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    i have just applied to university for 2010
    ----i have applied to loughborough and kent for fine arts
    and i am really passionate about art, but something tells me that it has no future, maybe its because it has been drummed into me, but is there anyone out there who knows what i could do after gettting a fine arts degree.
    Also if i want to change my course, is it possible to change it? at the beggining of the term?
    it wouldnt cost extra wuld it.?
    thank you

    ps. i hope this post is in the right forum =S
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    That's what I wonder too. I'm rather passionate about art, but I dunno if I wanna study it, since I've heard people say it's not a very respected degree. I mean, maybe its better to do freelance, but I really don't know, hopefully someone will chime in with better info than me
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    You make fine art(s).
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    Since I'm going off the premise that I'm only doing one degree in my lifetime, I chose law over fine art. Not to sound arrogant, but whilst the degree would give me three years to experiment and enter competitions, I'd rather not get into debt for that. If I can make money from art then I'll try to do it without having to do the degree.
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    Fine Art has plenty to offer, as long as you're passionate and dedicated enough. It's not at all merely about making pretty paintings like some people might think! You don't have to come out of an art degree with your only option being to become 'an artist'; the creative industries and range of jobs and career paths you can get in to is huuuge. You can apply art and design to countless areas of life, including education, healthcare (for example therapies), community and public events to mention but a few. The same goes for the skills you can gain from a creative degree too: problem solving, organisation (particularly when you start curating or promoting your own and other people's work and if your course has a business/entrepreneurial module- one of the things that attracted me to loughborough!), as well as social, contextual and technical knowledge and loads more.

    It can be really hard work though and you have to be prepared to put in the time. Obviously, just with everything else, it's not for everyone though but it is in no way at all a 'cop out' or easy degree! Again, just as with everything else, as long as the subject/degree/choices you make feel right and are what you want to do then go for it :] And hey, even if you come to realise that its not for you after all, at least you won't be left wondering 'what if' and it's all part of finding out what you want to do with your life. I know that all sounded incredibly cheesy but i hope it made sense!
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    (Original post by lisamb123)
    I know that all sounded incredibly cheesy but i hope it made sense!
    dont worry...nothing was cheesy..it al made so much sense =) thank you
    i am also going to be attending loughborough uni...now it is not for fine art but for english.
    i am still trying very hard to get into an art university as i think that is where my passion is
    but like you said...if you do an art degreethe main foucus would be becoming an artist after...something i still am not comfortable thinking about...=S
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    Being an "artist" is not just about creating art! It's about following through ideas, and considering ways of tackling problems. You can teach, design, decorate, curate, communicate, restore...

    Plus, since the art world is generally quite clique-y, the degree allows you the chance to learn about the industry from insiders and to network. It's much harder to break into if you haven't got the degree and the network of contacts (sorry *Star*Guitar*)!
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    i do know that being an atist is not only creating art as my aunt is a well kow artist in india. i have taken art at higher level in the IB program and i have dedicated mst of my time and energy to art. the only this is that knowing that my aunt has been an artist in india, she has struggled wuite a bit. i want to do art in the uk..where i have lived all my life...
    its just that in todays world...you need a very strong base to be financially secure..i know that it could be a petty thing...but in reality knowing that you are financiallysecure is a big deal.
    i want to do art...and i know that i am confused about being and "artist" i know what it is like to live a lifestyle somewhat like an artist as i have been brough up by many artists. It is only my parents who do not understand that there is SO MUCH MORE than creating pretty paintings...
    this is why i am contemplating on taking a fine arts degree...
    =S
    its qute sad acctually..
    i hope i am not just rambling on about this....
    =)
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    (Original post by blondesse)
    Being an "artist" is not just about creating art! It's about following through ideas, and considering ways of tackling problems. You can teach, design, decorate, curate, communicate, restore...

    Plus, since the art world is generally quite clique-y, the degree allows you the chance to learn about the industry from insiders and to network. It's much harder to break into if you haven't got the degree and the network of contacts (sorry *Star*Guitar*)!
    I agree!

    Do you know what you're studying now sejal? I'm sure either art or english will be great as Loughborough's a really good uni, have you applied for both courses then? You're not rambling at all, can understand you're in a bit of a predicament but try to "follow your heart" (cliche i know!) and choose what YOU want to do. Do you think English will provide you with more opportunities? Both have good prospects and it's you that will be experiencing the degree and spending 3 years of your life on it, remember that!

    If you want a bit of reassurance that an arts degree doesn't focus on becoming an artist afterwards though, i found this on the loughborough uni school of art and design website:

    "After Loughborough
    Information and support are provided for final year students interested in further study and other options. Loughborough University also has an excellent career advice centre which our students regularly use. A significant number of Loughborough students go on to take up places on postgraduate courses in Fine Art, Art Therapy, Teacher Training and other areas. Loughborough currently has graduates on courses at the Royal College of Art and the Royal Academy. We consider our Fine Art graduates well prepared both for continuing studio practice as well as for other professional activities."

    Hope you're ok, good luck with whatever you choose!
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    thanks lisamb123 =)
    ihave read that too on the LUSAD website ..thankyou though for reminding me of it =)
    i had planned on doing art therapy after a fine art degree =)
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    ah brilliant, i was looking at maybe going in to a field like that too :] are you off to uni this september?
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    yep =)
    i honestly can't wait... but im terrified too!
    are you in uni?
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    (Original post by sejal)
    yep =)
    i honestly can't wait... but im terrified too!
    are you in uni?
    don't worry, same here!
    not yet, start this September although i've just done a 1year art Foundation course at a specialist art uni but had to stay at home for that. So this year will be quite a lot more daunting! But exciting :]

    Are you finishing your alevels this summer?
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    i have just finished me IB diploma.... which went really bad! but managed to get a level 6 in art =)
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    For me its going to be an Art PGCE teaching Secondary/Further Education colleges .
 
 
 
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