I'm at sixth form college, studying a levels and one of these a levels are Fine Art. I've notice the media, the government and fellow students regularly discredit it , consider it as a soft/easy subject and look down upon people like myself that study art as one of your a levels, or some of them. I just wanted to know, why is there cynicism towards the subject, when the subject allows me to be creative and imaginative, to think in more than one way, be expressive etc.
I also do Fine Art, along with Biology and Chemistry (planning on Biochemistry at uni) so people are often a bit like why are you doing Art?
I think the reason people often see it as soft is that they just think if you can draw you don't really have to try hard. That's completely not true. You can be an amazing artist but only get a C or lower if you don't put the effort in. You could also be a pretty mediocre artist but work really hard and be able to get a decent B, maybe even an A.
As you said, art also allows you to explore different topics and emotions through a medium that is a bit different to writing an essay about it. You have to be able to fully expand, develop and critically analyse your ideas over a few months to create a good project.
Ultimately, I think the amount of dedication and effort that is needed to complete an Art A level is underestimated.
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I did GCSE art and even that put me off becaue I had to spend so many hours on it.
A Level is probably a lot worse so I respect the people who do it.
That being said, it's not looked upon in the same way as the sciences because you don't have to learn as many new things and deal with new, difficult concepts like with the 'hard' subjects.
Depends on what you want to study. A course like architecture will favour art over biology - even though the latter is admittedly harder. Likewise Medicine will require biology rather than art. Just depends on what you want to do in life. People put it down because its relatively easy and you dont need to "memorise" as much as other subjects.
I suppose because it's not an do it a level, and so people don't tend to it if they want to do an academic degree. But it is hard, it just requires different skills than subjects like maths. And it is useful if you want to do a degree with a creative element.
Because a lot of people think that there are no jobs in art. And, in fairness, it isn't a stable industry the way teaching or medicine can be.
I do Math further maths physics chemistry and Art and Design, my teachers have told me that having art may detract from a science ucas application which just can't be true!
science is creative art is creative, in different ways sure but creativity is creativity.
yeah i agree i don't understand how so many people see art as an easy subject, I'm only on GCSE art at the moment and there's still so much work even at this level! people who don't do art don't understand that even if you're good at it, one piece can take ages to even draw let alone painting it and of course there's the writing too explaining each piece of work!