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    Hi everyone

    I'm Ade and I am considering doing an art course. I would like to get in to art/illustration, specifically concept art - may be pre-production for games developers, film/tv production, that sort of thing. I would like to do a formal art or design qualification, but I'm unsure which course I should do?

    After doing some basic research on the role or job profile of a concept artist I'm finding conflicting information about whether a formal qualification is actually needed or not. Some articles are saying employers do not look for this instead opting for a minimum 3 years experience (which seems a cop out for me, as most industries call for some 'minimum experience'), where as other articles say that a bachelor's degree would be needed for higher than entry level jobs. Personally, I want to do a formal qualification and would feel better in doing so. But which one??

    The role of concept artist seems to be quite varied, requiring an equally varied amount of disciplines and skills, such as: illustration, fine art, anatomy, digital art, technical drawing, 2D and 3D modelling. And then there's animation! There are no formal concept artist type qualifications that I can see. My heart is telling me to go down the visual arts/illustrator route, maybe picking up digital art and other topics such as anatomy along the way - I guess I would need to do some kind of science qualification or course to develop an understand of human/animal form to support?? Should I trust my gut instinct or is there some other logical or more related course/topic/route I should be considering??

    Another small bit of info about me; I'm actually looking at a complete change in career so this would technically be my first formal qualification (at degree level that is). I have spent a considerable amount of time in further education where I earned a Level 3 qualification for my industry; my highest attainment level so far. I am now desperate to make a change and get into what I enjoy most. Art!

    Any help would be gratefully received.

    Thank you.
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    (Original post by ade_2016)
    Hi everyone

    I'm Ade and I am considering doing an art course. I would like to get in to art/illustration, specifically concept art - may be pre-production for games developers, film/tv production, that sort of thing. I would like to do a formal art or design qualification, but I'm unsure which course I should do?

    After doing some basic research on the role or job profile of a concept artist I'm finding conflicting information about whether a formal qualification is actually needed or not. Some articles are saying employers do not look for this instead opting for a minimum 3 years experience (which seems a cop out for me, as most industries call for some 'minimum experience', where as other articles say that a bachelor's degree would be needed for higher than entry level jobs. Personally, I want to do a formal qualification and would feel better in doing so. But which one??

    The role of concept artist seems to be quite varied, requiring an equally varied amount of disciplines and skills, such as: illustration, fine art, anatomy, digital art, technical drawing, 2D and 3D modelling. And then there's animation! There are no formal concept artist type qualifications that I can see. My heart is telling me to go down the visual arts/illustrator route, maybe picking up digital art and other topics such as anatomy along the way - I guess I would need to do some kind of science qualification or course to develop an understand of human/animal form to support?? Should I trust my gut instinct or is there some other logical or more related course/topic/route I should be considering??

    Another small bit of info about me; I'm actually looking at a complete change in career so this would technically be my first formal qualification (at degree level that is). I have spent a considerable amount of time in further education where I earned a Level 3 qualification for my industry; my highest attainment level so far. I am now desperate to make a change and get into what I enjoy most. Art!

    Any help would be gratefully received.

    Thank you.
    Hey there Ade,

    Seems like you have a lot on your plate at the moment about what to do next. I would highly recommend you to go to open days to help you with your decision and receive students opinion on the courses you're thinking of doing.

    If you would like to look more into Film/TV production or animation. You can check us out! We do other courses that might interest you as well as the ones I mention. Click Here to visit our course list page!
    Ravensbourne is base in London, near the o2 and we are only a few minutes away from the the station!

    hope this helps & Goodluck!
    Kay
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    I recommend looking into the option of studying a foundation degree. One of the things an art and design foundation degree is good for is helping people decide exactly which area they want to go into next if they aren't already sure. The tutors on the course will have a bit of an understanding of a number of different courses and areas and will be able to help you find which is best for you and help you towards getting there. It's basically a prep year for people who either don't have the experience or qualifications or for people who who aren't sure which subject/degree to study. I'd also recommend thinking about studying it at a place that specialises solely in art, as a specialised art college or uni would probably be more help in this. The University of the Arts London (UAL) and The University for the Creative Arts (UCA) are good ones. Even if you don't choose to study the degree there their foundation courses are very good, I study a degree at UCA and so many people here did a foundation degree either here or at UAL, and everyone coming from both places said they both helped them decide what to do. There's also other good foundation degrees out there at other good universities and colleges.

    Go to as many open days as you can, keep an open mind, consider all your options, think about what you want most and find the places that tick the most boxes for you.
 
 
 
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