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I'll try to keep this really simple. Basically, I applied for Fine Art at 5 different universities. Out of the 5 there was only really 2 that I really wanted to go to, my other 3 were just safety nets because I knew I would get into them. Falmouth and Bath Spa were my two exceptions.
I got 4/5 offers. Falmouth rejected me, months ago, and I'm still feeling hurt. Now I'm questioning everything, like if I even want to go to Bath, or even university at all? Basically ever since I visited Falmouth I knew I wanted to go. My plan was Falmouth first choice and Bath Spa second choice, but now I didn't even get the option and I don't know whether to try though clearing, or to withdraw and apply again next year or just go to Bath and see how it pans out? I'm not sure I'm just feeling very overwhelmed and a little confused at the moment. Any advice would be sooo appreciated. I'm really struggling here.
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Keep calm and carry on (as the overused, but apt, phrase goes).

As to your dilemma, I would recommend trying clearing, but this is a big risk and you need to consider that you may end up somewhere even worse. On the other hand, you might get offers from places you would be equally as happy at.
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Keep calm and carry on (as the overused, but apt, phrase goes).

As to your dilemma, I would recommend trying clearing, but this is a big risk and you need to consider that you may end up somewhere even worse. On the other hand, you might get offers from places you would be equally as happy at.
I'm 18! I just feel so overwhelmed by the fact I'm supposed to know what I want to do with my life already :eek::eek:

My friend recommended clearing but I thought, I might lose my place in Bath and not get into Falmouth either? It's a big risk, I just felt so at home in Falmouth, I loved the course, the campus, the location, I thought the interview went really well too! I was sooo gutted.
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I'm 18! I just feel so overwhelmed by the fact I'm supposed to know what I want to do with my life already :eek::eek:

My friend recommended clearing but I thought, I might lose my place in Bath and not get into Falmouth either? It's a big risk, I just felt so at home in Falmouth, I loved the course, the campus, the location, I thought the interview went really well too! I was sooo gutted.
It wasn't meant to be, and is probably their loss considering you are so enthusiastic about studying there. We rarely get our first choice in life, but we might surpass them later on in any event.

If you would be really unhappy at Bath, then I suggest you opt for Clearing. You need to do some research to see how many universities had places for your course last year. Maybe even email around some departments at universities you like to see if they anticipate being in Clearing.
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I'm 18! I just feel so overwhelmed by the fact I'm supposed to know what I want to do with my life already :eek::eek:

My friend recommended clearing but I thought, I might lose my place in Bath and not get into Falmouth either? It's a big risk, I just felt so at home in Falmouth, I loved the course, the campus, the location, I thought the interview went really well too! I was sooo gutted.
As you are still under 18, my urgent suggestion is to do an art foundation course, which will be free and which will put you on a level playing field with other applicants, most of whom will have done one. It's quite likely that the extra year of professional practice is what will have given them the edge over you.

Being rejected is always hard, and because art is so very personal, it hurts even more, but if you go for a foundation course, you'll be putting yourself in a better situation, for no cost. Win!
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As you are still under 18, my urgent suggestion is to do an art foundation course, which will be free and which will put you on a level playing field with other applicants, most of whom will have done one. It's quite likely that the extra year of professional practice is what will have given them the edge over you.

Being rejected is always hard, and because art is so very personal, it hurts even more, but if you go for a foundation course, you'll be putting yourself in a better situation, for no cost. Win!
I'm already on a foundation course! I have about 3 weeks left until I'm finished.
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I'm already on a foundation course! I have about 3 weeks left until I'm finished.
Oh dear. Consider what I said rescinded then. I'd consider applying to a different course next year, then, one more suited to your work. Illustration or graphics instead of fine art etc. Discuss your options with your tutors.
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Oh dear. Consider what I said rescinded then. I'd consider applying to a different course next year, then, one more suited to your work. Illustration or graphics instead of fine art etc. Discuss your options with your tutors.
But I'm not illustration or graphics based. I don't enjoy those specialisms I love fine art I'm just confused on where to go. I think I will talk to my tutors tomorrow.
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But I'm not illustration or graphics based. I don't enjoy those specialisms I love fine art I'm just confused on where to go. I think I will talk to my tutors tomorrow.
They were just examples. I don't know what your work is like. Intermedia, painting, sculpture, textiles, whatever. Maybe your work shows a different direction to the one you think and that's why you didn't get where you wanted to go - the admissions tutors saw your direction as somewhat different to the way you see it and that it wouldn't fit into that particular course.
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