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    I'm planning to go to Glasgow School of Art next year to do BA in Textiles Design, I changed my mind from doing English at Uni yesterday because of my A-Level results.

    I'm now taking a gap year, and I need to know what I can do this year that will help me secure a place at Glasgow School of Art next year. I've heard it's insanely difficult to get into (even though I exceed the entry requirements) Anything will be of much help
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    Hi what's your portfolio like? Although they have entry requirements art colleges judge you on your portfolio of work, this is where it becomes more competitive- if your a level stuff is a bit patchy you should sift through it and get rid of your weaker stuff, maybe you could add to the better projects/pieces?Also it might be well advised to do some of your own personal mini -projects as I think the college would be interested in seeing a sustained commitment to your work during your gap year. From my own research Scottish art colleges differ fom the rest of the UK in that they don't appear to do a foundation year, this would normally be advised before applying for an arts BA, however the BAs at Glasgow last for 4 years with what seems to be a sort of foundation incorporated in the first year. Finally have you checked the website for portfolio information? It could offer some guidance when preparing your stuff. Good luck!!
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    I've seen two people's folios who've been accepted to Glasgow School of Art, neither were spectacular. One I would even go as far to say was of a poor standard.

    The exhibition was rubbish, there was little or no evidence of talent. Most had weird, abstract approaches and if that's what their students have to represent four years of hard work then I would advise you go elsewhere.

    Getting in is a lottery, you never know what they're looking for. Sorry if I'm putting you off, I almost applied myself, but I would visit the open day before you make any final decisions.
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    I'm sorry, looking back on this I didn't even answer your question!

    The guidelines for 2006 entry advise that you have everything in a folio no bigger than A2 and not exceeding 4kg. Between 15-20 pages of work is acceptable with a broad range of stuff. Try and incorporate some Fine Art, Graphic Design and things from other specialisms; they like to see variety. Your sketchbooks should be full of ideas and development.

    Your personal statement should be top notch. They give a mark out of 5 each for the information provided on the UCAS form, the interview (should you be given one) and, most importantly, the portfolio. My friend won student of the year at college twice in a row and I'm quite sure that was one of the deciding factors for her acceptance there. Try and participate in activities outside of your job as it will help your personal statement. They receive so many applicants that you need to stand out!

    Most importantly, and perhaps a little corny, don't force your ideas because it will show. Let them flow naturally !

    Best of luck !
 
 
 
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