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    i want to apply to an art based degree but i must first complete an art and design foundation course. although most people do this locally, i am really ready to move away next year and don't really want to hang around for another year. can anyone recommend any art colleges which offer decent foundation courses?

    also, there seems to be a lot of stigma surrounding the london institute, especially central st martins which is often branded and 'snobby'. can anyone with experience of the london colleges give their views on this?

    also, any information on doing the foundation year at one of the london institute colleges - ie just because they are decent at degree level, are they at foundation level? also, can you stay in halls if doing a foundation?

    ANY help with regards to any foundation courses would be greatly appreciated.

    I don't know about the art course in particular, but it is extremley snobby. Because they only pick the best of the best, supposedly. I'm off to the College of Printing (or media now) to do journalism in October. I love the place, it's so .....diverse. Hope this even gives the slightest bit of help


    You will find that to get onto a course in a good university you will certainly need a btech foundation diploma in art and design. You can get onto a course in a mediocre place straight from A-levels (can't mention any names).

    There are spaces on the foundation course at The Arts Institute at Bournemouth, and you are welcome to attend to Post A-level Open Day on 20th August if you would like to have a look around the campus and speak to the tutors.

    We offer two foundation courses: one which covers seven pathways: Fine Art, Fashion and Textiles, Visual Communications, 3D Design, Photography, Illustration and Animation and Film and Media, and one which specialised more in lens based media, so concentrates on Photography, Film and Animation and Illustration.

    We have a compact arrangement set up with the London Institute, but like to think given the Turner prize winning alumni that we are well on a par with them, and that you might like to stay on for your degree course!

    Hope this is of help - for further info, give The Arts Institute Course Office a ring on 01202 363228.

    my friend is at CSM now, and he's a snob! just kidding. he's humble at heart, but says that he often finds himself putting a "posh" accent amongst the other csm students! i think it is quite snobby, and the teachers are strict, but getting a degree there is highly regarded. i would infact say it was the best amongst the london institute colleges.

    I went to Camberwell college of arts. just finished a foundation there. yep, you can live in halls...but it's only for a year, so i dont know if it's really worth it? and believe me the year FLIES By!!!

    Go to the open days and see how you find it
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