a strong candidate if he has selected 3 soft subjects even if he is applying for an art subject at uni they like to see students who have explored their options when choosing A Levels maybe it'll be worth having this discussion.
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    If he wants a career in the creative industry, then I don't think it is a problem. Art, graphics and drama are a great foundation for getting into an art-based university.

    However, having said that, the work load of creative A-Level subjects can be intense, so just advise him on how much pressure he may be under, although he is probably already aware.

    If he is willing to work hard enough, then he should go for it
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    The fact you call them 'softer' A-levels shows how biased you are
    I do Art as one of my A-levels and it takes way more time up than any other of my A-levels. I'm talking 10 hours a week alone on Art and now that it's nearer to the exam its over 20!
    Also, Art is all around you! The computer or phone or laptop you submitted the thread with was designed by someone specialising in an art based subject such as design! It's all around you!
    People discredit art way too much, although I love Maths, philosophy and literature i put art as my number one priority in terms of hours I spend on it
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    (Original post by laura5746352)
    That's what I'm trying to get across. Like I've repeated [a gazillion times now haha] I'm not too bothered - we hardly talk but I used him for an example. It's quite obvious you can become very creative and go into the art world from academic subjects, but is it quite so possible the other way around? What if you change your mind? There's no going back, really. In such a competitive field too, makes you wonder.
    Yeah that's true.
    Like for degrees in like Science, Maths etc. you need an A Level in that topic in most Universities. If you do all Arts Subjects in A Level and want to move on to the other ones, it's quite hard. But if you do the other subjects, you will still be really good at the Arts and there are so many opportunities in that sector.
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    (Original post by bethrosina)
    The fact you call them 'softer' A-levels shows how biased you are
    I do Art as one of my A-levels and it takes way more time up than any other of my A-levels. I'm talking 10 hours a week alone on Art and now that it's nearer to the exam its over 20!
    Also, Art is all around you! The computer or phone or laptop you submitted the thread with was designed by someone specialising in an art based subject such as design! It's all around you!
    People discredit art way too much, although I love Maths, philosophy and literature i put art as my number one priority in terms of hours I spend on it
    I wish I was good at Art as it is so important to appreciate it and it is very time consuming, I know. But it's always personal preference.
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    (Original post by bethrosina)
    The fact you call them 'softer' A-levels shows how biased you are
    I do Art as one of my A-levels and it takes way more time up than any other of my A-levels. I'm talking 10 hours a week alone on Art and now that it's nearer to the exam its over 20!
    Also, Art is all around you! The computer or phone or laptop you submitted the thread with was designed by someone specialising in an art based subject such as design! It's all around you!
    People discredit art way too much, although I love Maths, philosophy and literature i put art as my number one priority in terms of hours I spend on it
    Unfortunately people are misinterpreting what I'm saying - I don't think they're softer, I know how much work are put in - I know Art is one of the most stressy GCSEs alone. Also, I love the arts! I'm always at the theatre and art galleries. I'm making a discussion out of what people have said. Like I said, Drama's my favourite subject. : P
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    (Original post by MrsSheldonCooper)
    You seem to be patronising people who do Artsy subjects. As another poster said, he could be the next Walt Disney for all you know.

    Remember sweetheart, the Earth without art is just "Eh"
    Simply amazing
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    (Original post by MrsSheldonCooper)
    Throwing his talent away by being an artsy person? You can do a lot with Art or Graphics surprisingly.

    If he's happy, why does it bother you? You've said that he's good at it and that he wants to go into a creative job..


    You sound more like his mother than friend tbh.
    would rep if I had the chance. Are u an arts student?
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    (Original post by Angry Bird)
    would rep if I had the chance. Are u an arts student?
    If you count English and History then yes.
 
 
 
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