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Hola!!

I'm hoping to gain a place on the Art & Design Foundation Course at CSM for 2017 aka. in the process of applying. But, was wondering if anyone could summarise the typical lifestyle as a student there (or if you know of any websites/blogs/people which could answer this broad question of mine, then I'd be eternally grateful!!)

And how easy is it to find reasonable accommodation for a year?

Many thanks, E.
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not csm 'life' as such, but i found this interesting to read: 10 rules of surviving a foundation at csm, written by a previous foundation student.
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Hi, I'm currently doing Fashion and Textiles at CSM Foundation, and the environment is really exciting, you do new stuff every day, but you have to work really hard, and be on top of the 100 things that your'e expected to do. The ' lifestyle ' quite depends on your personal work ethics and how you approach the course ( quite a bit of self study ), and what pathway you're planning to apply to. Some areas are quite chill, some are busy af. Hope this was helpful!
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Im currently on the foundation course and i went through the diagnostic process and i am now in the 3DDA section, specifically JFFA (jewellery, footwear, fashion accessories and architecture). I was like you and found myself desperately searching for some inside into the course before i started (mainly because i was scared). I can't really help you at with accommodation as im still living at home but i can give you my perspective on the course. I was very excited at the start of the course and the environment and university is amazing (the food is also really good) but in my personal opinion there are a lot of problems with the course esp diagnostic. One being that you are given an opportunity to explore all the areas but you are only given three days and in some cases only have a day per short project (sorry if that doesn't make sense). Overall the course is very stressful some people can handle it and others can't. maybe i have this opinion because i can't but the tutors in my opinion are not helpful and constantly pick away at your self esteem and find flaws in everything you do. I'm really sorry i don't want to put you off but i wish someone had given me this advice before i started. They also pressurise you to stay within ual and want to squeeze out as much money out of you as possible. I am doing another foundation year next year because of this. sorry if this isn't want you wanted to hear but i am being honest. i am aware that some people could be having a completely different experience but i thought it would be good if you heard both sides

good luck G
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(Original post by kewalgala)
Hi, I'm currently doing Fashion and Textiles at CSM Foundation, and the environment is really exciting, you do new stuff every day, but you have to work really hard, and be on top of the 100 things that your'e expected to do. The ' lifestyle ' quite depends on your personal work ethics and how you approach the course ( quite a bit of self study ), and what pathway you're planning to apply to. Some areas are quite chill, some are busy af. Hope this was helpful!
Hello, I'm really very keen on getting into the fashion and textiles pathway.. any tips on portfolio? I'd be eternally grateful T^T Thank you
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Well, they focus a lot on the process and development than your final outcome. No matter how beautiful your stuff is, it won't be valuable without strong concepts. HAVE FUN WITH IT, don't stress out, don't be afraid to show weird stuff and **** that's out of the box ( they love it ! )..
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Well, they focus a lot on the process and development than your final outcome. No matter how beautiful your stuff is, it won't be valuable without strong concepts. HAVE FUN WITH IT, don't stress out, don't be afraid to show weird stuff and **** that's out of the box ( they love it ! )..
ooh okay okay how about experimenting with different materials and stuff? And how much, roughly, do i balance out fashion related stuff and other work in the portfolio? Thank you so much for responding! ^.^
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Does anyone know what the graphics pathway is like? Especially in terms of photography also is there much chance to do fimmaking? How is the course structured how does the teaching take place?
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Experimenting is really important , it forms an integral part of your process. Don't be afraid to show your failures, try out new stuff as much as you can. Balancing the work depends on whether you're applying for a specialist or the diagnostic pathway. I went for the diagnostic, so I didn't have much fashion stuff ( neither did i know much about it back then ! ). I'd say, showcase your strongest artistic abilities ( don't overdo it ), and it is vital to including a variety of drawing and mark making skills.
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You're welcome
Experimenting is really important , it forms an integral part of your process. Don't be afraid to show your failures, try out new stuff as much as you can. Balancing the work depends on whether you're applying for a specialist or the diagnostic pathway. I went for the diagnostic, so I didn't have much fashion stuff ( neither did i know much about it back then ! ). I'd say, showcase your strongest artistic abilities ( don't overdo it ), and it is vital to including a variety of drawing and mark making skills.
Ah okay!! Got it! Thanks so much for your help! 😊😊
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Hi
Im currently on the foundation course and i went through the diagnostic process and i am now in the 3DDA section, specifically JFFA (jewellery, footwear, fashion accessories and architecture). I was like you and found myself desperately searching for some inside into the course before i started (mainly because i was scared). I can't really help you at with accommodation as im still living at home but i can give you my perspective on the course. I was very excited at the start of the course and the environment and university is amazing (the food is also really good) but in my personal opinion there are a lot of problems with the course esp diagnostic. One being that you are given an opportunity to explore all the areas but you are only given three days and in some cases only have a day per short project (sorry if that doesn't make sense). Overall the course is very stressful some people can handle it and others can't. maybe i have this opinion because i can't but the tutors in my opinion are not helpful and constantly pick away at your self esteem and find flaws in everything you do. I'm really sorry i don't want to put you off but i wish someone had given me this advice before i started. They also pressurise you to stay within ual and want to squeeze out as much money out of you as possible. I am doing another foundation year next year because of this. sorry if this isn't want you wanted to hear but i am being honest. i am aware that some people could be having a completely different experience but i thought it would be good if you heard both sides

good luck G

hey,
i really appreciate your honesty, i was just curious as to where you are doing your second foundation?
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hey guys !!!
here is Leo from Italy

i've already applied to foundation as well..
today i received an email in which it has been said they'll tell me in few weeks when i'll get an interview..

anyway.. there's anyone so kind to explain if it is a good idea to share a lot of photographs of my works in the portfolio ?

PS i'm inteded to mount it on a A3 sheets sketchbook i purchased directly at CSM shop..
i made this choice primarily 'cause i have to bring my portfolio from italy to London for the interview

Ty in advance for your help/s
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Well it is great to share photographs, but it is essential to maintain good quality and lighting. Take care of the quantity, make sure you select the best ones.
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Well it is great to share photographs, but it is essential to maintain good quality and lighting. Take care of the quantity, make sure you select the best ones.
This is the one of the most useful threads I have found on csm. But can you tell me roughly how many sketchbooks and final piece projects I should have and if there's any uploaded successful portfolios online to look at.
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Well it is great to share photographs, but it is essential to maintain good quality and lighting. Take care of the quantity, make sure you select the best ones.
i sleeked 9 photos for one of my project and i think i'll print them in a place where they are specialised on this kind of things.. for the rest i'm intended to include a lot of scansions of my works.. cause they're all quite big and then where it is possible some sketches and drawings...


i've done three big projects for portfolio
with the best works i have

for a total of 35 sheets

one A4 sketchbook with daily life drawings, notes about my idea and exhibition i've been to.. and some inspirations
at last i think i'll bring some A2 final pieces
and an A3 sketchbook with experimental drawings and painting.. it could b okay ?
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Hi
Im currently on the foundation course and i went through the diagnostic process and i am now in the 3DDA section, specifically JFFA (jewellery, footwear, fashion accessories and architecture). I was like you and found myself desperately searching for some inside into the course before i started (mainly because i was scared). I can't really help you at with accommodation as im still living at home but i can give you my perspective on the course. I was very excited at the start of the course and the environment and university is amazing (the food is also really good) but in my personal opinion there are a lot of problems with the course esp diagnostic. One being that you are given an opportunity to explore all the areas but you are only given three days and in some cases only have a day per short project (sorry if that doesn't make sense). Overall the course is very stressful some people can handle it and others can't. maybe i have this opinion because i can't but the tutors in my opinion are not helpful and constantly pick away at your self esteem and find flaws in everything you do. I'm really sorry i don't want to put you off but i wish someone had given me this advice before i started. They also pressurise you to stay within ual and want to squeeze out as much money out of you as possible. I am doing another foundation year next year because of this. sorry if this isn't want you wanted to hear but i am being honest. i am aware that some people could be having a completely different experience but i thought it would be good if you heard both sides

good luck G
ahh **** one man, I'm currently in a dilemma myself, I have recently been offered the Kingston foundation, which I hear has very good reviews etc, CSM I applied for the fashion & textiles pathway and should find out if I get in next week, but I'm skeptical, as I hear the teaching is ****, can you go more in depth on that though, like how bad is it? By the way where you next doing your foundation?
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You're welcome
Experimenting is really important , it forms an integral part of your process. Don't be afraid to show your failures, try out new stuff as much as you can. Balancing the work depends on whether you're applying for a specialist or the diagnostic pathway. I went for the diagnostic, so I didn't have much fashion stuff ( neither did i know much about it back then ! ). I'd say, showcase your strongest artistic abilities ( don't overdo it ), and it is vital to including a variety of drawing and mark making skills.
thank you for the input, on the online aplication, do i put experimentation with the final outcome as one page because i have a proj for example that is 23 A3 pages and idk if i should include all of it or peaces or any of it at att, cause without the context its a bit ...
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