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    I was just wondering what the UAL Foundation Diploma in Art and Design is at other uni's like Ravensbourne, Plymouth, West London College. It says the diploma is awarded by UAL, does this mean if I study it at another uni, would I still have equal chance for entry for BA courses at Central Saint Martins? (I want to do Fashion Womenswear)

    I'm just a bit confused about the diploma being awarded by UAL but studied at another uni. Thanks!
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    yes. ual-accredited courses are equivalent to doing them at csm itself, except you'll just miss out on studying in that particular place (which i guess is part of the experience for some). my local college offers it and you get the privilege of skipping the initial mini portfolio review and heading straight to the full portfolio/interview round.

    the reason why csm is so strict about its foundation intake is because it will generally be higher-quality teaching by the industry leaders and tutors already there, who will get you acquainted to the particular ual way of working and the kind of studies they expect to see. if csm foundation is top of the list, then ual-accredited courses are second place, as they've been reviewed and ual have decided that their methods and way of teaching are of a high enough standard to be almost equivalent to taking the course at csm.

    definitely apply for csm foundation, if you can, but be aware that maintenance loans will only cover your first undergraduate degree and a foundation year counts as undergrad, so should you choose to continue at ual you won't be entitled to much and might find yourself in a bit of trouble if you don't have spare money. i plan on taking the year at the college i already attend - if you're under 19, finding and taking it at a college closer to you and living at home will save you some money (since the course will be free for you) and still give you the benefit of specialised teaching. good luck!
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    yes. ual-accredited courses are equivalent to doing them at csm itself, except you'll just miss out on studying in that particular place (which i guess is part of the experience for some). my local college offers it and you get the privilege of skipping the initial mini portfolio review and heading straight to the full portfolio/interview round.

    the reason why csm is so strict about its foundation intake is because it will generally be higher-quality teaching by the industry leaders and tutors already there, who will get you acquainted to the particular ual way of working and the kind of studies they expect to see. if csm foundation is top of the list, then ual-accredited courses are second place, as they've been reviewed and ual have decided that their methods and way of teaching are of a high enough standard to be almost equivalent to taking the course at csm.

    definitely apply for csm foundation, if you can, but be aware that maintenance loans will only cover your first undergraduate degree and a foundation year counts as undergrad, so should you choose to continue at ual you won't be entitled to much and might find yourself in a bit of trouble if you don't have spare money. i plan on taking the year at the college i already attend - if you're under 19, finding and taking it at a college closer to you and living at home will save you some money (since the course will be free for you) and still give you the benefit of specialised teaching. good luck!
    Wow thank you so much for all this info! I am an international student and I really want to get into CSM for BA Fashion. Do you know what uni's have the diploma specialising in Fashion & textiles? I've researched online and there's so many institutions that offer the diploma so I can't apply to all of them so I want to choose the best ones. I've applied to Ravenbourne and I might apply to UCA Epsom but any others?

    Thank you
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    (Original post by privarte)
    I was just wondering what the UAL Foundation Diploma in Art and Design is at other uni's like Ravensbourne, Plymouth, West London College. It says the diploma is awarded by UAL, does this mean if I study it at another uni, would I still have equal chance for entry for BA courses at Central Saint Martins? (I want to do Fashion Womenswear)

    I'm just a bit confused about the diploma being awarded by UAL but studied at another uni. Thanks!
    UAL is the exam board for the qualification - like Edexcel. They set the course specification and validate the marking - the actual experience you get at other course providers can be VERY different (staff student ratio, resources, facilities, contact time, timetables, trips etc etc). They have an entire section of their website explaining about the qualifications they award http://www.arts.ac.uk/about-ual/awar...ualifications/

    The FADs offered AT UAL will follow the same course specification - but will allow more contact and insight into what UAL (particularly CSM or CCA) are looking for from their applicants. UAL doesn't offer a compact or guarantee of a place like many other foundation providers.

    If you're focused on the Fashion Womenswear course at CSM then I'd recommend you contact them directly to ask if they recommend any particular FAD courses as good preparation for their degree rather than assuming that any course provider following the UAL exam board course will be identical. Only 3% of applicants to that course get an offer (http://university.which.co.uk/centra...ears-9000-w234 ) it's HEAVILY oversubscribed.
 
 
 
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