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I applied to 5 unis, 3 of which I didnt really want to go to but needed 5 to fill out ucas. Brighton and Nottingham trent were the ones I actually wanted for fashion design. I have an offer from NUA (Norwich), AUB (Bournemouth) and was declined manchester because I didnt even go to the interview because it was a 7 hour journey for an interview I had already decided I wasn't interested in.

I don't have much interest in norwich because I live here and part of the excitment of uni, for me, was being away from parents and having to start somewhere else. Bournemouth I guess is still potential, I have an interview coming up but I didnt like the city much and as much as this is a silly reason, it is the furthest away from any friends, I don't think I'd enjoy myself there. Nottingham Trent declined me a place in fashion but offered me a knitting course (er no), and Brighton, the place I wanted to go to most, declined me yesterday without even an interview (just an e-portfolio.

It must sound like my portfolio may be kinda bad or something but as far as I'm concerned, it's a fairly decent one showing a variety of skillsn (I can link my e-portfolio If you like). I am pretty upset I've been declined, i wouldnt be suprised if it has something to do with the fact I don't have a foundation art and design or fashion as I overheard a lecturer at the open day saying that people with foundations tend to have a much higher chance of getting in.

Anyway, I'm thinking about doing some kind of foundation at the Brighton college, and then trying again at the university next year. Accommodation wise it would cost quite a bit but it means I'll be in the place I love and will be working towards hopefully getting in, here are some questions which I'd love anyone to answer, thankyou in advance

Is brighton college decent? The local college where I live does not have the best rep.

Do you think this is a good idea?/any other options you think I might have?

Is there anyway I may still be able to get into the brighton university course?

I've found a few options but does anyone have any accomodation Ideas for me? The ones I have found are all fairly expensive, and I can afford them with help from my parents and a student loan but help would be great.

and, this one is kinda dumb, but as someone who is starting in a new city but not a new uni, do you think I could get into some of the freshers week events (club nights etc) to see my friends?
This is mainly because I'm kind of worried because I wont be living with new students like myself and I won't really be having the typical first year experience where you get introduced to new people etc, so I'm even more nervous about leaving home haha. If I do go ahead with this option It would be a great if I could still speak to a few uni students in the same boat as me.
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I'll move this to the Creative Arts forum where others will have more insight on some of your questions, but the first thing I'd say is to check that you are aware that art foundation courses (which in my view and that of most art schools are pretty essential) do not carry any entitlement to student loans, and therefore most people do them at their local college and treat them as an extra year of school. They are free if you are under 19.
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I applied to 5 unis, 3 of which I didnt really want to go to but needed 5 to fill out ucas. Brighton and Nottingham trent were the ones I actually wanted for fashion design. I have an offer from NUA (Norwich), AUB (Bournemouth) and was declined manchester because I didnt even go to the interview because it was a 7 hour journey for an interview I had already decided I wasn't interested in.

I don't have much interest in norwich because I live here and part of the excitment of uni, for me, was being away from parents and having to start somewhere else. Bournemouth I guess is still potential, I have an interview coming up but I didnt like the city much and as much as this is a silly reason, it is the furthest away from any friends, I don't think I'd enjoy myself there. Nottingham Trent declined me a place in fashion but offered me a knitting course (er no), and Brighton, the place I wanted to go to most, declined me yesterday without even an interview (just an e-portfolio.

It must sound like my portfolio may be kinda bad or something but as far as I'm concerned, it's a fairly decent one showing a variety of skillsn (I can link my e-portfolio If you like). I am pretty upset I've been declined, i wouldnt be suprised if it has something to do with the fact I don't have a foundation art and design or fashion as I overheard a lecturer at the open day saying that people with foundations tend to have a much higher chance of getting in.

Anyway, I'm thinking about doing some kind of foundation at the Brighton college, and then trying again at the university next year. Accommodation wise it would cost quite a bit but it means I'll be in the place I love and will be working towards hopefully getting in, here are some questions which I'd love anyone to answer, thankyou in advance

Is brighton college decent? The local college where I live does not have the best rep.

Do you think this is a good idea?/any other options you think I might have?

Is there anyway I may still be able to get into the brighton university course?

I've found a few options but does anyone have any accomodation Ideas for me? The ones I have found are all fairly expensive, and I can afford them with help from my parents and a student loan but help would be great.

and, this one is kinda dumb, but as someone who is starting in a new city but not a new uni, do you think I could get into some of the freshers week events (club nights etc) to see my friends?
This is mainly because I'm kind of worried because I wont be living with new students like myself and I won't really be having the typical first year experience where you get introduced to new people etc, so I'm even more nervous about leaving home haha. If I do go ahead with this option It would be a great if I could still speak to a few uni students in the same boat as me.
I think the best option would be to go to Brighton College and do the FAD year. I went and had a look round last year and its an amazing course with a high reputation (also most likely will guarantee you a place at the uni). Other than that, if you would like to go to uni this year AUB is a fab uni and my firm choice for Textiles! I have an unconditional offer, but it was my top choice. I know a few people who live there and love it, its a high credited course within the industry and it has so many contacts.
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I think the best option would be to go to Brighton College and do the FAD year. I went and had a look round last year and its an amazing course with a high reputation (also most likely will guarantee you a place at the uni). Other than that, if you would like to go to uni this year AUB is a fab uni and my firm choice for Textiles! I have an unconditional offer, but it was my top choice. I know a few people who live there and love it, its a high credited course within the industry and it has so many contacts.
Thankyou for the response!, sorry to sound dumb but what is a FAD year? does it stand for foundation arts degree? If so then i am pretty interested in the foundation degree given at brighton college already so its great to hear you also think its good

Yeah I am still considering AUB, I don't have an offer yet anyway but I feel like im leaning more towards a foundation at this point
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I'll move this to the Creative Arts forum where others will have more insight on some of your questions, but the first thing I'd say is to check that you are aware that art foundation courses (which in my view and that of most art schools are pretty essential) do not carry any entitlement to student loans, and therefore most people do them at their local college and treat them as an extra year of school. They are free if you are under 19.
Thankyou for the response!
yes I am aware of this issue, I am considering doing it at my local college however my local college really isn't the best and I really would like to be moving away from home next year. No decisions have been made so I may still potentially do a local foundation degree. I am looking into a lot of options when it comes to loans and money and accommodation in case I do take the course in brighton, I mean I would definitely need a job to support myself and my parents would probably help me out a bit

Since being denied the place in Brighton university I've kind of been in a panic, looking for the best route, hence this post
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Thankyou for the response!, sorry to sound dumb but what is a FAD year? does it stand for foundation arts degree? If so then i am pretty interested in the foundation degree given at brighton college already so its great to hear you also think its good

Yeah I am still considering AUB, I don't have an offer yet anyway but I feel like im leaning more towards a foundation at this point
Yeah sorry its a foundation art degree! Its a question AUB ask you at interview, whether you feel like you need to do a foundation or you feel ready to go straight to uni? Foundations are fab for experimenting and building a strong portfolio. I've done an apprenticeship in the Visual Arts sector instead for my gap year! Which also I would highly recommend looking into. Its a year work experience within the industry (Very hard to get otherwise at 18) and it gives you a different outlook that being in full time education. Even tho it doesn't count toward UCAS I got CCD at college and AUB have accepted me as well as UCA which their requirements are BBB so its definitely worth while for you to stand out at interview!

Sorry i've rambled, hope this helps and maybe gives you another option?
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Thankyou for the response!, sorry to sound dumb but what is a FAD year? does it stand for foundation arts degree? If so then i am pretty interested in the foundation degree given at brighton college already so its great to hear you also think its good

Yeah I am still considering AUB, I don't have an offer yet anyway but I feel like im leaning more towards a foundation at this point
From what you've already said, a foundation (FAD) sounds like a really good route for you. It prepares you really well for whatever creative study you wish to go on to, and allows you to refine your craft and find your area of specialism - plus you still get the university experience. Friends of mine studied on the FAD here at Plymouth College of Art and went on to a whole range of different degrees and jobs afterwards - one is now a clothing designer for Animal!
You can read more about our course here if you're interested:
http://www.plymouthart.ac.uk/courses...n-post-a-level

Good luck with your decision - I hope you find the right place and course to study!

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From what you've already said, a foundation (FAD) sounds like a really good route for you. It prepares you really well for whatever creative study you wish to go on to, and allows you to refine your craft and find your area of specialism - plus you still get the university experience. Friends of mine studied on the FAD here at Plymouth College of Art and went on to a whole range of different degrees and jobs afterwards - one is now a clothing designer for Animal!
You can read more about our course here if you're interested:
http://www.plymouthart.ac.uk/courses...n-post-a-level

Good luck with your decision - I hope you find the right place and course to study!

Tilly
Thankyou for the info! its definitely reassuring to hear your friend benefited from a foundation and is now working in design (what i want to do haha)
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Yeah sorry its a foundation art degree! Its a question AUB ask you at interview, whether you feel like you need to do a foundation or you feel ready to go straight to uni? Foundations are fab for experimenting and building a strong portfolio. I've done an apprenticeship in the Visual Arts sector instead for my gap year! Which also I would highly recommend looking into. Its a year work experience within the industry (Very hard to get otherwise at 18) and it gives you a different outlook that being in full time education. Even tho it doesn't count toward UCAS I got CCD at college and AUB have accepted me as well as UCA which their requirements are BBB so its definitely worth while for you to stand out at interview!

Sorry i've rambled, hope this helps and maybe gives you another option?
Thankyou so much for the info! AUB have postponed my interview to april 25th which is ages away I'll have probably had to have made a decision by then which is frustrating because going to AUB was definitely still an option for me, I might email them to see if I can get a sooner date

do you know anyone who's had to deal with doing a foundation and paying for accomodation and living without the support of a student loan from uni? Its the main issue for me atm, I can probably find a way to cover it but if someone could give me advice on the area it would be great
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Thankyou so much for the info! AUB have postponed my interview to april 25th which is ages away I'll have probably had to have made a decision by then which is frustrating because going to AUB was definitely still an option for me, I might email them to see if I can get a sooner date

do you know anyone who's had to deal with doing a foundation and paying for accomodation and living without the support of a student loan from uni? Its the main issue for me atm, I can probably find a way to cover it but if someone could give me advice on the area it would be great
If you have replies from all your universities by 31 March then your deadline will be 6 May (so just about time to attend an interview on April 24).

If even one of your choices hasn't made a decision on Track by 31 March then you get until June to decide.
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If you have replies from all your universities by 31 March then your deadline will be 6 May (so just about time to attend an interview on April 24).

If even one of your choices hasn't made a decision on Track by 31 March then you get until June to decide.
thankyou, good to know
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Thankyou so much for the info! AUB have postponed my interview to april 25th which is ages away I'll have probably had to have made a decision by then which is frustrating because going to AUB was definitely still an option for me, I might email them to see if I can get a sooner date

do you know anyone who's had to deal with doing a foundation and paying for accomodation and living without the support of a student loan from uni? Its the main issue for me atm, I can probably find a way to cover it but if someone could give me advice on the area it would be great
I've heard you can get help with bursaries for travel etc but I don't know anyone who's moved out for a foundation simply because they can't afford it. Unless you have a full time job which is impossible with the Brighton course cause its 5 days a week.

Hope you can work something out!
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do you know anyone who's had to deal with doing a foundation and paying for accomodation and living without the support of a student loan from uni? Its the main issue for me atm, I can probably find a way to cover it but if someone could give me advice on the area it would be great
If you're under 20, living away from home and on a non-university course like a foundation diploma then you can claim income support: https://www.gov.uk/income-support/eligibility (and also housing benefit/council tax allowance).

It's a pain to claim though and you'll likely end up on universal credit but if you have no other sources of income it's worth applying. I'd suggest saving up as much as you can and moving to the city you want to study at a month before to find housing and make your claim.
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I think that if you are entitled to take out a student loan for college then you should find out whether this would affect your loan for the rest of your degree ie. can you borrow for 1 year plus 3? You might be better doing the foundation year a your local college and then reapplying. A year's not that long!
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Also, could you not accept the knitting course and then transfer onto the course you want when you're there (opps didn't realise it but knitting just isn't my call in life kind of speech)?
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I think that if you are entitled to take out a student loan for college then you should find out whether this would affect your loan for the rest of your degree ie. can you borrow for 1 year plus 3? You might be better doing the foundation year a your local college and then reapplying. A year's not that long!
An art foundation diploma is a level 3 A level equivalent and therefore not covered by university level funding/student loans.
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An art foundation diploma is a level 3 A level equivalent and therefore not covered by university level funding/student loans.
There you go then!
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