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    Hey! I've referred to this website since I was a teen and it's been so useful, thank you!

    I searched about and couldn't find anyone in the situation i'm in..

    I'm 22 and left school around 5 or 6 years ago and i think i ended up with around 100-140ucas points. Since then i've been working in admin positions and i got a NVQ in Business and Administration as an apprentice. In all of my jobs i designed promotional posters, leaflets ect. Aside from my day job i've been perusing my own graphic and web design company online working on free and commissioned work for about 8 years and have quite a good portfolio (in my opinion).

    I want to enrol into a Uni this year (i know it's late, but i understand i may still have a chance?) but i don't really know what to do!
    I've completed my statement, have a reference, entered my info on Ucas, and have a couple of uni's in mind i want to apply to but thats where i'm getting confused..

    Do i need to do a foundation course and what will that do?
    With the amount of Ucas points and my decent portfolio, what level of university would take me (as in would Uni with requirement of 200 - 300Ucas points consider me?)

    Thanks in advance
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    (Original post by JTSwish)
    Hey! I've referred to this website since I was a teen and it's been so useful, thank you!

    I searched about and couldn't find anyone in the situation i'm in..

    I'm 22 and left school around 5 or 6 years ago and i think i ended up with around 100-140ucas points. Since then i've been working in admin positions and i got a NVQ in Business and Administration as an apprentice. In all of my jobs i designed promotional posters, leaflets ect. Aside from my day job i've been perusing my own graphic and web design company online working on free and commissioned work for about 8 years and have quite a good portfolio (in my opinion).

    I want to enrol into a Uni this year (i know it's late, but i understand i may still have a chance?) but i don't really know what to do!
    I've completed my statement, have a reference, entered my info on Ucas, and have a couple of uni's in mind i want to apply to but thats where i'm getting confused..

    Do i need to do a foundation course and what will that do?
    With the amount of Ucas points and my decent portfolio, what level of university would take me (as in would Uni with requirement of 200 - 300Ucas points consider me?)

    Thanks in advance
    which degree subject is it you want to apply to? Start by calling up the admissions of places you are interested in and see if they have spaces left.
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    Hello JTSwish

    I gather from your query that you are interested in something along the lines of Graphic Design/ Graphic Communication. claireestelle is correct that you would benefit from contacting the institutions you are interested in to see if they have any availability and also what their admissions process is during Extra.

    I can imagine that most other specialist universities like us will ask for a portfolio, so it's good that you have that ready. I would recommend a digital portfolio so it's easier and faster to submit (if you haven't done so already). I can only really use NUA as an example as I don't want to speak on behalf of other places that I don't know about - I hope that's ok. Once we've received your application and seen a portfolio of your work, if we have time and the feel the need to, we may offer you an interview. Once we've got all of this information, we could either make you an offer or recommend another course, either at the same level or a foundation level.

    Some universities may ask for you to complete a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design first as a mandatory entry requirement; others may suggest a four year degree, which includes a Year 0. Both are designed to build your portfolio, fundamental skills and knowledge and also your confidence before embarking on the next three years. The main differences between the two is that Foundation Diplomas can be taught in colleges or universities and are diagnostic - they help the student feel more confident picking a particular discipline by experimenting across a range of media. Year 0 is part of a BA degree but starts with a foundation level year and is specific to that discipline, for example, BA (Hons) Graphic Design (including Year 0). These are usually taught at universities .

    This is why you should contact the institutions that you are interested to find out more.

    I hope that helps,

    Lou
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