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    Just thought i'd ask if anyone has any suggestions on where its best to apply to take an illustration degree or a fine art degree.
    ...I've heard good things about the Slade school of art, but i haven't really looked into it quite yet, so does anyone know how hard it is to get into this school? i heard you need 3 A levels at C+ plus and an A/s, but does anyone know how strict they are with these requirements, because i'm taking 3 A levels, but not an A/s, would they take an Art Foundation instead???....HELP!
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    hey, Im applying to fine art next year and have looked at loads of good/excellent places!! The University of the Arts is definately an excellent place to study - it all depends whether you are happy to study in London. Im applying to Falmouth, London( Camberwell Coll), Loughborough, Newcastle and ECA. These are not only the top in art and design but also really nice places ( although not too keen on London). At the end of the day it depends on whether you want to travel far, be in a city or in a small town and can afford it all and where you think you would be happy to study. I take it you have looked at UCAS yet? There are loads of really good places as more and more students do an art and design course and unis are realising they need to spend money on art and design facilities! Many old poly's do fantastic art courses, better then many traditional unis so don't be too snobby when making a choice. Good luck in whatever you choose
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    (Original post by K8.H.UK)
    ...I've heard good things about the Slade school of art, but i haven't really looked into it quite yet, so does anyone know how hard it is to get into this school?
    Its possibly the hardest to get into in the country. .
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    You need a foundation course to get onto a degree anywhere, and beyond the quality of your work, they won't worry about your A Levels.
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    thats not true. I dont have a foundation course.

    and i go unconditional offers from all my 4 choices, straight from my alevels.

    most people do them, but you dont HAVE to

    and slade isnt that hard to get into. its just shite. and stuck up.
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    You dont need a foundation for Glasgow or Edinburgh either. Although theyre four year courses. I think you can apply to Goldsmiths without foundation too.
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    you can apply everywhere without one. but most people have them, and they reccomend them. it doesnt mean you need one though.
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    The reason why most universities and colleges request a Foundation Diploma is because it means that the student has been able to try a variety of different disciplines before having to choose one in which they can specialise. This means that not only are they more rounded, but they have been able to confirm that the subject they are going on to study is definately the right one for them.

    How many of people know exactly what they want to do when they finish uni? Some people are adamant that they want to be a photographer for example, which is fair enough.

    They might get a place on a BA Photography course straight after A-levels, but (and this is meant with all due respect) the course that they have beeen accepted on will not be the same as one which requests a foundation - you may well find that it is more theoretic or facilities at that institution are not as good, which is why demand for that course is low and they accept non Foundation students to fill places.

    If you have no idea what you want to do, but are finding it difficult to decide which course to commit to for the next 3 years, then the Foundation Diploma is an ideal opportunity to get an insight in a wide range of activities - giving you a broad "foundation" of knowledge.

    If you are looking for a Foundation Diploma, then my advice is to find a college that offers one with more than five pathways, as this means that there are plenty of things to have a go at.

    The next point is that a Foundation students portfolio will be far more mature and developed than a student applying straight from A-Level. If you apply for degree at a top art college, you will be up against Foundation students who have a portfolio that is a year more advanced.

    To be accepted onto a good art/design/media course at a reputable university a Foundation Diploma is pretty much par for the course.

    Hope this helps
 
 
 
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