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    Hello , if anyone has any advice it would be much appreciated I originally wanted to study photography, which I studied at A level. However, after thinking about it I realised that the main reason I liked the course was because of the arty/ book work aspect and not so much the actual shoots. I have recently gained a massive interest in Textiles and have been looking into choosing it for degree. However, I am an absolute beginner and have never studied a textiles course before. I have the very basic skills that I think I'll need, like my drawing is fine and I have a lot of ideas but not very clued up on how to turn the ideas into something. I have thought about doing a foundation year, however I have already spent three years in college and not so keen on doing another but am willing if it will really help me out. On the other hand, If I tried to go direct, I have the grades for the courses I like but obviously places for art courses are allocated primarily on portfolio and I genuinely have no idea what I would put in a textiles portfolio. If anyone is doing textiles or has been in a similar situation I would love to hear what you think!
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    I would be surprised if it is required. I would expect them to require either Art or any design subject as a prerequisite for "artistic" textiles courses (for more engineering, materials science oriented textiles courses, maths/physics/chemistry would probably be the better background). An art foundation year, while not always required, is usually valued and often forms an implicit prerequisite for design courses due to applicants otherwise not having a suitable portfolio.

    The art foundation year is quite rapidly paced - I believe normally you spend the first term "rotating" between different areas, spending 1-2 weeks on an area before moving on (e.g. between sculpture, textiles, spatial design, graphics, etc) before specialising in one of those for the second term. You then spend I think typically 2-4 weeks on a series of project briefs you're given, before in the final term full focusing on a single self-led project. Thus, I would be surprised if you have the time to get bored before the final part, and by then you should (hopefully) be doing something of great personal interest to you anyway.

    Do check funding arrangements for such courses, as I'm fairly certain you'll get funded for it but there may be caveats or limitations.
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    Hello , if anyone has any advice it would be much appreciated I originally wanted to study photography, which I studied at A level. However, after thinking about it I realised that the main reason I liked the course was because of the arty/ book work aspect and not so much the actual shoots. I have recently gained a massive interest in Textiles and have been looking into choosing it for degree. However, I am an absolute beginner and have never studied a textiles course before. I have the very basic skills that I think I'll need, like my drawing is fine and I have a lot of ideas but not very clued up on how to turn the ideas into something. I have thought about doing a foundation year, however I have already spent three years in college and not so keen on doing another but am willing if it will really help me out. On the other hand, If I tried to go direct, I have the grades for the courses I like but obviously places for art courses are allocated primarily on portfolio and I genuinely have no idea what I would put in a textiles portfolio. If anyone is doing textiles or has been in a similar situation I would love to hear what you think!
    Thinking about possible ideas for your portfolio that would use your photography work - have you done any work making lino prints? http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Make-Linocuts/ is a bit of an intro

    You could use one of your photos as a source for a 1/2/3 colour print - that's a pretty common way of thinking/developing designs for textile printing (screen printing etc) and gives you a chance to play about with things.

    Another idea would be to use embroidery on some prints of your photos to highlight/embellish them - you can embroider on paper/card (carefully!) - if you google there's lots of examples for inspiration to look at and consider alongside your photography work.
 
 
 
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