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    If you want to be an animator, you would do an animation BDes (Hons) course right? or an art & Design foundation course? can someone explain the whole process of the art & design foundation course because I'm a little confused? Do you do a range of art and design then chose the final art area you wanted to go down? please explain... Some background info. I live in U.K and I'm in my last year of my A-levels doing Art, Moving Images Art and business studies.
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    (Original post by Magsch)
    If you want to be an animator, you would do an animation BDes (Hons) course right? or an art & Design foundation course? can someone explain the whole process of the art & design foundation course because I'm a little confused? Do you do a range of art and design then chose the final art area you wanted to go down? please explain... Some background info. I live in U.K and I'm in my last year of my A-levels doing Art, Moving Images Art and business studies.
    A lot of people simply aren’t ready after A levels to work at degree level in creative art and design. So Foundation Diploma courses were developed to bridge the gap. They’re designed to take you from A level to degree level in a year while at the same time giving you the space and challenge to work in a wider range of media and styles. Some people don’t know what art degree they want to do, others do but need a bit more time. Some people simply aren’t sure if studying just art is for them.

    Most people study a FAD at their local college. It’s an FE course so there’s no fees (unless you’re 19 or over when it starts) but there’s also no living costs loan.

    You can apply through ucas for BA Animation degrees and also apply directly to foundation diploma courses. You might get offers to go straight to a BA course or they might suggest you take a FAD instead.
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    A lot of people simply aren’t ready after A levels to work at degree level in creative art and design. So Foundation Diploma courses were developed to bridge the gap. They’re designed to take you from A level to degree level in a year while at the same time giving you the space and challenge to work in a wider range of media and styles. Some people don’t know what art degree they want to do, others do but need a bit more time. Some people simply aren’t sure if studying just art is for them.

    Most people study a FAD at their local college. It’s an FE course so there’s no fees (unless you’re 19 or over when it starts) but there’s also no living costs loan.

    You can apply through ucas for BA Animation degrees and also apply directly to foundation diploma courses. You might get offers to go straight to a BA course or they might suggest you take a FAD instead.
    how long would a foundation course take? do you apply for foundation then after finishing it you apply for animation?
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    (Original post by Magsch)
    how long would a foundation course take? do you apply for foundation then after finishing it you apply for animation?
    A foundation diploma is a one year full time course (usually 3-4 days solid timetable). You would apply in the December/January of the course for degrees. Most courses will include ucas support and all will include help developing and presenting your portfolio.
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    A foundation diploma is a one year full time course (usually 3-4 days solid timetable). You would apply in the December/January of the course for degrees. Most courses will include ucas support and all will include help developing and presenting your portfolio.
    what happens after completing that one year course?
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    what happens after completing that one year course?
    If you got offers through ucas from universities you like you start a degree.
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    If you got offers through ucas from universities you like you start a degree.
    is the foundation course take place in a university.
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    (Original post by Magsch)
    is the foundation course take place in a university.
    Most people take a foundation diploma at their local college because you don’t get a student loan to pay for living costs.

    Some universities do offer them but if you leave home to take a foundation diploma you will need to find a way to pay for your living costs and rent (and because it’s a full time course you won’t have much free time to get a job to earn money for rent. )
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    (Original post by PQ)
    Most people take a foundation diploma at their local college because you don’t get a student loan to pay for living costs.

    Some universities do offer them but if you leave home to take a foundation diploma you will need to find a way to pay for your living costs and rent (and because it’s a full time course you won’t have much free time to get a job to earn money for rent. )
    I'm completely new to this are foundation diploma courses free of cost?
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    (Original post by Magsch)
    I'm completely new to this are foundation diploma courses free of cost?
    See post 2 of this thread.
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    See post 2 of this thread.
    What is the difference between foundation diploma and foundation degree?
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    (Original post by Magsch)
    What is the difference between foundation diploma and foundation degree?
    A foundation diploma is a one year FE course taken before first year of a degree.

    A foundation degree is a two year HE course that is equivalent to first and second year of a degree.
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    A foundation diploma is a one year FE course taken before first year of a degree.

    A foundation degree is a two year HE course that is equivalent to first and second year of a degree.
    THANK YOU for the help. It made everything much clearer to me. ^-^
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    PQ provided some pretty spot on advice there. I'd just clarify the foundation route isn't uncommon - often students don't have suitable portfolios out of A-levels/etc, and the foundation is more or less designed around building up a suitable portfolio.

    Sometimes you can go directly into a specific area of focus but usually you spend the first term exploring different areas of the creative arts, then specialise in one, doing various work based on briefs set by the tutors, then finish with a major self led project. It's a useful metric for universities as they know having completed it, in theory, you will have a broad base of creative skills, as well as specific design/other ability in your chosen area, and the ability to both respond to external briefs and to develop self-generated work.

    It's particularly useful if you're interested in areas less commonly emphasized in school - like animation, illustration, spatial design etc, although still beneficial for Fine Artists or similar.

    Some Foundation Courses are designed to lead internally to one of the providers degrees (while retaining the option to apply to/continue on to others) such as the UAL foundations. This isn't universal and is mainly a perk, but students from other foundations gain places on such courses regardless (and it's usually less possible for students to pursue such a foundation if they don't live in or around London, as the foundation course is an FE course as stated - so you are not eligible for SFE funding, namely the maintenance loan. It is free for students who are under the age of 19 at the start of the course though, so if you think it's a possibility I would suggest applying even if you're not sure as if you wait a year you may have to pay fees).
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    PQ provided some pretty spot on advice there. I'd just clarify the foundation route isn't uncommon - often students don't have suitable portfolios out of A-levels/etc, and the foundation is more or less designed around building up a suitable portfolio.

    Sometimes you can go directly into a specific area of focus but usually you spend the first term exploring different areas of the creative arts, then specialise in one, doing various work based on briefs set by the tutors, then finish with a major self led project. It's a useful metric for universities as they know having completed it, in theory, you will have a broad base of creative skills, as well as specific design/other ability in your chosen area, and the ability to both respond to external briefs and to develop self-generated work.

    It's particularly useful if you're interested in areas less commonly emphasized in school - like animation, illustration, spatial design etc, although still beneficial for Fine Artists or similar.

    Some Foundation Courses are designed to lead internally to one of the providers degrees (while retaining the option to apply to/continue on to others) such as the UAL foundations. This isn't universal and is mainly a perk, but students from other foundations gain places on such courses regardless (and it's usually less possible for students to pursue such a foundation if they don't live in or around London, as the foundation course is an FE course as stated - so you are not eligible for SFE funding, namely the maintenance loan. It is free for students who are under the age of 19 at the start of the course though, so if you think it's a possibility I would suggest applying even if you're not sure as if you wait a year you may have to pay fees).
    Thanks for the extra information.
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    (Original post by Magsch)
    If you want to be an animator, you would do an animation BDes (Hons) course right? or an art & Design foundation course? can someone explain the whole process of the art & design foundation course because I'm a little confused? Do you do a range of art and design then chose the final art area you wanted to go down? please explain... Some background info. I live in U.K and I'm in my last year of my A-levels doing Art, Moving Images Art and business studies.
    Hi Magsch,

    I thought you might like to hear about Ravensbourne. We are a digital design and media based institution.
    Our entry requirements are 2 A levels grade C or above) 4 AS levels (grade C or above), 2 vocational A level (grade C or above. Here is a link to the Foundation course we offer.

    I am a current student at Ravensbourne who did a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design(media&media). Before foundation, I was also not sure if I wanted to do a BA or a foundation course, but doing a foundation course really helped me explore my options on choosing what courses I wanted to do for BA. After the foundation rotation, I got to choose a specific pathway to then continue for the rest of the year. It also helped me build my portfolio and enhanced my skills getting me ready for BA.

    We also offer a BA Animation course You should come to our open day where you can meet the tutors and students. you will be able to find out more information and take a look around the building. Hope this was helpful, if you have any questions please feel free to ask.

    katy
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    (Original post by Magsch)
    If you want to be an animator, you would do an animation BDes (Hons) course right? or an art & Design foundation course? can someone explain the whole process of the art & design foundation course because I'm a little confused? Do you do a range of art and design then chose the final art area you wanted to go down? please explain... Some background info. I live in U.K and I'm in my last year of my A-levels doing Art, Moving Images Art and business studies.
    Hi I'm currently studying BA Animation, so if you have any questions about that I'd be happy to answer. PQ has given you some really good advice about an art foundation which is great so I'll leave that there because I didn't personally do one, but animation is a good degree in that most of your classmates have little to no experience so you will learn from the very basics more so than some other courses
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    Hi I'm currently studying BA Animation, so if you have any questions about that I'd be happy to answer. PQ has given you some really good advice about an art foundation which is great so I'll leave that there because I didn't personally do one, but animation is a good degree in that most of your classmates have little to no experience so you will learn from the very basics more so than some other courses
    What do they expect in your portfolio to get into the course?
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    What do they expect in your portfolio to get into the course?
    So for mine, Nottingham Trent, they wanted to see about 15 pieces if I recall correctly of all different stuff. I bought in some live action work I'd shot, drawings in a sketchbook, and a digital portfolio of 3D animation and modelling work. I came from a film course and had a short internship in animation so my portfolio was more focussed around that, but many came from art A-level and art foundation courses so had artwork using lots of different techniques and mediums to show. My digital work in particular showed a very specific style, and I noticed a lot of the art work from others showed the personal styles of the students as well.

    Definitely look on the websites of the universities you're interested in, because most if not all say what they want to see. It does vary between universities. If you can't find the information, definitely contact them to ask what kind of things they'd like to see.

    Hope this helps!
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    (Original post by chelseadagg3r)
    So for mine, Nottingham Trent, they wanted to see about 15 pieces if I recall correctly of all different stuff. I bought in some live action work I'd shot, drawings in a sketchbook, and a digital portfolio of 3D animation and modelling work. I came from a film course and had a short internship in animation so my portfolio was more focussed around that, but many came from art A-level and art foundation courses so had artwork using lots of different techniques and mediums to show. My digital work in particular showed a very specific style, and I noticed a lot of the art work from others showed the personal styles of the students as well.

    Definitely look on the websites of the universities you're interested in, because most if not all say what they want to see. It does vary between universities. If you can't find the information, definitely contact them to ask what kind of things they'd like to see.

    Hope this helps!
    thanks
 
 
 
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