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Art Foundation Course - Unsure of path to take. watch
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Last edited by kayemma; 19-10-2015 at 16:20.
- 18-10-2015 22:15
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- 19-10-2015 09:35
Art foundation courses are really for building up a portfolio of work, improving your abilities and introducing you to new disciplines (after all, most schools don't have the facilities to teach metal work or ceramics). You don't get student loans/grants for a foundation course so I would advise you to stay in London and live at home.
I don't know if it would be useful or if you need to do one, ask the admission tutors for the degree you want to do.
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- 30-10-2015 13:59
Snufkin is correct, an art foundation can be used to build up a portfolio of work, improve on skills you already have and also learn new ones! It is a great way for you to experiment and get a taste of what pathway you would like to go into.
I am currently a third year student at Ravensbourne, like you I was unsure of what I wanted to do after my A levels, but I knew I was interested in the creative arts. Having little knowledge about different types of art, it can be scary to decide what discipline you are interested in, personally for me I also had a fine art background and schools did not advertise the range of paths available in the creative industry. As I was so unsure, I was recommended to do the foundation course. This was a great way for me to get a feel for each separate pathway, as well as this I was able to make some friends, get to know the building and generally I found it was a very nice way to ease myself into the school.
Throughout a foundation course, you will begin to build a body of work, and as you progress on they will begin to focus your mind towards an area of study you like the most. In terms of finance, student finance does not provide any loans or grants are whilst doing the foundation course, however the course itself is free if you are under the age of 19.
I now study animation, a few years back I would not have even considered the idea. Without having completed the foundation I would not be where I am today, so I strongly recommend a foundation course if you are unsure as it gives you some freedom to build upon your work but also yourself and what you would like.
If you are interested you can take a look at how foundation courses can be structured down below.
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There are various choices catered towards different areas that you may be interested in.
Hope this helps!