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    Hey,
    I'm hoping to apply for a games art and design BA after I finish my A-levels, though I feel my designing skills aren't up to scratch so I was wondering if perhaps I should do the art and design foundation, and do uni a year later. But is it worth it? I found that when doing A-level art, the course structure was really difficult to base any of my projects with a games focus on it and I don't to start the foundation course if I find it hard to put any games focus on my work. I heard that often people apply because they don't really know which creative industry they want to go in to, though I'm adamant I want to go into the games industry.
    So is it worth me doing the foundation course?
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    Hi! If you feel insecure about your work then I would consider a foundation. Most who take foundations often find that they want to do something else after trying it so I think it'll be worth a go. Remember that Universities also like seeing life drawing, observational drawing and development/research as well as related artwork.

    I wouldn't worry too much about your portfolio if you are absolutely certain that you want to get into uni straight away. I have a friend who honestly didn't even have a portfolio and managed to get offers for Games Art. Just make sure you turn up with your favourite pieces and designs plus anything else they specify and you should be fine
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    it's definitely worth it. all the best places require you to do a foundation (though they will say that they still consider A level applicants you would be put right to the bottom of the pile), and either way it's such a fantastic year. i'm just finishing up my foundation now, and i knew 100% that i wanted to do illustration for my BA when going on the course, but it's about the experience and things you learn, not so much about choosing your specialism! you work in completely new ways and i've learnt so so much since finishing my A levels, not to mention it's allowed me to get some amazing offers. so yes, i 100% recommend. also, if you were to not apply to a foundation course and find yourself without the offers you wanted for BA, you would have to pay tuition fees if you did it a year later as the course is only free to under 19s, so don't make that mistake!
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    (Original post by Jsummers1212)
    Hey,
    I'm hoping to apply for a games art and design BA after I finish my A-levels, though I feel my designing skills aren't up to scratch so I was wondering if perhaps I should do the art and design foundation, and do uni a year later. But is it worth it? I found that when doing A-level art, the course structure was really difficult to base any of my projects with a games focus on it and I don't to start the foundation course if I find it hard to put any games focus on my work. I heard that often people apply because they don't really know which creative industry they want to go in to, though I'm adamant I want to go into the games industry.
    So is it worth me doing the foundation course?
    If you're wanting to do modelling/animation - then do it. I've spent the last year working on an animation art foundation and it's really helped me. You learn a lot about design, and the animation final project can be anything. It's a lot more like university than an A level course is - you won't get told themes you have to do. You basically make up your own project so long as it fits the criteria.

    I now have an unconditional offer to study games modelling & animation at Derby university, and am very excited to start. If you really feel you can wait a year, definitely take the year out to do a foundation.
 
 
 
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