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    Hi, I'm new to the site so bear with me if I'm a bit uncoordinated!
    I've just received an invitation to apply to the London College of Comunication for a Foundation Diploma (I was rejected from CCW's foundation so i'm guessing they had my info on file and thought I'd be interested). LCC only offer foundation diplomas in the pathways of Film, Photography, Graphic Design, Surface Design or 3D Design- not the regular arty/painty stuff.
    Obviously I know I haven't even had an interview yet, and I may not even get a place on the course; but I was just wondering if anyone knew if it was possible to go on from doing a Foundation Diploma in Graphic Design/ Animation, to do a degree in Fine Art or Art & Design? Would I have to create an extra portfolio of Fine Art work?
    I really love my painting and I was pretty sure I wanted to do fine art or art & design at uni (hopefully leeds- love it there!) but an offer at the LCC would be too great to turn down in comparison to my local (and considerably less prestigious) college.
    If anyone can help me out or has an experience i would be extremely grateful
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    (Original post by Louweeze)
    Hi, I'm new to the site so bear with me if I'm a bit uncoordinated!
    I've just received an invitation to apply to the London College of Comunication for a Foundation Diploma (I was rejected from CCW's foundation so i'm guessing they had my info on file and thought I'd be interested). LCC only offer foundation diplomas in the pathways of Film, Photography, Graphic Design, Surface Design or 3D Design- not the regular arty/painty stuff.
    Obviously I know I haven't even had an interview yet, and I may not even get a place on the course; but I was just wondering if anyone knew if it was possible to go on from doing a Foundation Diploma in Graphic Design/ Animation, to do a degree in Fine Art or Art & Design? Would I have to create an extra portfolio of Fine Art work?
    I really love my painting and I was pretty sure I wanted to do fine art or art & design at uni (hopefully leeds- love it there!) but an offer at the LCC would be too great to turn down in comparison to my local (and considerably less prestigious) college.
    If anyone can help me out or has an experience i would be extremely grateful
    thanksssss! x
    Hey! Wow you have a really interesting yet frustrating situation! LCC foundation course is very specialised and less main stream than the other foundation courses UAL offers. If you think you might want to go in the direction of fine art then probably really not a good idea to go to LCC! It really is all based around graphic design and is not diagnostic, as you say there are only a limited number of mediums they offer to explore on the course.

    They will be pushing you all the time to do Graphic/animation/illustration type things. There won't be opportunities for fine art, textile/fashion design, and theatre (like they offer on the other foundation courses they offer at UAL).

    ALso the other people on the course will be passionate about graphic design! So perhaps really not the place for you.

    Basically the foundation course is all about progressing and flourishing as an artist. Choosing your specialism and creating a portfolio. You aren't going to be fully informed for your degree if you are being pushed in the wrong direction (for you).

    I would say apply somewhere else to do the foundation. No point doing something if it's not what you're interested in! (waste of time and money, and a place that someone else could have).

    Also if you're not passionate about those design based subjects and express an interest in fine art, I suspect they will advise you to go elsewhere anyway.

    I know it's really late to apply elsewhere now, but local colleges take applications throughout the year. Also if you want to go to London, then City and Guilds of London Art School runs a fantastic foundation course. They are quite prestigious and have a great reputation. They only take 50-60 people on the foundation course every year, so the numbers are very small and you get a lot of tutor help if required. You can try all pathways and they have a good reputation for getting their students into their first choice for the degree course. The standard of work on the foundation course is also very high.

    One down side is that because they're not a mainstream institution, but private. Means the fee's are higher. Worth a look though!! Good luck with your choice!

    Foundation is a hard one to decide over, because it's only the 1 year (6months you actually study for). Yet getting a good place could mean that foot on the ladder, and getting a great place at degree level! You just have to decide which option is best for you! Where will be the best environment for you to flourish!
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    Hey sorry it's taken me so long to reply, had some trouble with my email account so didn't realise i'd had a response!
    Yeah you've actually got a really good point there, I mean, I can imagine myself working in graphic design or illustration, but I've never really had experience in that sort of field so I wouldn't definitely know if I was suited to it. I guess studying on a foundation course where theres no other choice but to do graphics wouldn't be suited for someone who's never tried it, I might decide I dont like it!
    I did have a look at City and Guilds in London but they're much to expensive for me! And a little too far away, so chances are I'd have to fork out for accomodation too. I've just had an interview at Cleveland College of Art and Design in Middlesbrough and I really liked it there- they've got a great reputation as the only specialist art school in the north east and regularly get people into degree courses at goldsmiths, slade, leeds, newcastle, wimbledon, st martins etc, so I might go for that! Beats going to my local college! But I am a bit worried about the area, its got a pretty bad reputation! hmmm...
    Thank you for the advice though, I really appreciate it- and i definitely think you're right! But I might go to the interview anyway, cant do any harm and i can actually ask them directly what the course involves. Thanks again
 
 
 
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