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    which foundation course is better, Brighton city college or Bournemouth art university?
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    (Original post by Lydiacotway)
    which foundation course is better, Brighton city college or Bournemouth art university?
    Assuming you're talking about http://www.ccb.ac.uk/public/courses/...t-11-4790.html then the 2 courses are identical (in theory) - they're both the UAL Foundation Diploma. So the structure and content of the courses should be the same (see http://aub.ac.uk/courses/preparation...esign/indepth/ and you can see the structure is very similar).

    The major difference is going to be the environment you're studying in (AUB is a university and is next door to BU so the students will be 18 and over, BCC is an FE college so the students will be mostly 16-19) and the facilities available. There's also the fact that at AUB passing the foundation diploma leads to a guaranteed place on a degree course which is a handy backup if you're looking for some security about where you'll end up after the course. Some people prefer to study in a different city for their FAD before starting a degree elsewhere though so this might not matter to you .

    I'd say if you're ready to be in an "adult" (at least 18+ - AUB has bars on campus) learning environment then AUB is the way to go - but if you'd like the security of a college environment for another year then BCC would be a great choice.
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    (Original post by PQ)
    Assuming you're talking about http://www.ccb.ac.uk/public/courses/...t-11-4790.html then the 2 courses are identical (in theory) - they're both the UAL Foundation Diploma. So the structure and content of the courses should be the same (see http://aub.ac.uk/courses/preparation...esign/indepth/ and you can see the structure is very similar).

    The major difference is going to be the environment you're studying in (AUB is a university and is next door to BU so the students will be 18 and over, BCC is an FE college so the students will be mostly 16-19) and the facilities available. There's also the fact that at AUB passing the foundation diploma leads to a guaranteed place on a degree course which is a handy backup if you're looking for some security about where you'll end up after the course. Some people prefer to study in a different city for their FAD before starting a degree elsewhere though so this might not matter to you .

    I'd say if you're ready to be in an "adult" (at least 18+ - AUB has bars on campus) learning environment then AUB is the way to go - but if you'd like the security of a college environment for another year then BCC would be a great choice.
    Thank you so much, this has helped me alot!!
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    Lots of people do this when looking for art foundation years - they try and go for the 'best' courses at high rep unis, but the courses are all almost identical. I'm going for a foundation course next year (2018-19) and im taking the advice of every single person I've asked, including graphic design professors and course leaders at Brighton uni and ravensbourne which is to take your local course. It means living costs are much cheaper, and chances are you wont suffer any from it. My local college is pretty crap but the art facilities are good. As the previous responder says, the only difference is the people you're around - a course at a uni might bring out better results from you bc you're encouraged by students around you. That said, when applying for uni (for graphics at least) they aren't expecting a fully fledged designer, they look for creativity and originality. The graphics course leader at Brighton explicitly said that they can tell when unoriginal students have been coached into having a good portfolio and are essentially lucky they were able to go to a good arts uni. Likewise he said that they can tell when students from low rep foundation courses have the raw talent to continue.
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